WORK HISTORY
 

INDEPENDENT TURNAROUND 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.

EVA MECHLER GmbH

Die Massivholz Tischlerei: award winning manager owned enterprise for design and manufacture of bespoke furniture in the luxury market. Eva Mechler was selected Winner for the Bespoke Cabinetry Award at The International Yacht and Aviation Design Awards 2017. My role is to build the business networks and connections, and supporting 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, including coaching in a large Swiss Bank; engaged as an expert leadership assessor for a Big Four Firm in Switzerland; and presently developing a new model for organisational entrepreneurship.

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 Ltd
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.

 

PRIVATE ENTERPRISE 

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.


1996 – Present

Owner

2016 – Present

Founder

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2013 – Present

Associate Director

2014 – Present

Freelance

2010 – 2015

Associate Partner

1999 – 2010

Managing Director

2000 – 2002

Consultant

1993 – 1996

Chairman of
Fundraising

1992 – 1995

Business
Development Manager

1979 – 1992

Owner and
Company
Director

CONTACT ME

Charles Barber

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
MANAGEMENT DUE DILIGENCE
BUSINESS MENTOR COACH

 

Phone: +41 79 306 14 40 (Mobile)

 

Email: click here

 

Address: Wald, Zürich, Switzerland
Skype: charles.barber.esq

© 2017 Charles Barber. 

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