After a degree in Economics Paul qualified as an accountant with a mid-tier firm and then gained further experience in public practice with Pricewaterhouse in the UK and then in their Lisbon, Portugal office. Since leaving practice, Paul has gained more than 25 years’ experience as the CFO and FD of a wide range of UK and international multi-site companies in a variety of sectors and industries, including FMCG, manufacturing, engineering and distribution.
Prior to joining the FD Centre, Paul was, for 10 years, the Group CFO of Sevcon, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of microprocessor-based controls for zero emission electric vehicles. As a Nasdaq registrant Sevcon was a US publicly traded company. Paul played a key role in the raising of both debt and equity to fund the growth of the business in the UK and internationally prior to a successful $200m sale to BorgWarner Inc. in late 2017.
Paul has strong commercial and strategic awareness, is a good communicator and can work effectively within all levels in an organisation. He has high professional and personal integrity and the ability to work both strategically and hands-on, as required. He is a respected and professional leader with extensive experience of building successful teams and managing and motivating staff in the UK and internationally.
He has a track record of both improving and growing SME businesses through the implementation of effective strategies to reduce costs, grow revenues and manage cash flow. Other skills and experience include tax planning, grant funding, business plan preparation, board reporting, HR, pensions and payroll. He has high energy and an enthusiastic approach to business problems and looks to reduce complexity by the application of common sense solutions.
Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Outside of work he is a non-executive director of a multi-academy school trust and a board member of the Community Foundation, a philanthropic charity dedicated to social improvement through helping local communities.