Finance Director

Finance Director – Interim

Our client is a ambitious and expanding Multi Academy Trust which managed a number of schools across the UK. The Trust required more rigorous financial controls and standards to be put in place across the different schools. Wickland Westcott was engaged by the CEO to find an interim Finance Director. The challenge was to identify an experienced interim with a strong finance background who had ideally worked in the private sector as well as education. The ideal candidate would also have worked in a more generalist management role in a school and who understood academy financing models.

Wickland Westcott met with the CEO to gain a full understanding of the role and the required deliverables. As well as accessing our network of finance professionals, we pro-actively approached interim Finance Directors in the education sector to come up with a high quality shortlist of candidates. We focussed on their ability to make real changes to finance systems and put processes in place to enable further growth.

The successful interim met with the CEO and the founder of the Trust and was engaged virtually immediately. After a very successful assignment lasting nine months, significant progress was made in implementing effective controls and processes across the estate. The interim was asked to join the organisation on a full time basis as COO, which he duly accepted.

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