Peter Barry, Principal – South East
Peter started his career in an accounting practice which gave him a solid framework on which to build. Early into his career he switched to industry and progressed quickly to the senior finance roles, working on an interim or permanent basis depending on the role.
Peter thrives on the challenge of adding value to businesses and helping them achieve their strategic ambitions, often during periods of refocussing, restructuring or growth. These business were primarily within the SME market.
This requires a blend of strong leadership and commercial acumen whilst often dealing with complex situations where the companies are transitioning through a period of change, be it cultural or transformational. He is adept at building relationships quickly and managing multiple stakeholders.
His skillset expands past the CFO role into general management and leadership, with experience in the COO/CEO roles. Peter is also passionate about personal development, acting as a coach and mentor to a number of rising stars at roles he has undertaken.
He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Having owned and ran his own business for a number of years Peter is well placed to understand the challenges and emotional rollercoaster SME businesses face. His experience is primarily in the manufacturing/engineering/distribution sectors.