Phil Dean, Principal – South West
Phil is a Chartered Accountant with a business degree from the University of Birmingham.
He qualified with KPMG Birmingham before moving to PWC in Brussels. He then worked in several international operational, financial and IT roles with NCR and AT&T, based in turn in Belgium, the Netherlands and France. In 1997 he settled in Paris and as became the Finance Director for two successful software start-up companies.
In 2002 Phil became European CFO for Harte-Hanks who operated call centre, consulting, software and marketing services businesses. He led the organisation into highly profitable insourcing projects and several successful acquisitions. Following this, he moved on to Heelys, a manufacturer of branded children’s shoes, establishing their international business and taking then into new markets with innovative tax and legal structures. Since 2012 Phil has been offering FD services to companies that require this specialist support to complement their existing management competence. In December 2014 Phil joined forces with the FD Centre in order to offer this service to a wider range of clients.
In his time as FD Phil has been able to combine tax, accounting, legal, project management and commercial knowledge to improve profitability in a wide range of industries. Phil has used this expertise to help CEOs of fast growing start-ups make sound decisions, taking into account not just the financial, but also the HR, IT, legal, tax, and infrastructure issues. In this respect he delivers and all-round service that provides insight into the commercial direction of the business and delivers measurable improvements to the bottom line.