Why hire a part time finance professional?
Does your business need a Finance Director (FD) or CFO but does not have the size or budget to hire one? A part-time FD can be the perfect solution, providing:
Cross sector industry experience.
Business partnering and consulting services.
Give your organisation value and perspective.
Reporting expertise (management, financial and statutory).
Flexibility – both time and cost.
In short, a part-time FD is an investment in your business that should have a clear return.
I have experience both setting up new finance teams from scratch as well as developing existing finance teams. I also have a track record of delivering short term project based work.
My main aim is to grow and protect your finances and make your business a success.
Hard working but relaxed as able to see the big picture
Team player who enjoys day to day working relationship with senior management teams
Proactive – experience allows me to assess situations quickly and put together a plan
Finance lead at Board and investor meetings
Finance Presentations to non finance professionals
Review existing internal management reports and offer insight and analysis eg. Cashflow reporting
Produce or review your monthly management reporting
Develop and reporting of KPIs
Drafting of budgets and forecasts
Bank covenant reporting
Prepare your business for an external audit and liaise with your external advisors such as auditors and tax consultant
If you are trying to raise finance, preparation of business plan and financial projections for banks and potential investors
Prepare your business for a sale or acquisition
Draft and review business plans
Assist and support senior managers with BAU or one-off projects
Business growth advice
Hi, I’m Paul!
'Big 4' trained chartered certified accountant (2007)
Over 20 years experience in professional accounting
Over 15 years experience in senior finance positions
Industries worked in include Transport, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Life Science, Hospitality and Retail
I am not what you would describe as a ‘traditional’ accountant – I enjoy change, variety and interested in the commercial aspect of business. I like to operate as a strategic partner within a senior management team.
I am forward thinking, proactive and flexible. I work with clients remotely, on site and internationally.
My career started in a structured and environment at PwC, but as my career has progressed, I have become more and more commercial and management focussed.
Outside of work I watch my football team Burnley FC and also play, write, perform and produce music under the name 'Cornay'. My music can be found at www.cornaymusic.com.
Companies I have worked with
Why SF needed a part time Finance Director?
Our Finance Director had just left, and we needed someone experienced to help out at short notice.
What kind of work did Paul perform?
Paul developed a sophisticated forecast model (which was stress-testable) which was used to help us win £26 million in investment. He also generated our annual R&D tax credit submission and statutory accounts. He managed our book-keeper who processed all receipts and invoices. He also worked with the CEO on cashflow management and inputted advice into weekly senior management team meetings as well as presenting finance papers at the monthly Board meetings.
What were the main benefits of working with Paul?
Paul has an outgoing and friendly personality and worked well with teams and under pressure. He generated very professional forecast models for investors as well as smoothly running our financial operations. He was a hard worked and was very popular with the management team and Board of Directors. He was a pleasure to work with.
Frank Craig - CEO - Sphere Fluidics Ltd (Life Sciences)