Doug is a commercially focused Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years working with SMEs and blue chip companies across the UK, EMEA, US and AsiaPac. Sectors include Marketing Services, Professional Services, Telecoms and Manufacturing.
Following qualification with Price Waterhouse in 1985, Doug went on to work for organisations including John Dickinson Stationery, Mercury Communications, DMB&B (now part of Publicis), Sudler & Hennessey (WPP Health & Wellness) and REL Consulting – specialists in working capital management.
He has gained an extensive understanding of growing businesses organically, improving cash flow management, enhanced management reporting, profit maximisation, undertaking and implementing strategic reviews, business turnaround, acquisition integration and disposal of businesses and organisational transformation. Doug also has extensive experience of implementation and development of management information systems both large and small and has had direct management responsibility for HR, Purchasing, Facilities and IT functions.
With a ‘keep it simple’ philosophy at the heart of everything he does, Doug has a hands on and approachable style working as a true partner to the CEO and the management team, enabling the business to meet its goals. This has recently manifested itself with the achievement of a 400% organic revenue growth combined with industry beating margins, augmented by a successfully integrated acquisition. Utilising creative thinking, resilience, strong negotiation skills and a teamwork approach, Doug has run successful finance teams and makes sure that he develops, mentors and trains suitably qualified financial staff to support business operations.