A seasoned, international, plc CFO with strong commercial and negotiating skills, and a strategic perspective – I have a track record of effective delivery across several sectors, including services, manufacturing, oil & gas and technology.
In December 2013, I joined IRIS Software Group as CFO. IRIS is the market leading UK provider of integrated enterprise applications to the accountancy profession and payroll systems to service providers and SMEs.
Until April 2013 I was Chief Financial Officer at Valiant Petroleum plc, an AIM listed oil exploration and production company, operating in the UK and Norway. Valiant was sold to Ithaca Energy.
Previously, I was Chief Financial Officer of Element Six, the world’s leading supplier of high quality superabrasives and industrial diamond materials.
Prior to Element Six, I was a divisional finance and commercial director with RAC plc. We built a business that outsourced the management and ownership of large and complex fleets of vehicles for clients such as MoD, British Airways and the Metropolitan Police. Following the acquisition of RAC plc by Aviva plc in 2005, we spent 12 months restructuring and divesting the division.
Before joining RAC, I was a director with Braxton Associates Ltd, a strategy consulting company which is now part of Deloitte Consulting. Altogether I had spent 12 years with Braxton, working at board level all over the world with major businesses across a wide variety of industries. My early career was as an electronic engineer with Racal Electronics.
I am a fellow of CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and was a member of its governing council for seven years.
Education – I spent four happy years at St Johns College, Oxford, studying Engineering, Economics and Management. I also rowed, and sang in the college choir and a barber’s shop quartet.
Domestic – I live with my wife, Susan, and family in Woking.