Richard Preston
Remote, London, SE England, SW England

An experienced, enterprising Portfolio Finance Director that helps growth SMEs in the financial, tech and service sectors

An experienced Finance Director & CEO, Richard works with equally driven entrepreneurial owners and CEOs as they go through the roller-coaster of growth, strategic relationships, finance raise and M&A.?? He has worked in highly regulated markets, in start-ups, privately owned and group subsidiaries. He brings a flexible, energetic and hands-on approach to working with a management team through the challenges of SME businesses; focusing on building value, and shielding the team from the operational distraction of a capital transactions and stakeholder management.




Richard’s work in action

Finance Function Restructure for a global insurance brand

As newly appointed UK FD for a global insurance brand, Richard Preston inherited a finance team that was in disarray and poorly regarded within the Company.  Pulled in too many directions at once, the team lacked focus and selectivity, which resulted in an incessant rush to keep on top of core procedures from one period to the next, with no intervening opportunity for reflection, critical thinking, or continuous improvement.  The same issues were also evident in the company’s operations outside the UK, so Richard’s solution would have to be geographically adaptable as well as measurably effective. 

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