Key Skills & Testimonials

Finance Director, Mike Watts, ACMA, BA(Hons)

I am an experienced, commercially aware and professional Chartered Management Accountant able to deliver at board and at the customer interface, committed to growing shareholder value, with success based on developing and driving strategy, growing teams and directly impacting sales.

After completing an Accounting and Finance degree, I started my career within Central Government before taking the leap into the commercial environment, moving back to Devon to undertake a global reporting role for Nortel Networks, a multinational telecommunications and data networking equipment manufacturer.

When the telecoms bubble burst, I realised the opportunity to transfer my processing and reporting skills gained from working within large organisations to SME’s by becoming the Finance Director for a local entrepreneurial business services company, the Crisp Group. It was here where I completed my CIMA qualification and theories finally aligned with an actual business.

Whilst supporting the Crisp Group, I created an outsourced finance offering which was sold to Francis Clark LLP in August 2012. I successfully completed the transition from industry to practice, further clarifying the outsourced offering before finally leaving in August 2013 to re-enter the commercial environment as a Finance Director.

I currently provide interim and part time FD support to SME’s and the public sector across the South West in a variety of industries with turnover between £1m and £80m. I am also the Managing Director of The Finance Department, a new commercial outsourced offering providing transactional and added value finance support to South West SME’s.

Key Skills

  • Strong leadership, communication and negotiation skills
  • Providing relevant and timely management information
  • Analysis and improvement of business processes
  • Implementation of new financial systems
  • Hands-on and practical approach to financial management
  • International, multi-site operations

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    Ian Hambly, CEO at Suresense Technologies
    “I have had both the joy and privilege of working with Mike twice now and I have found him to be highly meticulous as you would expect from a Financial Director, but also highly creative and a real asset when working through the mechanics of sometimes quite complicated transactions. In addition a great sense of humour and upbeat person that truly adds to the working environments we have shared. Highly Recommended!”

    Mark Braund, CEO at FADV Inc.
    “Mike is an exceptional Finance Director. He combines strong finance skills with a sound understand of the business. Mike possesses everything needed from a corporate Finance Director; integrity, reliability, attention to detail, etc. however equally important is his sound business judgement & his articulate communication – for this reason I seek his counsel on matters of importance.”

    Giles Hutchings, Corporate Partner at Francis Clark LLP
    “I have had the pleasure of working with Mike for various companies that we have both acted for. Mike is refreshing in his approach to business in that he has a dynamic view to finance and is always willing to challenge the norm. If you are looking for a Finance Director that adds something different, then Mike could be your man!”

    Felix Stroud-Allen, MD at FADV Europe
    “Mike has worked with me throughout my career within First Advantage (previously Recruiternet ) providing valuable strategic commercial advice in the latter years, seamlessly managing the outsourced Finance and HR departments for the $8m EMEA operation. Mike and his team are extremely committed meeting tight monthly reporting deadlines imposed by the US parent company, continually being flexible and providing an outsourced level of service that could not be managed in-house for the same expense”