Financial and Systems Transformation Empowering Students' Unions
Experienced financial and systems transformation specialist with a successful track record spanning over three decades. Proven experience in leading and designing transformation projects, providing strategic coaching and consultancy, and delivering comprehensive training programmes. Skilled in interim accounting, operational streamlining, technology implementation and enhancing financial management practices to drive long-term success.
Strong knowledge of Financial and Accounting principles
Coaching and Training
Led numerous successful transformation projects, resulting in increased productivity, cost savings, and growth for diverse clients across industries.
Designed and implemented streamlined financial processes, optimising workflow efficiency and reducing operational bottlenecks.
Provided strategic coaching and consultancy to executive teams, fostering better decision-making and organisational alignment.
Developed and delivered tailored training programs to empower client teams with essential financial and operational skills.
Implemented cutting-edge technologies to enhance financial reporting, forecasting, and analysis capabilities.
Interim Head of / Director of Finance
(Most recently at University of the Arts Students’ Union and University of Exeter Students’ Guild)
Assumed leadership of Finance department during transition periods, ensuring seamless financial operations and accurate reporting.
Streamlined accounting processes, reducing turnaround time for financial reporting.
Implemented new software solutions that improved accuracy and efficiency in financial data management.
Collaborated with cross-functional teams to develop and implement financial management best practices.
"Tony’s presentation and training style is warm and engaging. He leaves you in a more knowledgeable position and, unlike others who can leave you overwhelmed, instead a sense of empowerment. Would highly recommend.” Fiona Slaven, Director of Finance, UAL Students' Union
“Tony brings a tangible sense of leadership and stability immediately, identifying problems and presenting solutions in a planned and methodical way. He gives confidence to others through his natural coaching style, and he can enthuse and mentor staff at all levels to take on new challenges and streamline processes.
His positive impact is felt instantly and lasts far longer than his contract. For an organisation going through rapid change, Tony has absolutely the right approach and works brilliantly as an extension of the senior team. He presented to Board and built close relationships with Trustees, staff, stakeholders and built rapport with suppliers quickly. He led junior budget holders through year end processes, and delivered training in finance to non-finance people including Trustees.
Tony took on complex project work alongside business as usual, working autonomously and as part of a team whilst reporting to me on a weekly basis. He is solution focused and an incredibly calming influence on everyone who works with him, no matter their confidence level in his area of expertise. He went above and beyond at a time of real need, and I recommend Tony without a single hesitation for any organisation needing strong financial leadership from someone who can hit the ground running.
I enjoyed working with Tony so much we’re having him back!” Alison Chambers, CEO, University of Exeter Students' Guild