Expert has successfully turned round a range of mid-market companies on an international basis and across a number of sectors over the last 20 years. Organizations have varied in size up to ca. 6000 employees and £0.5BN fixed assets. Common themes have been operating within complex environments, re-building executive teams and establishing working capital control from a position of virtually zero cash availability. Experience extends to dealing with fraudulent activity within company, within the locality, region and nationally. This included using 'forensic' analysis. Successful legal action was taken against a state at international tribunal. Expert has been able to secure excellent working relationships both inside and outside the client organization, through the sector value chain to achieve major improvements in performance and continuity of business operations. Clients have included Private Equity backed, publicly quoted, wholly owned subsidiaries and privately owned companies.
In situations beyond severe turnaround, Expert has obtained significant value for clients with companies in crisis, in bringing organizations into "soft landing" administrations, realizing £'00s Millions of value and preserving thousands of jobs.
Expert has over 40 years of corporate experience to bring to bear on delivering effective executive management. His experience throughout this time has been to take organizations through major change and to encourage the executive team to give clear leadership to achieve the aims of the organization.
Crucial areas for Expert's attention have been establishing the team and the mission for the organization; agreeing on the success criteria organization-wide; ensuring alignment of work, organization structure and reward; emphasizing effective working across functional and geographic boundaries and dealing with the 'soft' issues of cultural change that underpin and secure any change programme.
A rather unusual blend of functional and industry/sector experience gives Expert a very particular skill set that is applied in a highly productive manner. Overall, a collegiate approach is adopted, based on world class training and development whilst at the Mars Group and DEC amongst other international concerns. Expert has considerable experience of working in a number of functions, especially R.& D. (he is a graduate scientist), value added operations, HR (strategic and operational), marketing and IT.
Expert is comfortable managing both generalists and specialists, being able to empathize across a broad range of situations and bringing clarity of purpose in terms to which a distributed, culturally diverse team can relate.
With a real 'feel' for both process and content, Expert can apply his ability to think strategically and deliver operationally to achieve the agreed goals for the business.
The use of various business planning tools has proved successful in a variety of circumstances to focus the work of the company on value added operations only.
The efficient application of resource to the core work flow achieves a 'lean' approach that optimizes the cost base and makes the organization most responsive to meeting customer needs on a timely basis. In linking to the turnaround work mentioned elsewhere, this approach enables Expert to ensure only the necessary costs are
applied, ensuring profitable performance at the earliest possible time. In turnaround this also means that Expert takes out the right costs, so that, when upturn comes, they do not have to be put back.
In summary, Expert's businesses benefit from an integrated approach to planning, with intimately linked marketing and operations plans, properly resourced, practical and stretching. Expert has the personal goal of delivering what is promised.