Nigel originally trained and qualified as an accountant (FCCA) with a UK provisional firm before founding his first software business in the 1990s. He has since founded and run other businesses and been an expert designer, advisor and implementor of finance systems in organisations from SMEs through FTSE250s to the largest global banks.
He was founding partner, CFO and CTO of ReportSource, a consultancy that grew to a 70-person business in six years before being sold to Deloitte Consulting. Nigel stayed with Deloitte to help Post-Merger Integration from a people, technology, client and finance perspective, and has subsequently collaborated with Deloitte on systems implementation and major change projects.
He has a deep understanding of how technology can be used to support and improve businesses of all sizes, not just in the Finance function itself, but across the wider business. He is a passionate believer in having the Finance department provide genuine forward-looking information and insight, not just the ‘historic numbers’.
He has a focus on improving business processes, making the mundane tasks more efficient so that time can be spent concentrating on what makes a real difference to the running and profitability of the business. This also helps to ensure that the Finance team are well-respected and have an interesting and fulfilling role.
He is able to step back and look at the bigger picture but is not afraid to get stuck into the detail when necessary. He firmly believes that keeping a hand ‘close to the coal face’ and still being able to ‘do the job’ enables him better to support those working for him and to gain their trust and respect.
Nigel now concentrates on supporting organisations through periods of change, especially changes of management or ownership. He is very familiar with the challenges that these bring from a cultural and emotional perspective as well as the legal, financial and other aspects of the transaction itself. His insight has been welcomed and valued by management teams and their advisors on both sides of those transactions.
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Managing Director of epmgurus, brings 30 years of diverse experience to bear in helping organisations and teams through change – of size, structure, systems, management or ownership.
Nigel has run, advised, supported or worked with Finance functions from one-person operations up to globally dispersed Finance departments of several thousand people. He knows what good (and bad!) looks like.
Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) is a broad term covering any business process that seeks to improve performance through a continuous loop of data collection, reporting, analysis and, most importantly, informed and targeted action.
In practice, Finance EPM is generally considered to cover at least Strategic, Financial and Operational Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting, Management Reporting (MI), Financial Consolidation, Statutory Reporting, Profitability and Cost Management, including Cost Allocation.