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A MANAGING DIRECTOR with extensive experience in both growing and turnng around businesses in the Manufacturing, Industrial Products and Distribution sectors, having first class financial skills together with expertise in world class operational processes, supply chain and relationship management.

Work experience

May 2008May 2009

Managing Director

ID Data Limited

UK's Leading Independent manufacturer of secure and non-secure plastic cards. Employees 140, t/o £10mAppointed to restructure operations, build the sales function and prepare the business for a trade sale ·        Reduced cost base by £1million whilst retaining all key customers·        Managed company out of Administration and secured the sale of the business to new investors·        Secured inclusion of ID Data Ltd in a consortium for a major government project

Jun 2007Apr 2008


Interim Management/Consultancy

Two seperate roles:-

Interim Assignement with Klarius Group - Automotive Parts Manufacturer - Working capital plan and forecast review for their Paris based business.

Software Startup - Business plan review and advice

Jul 2001Apr 2007

Group Managing Director

Oakhill Group plc

(Now Prime Active Capital Plc)          Plastic card manufacturer and book printer also providing general commercial print and label printing services to the food, packaging, general marketing and promotions sectors in UK, Ireland and USA. Employees 350, t/o €40mAppointed to turn around the organisation, establish market positioning and sales strategy for the group and individual businesses, restructure debt, and significantly reduce overall debt burden ·        Moved business from losses of €13m to profit of €0.8m·        Reduced group debt from €34m to €4m·        Successfully moved plastic card business from being loss making to the number one position in the non-secure card sector·        Moved share price from €0.06 to €0.40

Jul 1999Sep 2000

Director of Purchasing and Logistics

WF Electrical plc

(Bought by Hagemeyer UK)Wholesale distributor of electrical goods throughout the UK. 105 branches, 1500 employees, T/O £200mAppointed to deliver an integrated supply chain strategy to drive growth by providing a superior value and service to customers ·        Improved gross profit by in excess of £1m·        Reduced inventory levels, improving cash flow by £1 million ·        Significantly Improved customer order fulfilment to 91% same day, 98% next day·        Implemented electronic trading relationships with suppliers dramatically improving process efficiency and reducing costs·        Delivered an innovative supply chain strategy that was adopted by the Board with all service, financial and implementation milestones being met throughout

Oct 1996Jul 1999

Finance & Operations Director

James Crean Electrical Holdings Limited

Appointed to manage and develop the finance function, improve funding and bank relationships, management information systems and branch operating performance during a period of substantial growth in the business.·        Reduced Headcount by 8% resulting in a dramatically reduced cost base.·        Strengthened financial controls·        Significantly reduced working capital, bad debts, obsolete stock and improved customer relationships ·        Implemented an integrated IT system across a large branch network including real time transaction processing systems fully integrated with central ledgers, inventory management systems and management accounts while providing access to business critical management information for the first time.

Jan 1989Oct 1996

Managing Director/Finance Director

JCM Distribution Limited

Sole distributor of Mars confectionary in the Republic of Ireland 

·        Improved profitability and increased return on capital by 3%·        Increased productivity by 70%·        Re-negotiated long term productivity based pay scheme with the Union

Mar 1986Jan 1989

Group Financial Controller

Memory Computer plc

Memory Computer manufactured and sold computer hardware and software systems in Ireland and the UKEmployed to rebuild and develop the group finance function following a bank supported rescue package after the group had nearly gone into liquidation·        Rebuilt the finance function introducing effective controls throughout the business completely restoring bank confidence·        Built a highly motivated and professional team

Sep 1980Mar 1986

Assistant Manager

Price Waterhouse now Price Waterhouse Coopers - chartered accountantsI joined the audit department as a trainee auditor/accountant, qualified as a chartered accountant and gained two years post qualification experience before moving to industry.


  • Qualified as a chartered accountant

Promoted to Assistant Manager level.


Sep 1979Jun 1980

Masters in Accounting

University College Dublin

One year post-graduate course affiliated to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Pass in course confers exemption from all professional accountancy exams up to the Final Admitting Exam (FAE) In its first year this course was known as the Diploma in Professional Accounting Studies.


Passed and gained exemptions described above

Sep 1976Jun 1979

Bachelor of Commerce

University College Dublin

Business degree. Final year subjects included Management accounting, Management Information Systems, Economics, Operations Management and Industrial Relations.

First place prize for Industrial Relations