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Tom initially joined us on an interim basis as Finance Director for a 10 month contract, and after that spell stayed in touch to assist his successors in various aspects of the role. Tom re-joined in 2009 after another FD departure and stayed with AEL for almost 10 years. During that time Tom was my dependable right-hand wingman, totally assured in running a complex international finance function, but also assisted me in running the business commercially.
Tom is able to develop intense loyalty and commitment in his staff, who then deliver exceptional results. He can get stuck into the detail, happy to sit beside the most junior member of staff to help them, but can also contribute to board level strategic discussions and lead major projects. Most importantly, all of this is performed with a sense of humour and common sense.
Tom developed lasting business and personal relationships within AEL and within the wider French owned group. I enjoyed his company on numerous business trips in Europe and Africa, when he was keen to learn how our business operated at the coal face. He is a really top FD and a very good person.
Chris Larkin - Managing Director, Africa Express Line
Tom is an exceptional Finance professional and advisor. He was an instrumental support and advisor on setting up my businesses and has continued to be so, both due to his excellent commercial grasp, in depth Finance Director experience and his genuine decency and infectious positivity.
There are no more than a handful of people I have interacted with in my 17 year career who I would recommend to his level, both profesionally and personally.
Absolute top tier professional and exceptional man
Gavin Christie, CEO - Christie Consulting
Group CEO - The Job Mentor
I worked with Tom as part of a restructuring plan for a chilled fruit packing and distribution centre, and found his input was financially astute and used good helpings of common sense. Tom sat alongside me to understand the business, the dynamics of the business plan and worked seamlessly with me to deliver a compelling and coherent business plan to the owners. A top finance guy with a professional approach and also a sense of fun and decency.
Terry Sewell - Managing Director - Capella Produce Ltd.
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