Maria Smith In 60 Seconds

A commercially orientated FD/CFO with a broad experience in all areas of leadership and financial management. Before joining the FD Centre in 2021 I worked for over 20 years in an owner managed business which grew into a pan-European Group. As its CFO I have first-hand experience of the challenges faced and the agility required by SME’s that are looking to grow and expand their operations.

Specialist Skills

Strategic Thinker

Used to problem solving and helping the business move forward

Banking Relationship

Managed multi-currency and trade finance facilities

Business Planning

Developed long term plans along with detailed budgets and cashflows


Enabling and empowering others to deliver outstanding results

Systems and Controls

Improving efficiency, reporting and managing risk across the business

Track Record Highlights

  • Successfully helped a business turnaround a negative asset position and manage a complex banking relationship.
  • Set up of European group structure and acquired and established businesses across Europe. Including the implementation of transfer pricing policies and group reporting systems.
  • Minimised exposure to currency fluctuations through hedging and establishing strong systems of control.
  • Implementing systems for importing, exporting and the distribution of material centrally across Europe with a good understanding of European VAT implications.
  • Over 25 years of experience heading up the finance function, consistently producing accurate and reliable results.

Sector Experience

  • manufacturing-transport-logistics
  • mining-resources-energy

What's next?

To find out how we can help you scale faster, increase cash, profit and valuation and build the business which enables you to fulfil your life's ambition, please book your 30 minute Discovery Call below...

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