Simon Taylor – FD, South East
Simon is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and experienced CFO/FD with an extensive working knowledge both of finance as well as other disciplines including marketing, angel investing, strategy, acquisitions, manufacturing, retail, supply chain, pensions and NBD.
For 15 years he progressed within Heinz becoming CFO-Asia based in China. His roles crossed geographies with time leading commercial finance in the UK, leading supply chain finance across Europe whilst always developing strong links with the parent company in the US. In Asia, Simon had accountability for the financial performance and stewardship of a number of entities in China, India, Indonesia, Japan and ASEAN.
In 2012 a career change led him into advising, investing in and coaching entrepreneurs and SMEs. He remains an associate working with the Grocery Accelerator programme for food and drink start-ups as well as retaining a Non-Executive Director position for a technology start-up.
Simon is clearly passionate about products and businesses, dedicated to developing talent and committed to success with both personal and organisation-wide goals. He describes his leadership style as one of delivering positive change through setting clear direction and accountabilities, through coaching and mentoring, all supported by strong levels of cultural awareness, a ‘hands-on’ approach and uncompromised integrity.