There is no substitute for experience. All our virtual finance directors are qualified accountants and have bought or sold companies and raised funds for businesses. They all understand the needs of the business owner.
Virtual Finance Director – Profiles
A part time Finance Director or Virtual Finance Director provides you with years of sharp end financial and management experience, at a fraction of the cost of employing a full time person.
All our Virtual Finance Directors are Qualified Accountants and have:
- Minimum 5 years FD experience (most have 10 – 20 years)
- Fundraising experience
- Deal experience – Buying or Selling businesses
Our Virtual Finance Directors have had many years of commercial experience in business working alongside MDs, chief executives and Chairmen.
Click on a name to view their profile:
Barry K. FCA
Barry is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with a small firm of accountants before joining Price Waterhouse and then moving to the real world! Prior to joining the vfdnet team in 2016, he spent 18 years as FD of a US family owned multi-site company and had experience of working throughout Europe and Australia. The business grew organically but also by a significant number of acquisitions. Barry personally oversaw over 25 acquisitions in various countries and was involved in identifying targets, negotiations with sellers, the due diligence process, the subsequent legal transaction and, most importantly, the eventual integration into the business.
Barry is now leading a newly created hub of vfdnet covering London and Surrey.
With significant experience of supporting and challenging his senior colleagues, building strong and effective teams and having the ability of seeing the wider picture, Barry offers a mature and balanced approach to the FD role. He has a thorough detailed experience of dealing with banks, auditors, actuaries, lawyers as well as the ability to build relationships with financial and non-financial members of staff.
Carl T. ACA
Carl is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years of commercial experience. As a seasoned leader within Operations, Carl has seen business from all angles. His Finance skills provide a barometer and a backbone to decision making. Carl’s clients value his broad practical business experience. Carl has experience in recruiting and growing teams; in property transactions; in assessing, as well as preparing, businesses for sale, and in raising mortgages, bank loans and asset finance. He can handle banking and audit relationships. He develops KPIs which make sense of the business.
Carl has set up an overseas manufacturing subsidiary from scratch, and is also a skilled linguist, fluent in Spanish and French, with a working knowledge of German. Carl is currently reading for a Masters in Coaching and Mentoring.
Norman A. ACMA
Norman is a Management Accountant with 35 years experience in industry and commerce, including 30 years at Director level. He has been closely involved with a number of VC backed private companies as well as a PLC director taking them from an AIM listing to a full listing on the London Stock Exchange. His experience has involved City Investor presentations, dealing with banks and corporate finance teams.
In addition his entrepreneurial experience includes leading a management buyout. Having been responsible for manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, IT, and having studied lean process engineering and the Goldratt theories he enjoys applying that thinking to financial processes to ensure a firm foundation for decision making. He has operated in turnaround and high growth scenarios with a good understanding of the needs of shareholders.
He has followed up his business degree and ACMA qualification with the Cranfield Business Leaders Programme and a determination to keep on learning from successful people in a wide variety of fields.
He has regularly been handed areas of new responsibility, with no prior experience, as an indication of his ability to apply logical thought processes and to arrive at solutions that are credible to his superiors. He has worked for some excellent leaders and is determined to share and pass on the benefits of lessons learnt.
Hugh W. ACA
Hugh has recently joined the vfdnet team, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant over 30 years ago. Having trained with Arthur Andersen, he has subsequently had considerable financial management experience within a variety of SME companies.
He is very experienced in working with owner managers and entrepreneurs especially those who require a mature sounding board to understand the financial implications of plans and strategies and to manage funding requirements. Hugh is a team builder, making sure the right people are in the right roles. He is an enthusiastic and energetic leader with an optimistic and positive approach to helping his clients.
Rob M. ACA
Rob is a qualified Chartered accountant with over 15 years experience in the SME market. His personal style and financial expertise allow him to run an effective accounts department whilst always having an eye on the big picture. He has acted as financial controller for a number of SME businesses which has included the analysis of financial and non-financial data and the preparation of this into meaningful management information. He has experience of a number of software packages but specialises in Sage Line 50 and Freeagent, a leading online accounting package.