I am a Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years experience. I have a degree in Business Administration.
I believe strongly in teamwork, positive leadership, creative thinking, and clear communication to motivate staff and achieve organisational and personals goals.
I have extensive experience in accounting systems, management and financial accounting, audit management, staff management, and business development.
I am able to rapidly understand a business and its goals and implement procedures and systems that provide quality information, effective control, and efficient transaction processing.
Accounting systems - Maximising systems potential
Efficient data capture and quality information for decisions. Implementation of accounting systems, system development and configuration, data migration and interfaces, data extraction and manipulation, training, documentation. Experience includes: Microgen 4 Series Trust Administrator, Microsoft Dynamics, Hyperion Reporting, Excel Macros and Visual Basic, SQL databases, Business Objects, QuickBooks, Crystal Reports.
Management and Financial Reporting - Transforming data into information
Development of reporting systems and procedures that enable timely measurement of financial and non-financial performance. Development and implementation of appropriate control procedures. Preparation of strategic plans and financial budgets. Audit management. US and UK GAAP. Balanced scorecards.
Offshore Finance and Accounting – Key industry knowledge
Trust and offshore company accounting, fund accounting, corporate administration, private client financial reporting, shareholder services, investment analysis.
Implementation of Microgen 4Series administration and finance system.
Financial accounting and audit management for Special Purpose Vehicles linked to investment funds.
Developed for NYU Buenos Aires a comprehensive monthly financial report comparing actual to budget expenditure and providing analysis and commentary. Ensured that operating budget was met in each fiscal year. Developed and implemented comprehensive procedures for supplier payments, payroll, and bank reconciliations achieving effective control and efficient transaction processing. Initiated with colleagues from NYU London and Paris an administration workgroup to share, knowledge, ideas and experiences across NYU’s global sites.
Established in Buenos Aires the finance and administration function for the Centurion Group. From an original staff of two in 2003 the team has grown to 16 and provides high quality and cost effective support to its European head office and to international clients. Responsibility for accounting, finance, administration, and human resources.
Developed for Centurion Group comprehensive management information pack for 2007 that included consolidation of Centurions 10 revenue centres and more than 70 individual legal entities. This project was especially difficult as the legal and tax structure underlying Centurion is extremely complex as is required for effective international tax planning. The end result was a comprehensive and high quality resource for Centurion management that enabled enlightened decision making.
As Latin American financial controller for legal publisher Reed Elsevier successfully transformed the administration and finance functions of three Argentine legal publishers from family businesses to part of a multinational corporation. Implemented new finance system and procedures, defined organisation structure, trained and motivated staff, and upgraded infrastructure. Successfully managed the acquisition of Chilean legal publishers Conosor, and Publitecsa by Reed Elsevier.
New York University in Buenos Aires - 2009 to date
Assistant Director for Administration
Buenos Aires site established in 2008 is one of 10 global sites promoting international learning, personal development, and cultural awareness.
Centurion Group - 2003 to 2008
Finance and Accounting Manager – Argentina
Specialists in international tax and investment advice, fund management, offshore corporation and trust management, payroll administration.
Transend Worldwide Limited - 2001 to 2002
Business Development Advisor - Argentina and Uruguay
Subsidiary of New Zealand Post
Reed Elsevier - 1999 to 2001
Financial Controller Latin America – Argentina, Chile, Brazil
European Legal and Technical publishers
Purchased Argentine legal publishers Abeledo Perrot, Depalma, and Jurisprudencia Argentina in 1999, and Chilean legal publishers Conosur and Publitecsa in 2000.
Datamonitor, BBC, BHS - 1997 to 1998
Management consultant - Finance, Systems - London
International business and market information analysts - now owned by Reuters
Income Support New Zealand - 1995 to 1997
Systems Accountant – Wellington (You can't beat it on a good day with a good job!)
Zealands benefit payment agency. Transforming social dependence into social contribution and promoting hope and worth in New Zealand's communities.
Unilan SA - 1994
Contract Accountant – Buenos Aires
One of Argentina's largest wool exporters.
Erdman Lewis Limited - 1992 to 1994
Management Accountant (Property Management Division) – London
West End Property Company now part of Colliers International Group.
BET PLC - 1990 to 1991
Management Accountant (Group Accounts) – London
Business Services group including Initial Towel Services
Public Trust New Zealand - 1986 to 1990
Management / Treasury Accountant (Head Office) – Wellington
New Zealand's state Trustee and investment manager.