Karen Smith-Watson In 60 Seconds

I am a highly accomplished, results driven senior accounting and financial management executive with over 25 years of experience in finance, operations and corporate finance transactions within small to medium sized businesses. I work with business owners and entrepreneurs in the Guildford and Brighton areas, helping them to achieve their financial and strategic goals.

Specialist Skills

Budgeting & Forecasting

Produce high level detailed budgets and forecasts.

Profit Improvement

Assist owner/managers in building profit and cash.

Business Planning

Challenge and assist in production of high level business plans.

Corporate Finance

Completed 16 company acquisitions over 10 years.

Strategic Thinker

Help others achieve their strategic vision.

Track Record Highlights

  • Negotiated and successfully completed 16 corporate transactions, including a number of opportunistic distressed company acquisitions requiring a turnaround.
  • Completed merger and integration of two groups of English Language Training schools.
  • Raised and managed debt finance for numerous businesses, satisfying lenders and internal stakeholder requirements.
  • Proven track record in profit and cash generation through robust strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting and commercial financial analysis.
  • Assisted businesses in distress, resulting in restructure and/or business unit closures.
  • Operated at Board and Finance Director level for 15+ years.

Sector Experience

  • Insurance: Brokerage
  • Not for Profit: Charity
  • Technology, Media & Telecoms: Software Development
  • Hospitality & Tourism: Travel
  • Services: Education

What's next?

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