After Education at Kingswood School, Bath and Southlands College, Wimbledon I started a career as a Management Accountant, firstly with the P&O Group for 10 years, then as Chief Accountant or Finance Director in Freight Forwarding, Slazenger and Marine Engineering.
A move into Life Assurance with the General Accident Group as Head Office Finance Accountant followed. Here the need to install new computer systems precipitated a switch to Systems work, coinciding with the arrival of the first PCs in the UK and installing one of the first networks in the world.
Redundancy as the work moved out of London, indirectly resulted in an opportunity to establish a new company in Bristol. This unfortunately coincided with the Banking Crisis 1990 precipitating the next move.
Project Management opportunities arose and have become my main speciality. These have included, refurbishment of a Victoria Church, associated hall and new Link building, Railway Signalling System, Jet Engine for Military Aircraft, Installation of Accounting Systems, Y2K for national Government Body with offices throughout the UK, NHS National Spline Project, Procurement Project under OUJC rules for Local Authority. Whilst taking opportunities to slip back into more pure accountancy work during temporary breaks.
Formal qualifications include Membership of the Association for Project Management, University of Sheffield Diploma in Informatics, Membership of the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers, Membership of Insitute of Profesional Sound, also Accounting and Teaching Qualifications.
Membership of the ISCE and IPS is explained by a lifelong interest in Electronics and Sound Engineering developing from a hobby into a small business hiring out and installing Sound (PA) systems.
My other main interests are as a youth leader, Officer in The Boys’ Brigade, and a Methodist Local Preacher.
My principle hobby is Amateur Raio, licensed as G8HKP, when I find time to get on the Air!
For sport I enjoy mountaineering, rock climbing and canoeing.
Culturally I have sung Tenor my whole adult life, currently being a member of Lucis, a choir in Bath.
I meet my wife Celia at College we have a married Daughter and two grandchildren.
If your paperwork is in order, you could always send a "Statutory Demand". You tend to get paid within 21 days!
I can recommend the Exchequer Enterprise range of software. The "normal" version can be dual currency, but there is also a verson which can cope with upto 70 currencies - (In Biblical times there were though to be 70 countires in the world, so that should be enough!
I also found that there are some other quite attractive features of Exchequer.
I Project Managed an installation earlier this year and would be happy to be involved with another.