Stephen is a highly experienced Finance and Business Operations Executive with extensive transformation experience: consistently delivering successful change management and growth strategies over the course of a forty-year career working in senior commercial roles, primarily with SME’s
He has worked in a number of different sectors including Retail and Retail Supply Chains, Importing, Wholesale and Distribution, Engineering, FMCG, Property Management and Services. He has experience of business start-ups; as Finance and Commercial Director of T&A Footwear, he managed a significant increase in annual turnover (to £25m) and profitability, controlling all financial and operational aspects of the business.
Stephen has undertaken a number of strategic hands-on transformation roles, working closely with owners;
- evaluating and refining systems and procedures to pave the way for a successful sale of Yates and Suddell.
- implementing vital operational, financial, cultural and strategic changes following the death of the founder of the Dooa Group of Companies.
- introducing new corporate management and reporting structures to enable the owner of International Shoe Agencies to step back from the day to day control of his business.
He has demonstrably strong Financial Skills: for example, introducing new and rigorous financial disciplines at Intimates Lingerie, to enable ongoing bank support; as well as changing the reporting emphasis at British Footwear Association so as to focus on and highlight the organisation’s true financial position.
Stephen successfully managed the turnaround of Lillywhites and Giusti Engineering, both subsidiaries of Trusthouse Forte, by restructuring to focus on key strengths, disposing of non-core activities and implementing cost reductions and rigid cash controls. He returned both companies to profitability and established solid platforms for future growth. He also has experience of both the MBO and CVA process.
He enjoys the challenges of working closely with business owners to deliver their ambitions and objectives, loves the fast-changing environments of SME’s and being able to add value to their growth potential.
Stephen enjoys watching cricket, having played, umpired and coached in the past and the social community of his village.