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Career History

C. Bartholomew Associates Ltd.

Financial Consultancy and Implementation


Career History

5/97 - 6/02 Financial Strategy Director - Royal Mail Group plc
High-level finance input into strategic thinking of the Group; group-wide finance projects in new areas, assessed finance implications of issues and opportunities as The Post Office evolved into a PLC. Reported to and deputised for Group Finance Director.
11/96- 5/97
Strategy Director, PO Services Group - Royal Mail
3/96 - 11/96 Service Development Director - Royal Mail
9/95 - 3/96
Director Corporate Finance - Post Office
5/92 - 8/95
Financial Planning & Control Director - Royal Mail
Headhunted to develop systems and strategies and strengthen control following reorganisation, ready for possible privatisation. Line managed accounting, reporting, budgeting, treasury, control, capital planning and appraisal and policy for £4,500m business (150,000 employees), 9 Divisions and 9 other Business Units.

1991 - 1992
Finance Director - CCHA Housing Group
Guided complex organisation, sophisticated funding, through difficult financial circumstances; developed long term strategy. 7,000 residents; turnover C.£60m.

Negotiated and set up sophisticated zero-coupon bond and accounting for it

Produced earlier, more reliable and relevant management information.

1989 - 1992 Interim Manager / Consultant


“Minded” small metals subsidiary approaching receivership for large group.


Established financial position of paints company in difficulties, for shareholders.


Developed and introduced prompt and more relevant accounting and management information system & controls for National Car Auctions (Unigate subsidiary).

1982 - 1989 GKN GROUP
1988 - 1989 Finance Director - GKN Vending Services Division - Sales £80m
1982 - 1988
Deputy Head of Corporate Finance - GKN plc.
Secondment, asked to stay; 7/84. Acquisitions, sales, tax, treasury and other projects.

1975 - 1982 CIVIL SERVICE
1980 - 1982 Principal - Office of Fair Trading - Restrictive Practices legislation re financial and professional services. Ran Stock Exchange case, leading to settlement and "Big Bang". Persuaded LIFFE to review and clear its rules before it started.
1979 - 1980
Principal - Department of Industry - Succeeded in "In-Service Principals Competition" (14 passed, from over 200). Member, wrote report, of "Working Party on Cutlery and Flatware Industry". Ran "Paper and Board Industry Scheme".
1977 - 1979
Chief Accountant - Department of Industry. Negotiated and wrote North Sea Oil Royalty rules in comprehensible form, agreed with industry, on time.
1975 - 1977
Chief Accountant - Ministry of Defence. Early promotion from Senior Accountant. Investigated and negotiated costs, overhead rates and CP:CE ratios. Mainly electronics contractors, e.g. GEC/Marconi, Cossor and Racal.

1973 - 1975
Secretary, Subsidiaries -Rudolf Wolff Ltd., City Commodity brokers.
1969 - 1973
Articles / Tax Senior - Harmood Banner & Co. now part of PwC.

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