Trading as: Fletcher Foale Ltd
Telephone: 01344 779691
Mobile: 07769 937708
Hands-on qualified accountant, company secretary and business coach, with significant, start-up, SME & public company, financial reporting, tax management, corporate governance, corporate finance and commercial management experience, including; IPOs, acquisitions, disposals, joint-ventures, capital & debt raising (over £30+m since 2005), secretarial, legal, insurance, & property matters and systems implementation. As Finance Director of three listed PLC groups between 1989 -2007, I gained significant experience in general business management, but my particular skills are in financial management, business plan or information memorandum preparation, financial modelling, fund raising, investment readiness, corporate structuring, M&A, exit management and legal and tax aspects of investment and/or exit.
Since 2007 I have been a business coach, with specific emphasis on corporate structure, investment readiness and access to finance programmes. Initially under the SEEDA funded Thames Valley Enterprise Hub scheme, then The Innovation & Growth Scheme and more recently the National Growth Accelerator and Growth Hub Programmes, providing coaching well over 250 high growth SME’s. I act as Account Manager to some clients, and aid fellow Account Managers’ clients where specific financial management / fundraising guidance is required. I also present at Breakfast Briefings and Workshops on understanding financial management, and give the Financial Management and Control session at the Henley Business School Accelerator Programmes all run by VitalSix Ltd, a business support organisation based at Reading University.
In my role as Chairman of FinanceHeads, a collaboration of 20+ independent qualified accountants, with significant corporate management experience, each operating as part time FDs/CFO, which I co-founded in 2008, I regularly Chair members meetings and provide one to one coaching to new members wishing to switch from a full-time finance management role to a Portfolio career.
Corporate Finance, Preparation for Investment, Corporate Structuring, Transaction Management, Supporting Start-ups and Growth Companies.
SAAS, Retail, Publishing, Property Development, Hotels & Catering, Oil & Gas Support Services.
"Stephen Foale was engaged as Financial Director/Company Secretary on a part-time contract basis by View From Publishing Limited, publishers of free community newspapers in East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset, for nearly five years.
Although Stephen joined the company with no previous publishing experience, he soon acquainted himself with the industry and market place and played a crucial role in developing the group into one of the most progressive publishers in the West Country, ahead of overseeing its eventual sale to a larger publishing group. Several years later, when I was offered the opportunity to acquire another publishing group, Stephen was the first person I called, and after helping me with the complex purchase, became CFO of this new group.
He is a man of great integrity, who commands respect at all levels, but with a gentle, supporting personality which was and is an enormous benefit in building a new company and giving support to all staff members during the challenging years of setting up the company.
Stephen is a strong but uncompromising negotiator and a very creative thinker in helping to develop the business, always supportive of the staff on the ground, a stickler for detail and he possesses a cheery disposition which endears him to all my colleagues."
Philip Evans, CEO Capital Media Newspapers