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People

From our board, advisors and associates – we all share the same objectives, supporting working capital improvement.

Chris Payne on WCC.

"We set up Working Capital Consulting as we felt there was a gap. Other consultants treat working capital as a by-product or a means to another end.

For us, being a trusted partner for working capital is our goal.

We find it enjoyable and satisfying to work with client’s, their own numbers and people, find opportunities hidden from them and work with them to deliver more cash through improved processes.

It takes a lot of experience - to find, deliver and help sustain cash and profit from working capital, and that’s what we have. It’s what we set out to do and still do today."

Chris Payne

    Chris leads WCC. He started the company in 2006 to provide expertise through a dedicated working capital consultancy. He has worked in working capital and management consulting for over 35 years.

    He spent 22 years with a large consultancy as managing director and head of business development. He has helped develop working capital solutions, led teams and supported implementation for multi-national clients including Unilever, Philips, Rolls Royce, Reed Elsevier, IBM, GE, CRH, Sika, Schindler, BNFL, BAE Systems, Cargotec, Whitbread, Smurfit Kappa, Kingfisher, Metso, Gillette, Amcor, Hanson, Chemring, Balfour Beatty and Wolseley.

    “Working capital is about working with people, at all company levels, to help find where and how cash and process cost can be improved. It’s what I enjoy and take great pride in”.

Some of our associates are featured below

Nick Williams - Associate

Nick is a seasoned procurement and Payables consultant with operational experience from aerospace, retail and automotive. He has been a senior manager in large working capital practices for over 20 years. Nick helped one of our construction and civil engineering clients confirm their procurement strategy and identify potential for skills development, he has also worked with our aerospace and defence clients to improve procurement and payables performance. Working with an FMCG global corporation Nick helped design and deliver their Sourcing Academy.

Iain Wolsey - Non Executive Chairman

With over 40 years of experience spanning law, sales and marketing, retail, management consulting and international development Iain has a huge range of experience to call on. His career includes senior management roles with General Foods, Mars, WH Smith and Somerfield. Iain is currently an advisor to the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and serves on supervisory boards of a number of their investments. He is also Chairman of Business West.

Iain says:

     

    "Working Capital Consulting has a unique capability to turn an understanding of a business into real improvements in financial performance. I am a consultant working mainly in the sales and marketing and customer relationship areas of business and I have been pleased to be involved in WCC working alongside the team as non-executive chairman. The skills and processes that WCC bring to a business create the results: the understanding and insights provided by the WCC team creates extra value for Chief Executives and the boards of client businesses. ”

Claude Berner - Associate

Claude has a BA in business administration and an MBA. He speaks German, French and English and has significant experience working in complex businesses to help improve financial controls and visibility, production and quality and systems integration. Claude works with senior management to help design solutions to optimise production and supply chain solutions. He has worked with our clients across Europe to deliver cash and cost improvements in our distribution and production clients.

Paul Kimble - Associate

Paul is an experienced consultant working to deliver cash and process cost optimisation from the order to cash process. He has huge consulting experience at a senior level and has worked with many industries and companies. Paul has helped our clients implement processes, skills and training in Eastern Europe and The Netherlands and worked with our Aerospace clients to identify Group wide cash flow potential. He has completed significant assignments in the Electronics, Insurance and IT.

Mark McMenemy - Non Executive Director

Mark was Finance Director of major UK retailers Clarks Shoes, Mothercare, Monsoon and Shop Direct covering bricks and mortar, franchising and online pureplay. Additionally he has been non-executive director to a number of businesses from Logistics to Childrens' Nurseries and Credit Unions and has been an adviser on acquisitions, listings and performance improvement.

Mark says:

     

    "I was delighted to accept the invitation to become a non-executive director of Working Capital as I knew from when I had engaged them in the past that their experienced team had something different to offer. They not only provide independent professional analysis but superb project management skills ensuring new and improved processes are thoroughly trained into the operating teams making them enduring. From this they drive efficient practices and deliver results becoming a unique trusted friend of the CFO.”

Mike Pyke - Associate

Mike is a senior industry professional with extensive experience in credit management, working capital management and delivering tangible results for blue chip companies across multi-client and multi-location projects, Mike has worked with WCC to develop company cook books and deliver significant additional cash flows from improvements in receivables and dispute management.

Giuseppe Zanghi - Associate

Giuseppe has worked with WCC for many years and is a very experienced consultant with extensive experience. He speaks Italian and English and has worked on major client assignments helping to confirm and deliver significant cash from improvements from the order to cash process. He was the principal associate leading the development of SAP FSCM global process excellence which successfully designed, piloted and rolled out leading practice credit, collections and dispute management.

Paul Woodhead - Associate

Paul has worked with WCC for several years. With a degree in Production Engineering and many years with a big 4 consulting house, Paul brings a huge amount of experience to clients and has worked on supply chain, order to cash and cash forecasting projects in the UK and Europe. He identified, designed and implemented Supply Chain solutions in France and Spain for a building chemicals client, created SCM solutions for a distribution client for their Austrian, German and Benelux operations and helped reduce raw material demand and metals stocks. He recently completed a project to design an order to cash processes, across a global sales platform whilst helping deliver an overdue reduction of 40%.

Paul says:

     

    "Working at WCC is all about being part of an international team and working as an integrated element of our clients’ teams to address specific working capital issues and deliver quick and sustainable improvements based on our proven approach and expertise.”

Julia Gomis - Associate

Spanish and English speaking, Julia is an experienced associate with very high levels of staff training and motivational skills. She has worked with WCC from the beginning and has significant experience in Mexico and Spain where she has helped to design and deliver leading practice end to end order to cash processes.

Peter Goldhawk - Associate

With a background in operations management, Peter brings a straightforward clarity to complex supply chain and production problems. Peter holds a degree in manufacturing studies and is APICS certified. His experience spans engineering, automotive and telecommunications as well as a distinguished consulting career. Peter has worked with WCC on global supply chain and inventory optimisation for multi-national clients.

Michael Blythin - Associate

Michael has worked at Director level in consulting for several years. He is an accounting and operating process specialist with significant IT Systems and software expertise. Michael has worked with our Aerospace, Facilities Management, Chemicals and FMCG clients. He has significant experience simplifying large and complex data structures to provide clear and straightforward identification of opportunities – then helping to deliver them.

Michael says:

     

    "I come from a finance and IT background with advanced skills in process and data analysis. WCC have put my skills to good use on a broad spectrum of projects from WCC standard analysis through to analysis of huge quantities of data, to identify improvements to a business’s cash or working capital performance. I enjoy working with WCC as they have access to high levels of the organisation to get the job done.”

Henri Schmid - Associate

Henri has worked with WCC on a number of assignments. Working in German, English and French, Henri has helped clients identify and deliver working capital optimisation across Europe and in distribution, chemical and industrial companies. He is an experienced manager, successfully  leading the change processes, delivering sustainable reduction of working capital, lean management and business development.

Andy Symmonds - Associate

Based in Holland, Andy has developed his skills in sales and marketing, business development, procurement, project management and strategy formulation over a twenty year period. With significant corporate experience Andy has helped clients optimise procurement operations to bring value and capital efficiency though professional process design and training.

Simon Pickford - Associate

With a degree in Economics and qualifications in business management and industrial engineering, Simon’s consulting experience covers over 25 years including big 4 manufacturing and supply chain practice. His experience covers complex supply chain redesign as well as rationalisation of service organisations. He has worked with WCC on a number of client projects within the aerospace and defence and chemical sector.

Kamiel Ruhe - Associate

A highly experienced project and programme manager with a degree in business management, Kamiel speaks Dutch, English German and Spanish. He has extensive project expertise in business process redesign, lean production and S&OP. He has worked to help support the planning and optimisation of working capital for products and distribution with multiple locations and language requirements.

Why we do it

    Most consulting companies see working capital as a means to an end or have split the practice into component parts of the firm. We see this as an important and dedicated area – where an integrated approach is key.

Governance

Our board meets regularly to review client and company activity and to ensure that we operate to the highest standards.

With significant experience spanning finance, operations and non- executive roles from many industry groups , our board provides support to help maintain our dedicated focus and consulting activity.  

Employment

At working capital consulting we recognise that experience has the greatest relevance to a delivery based consultancy.

We are interested to hear from potential associates who have held senior rolls supporting working capital solutions.

Please complete the form below and attach your CV: