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I'm a highly experienced senior business leader with an extensive background in financial and operational management. I have an analytical and pro-active approach and am a "problem solver".
I am a Chartered Accountant and have spent many years as a Finance Director with commercial companies where I had full financial oversight, a high level of commercial input and a key role in developing strategic direction. On a non-executive basis I am a Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee of one of the best performing state schools in the country.
My track record makes me well placed to act as a "sounding board" and a critical friend or to adopt a more hands-on approach if that is what is needed.
Primarily I'm looking to expand my portfolio of non-executive assignments in the North West.
Alan's Career History
A board consultancy business (including traditional finance director support services) which provides a range of business services on a portfolio basis such as:
* Improved financial oversight
* Exceptional management reporting and analysis
* Control of budgeting/modelling, business development and profitability optimisation.
As Chairman of the Finance Committee responsible for general financial oversight including financial planning and reporting, internal controls and risk management. More generally as a governor, responsibilities include reviewing and agreeing strategic plans, policies, targets & priorities and monitoring and reviewing and aims and objectives.
Europrint specialised in producing promotions and games to increase sales of the client company's products. Customers included UK and overseas national and regional newspapers, state lotteries and other “blue chip” brands.
Responsible for all aspects of finance, treasury, taxation, administration & commercial contracts, facility management, insurance, company secretarial / compliance, human resources as well as a major contributor to the strategic direction of the company.
Particular successes in optimisation of business operations to enable the development and execution of high profile promotions for blue chip clients and also in the development and launch of innovative new products and services.
CAM Galaxy was a diverse marketing services group.
Responsible for all head office financial and operational functions and for oversight of subsidiary and associated companies.
Led with the Chairman the successful refinancing and then successful breakup of the group by the profitable sale of investments in the subsidiary and associated companies for values of up to £20 million.
“Alan is a very able guy. I have known him and worked with him for almost twenty years. He is able to grasp issues in a transaction quickly and to deal with them speedily in a practical no nonsense way. He would be an asset to most management teams. John Barker former Managing Partner at Forbes Solicitors”
Alan is a highly skilled professional. We worked closely for over 9 years during my post as Headteacher of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. Alan was Incredibly helpful and supportive as a Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee. His knowledge and guidance was invaluable to me. He had a very clear sense of purpose, was intuitive and incredibly focused. He had a brilliant overview of the schools finances and budget and generously gave hands-on assistance when required. I really don’t know how we would have managed without Alan’s support during a short period without a school Bursar. Alan’s judgement was excellent and he always ensured that projects were seen through to an appropriate conclusion. Alan was always approachable and supportive, communicated well to a variety of audiences and made complex financial situations easier to understand. He produced concise summaries of complicated documentation and was, without doubt, an amazing asset to our school. I would recommend Alan without reservation.