Les Collins, Principal – South Wales, Hereford & Gloucestershire
Les qualified as a chartered accountant with Thomson Mclintock in 1985 and since then has held senior finance and financial director roles in entrepreneurial businesses of various sizes (T/O £20m to £300m) and in various sectors (retail, e-commerce, mail order, FMCG, agriculture, energy, B2B sales and leisure & hospitality). Completed a number of corporate finance projects including a market listing and preparing a business for an AIM listing. Experienced managing third party stakeholders including banks and pension trustees. Operated in the PLC and family owned private company space with significant M/A experience including business integration. Over his 30 year career Les has acquired invaluable experience of the challenges facing SMEs in both commercial and financial areas.