I am currently looking to build up my NED portfolio and would welcome opportunities.
Highly experienced Consultant, Director and Project Director with understanding stretching from PLC companies, SMEs, startups and distressed companies across a number of industries; financial services, construction, public sector, charity, e-commerce, travel and utilities. Have been running my own businesses offering Internet Consultancy services, ecommerce, project management and online strategy for over 10 years. Skilled at running complex teams in UK, Russia, India and the USA. An excellent communicator at all levels, ability to motivate staff. Involved with a number of organisations as a Growth Consultant; taking them to sustainable expansion and in some cases to acquisition.
A creative, tactical thinker, capable of finding the right solution to complex problems and making swift decisions under pressure. Excellent at identifying strategic opportunities in order to build, or turnaround, a business with an eye to sustainable growth. Over 20 years experience with all areas of the Internet ensuring strategies are customer centric yet commercially focused. Project management skills – deconstructing complex delivery into understandable tasks. Built e-commerce departments from £20M to £80M turnover within 3 years.
Adept at managing risk within projects and organisations. Managed multiple GDPR implementations, experience with data security – especially online. Security cleared to SC level for sensitive public sector and defence projects. Produced strategy papers covering GDPR, security and FCA online marketing regulations. Adept at managing risk within projects and organisations.
Understanding of report and accounts presentations, MI and financials presentations at board level. Understanding of running a business, dealing with accountants and HMRC.
Excellent network in technology and digital production, 3D imagery and configurators. Specialist in online and digital strategy preparation and execution. Experience implementing complex IT infrastructures using a wide network of contacts, ensuring future proofing is taken into account. Technology addict and how it can be utilised for commercial gain.
Director, Executive Board experience:
Braid Consulting Ltd, 2010 – current; Founding Director
Braid Consulting offer full digital marketing and online strategy preparation and implementation for a number of clients – construction, financial services, charity, travel, FinTech, e-commerce. Often acting as in-house Digital Director or Chief Digital Officer.
1968 Ltd, 2010 – current; Consultant
Digital project management and online consultant working within building supplies, financial services, digital agency, e-commerce. Worked with a number of digital agencies on growth, turnaround and exit strategies.
- Leeds Agency; Brought in to through a period of growth and transition reviewing the business processes, systems. Objective was to build an exit strategy for the Directors, they sold the company in December 2015.
- West Yorkshire Agency; consultant role assisting in moving the organisation from small website projects to much larger technical delivery
- Leeds Agency; turning the company from a direct mail agency into a digital agency; resourcing, technical input, pitching, client liaison
Full review of the digital delivery team to analyse processes and procedures, in the UK and Russia; present recommendations that would improve efficiency, productivity and profitability.
Superbreak Holidays Ltd, Internet Development Manager
Superbreak (part of Holidaybreak PLC) largest leisure short break hotel provider in the UK with an annual turnover of £140m of which 60% generated online. As part of the Executive Board key responsibilities were control of IT and Internet development teams. Managed and procured hosting contracts and outsourcing developments to India and Russia. Reporting at the main Executive board on a monthly basis.
- Increased online revenue from £40M to £80M in 3 years
- Transferred ownership of the web sites back to sales and marketing teams
- Replaced web hosting infrastructure to improve latency and response times
- Full BCP and DR strategy allowing the company to remain trading in the event of an incident
- Project managed office move of 250 employees resulting in no loss of business or downtime
CDS (Corporate Document Services), Head of Internet Services
Part of the Executive Management Team key responsibilities; all aspects of Internet Services (head office in Leeds and Cheltenham), budgets, resources, delivery, client relationships, pitching. Worked within central government, defence, construction, local government, travel.
PRINCE2 Practitioner, Security cleared, Google Certified Professional, Google Digital Analytics Fundamentals