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CHRIS HARVEY BSc ACA
EXECUTIVE & NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
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Disciplines
  • Non-Executive Director
  • Owner Manager

               Mentoring

  • Managing Director
  • Corporate Strategy &

              Planning

  •  Finance Director : 
    • Turnaround & 

                        Recovery

    • Growth
    • Company Sales &

                        Acquisitions

 

Sector Experience

  •  I.T.
  • Business Services
  • Recruitment
  • Facilities

              Management

  • Manufacturing
  • Recycling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris is a commercially minded professional with strong interpersonal skills and hands on general management experience at both Managing Director and Finance Director level. He has worked in both large corporates and with SMEs in the IT, Services and Manufacturing sectors and has first hand experience of raising Venture Capital and of buying and selling SME companies. In recent years his concentration has been focused on the SME sector including part time directorships and the 'owner mentoring' process for a number of companies.

 

Most recently he was part of the team which successfully sold Smart Card Software Limited to Rambus Inc. (a Californian NASDAQ quoted technology business) in a multi million pound transaction. Chris had been the Group CFO and a shareholder of the business since 2004 and was part of the strategic team which grew the company to £25m turnover and £10m profitability prior to disposal

 

He was appointed Non-Executive Director of a £100m turnover recruitment business in 2006, quickly became part time executive Commercial Director guiding the company through a turnaround in 2008/9 when he took over as Managing Director for two years on the owner’s retirement. Acting as a part time Finance Director he has successfully helped a cleaning company grow from £5m to £16m turnover in two and a half years and was instrumental in the turnaround of a £25m turnover mechanical and electrical engineering contractor. As a result of his involvement, he personally negotiated and managed the subsequent trade sales of both these companies. He currently has an equity participation in four businesses.

Prior to embarking on a freelancing career, Chris qualified with Price Waterhouse in London, worked nine years for Marley plc, a multi-national manufacturing group (latterly as Group Financial Controller) and six years as Finance Director of Office Cleaning Services Limited, a £70m turnover national contract cleaning business and the largest company in the privately owned OCS Group. As such Chris has a proven track record in large commercial organisations as well as his more recent experiences in the SME sector

 

Current assignments

 

Group CFO and Company Secretary of FSI Global plc, a growing £15m turnover international Digital Workplace software solutions provider. Having negotiated a small MBO deal in 2002, Chris is an equity participator working closely with the Chairman, who is now the majority shareholder, and the Group Managing Director.

 

Assisting foreign majority shareholders with management of investment in e-Smart Systems Pvt (India), an IT business based in New Delhi

 

Part of a start up team addressing security software monitoring tools and solutions via IOT (the internet of things) 

 

 

General Background

 

Chris was born and educated in Maidstone Kent and has spent much of his life living in the County. Over the years he has enjoyed a successful association with both Maidstone and Blackheath rugby clubs and is currently a keen sailor of Sonatas at the Medway Yacht Club, previously having spent a number of years racing keel boats on the East Coast