Jon, a qualified FCCA, launched the consultancy in 2015 and has already worked with clients on a variety of projects.
Since then, Jon has held a number of high level financial roles in large organisations, including:
Acting at varying times as chief finance officer, company secretary, non-executive director and business associate, Jon was influential in leading the organisation through a difficult 18 month cultural restructure converting it from a loss making public sector to a profitable private sector organisation.
BAE Systems Plc
A finance bid manager on a multi-billion pound Typhoon military aircraft export campaign, Jon was a pivotal member of the campaign management team, responsible for all finance related activities within the £2bn bid.
Responsible for the financial reporting to this £200m group – £120 CAPEX and £80m OPEX. Assisting Accenture with finding £1 billion of out of scope synergy savings when merging with Telewest to form Virgin Media.
Town Centre Securities Plc
As group financial controller, principally responsible for the preparation of the Annual Report and accounts and all other finance team outputs.
thebigword Holdings Ltd
In the role of finance director in this £30m+ global language services company, sitting on the board and with overall responsibility of finance teams in Leeds, New York and Beijing. His work included restructuring of the global finance team to fully support a £40-50m global company.
Marshall Wooldridge Limited
Interim Finance Director for a UK top 50 general insurance broker and financial services team. Management of all financial activities and instrumental in all strategic commercial decision making. Attendance of all Board meetings and offers key guidance and support to the managing directors of each division to ensure they deliver successful results.
Aspire Community Benefits Society
Interim Finance Director for a charity that delivers the caring needs for 1,000 adults in Leeds who have learning difficulties. Aspire is a recent £20m spin out from Leeds City Council in August 2015. Pivotal role in supporting the Chief Executive and the Operations Director in ensuring the spin out is successful and advising them on how to run a private sector business. Close working with a diverse Board and ensuring all decisions are made with full accurate information.
Jon has received many testimonials:
I am delighted to report that Jon made a significant contribution in his 18 month tenure, which ensured that CO2Sense CIC not only survived potential administration, but now makes a profit and enjoys healthy cash balances.
You joined the business at a difficult time as grant funding was coming to an end and the business needed to transition to a self-funding model. Your financial leadership and willingness to raise awareness of issues to the board was essential in the company avoiding financial difficulties and protecting the investment activity of the company.... Your hard work, commitment and determination has contributed significantly to CO2Sense becoming a flourishing ethical investment company.
I'm writing on behalf of the RESense board to thank you personally for all your hard work and efforts during your time as a director of RESense. Your involvement, in particular overseeing the finances of the company, has been greatly appreciated by everyone involved.
In Jon’s first couple of Board Meetings I was initially impressed by the improved quality of financial information provided and also his tenacity to challenge the non executive directors to make them aware of future trade and cash flow difficulties, which were a surprise to the Board. In this period Jon formed strong relationships with the Board and communicated at all times, in a diligent and easy to understand manner, to impress upon us the seriousness of the situation.
Jon brought very astute financial acumen and the lacking commercial skills to the team and supported the education across the wider business. He was able to work with all staff, at all levels, listening, explaining and educating. Jon is a hands-on approachable FD who is able to take his audiences with him, embracing challenges and working to shape creative solutions. Jon is able to challenge his colleagues and the wider business but does this in an inclusive way, striving to reach the best solution.