I started my career in the insolvency profession at an early stage with the Insolvency Service and moved to Price Waterhouse Cooper where I trained and spent over 20 years building up a high level of business recovery & insolvency experience across a wide range of industries and professions, acting as an appointment taking director from 2000. At PWC I acted as liquidator of a member of the Enron group of companies and dealt with a wide variety of both corporate and unincorporated businesses. I enjoyed leading a team specialising in advising individuals with a wide range of business interests and issues including politicians, sports personalities and many from the professions. I have a deep knowledge of the personal insolvency sector having lead the personal insolvency practice for both PWC and my subsequent firm.
I was honoured to win the Insolvency Practitioner of the Year for Personal Insolvency in 2009 in the profession’s insolvency awards and have again been nominated for this year’s awards.
My current focus is on the mid-market sector providing advisory and insolvency services for corporates, individuals and partnerships. I am based in London but routinely deal with assignments across the country and indeed overseas. I have a ‘hands on’ approach and have much experience of managing relationships with different stakeholders with sometimes competing interests.
I have extensive expertise in business reviews, recovery and insolvency work for professional practices, having led a number of assignments particularly for legal practices however structured and have also worked with vets and dental practices. In all cases I am used to working with key stakeholders - business owners, bank lenders and other creditors as well as regulators, such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
In 2013/14 I served as President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA), one of the two leading regulators of the profession. I remain an active member of Council and have served on the Investigation committee (monitoring members’ professional standards), founded and chaired the personal insolvency committee and currently chair the Exam and Training committee.
I am passionate about the training and development of younger members of the profession and have a long term interest and involvement as examiner and marker for the IPA’s suite of intermediate insolvency exams, specifically the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (CPI). I developed and launched the CPPI as a specialist personal insolvency exam 2009. Recently I launched the CPCI (corporate specialist paper). I currently act as the Chief Examiner for these exams.
I am married with 3 children and in any spare time enjoy sporting activities such as hill walking and horse riding. I also enjoy motorcycling. Regrettably I have never got round to golf and have to leave that to my colleagues!
I look forward to contributing my experience to the team and to assisting businesses in London (and elsewhere) develop tailored solutions to their financial or strategic issues.