In my work, I’m passionate about helping clients to navigate an issue and emerge with an effective, workable solution. The trick lies in being pragmatic enough to create a solution which is fit for purpose, rather than chasing unattainable perfection – there are inevitably trade-offs to be made in the face of factors such as cost, time or complexity.
Across all the advisory work I do, if there is a problem that a client is struggling with, I believe it typically boils down to one of three things; people, process or technology. Working with client teams to address that problem, making sure that everyone is onboard with what we’re trying to achieve, is one of the most exciting and challenging things I do.
Typically, there’s almost always a moment when it all comes together – when realisation dawns and behaviours change – that’s fascinating to observe.
In terms of my work history, I’m a chartered accountant and consultant and have worked within professional services for over 25 years. Having qualified with KPMG, I became a partner in the firm in 2000 and was part of the consulting business that was sold to Atos in 2002. During my time with Atos, I was part of the leadership team, led the Financial Management practice and was on the European Centre of Excellence Board. In 2010, I moved to BDO to lead their Financial Management and Technology Consulting practice.
Since joining Hyman Capital in 2017, I’ve looked to bring to bear my experience of working with multi-national teams to develop, integrate and optimise global finance functions and to make best use of the technology available to them. This can typically mean getting involved with everything from finance function diagnostics and analysis, changing the client operating model (including shared services) through to ERP system selection and implementation support.