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Vincent Smith

Location

Staffordshire

Sector/s

Business Services, Construction, Environmental, Financial Services, Not for Profit / Charity, Property

About Vincent

Experienced NED in the ethical/green/environmental regulated finance and third sectors.
Former Trustee Board Chair (8 years).
Current Board Committees include Development, Strategy and Planning (Chair) and member of Risk, Audit, Compliance and Ethics.
28 years of Corporate Treasury experience across three FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies in the building materials, construction, housing, property development, minerals and services sectors.

Vincent's Career History

January 2018 - September 2018
Carillion plc

Working Insolvency Team

Following the insolvency of Carillion plc I was retained within a small in-house team by the Official Receiver and its manager PWC to provide knowledge and support the orderly transfer of Carillion’s public sector contracts to new contractors in an unusual working insolvency funded by the government. We also supported the disposal of businesses, reported on the collection of cash from trade debtors, assisted in the wind- down of Carillion’s operations and businesses and more specifically for me, provided substantial input towards establishing the base-line position and identity of financial creditors.

November 2017 - Ongoing
Ecology Building Society

Non Executive Director

Chair, Development, Strategy and Planning Committee
DSP undertakes a continual review of the Society’s Corporate Plan, considers and evaluates new and existing products and services, strategically reviews policy and opportunities and the imperatives raised by the Society’s ecological mission, in particular climate change risk.

Member, Risk, Audit, Compliance and Ethics Committee
RACE has a broad remit that, given the Society’s ethical position, covers areas not normally associated with a typical audit committee. Responsibilities include reviewing the annual report and accounts and associated statements and consideration of the adequacy of accounting records and financial and business controls. They also include the appointment, monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the outsourced internal audit function and the independence and and competence of the external auditors, making appropriate recommendations to the Board and members. Within the wider remit it also looks at Compliance with regulatory controls, ensures the culture of the Society in relation to business conduct risk, including fulfilment of its mission and attitude to its stakeholders and responses to regulation, is conducted according to the highest ethical standards.

March 2003 - November 2014
Construction Industry Training Board

Member, Finance Committee Investment Panel

Member of a panel of Treasury professionals drawn form the industry that recommended investment policy to the Finance Committee of the CITB and managed the investment of the Board’s financial assets in line with policy, working with professional investment managers.

July 2000 - January 2018
Carillion plc

Assistant Treasurer

Management of banking and surety relationships at senior levels. Negotiating and agreeing banking, funding, leasing, bonding, trade finance, foreign exchange, derivative and other facilities (including secured and unsecured, syndicated and bilateral revolving credit facilities, US and UK Private Placements, Convertible Capital Bond, Project and Development funding) for the Carillion Group in the UK, Canada, mainland Europe and Scandinavia, MENA, Far East and Canada.
Negotiating and procuring bank transmission and cash management services.
Drafting, maintaining and reviewing Treasury Policies and Procedures, ensuring their application and compliance throughout the business and including regulatory compliance e.g. EMIR and with money laundering legislation.
Treasury reporting to the Board.
Working with and advising work winning and commercial teams in the businesses, providing Treasury input and identifying Treasury risks, and sourcing and deploying appropriate Treasury solutions.
Reviewing papers seeking approval for major projects and providing observations to members of the Main Board’s Major Project Committee.
Control and oversight of electronic banking platforms.
Management and mentoring of staff.
Working on the implementation of a Treasury Management System.

August 1999 - June 2000
Tarmac plc

Assistant Treasurer

This was a similar role to my role at Carillion. During this period Tarmac was acquired by Anglo American plc and my role included winding down and transferring any residual Tarmac Treasury position to a new Anglo American Treasury being established in London and liaising with the incumbent Anglo American Treasury in Luxembourg, which was also in the process of being wound down.

June 1995 - May 2016
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Chair and Trustee Director

SWT is an independent charity that protects wildlife and wild places in Staffordshire. It has a membership of over 15,000 people and manages some 30 nature reserves covering c.3,500 acres of land.
Chair of the Board from June 2008 to June 2015. During this period I initiated and lead a full governance review that materially modernised and upgraded the governance, strategic focus, direction and future management of the Trust.
Earlier in my time on the Board and as Chair of the Reserves Management Committee, I initiated a review of how the Trust acquired and managed its land. This resulted in a rationalisation of the land holding, the development of a Strategic Land Acquisition Policy that identified whereabouts and the basis of future acquisitions, and improvements to how the land was managed

September 1989 - July 1999
Tarmac plc

Group Treasury Accountant

Liaising with the Head Office Finance Team, ensuring the correct accounting for and reconciliation of Treasury transactions and analysis.
Providing dealing cover.
Treasury Management System implementation and process improvements.

April 1982 - August 1989
Tarmac Quarry Products Ltd

Various Financial Roles

Various roles including ultimately, managing the Cashier, Payroll and Pension team.