Robin Dear, Principal – London West
Robin is a highly experienced and commercial Finance Director having a depth of experience in a broad range of industries. This has been gained in both senior finance and general management roles, from start-up and turnaround businesses, to senior finances role in blue chip organisations including Citibank Diners Club and Universal.
In his most recent role prior to joining the FD Centre, he was CFO for a business regulated by the FCA providing banking and credit facilities to both the SME sector and individual consumers. Robin, as a founder member, took the business from a pre-funding business plan, helping raise the initial venture capital funding, to a highly profitable organisation processing over £4 billion in customer transactions annually and employing over 150 people.
Specific areas of expertise include driving business performance and strategy in an innovative fin-tech environment as well as core skills in funding, payment services and credit. Added to this is a depth of HR and facilities management skills.
Prior roles have included general management of a £20 million turnover multi-site processing company and head of procurement within a highly branded pet-food business with a £100 million plus global purchasing budget, where efficiency and cost reduction were paramount whilst maintaining the highest quality standards.
Robin’s expertise and experience is complemented by an MBA from Henley management college. He is very practical and hand’s on when required, delivery focused, and comfortable working at all levels of a business to get the job done.