Blake & Blake – Finance Directors was established in 2008 to provide Finance Directors and ad hoc financial support to Small and Medium Size Enterprises (“SMEs”).
Blake & Blake – Finance Directors is led by me, David Blake.
I am an experienced Finance Director / NED with a 25 year plus track record of achievement in large corporate businesses and as a portfolio Finance Director to SMEs.
The earlier part of my career was spent within large corporate businesses across a range of sectors including manufacturing and engineering, pharmaceuticals, clinical trials management, food and drink and motor insurance claims working for companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo and Whitbread. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.
For the last 8 years I have worked as a portfolio Finance Director / NED. Bringing my corporate experience to SMEs enables me quickly to develop strategy and assess and manage risk for the business, build and mentor the finance team, implement robust processes as well as to act as a sounding board to MDs enabling them to focus on running their business rather than merely working in it as well as providing challenge and support to other board members.
I have considerable practical experience in all areas of strategic business planning, financial management and control, performance improvement, outsourcing, financial review and risk assessment. I am a valued member of the management team or board providing strategic and commercial expertise.
My informal and hands on style enables me to work effectively throughout the organisation from senior management to the ‘shop floor’.
I am also a qualified Executive Coach.
Qualifications & Accreditations
- Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA)
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of Warwick (BA Hons)
- Level 7 Certificate and Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring from The Institute of Leadership and Management