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Kevin Laxton

Kevin Laxton

Trading as: Laxton Business Consulting Ltd

Town: Reading

County: Berkshire

 

Telephone: 0118 933 1464

Mobile: 07771 830661

Email: kevin@laxtonbiz.com

Website: www.laxtonbiz.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laxtonbiz/

 

Profile

Experienced, independent, commercially minded. I would be delighted to provide the services of a Finance Director to your company on a part-time, temporary or project basis to suit your needs. Based near Reading covering the Thames Valley and London, happy to travel elsewhere in the UK or abroad. I am a chartered accountant and former chief financial officer with 30 years experience in industry and accounting practice. I qualified with C&L (now PwC) then moved into industry with Rothmans International as a divisional Financial Controller. Before becoming an independent FD, I was Chief Financial Officer of Rail Gourmet, the international rail catering division of Compass Group plc.
More recent clients include:

  • Holiday company (charity) – interim FD with a project to raise £11 million to develop a new hotel
  • Accountancy practice – MD with a brief to update internal processes, staff structure and billing
  • Industrial cleaning products business – providing monthly support to prepare management accounts and group reporting
  • Event management company with a US subsidiary – part-time FD for 5 years
  • Coal mining start-up (Mozambique subsidiary of FTSE 100 company) – finance consultant to MD and mentor to local head of finance.

 

Sector Experience

Includes manufacturing, distribution, marketing, logistics, event management and catering.

 

Testimonial

"I am pleased to offer my endorsement of Kevin Laxton as an experienced and effective finance professional. I am the majority shareholder and CEO of Small Planet Meetings Limited and Kevin worked for my company as Finance Director (part-time) for 5 years. During his time at Small Planet, the company transformed from a small entity to a larger business with a significant operation in the US. This growth resulted in many challenges, particularly in financial management and reporting, with existing informal systems needing to be replaced by more formal processes and controls; and much of Kevin’s time was spent delivering these new requirements. Kevin successfully implemented management reporting and project accounting systems, along with delivering separate UK and US company accounts, and consolidated financials as required. He also provided reporting and information support for the Operations team and for the Company’s board, of which he was a member. Kevin always acted professionally and demonstrated great technical knowledge and critical thinking to deliver solutions to complex challenges; and he often delivered these results by using patience and advanced negotiation skills with internal and external stakeholders, sometimes in circumstances of conflicting interests. Kevin was an excellent support and resource for Small Planet, and was very supportive of the owners and management at a time of fast growth for us; and I would not hesitate to recommend him to other companies seeking an experienced and technically capable Finance Director."
Clare Morrow, CEO, Small Planet Meetings Ltd

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