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Strong Finance & Operations Executive seeking opportunities to add value to SMEs. 

  • Functional experience:  Finance, Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics, IT, Facilities, Sales, Marketing, CoSec, HR, Legal.
  • Industry Sector experience: IT, Engineering, Construction, Retail and Franchising.
  • Ability to work effectively within many types of business: Large Corporates, Private Equity Funded, Family Owned.
  • International experience across Europe, Middle East, USA, Asia, Australia.
  • Strong people manager with focus on developing and mentoring long term teams.


Nov 2010Jan 2017



A global high noise communication technology business, Sensear applies scientific research to solve the communication needs of industry. Responsible for the management of finance, production, logistics, quality, customer service, engineering, facilities & purchasing. Currently part-time as CFO/CoSec


  • Acting CEO for 12 months during search for new US CEO.
  • Raised ~$4m in funding through government programs.
  • Reduced overhead by $1m pa whilst allowing for continued product development.
  • Renegotiation & sourcing of new suppliers resulting in a 25% reduction in manufacturing cost. 
  • Implemented controls to reduce working capital tied up in inventory.
  • Development of a robust model forecasting cash flow, P&L and balance sheet.
  • Management of a rigorous quality system enabling the business to attain ISO-9001 and specialist certifications relating to explosive environments.
  • Preparation & presentation of monthly Board pack. 
Dec 2008Nov 2010

Finance Manager, Australia


Timezone is part of Leisure & Allied Industries, a family-owed business operating entertainment centres throughout Asia.


  • Establishment of strategic four year plan, including development of the franchise network.
  • Established plan to outsource warehousing and franchise selection, allowing for significant cost savings and faster growth.
  • Preparation & presentation of monthly Board pack.
  • Reduced debtors days from 159 days to 41 days.
  • Valuation of potential acquisitions for Timezone, as well as valuing our own network for sale to potential franchisees.
  • Development of franchisee/or model establishing correct levels of cash/debt/capital expenditure required to develop a successful franchise network.
  • Group accounting role for Leisure & Allied Industries.

Nov 2005Oct 2008

Managing Partner

Eat Organic

Established in 1987 the business was acquired in 2005 by myself and a business partner and transformed from a bespoke organic food delivery service run on a spreadsheet to an efficient subscription organic veg box scheme and online store.


  • Successful purchase of the business, due diligence and negotiation of the purchase contract.
  • Development and launch of a new online store with strong branding.
  • Development of a back-office system to manage all supplier and customer orders.
  • Eat Organic was highly praised by the Soil Association as an extremely efficiently run operation and won a "Local Food Hero" award in 2008.
  • Sourcing of suppliers of local produce. Direct selling to the public at events.
  • Successful sale of the business to Abel & Cole, a large national organic home delivery service.

Financial Controller


Vegastream developed and distributed VOIP gateways. The company was established through an MBO in 2002.


  • Preparation and presentation of budget and planning data to the board and VCs, including detailed balance sheet and cash flow forecasting.
  • Responsible for the accounting, payroll and tax for UK and US offices.
  • Managing financial institutions to gain further funding to support the business.
  • Intensive cash management in difficult economic conditions

Finance & Planning & Decision Support Mgr

Cable & Wireless


  • Consolidation of reporting for a new combined region of UK, Europe/USA including restructuring the team through a seamless transition.
  • Management of monthly CEO reporting pack and attendance at monthly business unit reviews.
  • Responsible for the regional cash flow accounting for half of C&W's global funds.
  • Responsible for  governance process relating to large bids and capital expenditure.

Finance Director - UK & Middle East - Baan


Re-hired by Baan to clean up the back office function following a period of poor financial management during the transition to new owner, Invensys PLC. Baan UK/ME turnover GB£40m.


  • Strict management of working capital including implementing  a restructuring program to reduce annual expenditure by $4m.
  • Responsible for approval and review of all non-standard customer contracts, and advice to sales on deal structure.
  • Due diligence work in preparation for the sale of Baan to SSA GT..
  • Management of strategic planning initiatives to assess the future of the UK Operations.
  • Elimination of surplus legal entities.
  • Implementation of processes to bring Baan in line with Invensys reporting requirements.
  • Recruitment of a new finance department.
  • Roll out of systems improvements to automate financial processes.


Finance & Operations Director, Northern Europe

Rational Software

Rational Software Corporation was a NASDAQ quoted business and is now part of IBM. Their tools enable flexible software development teams to control risk and change. World-Wide turnover of approx. US$815m. Northern Europe had an annual turnover of US$100m.


  • Recruitment and management of a new Finance & IT Function, and relocation of the department from remote location to HQ.
  • Negotiation of building lease contracts and management of fit out of new facilities.
  • Re-negotiation of supplier contracts resulting in significant savings of up to 75%.
  • Management of the budgeting and planning process.
  • Roll out of SOP 97-2 revenue recognition policies to the Commercial business, including internal controls, training of field staff, management of revenue recognition issues with respect to large customer contracts. Negotiations with customers and partners on commercial Ts&Cs.
  • Introduction of strategic and tactical processes to reduce the UK DSO to 51 days from 113.
  • Secondment to Italy to work on closing a multi-million dollar  global deal with Getronics

Finance Controller - UK & Middle East


Responsible for the finance & operational management of the 5 major UK subsidiaries of Baan Company NV (was quoted on the NASDAQ and ASE).  Annual UK group turnover US $58m.


  • Integration of four UK acquisitions. 
  • Management  of a major program to consolidate duplicated functions  resulting in a 20% reduction in headcount.
  • Consolidation of facilities from 8 to 3 offices resulting in annual savings of $1m.
  • High profit sale and leaseback transactions on freehold property.
  • Implementation of controls  to reduce T&E expenditure by 20% 
  • Management of an Expense Reduction Programme achieving cost savings  of $600k pa.
  • Standardisation of controls & reporting across EMEA subsidiaries.
  • Acting CEO.

Assistant Financial Controller, EMEA


Marcam was a software developer specialising in ERP and Asset Management software for the process and manufacturing sector, and was a Nasdaq quoted company (subsequently taken over by Wonderware Corp, a subsidiary of Invensys PLC).


  • Winner of Global Presidents Club award for outstanding achievement.
  • Established  procedures in EMEA to facilite the transition  of the Mapics software product which had been acquired from IBM

Trainee Accountant


Recruited into IBM's CIMA Training Scheme, one of 8 employees selected from 3,000 applications.