Virtual Financial Controllers – Profiles
Our Virtual Financial Controllers all have considerable commercial experience and in many cases are also fully qualified accountants. The advantage of the Virtual Financial Controllers or Management Accountants is that they are focussed on producing excellent management information, accounts which are accurate, timely and above all meaningful. Virtual Financial Controllers are also typically strong in systems selection, report design and systems implementation.
Gill P – ACA
Gill has an impressive track record of delivering profit improvement, gained in blue chip and FTSE 100 companies as well as large family run businesses and smaller enterprises.
As a degree educated Chartered Management Accountant with 30 years hands-on commercial experience up to director level finance and marketing roles; Gill believes there is more to finance than just numbers – specifically understanding the people and the problems facing businesses.
Sakine has good experience in both management accounts and project accounting. Key strengths include the provision of financial and management information to enable proper control of the business. The implementation of Sage accounting systems and training of client’s staff to be able to use that system. Sakine has fluent German and Farsi. Sakine is also a qualified chartered accountant, having trained with a top 25 firm. Sakine practices as a chartered accountant with a small portfolio of clients and and has experience of R&D tax credit claims.
Stephen is an experienced accountant with particular expertise in developing and introducing sound financial and administrative systems, whether in start-up companies, or those suffering from distressed or a dis-functional finance function. He is a hard working, commercially aware and resourceful manager, with a proven track record of working well under pressure and to tight deadlines.
Stephen’s career has involved working with a number of start-up companies where he has taken ownership of all Finance areas to working for Virtual Finance Directors in larger clients. He has a wide range of experience in other non Finance roles including HR, (including implementing a number of EIS systems), Fleet Management, Facilities Management and provision of appropriate company Insurance policies. He has developed a number of long-term client relationships, such that even when that client recruits full time staff to take over, he is often retained as a Consultant offering continuity and financial advice.
Andrew L – FCA
Andrew has over 20 years of financial and operational experience which has enabled him to develop exceptionally strong business development skills. Andrew is a Cambridge educated economist, who trained with MacIntyre Hudson and then spent a number of years in practice with Arthur Andersen. The quality of his proactive, creative and yet always sound financial and commercial advice has made him a highly-valued business partner to CEOs, MDs and business owners of all sizes in a wide variety of sectors, from small family run enterprises to large blue chip multinational companies. Andrew’s operational experience in a wide range of non-financial areas such as HR, IT, customer support, security, facilities, warehousing and logistics has provided him with an outstanding depth and breadth of understanding of how business works and how to make it work better.
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.
Simon M – ACA
Simon is a recent recruit to the vfdnet team having had over 30 years of commercial experience. He is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with a top twenty firm of accountants before joining the commercial world with Trusthouse Forte (subsequently called Forte), in the hospitality and leisure industry. During the last 16 years he has gained significant experience in the life sciences arena for some well-known companies, culminating in the position of FD for the European operations of a regenerative medicine provider. This provided him with significant experience in mergers and post-acquisition integration as well as US GAAP and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, where he was seen as the go to man in understanding the requirements. His most recent role involved the establishment of a Europe-wide subsidiary for a US company, including the successful implementation of the outsourced accounting function, covering multiple European countries under one UK entity.
Whilst Simon is at ease working with people at all levels, he has worked within senior management teams providing the Finance expertise as well as both collaborating and challenging colleagues. Simon has built teams wherever he has worked and strongly believes that these teams need to be integrated within the business, working with other functions, to fully understand how the business works. Simon has significant experience of dealing with rapidly changing companies, auditors, overseas head offices and banks as well as providers of other support services, e.g. HR and IT. In all organisations, he has built close working relationships with financial and non-financial members of the organisation. This has often involved the need to find creative strategic alternatives and solutions to complicated problems.
Tom S – FCA
Tom is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of finance and business transformation experience. He has an excellent understanding of how business works and how to make it work better; he does this by implementing simple and effective processes, systems and organisational design. He also has strong financial and management accounting skills and has built up a family practice offering a wide range of accounting services to over 100 clients.
Tom has spent time working both in practice and industry, and has worked closely with businesses of all sizes – sole traders, partnerships, SME businesses and FTSE100 companies. He thrives in a fast-moving environment and enjoys working with stakeholders at all levels in an organisation to deliver real business benefits.
Alastair C – FCA
Alastair has a hugely impressive track record of delivering change in privately owned and VC funded SMEs across a number of business sectors and is especially strong in the areas of manufacturing, product sales and distribution. He has worked as a freelance consultant for over 10 years and additionally supports new business enterprise in Oxfordshire through work with the Oxfordshire LEP.
Alastair is a commercial focussed Chartered Accountant with experience in finance and operational roles in companies up to £100m turnover, including pan-European and US operations. Today, he is particularly interested in working with privately owned businesses in the £1m-£25m turnover category looking to grow and develop.
Phil R – ACA
Phil has 40 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with a big 4 firm. He is an experienced commercial accountant and he has managed core teams dealing with business services areas including HR, IT, Property, as well as Finance. He has worked as a Business Partner, collaborating with the management team and contributing towards the development of the business. Phil has specialised in specifying and managing improved reporting processes using commercial IT packages and loves supporting business owners in maximising service and improving business profitability. His experience in managing virtual teams working across offices, and often across different cultures, has been critical in optimising communication, enhancing engagement and so delivering improved performance to support business in its objectives.
Phil’s most recent role has been the Regional Chief Operating Officer (Finance) for a major international law firm, responsible for partners and staff in multiple offices across Europe. He carried out post acquisition integration work in the Finance function for a newly acquired German business. He transformed the Finance function and was also responsible for other functions. Prior to that Phil worked in the banking sector in London. He had roles including Group Financial Controller in one private bank before becoming Head of Finance at another private bank with three investment management subsidiaries. During his time in banking he was responsible for many aspects of both banks’ operations including managing the banks’ IT operations, introducing new management reporting systems in multiple jurisdictions and managed the disaster recovery processes, including dealing with live situations. Experience also included working on a turnaround project on behalf of the banking department. In his early career in the profession, he had been involved in many financial business audits.