James Christian, Portfolio FD at the FD Centre in Yorkshire & Humberside
(part of The CFO Centre Group)
“I really enjoy helping business owners understand the value of the numbers, and life as a portfolio FD allows me to do just that.”
After 15 years working in the same company in a variety of roles including FD and Chief Operating Officer James craved an alternative lifestyle with more flexibility and the opportunity to work on more varied projects. He left his full-time role, and an online search and a chat with a trusted friend directed him to the FD Centre.
On joining, new clients came from his network and from the well-established central marketing machine that the FD Centre invests in. His skills and experiences were fully transferable to different industries, and colleagues within the business were available to help with any industry-specific advice he initially needed.
“There’s a lot to be said for taking stock and considering where next, and I really enjoy the variety this lifestyle allows.”
James would humbly say that he’s not a born accountant. He prides himself on his ability to explain the figures to non-accountants and to help them understand what they can learn from the finance team, and of course, how they can act upon the findings.
“I’m helping entrepreneurs grow their business and broaden their horizons. It goes without saying that I’m broadening my own along the way too.”
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