Small child Sebastian

Growing up can be a tricky business, and we all need help along the way.

Seaforth Consulting's principle Tom Mckenzie works alongside you as part of your business to ensure you feel supported across the whole spectrum of your business.

Tom provides a friendly, experienced in-house ,part time Finance Director role (or full time if needed!).

​About me  

I grew up mainly in Africa and had an unconventional upbringing in the East African Rift valley and southern Kalahari desert. The experience gave me an appreciation of other cultures and doing things differently. 

 

After completing a First Class Honours in Civil Engineering at Glasgow University followed by a few years building roads, I switched and re-trained as a Chartered Accountant, qualifying in 1990 as an ACA. I then left practice and went into commercial firms as a Financial Controller. Industries included media, logistics and retail. 

Then for many years I had a portfolio career, acting as an interim Finance Director with growing SME's, including start-ups, turnarounds, troubleshooting and conventional stand-in positions after a Finance Director had departed. Industries included Media, Hospitality,  Professional Services and Logistics.


Following this portfolio career I spent the last 10 years as Finance Director of a French owned, UK based shipping line, moving fresh fruit from West Africa to Europe on modern refrigerated vessels. This was a complex $150million business with operations in Europe and Africa. 

Now resuming my portfolio career, I am looking for privately owned SME's wanting to harness this experience on a part time basis. I enjoy working with smaller businesses with warmth and humour, working alongside management teams to provide a strong foundation for a business to grow. Location wise we are talking London, Kent and Sussex. 

Which is where this page started. I live in a beautiful East Sussex village with my young family, dogs, cats, chickens and Doves. And oh, that is my younger son Sebastian above, growing up with me.