After 25 years working for major UK Banks and PLCs I have amassed huge amount of experience in the SME sector, and dealing with the challenges that they face. I have an in-depth knowledge of the Banks, the relationship they have with their clients, and how to manage this to your advantage.
In addition to my career in Banking, I also worked in industry with Agusta Westland in Somerset, on the £2.2bn WAH-64D Apache Attack Helicopter project, where I developed strong project management, and stakeholder management skills. Qualified to APMP level in project management. (www.agustawestland.com)
In addition to Hawkmoor, I also co-chair a management development company – Yorkshire Leadership Group, with Denis Kaye – A very well known and respected member of the North Yorkshire business community. (www.yorkshireleadership.co.uk)
When not at work I am a member of the board of trustees of a local charity – The 2 Ridings Community Foundation. Based in rural North Yorkshire, this charity sets out to support community based projects in North and East Yorkshire. (www.tworidingscommunityfoundation.org.uk)
“Your Homes Newcastle” Board Membership -: http://www.yhn.org.uk/home.aspx
I am proud to have joined the board of ‘Your Homes Newcastle’ in September 2012.
YHN is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) responsible for managing council homes on behalf of Newcastle City Council.
Currently YHN manage around 29,000 tenanted and 1,500 leasehold homes.
It was set up in 2004 to manage council properties, to improve housing in order to meet the Government’s Decent Homes standard, and to provide a range of support services for Newcastle City Council.
In June 2008 YHN were awarded a three star excellent rating by the Audit Commission, making them the first ALMO in the North East to receive three stars.
YHN are a member of the National Federation of ALMOs, the representative trade body for Arms Length Management Organisations – you can visit the website of the National Federation of ALMOs at www.almos.org.uk.
After 30 years working for specialist divisions ofmajor UK Banks and large independent finance companies, specifically focused on working capital solutions for SMEs across a wide variety of scenarios from new facilities for trading businesses and refinancing of existing facilities right through to MBOs and MBIs.
It is often difficult for SMEs to fit into the seemingly ever-changing prescriptive boxes that many financial providers need to fill to move forward, requiring an experienced ‘interpreter’ to enable a speedy and successful outcome for both sides, especially for the often stretched management team, which needs to concentrate on developing their business.
With this in-depth knowledge of cash flow finance I am extremely well placed to advise business owners and managers about how best to address their cash flow financing requirements. The advice tends to fall into two separate areas –those seeking new facilities and those who want me to confirm that their existing facilities are ‘fit for purpose’.
In addition to Hawkmoor, I am involved with the get mentoring project to assist small businesses (http://getmentoring.org)
When not at work, I am involved trying to train my young Gordon Setter not to follow the antics of my older Irish Setter.