I started my accountancy career with Devon County Council as a management accountant in1993. Prior to this I had been running my own successful retail businesses. Whilst with Devon County Council, I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant, and in 1998 I embarked on my solo career as a freelance Finance Director. I have worked with a large variety of Commercial and Charitable organisations, improving the quality of financial reporting and supporting business development and growth. Whilst at F H Mann, I successfully project-managed the ERP integration with the accounts system, leading to better, and more timely management information. Over recent years I have also worked with charitable trusts such as Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, Exeter Real Food, and now The Marine Biological Association, working with the Board, as a member of the Senior Management Group. As the MBA Finance Director, my main aim is to guide and support the growth of the Association and ensure financial stability for the future. I will develop an approach that is commercially and financially focused, and develop medium to long term business plans, whilst closely monitoring the outcomes.