Many of my skills and experiences have been discussed by my CV is detailed below 


Financial Controller / Finance Manager

Personal Profile:

A Senior Financial Manager who demonstrates a wide range of competencies including Professionalism, Passion, Enthusiasm, Focus, Leadership and Tenacity. Has experienced a wide ranging career with a track record that shows effective management of capital and corporate costs, whilst communicating and promoting change at all levels in an organisation.

Education & Qualifications

  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Designated FCCA December 2003.

  • University of the West of Scotland

B.A Hons Business Economics & Finance (class 2:1)(1993) – Industrial experience sandwich course.

Career History:

 Ataxia UK (May 2007 – To date)

Worked in my role as local treasurer of national charity, maximising use of reduced charity giving and working closely with the charity head office and volunteers.  This contribution to the welfare of members and an appreciation of needs allows me to make a valuable contribution to community well-being. This role continues throughout, and runs concurrently to my career and is a key element of my spare time.

Derek Taylor Finance (December 2016 – To Date)

Established Finance consultancy following redundancy to build new skills including Marketing and web site design and recently completed a successful assignment with a software solutions client

Renishaw Diagnostics Limited – Finance & Purchasing Manager (June 2011 – Nov 2016)

(A Subsidiary of Renishaw plc – £450m turnover Global Metrology and Healthcare sectors)

Principal role responsibilities and achievements

  • Member of Senior Management Team with control of finance, purchasing and corporate functions
  • Contribution to the Collaborative Quality Management System to ensure processes are robust, relevant and adhered to and to capture any potential weaknesses via root cause analysis.
  • Financial and Operational strategic planning and forecasting identifying cost saving opportunities.
  • Present financial information in terms of Business Support to colleagues including analysis and recommendations for improvement.
  • Management and statutory accounts preparation work with all levels including board.
  • Control and reconciliation of all stock balances including count audit procesess and reporting.
  • Systems and IT development – Sage and Excel and training across the business to ensure appropriate and relevant use.
  • Robust internal control and compliance policies established and training as required.
  • Credible and respected advice and support provided on all financial and corporate matters.
  • Automation of all financial processes utilising system (Sage) and internet applications.
  • Line management, mentoring, training, motivating and leadership responsibilities including appraisal and constant feedback and communication
  • Building and enhancing relationships with suppliers, auditors, bank and external funding bodies.
  • Working collaboratively with local colleagues at all levels and senior management at plc board level
  • Effective cost control and cost analysis with value added reporting, communication and presentation
Sky – Business Analyst (December 2010 – May 2011) – short term assignment

Principal role responsibilities and achievements

  • Complete analysis of existing business procedures followed by successful implementation of new procedures.
Thus plc – Financial Analyst & Divisional FC (October 1999 – April 2009)

(Subsequently acquired by Cable & Wireless – Thus was an £800m turnover Telecommunications company)

Principal role responsibilities and achievements

  • Successful member of the group finance team responsible for operating costs, capital costs and managed solutions division revenue/cost of sales with relevant and value added reporting theron.
  • Evolution of role and various internal promotions from financial analyst responsible for sales and marketing, to contact centre services, to engineering and operations to the high profile role of financial analyst with control of all operating and capital costs.
  • Considerable analytical review with significant data manipulation and financial analysis in reporting performance and deviations from budget.
  • Budgeting and forecasting skills to include the completion and analysis of budgets and forecasts with non financial and operational management and to tight deadlines, including the use key performance indicators and performance measurements.
  • Commercial and operational management involving a number of cost saving initiatives with effective communication at all levels, including board level presentations. Savings made to enhance continued development included, marketing & property cost savings and efficiencies in travel and accommodation costs while maintaining customer focus.
  • Management accounting and reporting with considerable business support, working and communicating with all colleagues, at all levels and all professional disciplines providing clear, credible and respected guidance and advice.
  • Financial accounting and reporting skills with involvement in group statutory accounts for audit purposes and close working relationship with internal and external auditing teams.
  • Planning and analysis experiences included monthly management reports to both CFO and cost centre management to facilitate and influence strategic decision making while maintaining and building upon all business relationships at all levels.
  • Change management where the evolution of Thus required focus on a changing environment and Focus on the ‘bigger picture’ for long term objectives and development.
  • System and reporting development in terms of SAP and Excel to reduce quantity of information provided in favour of quality of financial and management information.
  • Ensured controls and processes were in place to ensure business development.
  • Continual development of monthly reporting processes, including communication to company and cost centre management by effective training, presentation and discussion.
  • Ensuring integrity of all financial data impacting upon the financial statements of the group.
Various Contract Positions on relocation back to Glasgow
March 1998 – September 199
British Broadcasting Corporation – fixed term contract
  • Ad hoc reporting duties within Production and Broadcasting.
Diageo / United Distillers & Vintners – fixed term contract
  • UDV and Diageo (formerly Guinness plc and Grand Metropolitan plc) fixed asset administration  with the monthly and adhoc reporting of assets to group finance.
Railtrack plc – fixed term contract
  • Monthly reporting of Railtrack investment spend and authorisation.
  • Variance analysis on deviations from budget on station projects.
News International plc – Group Accountant London (November 1996 – February 1998)

Joined News International plc as group financial accountant.

Principal role responsibilities and achievements

  • Full quarterly and auditable reporting of European consolidation to parent company.
  • Monthly reporting of group company profit & loss and capital expenditure results to United States
  • Development of monthly reporting processes, including communication to company and cost centre management by effective training and presentation.
  • Systems development of Hyperion consolidation system to meet all the requirements of colleagues and parent company in terms of financial and management reporting.


Royal Insurance plc – Consolidation Accountant City of London (July 1995 – October 1996)
 Assistant Accountant Liverpool (October 1993 – June 1995)

Principal role responsibilities and achievements

  • Recording and analysis of accounting returns from overseas ops of Royal Insurance International
  • Consolidation of results to Profit before tax of International operations.
  • Various project work for group executive and directors, such as competitor and audit fee analysis.
  • Development of additional quarterly information as required by stakeholders.


Additional Qualifications & Skills

  • Flexibility & Integrity
  • Change Management
  • ACCA / FCCA Qualification
  • Management & Financial Accounting
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Business Support & Cost Control
  • Collaboration & Cooperation
  • Visibility & Approachability
  • Leadership & Professionalism
  • Relationship Building & Training
  • Uphold Values & Ethics
  • Communication & Presentation


  • Change Management
  • Management & Financial Reporting
  • Financial Controls & Process Automation Robustness
  • Commitment & Tenaciousness
  • Effective written & Verbal Communication skills
  • System Development & Quality Assurance
  • Determination & Tenacity