David Millard In 60 Seconds

I am a finance and business leader with 25+ years’ experience in the defence & security sector, working in global blue-chip technology and manufacturing groups, in both PE and PLC environments. I am ACA-qualified, and will provide you with the right, tailored financial-management support to help you navigate your way to a successful business. I have the ability, ambition and engagement to succeed.

Specialist Skills

Exit Planning

Strategy selection; business structuring; sustainability; business plan (preparation/review; financial modelling; act as 'sounding board' to CEO; management presentation); due-diligence & external advisors; de-cluttering; quality of earnings; dataroom.

Technology Evangelist

Strategy selection; preparing & reviewing R&D investment business cases; project recording, accounting (IAS38) & controlling; tax claims (e.g. RDEC); technology & product roadmaps; product lifecycle management.

Profit Improvement

Restructuring & cost-improvement projects; investigations; manufacturing cost accounting; project cost accounting; product & contract pricing; managing growth & internationalisation.

Systems and Controls

Operating model; process set-up/optimisation (digitalisation); risk management; internal control environment set-up; internal audit; KPI dashboarding.

Financial Operations

Finance team professionalisation; cash focus; financial reporting & business KPI dashboards; banking relationships; revenue recognition (IFRS15); act as interim CFO to 'steady the ship'.

Track Record Highlights

  • Personally drove business transformation & sustainment programme 'from the top', comprising vision, strategy, engagement, restructuring, training & KPI dashboard.
  • Successfully led business through COVID-19 pandemic and a significant cyber attack.
  • Transformed business's commercial offering with export financing, incl. a full credit-approved €200M+ offer with commercial banks and UKEF.
  • Steered business through significant growth phase, fully exploiting the R&D investment I had financially-managed earlier in the product's lifecycle.
  • Wrote, and had adopted, a PLC's Corporate Governance & Risk Management manual, following Cadbury & Greenbury reports.

Sector Experience

  • Engineering: Electronics
  • Government & Defence: Defence
  • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics: Manufacturing
  • Technology, Media & Telecoms: Technology

What's next?

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