Neil Methold – Principal, Thames Valley
Neil Methold is a very commercial and experienced accountant having qualified with Arthur Andersen in 1987 as the best student in the Thames Valley. His first move into industry was as a financial controller for a motor group followed by 15 years in recruitment.
During the recruitment industry part of his career (across many different recruitment sectors) his time was spent with corporate groups (Michael Page, Select and Professional Staff) as Finance Director and in the last 5 years as Managing Director. As Finance Director he has led the commercial and financial due diligence of a half dozen companies as well as being responsible for new system implementations. One notable achievement was the introduction of a Profit Related Pay scheme which increased bottom line profitability by £1m for 5 consecutive years. As Managing Director he doubled turnover and profit for a technical recruitment business which covered the UK/USA through a focused strategic plan which included the setting up of onsite and managed service offerings.
In the last 5 years Neil has worked for an entrepreneur in the Jewellery sector for the brand “Hot Diamonds” where his role was to run the operational side of the business and manage significant growth in a way which groomed the business for sale.
Neil is very people focused and has spent the last 10 years of his career by growing people through coaching and mentoring. He strongly believes that the right people are a big factor in enabling a business to grow.
He is married with a son aged 11 and spends his spare time at the gym and coaching cricket.