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Simon Rydings

Qualified accountant. 20 years experience as Interim Manager & Business Consultant. Skilled in project/change management. Experienced at negotiating commercial contracts, due diligence, business strategy, integrating new acquisitions, financial reporting & risk management to deliver growth.

Location:

United Kingdom

Qualifications:

BA, ACMA, CGMA

Disciplines:

Finance, Risk & Compliance...Show More

Industry Sectors:

Consumer Products, Energy & Utilities...Show More

Practice Groups:

Languages:

English.

Case Studies

Waterlogic plc

Client Contact:

CFO

 

Location:

United Kingdom

Industry Sector:

Food & Beverage

Discipline:

Finance


The Challenge:

Waterlogic plc (T/o £50M) an international group that manufactures and supplies drinking machines connected to mains water supplies. They were preparing for a public listing... read more

The Solution

• Assessed IFRS impact on group results & presented findings to the CFO and external auditors. • Documented changes to accounting treatments. • Restated business combinations under IFRS 3 for... read more

The Results:

• Produced financial restatements that contributed to the successful admission to AIM through an IPO. • Delivered IFRS compliant restatements for the last three year ends, securing clean... read more

Ringway Group

Client Contact:

CFO

 

Location:

United Kingdom

Industry Sector:

Construction

Discipline:

Business Transformation


The Challenge:

Ringway (T/o £450M) part of Eurovia/Vinci carry out road construction, repairs & maintenance for Local Authorities & the Highways Agency. Following Eurovia-Vinci SA's acquisition, financial... read more

The Solution

Enforced good accounting practice. Introduced 'one-version-of-the-truth' philosophy. Implemented quarterly review meetings with Divisional MD's. Improved cash flow forecasting and prioritised cash management... read more

The Results:

Dramatically improved reliability of management information. All reporting based on Group ledger figures going forward. Enabled Group Finance to report reliable quarterly figures to... read more


Career History

DES VOEUX CONSULTING LTD.

Position Held:

Director

Dates:

1997 - Present

Business Type:

Management Services

Industry Sector:

Professional Services

Overview:

Performed interim assignments (1-19 months) for clients ranging from £30m to >£20 billion turnover. Provided project & business strategy services to organisations involved in acquisitions, integrations, business restructures & improvements or compliance projects. Key competencies include: • Due diligence & business cases, • Grant Aid in UK (Regional Growth Fund), • Contract development & negotiation • Organising & delivering change, • Problem solving even in poorly defined scenarios, • Effective team player, highly motivated and delivery focused, • Excellent attention to detail combined with strong strategic focus, • Flexible & resilient. Previous assignments include the following: • The Regional Growth Fund - Contract & Due Diligence Lead • Waterlogic plc - IPO Project Manager • CAE Inc (Oxford Aviation Academy) - Business Integration Programme Manager • Kellan Group plc - Acquisition Consultant • Avesco plc - International Programme Manager • Tube Lines - PPP/PFI Contract Consultant • Siemens Business Services - PPP/PFI Project Manager • Ringway Group UK (Eurovia/Vinci SA) - Interim Group FD • Saffron Building Society - Treasury Consultant • Alliance Boots - Group Reporting Consultant • Lloyds TSB - International Programme Manager • Kingfisher - International Programme Director • Belron (Autoglass) - Interim Head of Group Reporting • Universal Pictures International - Interim Corporate FC • Thames Water International - Interim FC • Rosemount Wines - Business Consultant • ITV - Interim Head of Finance • BBC - Head of Finance & Internal Control • RBS Corporate Bank - Head if Finance IT • NatWest Retail Transformation Programme - Business Case Manager • BT International Mobile - Business Development Manager (Mobile Licence Bids) • Cable & Wireless European Networks - Revenue & Pricing Manager

 

 

Publications

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The Regional Growth Fund – Round 6 Awareness Paper

Round 6 of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) opens to bids in summer 2014. This awareness paper describes some of the ‘mistakes’ that can be made by companies when applying for grant assistance. I also hint at a few ‘buttons’ that may help secure Ministerial support for your project.

References

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References available on request.