INDEPENDENT LEADERSHIP SPECIALIST
Acting Chief Executive for client companies experiencing financial distress. Client companies included SMEs and MBOs in several and diverse sectors. Introduced efficient business management practices resulting in improvements to return on investment, cash flow, and profit. Initiated problem-solving and led execution of strategy in companies with revenues between GBP2m to GBP91m resulting in improved stakeholder relations and reduced bank exposure. Co-operated in the rescue and turnaround of all client companies with both investors and the banks. Interim appointments in Switzerland included as Director of Operations, Habitusnet Consulting AG, Zürich; Consultant to Wealth Management Company, Zürich; and Director Designate, Air Transport Company, Geneva.
Business Rescue and assignments with SMEs led and completed:
Oil sector services company operating worldwide. GBP91m sales.
Knitwear manufacturer exporting worldwide. GBP11m sales.
Sheet metal engineering manufacturer UK and Europe. GBP3.7m sales.
Light engineering company serving UK. GBP5.5m sales.
Quality inspection services company UK with international operations. GBP5.5m sales.
Precision engineering company supplying the aerospace sector. GBP11m sales.
Turnaround and sale of electrical distribution company. GBP9m sales.
Textile manufacturer and specialist dyeing services company. GBP11m sales.
Designer, manufacturer and retailer of household furniture. GBP3.7m sales.
Design engineer and manufacturer of electronic measurement tools. GBP1.8m sales.
Polythene packaging manufacturer and printer. GBP3.6m sales.
Ladies fashion high street retail operation. GBP3.7m sales.
Computer software engineer for on-line learning. GB5.5m sales.
Computer software services company. GBP9m sales.
Importer and distributor of injection moulding equipment. GBP20m sales.
(Turnover at today equivalent values).
GLOBAL CONSULTING CO-OPERATIVE
‘Non-branded’ global consulting co-operative with expertise in leadership, business assessment, leadership development, and organisation design and development. Associates located in China, India, Middle East, Europe, North America, South America. Associates are united through common training in leadership assessment method and with the appreciation that better hiring decisions are made by evaluating cognitive capability and personality fit.
Privately owned enterprise for design and manufacture of bespoke furniture in the luxury market. Eva Mechler cabinetry work is shortlisted for The International Yacht and Aviation Design Awards 2017. My role is to build the business networks and connections, and managing social media.
MENTOR® CERTIFIED COACH
Expert assessment for leadership in hiring situations and coaching. Contracting freelance and occasionally in collaboration with The RBL Group for multinational companies based in Switzerland. Selected as an executive coach with financial sector companies headquartered in Zürich; engaged as an expert assessor for PwC leadership in Switzerland; and presently developing a new model for organisational entrepreneurship. Appointed to Credit Suisse executive coaching panel.
CHOICE EXECUTIVE AND BUSINESS COACHING
Coach to managerial and technical role holders facing new challenges such as promotion and job change. Conducted psychometric assessment for gauging leadership potential and as a preparation for coaching assignments with individual leaders. Clients drawn from SwissRe, PartnerRe, UBS, PwC, Infrassure AG, Weight Watchers CH, Gurit AG, and others.
2020 Group, a unique collaboration of experienced turnaround specialists, was founded to help companies to achieve their true potential. Some of these companies were experiencing difficulties in the face of macro-economic change, and others were brought to our attention by their bankers or investors. In company turnarounds and reconstruction, mainly acting on the instructions of Joint Stock Banks, 2020 Group has worked in liaison with National Australia Bank Group Europe Ltd, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, and Lloyds Banking Group plc. Venture capital interests included from 3i Group plc, Scottish Enterprise, UK Steel Enterprise Ltd, and private investors.
ADVANCED MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME IN SCOTLAND
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Co-led the redevelopment of the international executive learning programme. Led the marketing and acquisition of corporate sponsors and participants from The Ford Motor Company, Ernst & Young, Rolls-Royce, Zurich Financial Services, HSBC, UBS, and others. Also, contributed to the facilitation of the agreement to establish the KPMG Executive MBA Programme. Faculty from Edinburgh, Michigan, INSEAD, Harvard.
NORDOFF ROBBINS MUSIC THERAPY IN SCOTLAND
Non-remunerated role running alongside employment. Established the Scottish Silver Clef Music Awards securing participation from renowned contemporary musicians and gaining sponsorship from companies and high net worth individuals. Subsequently, elected as a member of the fundraising committee for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, London.
NATIONAL & PROVINCIAL BUILDING SOCIETY
Employed by National Provincial Building Society (FCA regulated) and a private practice law firm. Successfully growing business in the private home owner mortgage market and estate agency (growth >200%). Accepted as a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents.
Founded Charles Barber Property Services operating on the west coast of Scotland. Business focused on property renovation for private, civic, and business clients, including Marine Harvest (salmon farming subsidiary of Unilever), BBC, Courtauld Family, Hit & Run Music Ltd., Strathclyde Regional Council, and Argyll & Clyde Health Board. Contract values up to GBP100k. Managed sales for private property on the Inner Hebrides.
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