Richard is a highly experienced and commercial Finance Director with a depth of experience in the SME market across a broad range of industries. This has been gained by holding senior finance roles in industry and professional practices. Richard’s 30 year experience ranges from pre-revenue start-ups to established business with turnover up to £50M.
In his most recent full-time role, Richard was a High Growth Business Advisor with BDO, providing advice to clients on strategy and developing business plans. Richard’s particular area of focus was improving financial controls, product profitability analysis, acceleration of business growth and implementing risk management and compliance processes.
Before joining BDO, Richard was Head of Finance for a builder and developer of commercial Solar PV systems. Richard guided that business through a successful private equity investment.
His specific areas of expertise include driving business performance and strategy, as well as core skills in management reporting, and being able to explain the numbers. This is complemented by a depth of risk management and general management skills.
Prior roles have included setting up and running his own accountancy practice which, he sold to a large independent regional firm. He was also finance director of the largest car & van Hire business in the South of England and being group finance director of a valve manufacturing business, with operation in the UK and China – securing £1.5M of seed investment.
Richard undertook his accountancy training, untypically, in the music industry and is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow member of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Association of Accounting Technicians.
He has a pragmatic, practical approach and will be and hands on when required, delivery focused, and comfortable working at all levels of a business to get the job done.