I have worked in accounting for over 30 years having qualified as an Accounting Technician in 1989 and as a Certified Accountant in 1998. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a wide and varied accounting career starting with six years at local accountancy firm Kendall Wadley earning my accountancy stripes working on producing accounts using incomplete records, small company audits and tax computations, manual payroll and company secretarial duties.
For almost a decade following, I worked in various management accounting roles in both the manufacturing and service industries, taking lead financial roles managing cash-flow and profitability as well as providing management accounts and other information for decision making purposes at director level.
I began my legal finance career in 2004 with Harrison Clark Solicitors who were at that time a relatively small firm based in Worcester and Birmingham. That firm is now Harrison Clark Rickerbys Ltd; a top 100 civil law practice with offices in Birmingham, Worcester, Cheltenham, Reading, Ross-on-Wye and Hereford. I was their COFA from January 2013 until leaving them in May 2014 to start my own business.
I have been a member of the Institute of Legal Finance and Management since 2004 and I was elected by the members to the Institute’s Executive Council in 2006 until 2017 . During this time I have served on both the Editorial Board (responsible for overseeing the production of the Institute’s bi-monthly magazine) and the Strategy Committee (responsible for overseeing the decision-making of the Institute and ensuring the smooth running of the Institute’s day to day activities). I also presented the ILFM’s seminars on the COFA role and also the Credit Management for Law Firms workshop.
One of the cornerstone’s of any successful business, irrespective of its size, is sound financial governance which is appropriate to the industry the business operates in and the needs of the business and its owners.
Anyone that has their own business, will know that you have to really feel passionate about what you’re offering to your clients and customers.
I am no exception – I will give you my full support to protect your business assets and profitability and see your business prosper and flourish.