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The flexibility and opportunity that portfolio working allows suits me very well as I’m able to plan my own diary to balance my personal and professional commitments.

Julian Crawford, portfolio CFO at The CFO Centre in Sydney

(part of the CFO Centre Group)

The flexibility and opportunity that portfolio working allows suits me very well as I’m able to plan my own diary to balance my personal and professional commitments.

Julian Crawford first heard about the CFO Centre a couple of years ago from a friend of his who had been working with them for a while in the south of England and really enjoying it. 

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“Portfolio working provides me the opportunity to work with a wide range of talented business people, while providing a healthy work/life balance.”

Allan Robb, portfolio CFO at the CFO Centre in Australia
(part of the CFO Centre Group)

Allan joined The CFO Centre in Queensland in late 2018, having previously worked in CFO roles in larger corporates and SMEs.  His background as a CFO with extensive experience across a range of industries meant that he was ideally suited to The CFO Centre portfolio approach.

“I decided that corporate roles were no longer for me,

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“Working as a part-time CFO with the CFO Centre is more rewarding than most corporate jobs.”

Andrew de Bruyn, portfolio CFO at the CFO Centre Australia
(part of the CFO Centre Group)

Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant who trained with BDO and has many years of senior financial experience, as CFO and Finance Manager, across diverse industries including FMCG, fashion clothing, diamond mining, and manufacturing.

When Andrew’s contract came to an end with the company he was working with he was looking for a new avenue,

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“I worked hard to work my way up to CFO and Company Secretary of a large public listed company but when I arrived, I wasn’t experiencing the job satisfaction and sense of achievement that I craved.”

Andrew Bell, Portfolio CFO at the CFO Centre, Western Australia
(part of The CFO Centre Group)

Andrew Bell has an enviable CV. With 25+ years working with fast-growing companies, he’d worked his way up from Graduate Accountant to an ASX 300 CFO and Company Secretary.  But, in Nov 16, he wasn’t feeling quite as fulfilled as he thought he would as the politics in the corporate environment were preventing him from enjoying his roles.

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“This is probably the happiest I have ever been for a number of reasons.”

Zara Merricks, portfolio FD at the FD Centre
(part of The CFO Centre Group)

Zara works as a portfolio FD for between five and 10 clients at a time. She works for the FD Centre, the largest provider of part-time FDs in the UK and is delighted to see the rapid difference she makes to companies she works with. Since joining the FD Centre over two years ago, Zara is enjoying the opportunities that have come her way.

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“With portfolio working, I’m not pigeon-holed into one particular area of expertise.”

Tony Lewis, portfolio FD at the FD Centre in the South East
(part of The CFO Centre Group)

With 30+ years’ experience in the corporate world, both in the UK and globally,  Tony has been there, done that, got the t-shirt. But by working for one of the top management consultants and supporting many US-listed companies, it’s very easy to be known for one particular type of situation.

Then there’s always the next client waiting for your support and advice.

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“I value the security that being a part-time FD with half a dozen clients brings.”

Michael Citroen, portfolio FD at the FD Centre in the Thames Valley
(part of The CFO Centre Group)

Michael Citroen is 59 years old and a 14-year veteran of the part-time portfolio job world. The former Group Finance Director of a large privately-owned company relishes the challenge and excitement of working with SMEs in his role as a part-time FD.

“The FD Centre is very focused on helping its part-time FDs to win new clients”,

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“Joining such a knowledgeable team of professionals made the transition from corporate life so much easier for me.”

Jim Laslett joined the FD Centre in 2015 and has enjoyed the diversity that his new role brings.
(part of The CFO Centre Group)

After a chance meeting at a Christmas lunch in 2014, Jim decided to explore the opportunity of working with the FD Centre and later joined. Jim’s previous experience in retail and manufacturing has enabled him to look after a number clients from very varying industries – from an electrical wholesaler to a supplier of specialist products to fruit farmers,

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“Portfolio working allows me to keep close to the business I founded, whilst supporting other entrepreneurs

Chris Willford, portfolio FD at The FD Centre in the Thames Valley
(part of the CFO Centre Group)

“Portfolio working allows me to keep close to the business I founded, whilst supporting other entrepreneurs and doing the things I love.”

Chris Willford joined the FD Centre back in 2016 after over 30 years working in FTSE 100 companies and the creation of a successful software business.

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