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  • Simon Grant

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  • "Simon has a wealth of experience in business & charity finance and strategic development. From working with him for nearly ten years I found him to be a highly skilled finance director & business leader. Totally trustworthy, dependable & supportive. He has a refreshing way of being able to get to the heart of business & financial issues to ta...

  • "I've been on audit and finance committees which had Simon as FD. He operates at a high level of professional/ethical standards combined with practical standards of tight financial management and thorough business understanding. And also a pleasure to work with!"

  • "Simon was the backbone of our Kenyan business for several years and steered it through difficult market, employment and structural issues. His integrity, work ethic and professional expertise earned him the respect and admiration of his piers, the workforce and the Group management team. (I was the Group CFO). I could not recommend Simon more...

  • "Simon was my Finance Director at Securicor Kenya. As a key member of the management team Simon made a valuable contribution to developing innovative and bold company strategies and business plans. He was always keen to seek imaginative solutions. In my absence, Simon deputised for me. Simon was very solution-oriented and used his strong anal...

Background

Despite spending over 20 years in finance director roles with G4S and fair trade pioneer Traidcraft, Simon would still define himself as a business generalist.

"Having worked for overseas subsidiaries in Kenya and Indonesia, I always found myself taking on responsibility for much more than financial performance," he said.

"It's this wide ranging expertise that makes me such an asset to SME owners who are looking to move their business to the next level. I have a strong financial focus, but am experienced across the board."

Simon details amongst his internationally acquired skillset expertise in general management (including time as interim managing director of Securicor Kenya), HR, IT, supply chain management, company secretary, internal audit, property management, acquisitions & mergers and fleet management.

He is chartered accountant with an MBA from Manchester Business School.

"Working across both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors has shown me that charities, schools and other non-profit making organisations of all kinds need to operate more like businesses," he said.

"The same kind of strategic review, forward planning and reporting can also help them to grow and thrive in just the same way an SME can benefit"