Thomas Smith

independent strategy consultant

Alicante, Spain

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  • Experiencia 7 años y +
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ACA qualified independent Strategy Consultant with extensive M&A, strategy, and assurance experience in the UK and Asia-Pacific region looking for short term project work.

Led teams at global consulting firms including Deloitte, KPMG and LEK, serving private equity and corporate clients across a range of sectors covering financial services, TMT, aviation, agriculture and international development. Complemented by managing international projects in a FTSE 100 Strategy department and two Finance Director roles.

Currently the acting CFO of a Financial Times featured start-up, independent consultant, and a freelance Business Advisor for Virgin Start-Up.

Strong track record of successful client management, advising C-level executives, running a business, and operating at Board level.


junio de 2017 - Hoy

Consejo & auditoría

Viti Advisers Limited

Freelance Strategy Consultant

• Provided M&A consulting services to a private equity owned aviation intelligence business over a 4 month period. Work included the development of the company’s 3 year M&A strategy plan, establishing a framework for the assessment of potential targets and developing detailed business cases (including due diligence and valuation models) for identified targets

• Led a commercial due diligence engagement on behalf of LEK Consulting in connection with the sale of Riviera Travel by Phoenix Equity Partners to Silverfleet Capital

• Performed an in depth review of the customer base of a FTSE 250 company’s logistics division as part of a restructuring programme. Large data sets were analysed to identify key trends and drivers of profitability, with recommendations made on areas for focus and improvement

• Produced a monthly management reporting dashboard for an architectural products business which automated the production of summary financial statements and tracked KPIs against budgets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Due diligence
  • Corporate strategy
  • Corporate finance
  • Valuation
  • Business Advisory
  • Financial modelling
julio de 2017 - Hoy | London, UK

Gran distribución

Position Group

Acting Chief Financial Officer

• Produced a detailed financial model and business plan for the purpose of obtaining debt and equity funding. Position is a Financial Times featured impact investment start-up funding an innovative economic strategy to benefit low income agricultural producers in developing countries

• Developed investor materials and presentations which I pitched to potential investors

• Led collaborations with international development partners to produce business plans for specific joint ventures

• Carried out market research underpinning the growth assumptions in the detailed business plan
agosto de 2017 - Hoy | London, UK

Banca & seguros

Virgin Start Up

Freelance Business Advisor

• Advised and supported numerous start-up entrepreneurs applying for funding for their businesses. Virgin Start Up is part of the Virgin group of companies and provides start-up loans, business advice and mentoring support to entrepreneurs

• Reviewed client business plans and worked with entrepreneurs to ensure that their business cases and financial forecasts were “investment ready” before submitting funding applications

• Provided one-on-one business mentoring to start-up entrepreneurs
febrero de 2017 - Hoy | London, UK

Sector asociativo y sindical


Trustee (Treasurer)

• Established this international development charity’s new financial management and reporting systems

• Oversaw the restructuring of the charity into a financially sustainable standalone social enterprise

• Designed and implemented the governance and internal control framework

• Strengthened the entity’s strategic capabilities by recruiting additional trustees to the Board to fill identified skills gaps
noviembre de 2016 - marzo de 2017 | London, UK

Medio ambiente

LP Natural Capital

Freelance Business Adviser

• Worked on a review to assess the feasibility of establishing an impact investment fund focused on providing sustainable credit to financially excluded farmers in the Amazon region of Brazil

• Provided strategy and corporate finance advice to the CEO on an ad-hoc basis
junio de 2015 - marzo de 2017 | London, UK

Aeronáutica & aeroespacial

The Airline Group

Finance Director

• Managed the finances of the Airline Group, a company owned by the major airlines in the UK. The Airline Group is the controlling shareholder of NATS which is the UK’s leading provider of air traffic control services

• Led an internal cross functional review of easyJet’s indirect investment in the Company (via its Airline Group shareholding) to assess whether it was still of significant strategic and financial value to easyJet. I then recommended a course of action that was approved by Management

• Represented easyJet during discussions and negotiations with other Airline Group shareholders and the Government as part of the proposed NATS sales process

• Managed the repayment of capital and interest to debt holders of the company as well as distribution of dividends to shareholders. These payments usually exceeded £10m
  • Financial Reporting
  • Valuation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Accounting
  • Financial Management
junio de 2014 - marzo de 2017 | London, UK

Aeronáutica & aeroespacial


Strategy Manager

Responsible for the management and delivery of organic and in-organic strategic projects to support easyJet's overall business strategy, reporting to the Head of Strategy.

• Managed two cross-functional projects that evaluated the strategic and financial feasibility of organic growth initiatives resulting in the placing of orders for 63 Airbus aircraft, valued at £4.5bn. As part of this process, I also recommended the decision to increase the dividend payout ratio from 33% to 40%

• Led engagements to evaluate M&A opportunities which involved the development of business cases, valuations, performance of due diligence, and assessing transaction structures

• Led corporate finance projects such as the development and review of the 5 year business plan, capital structure reviews, and dividend policy assessments

• Managed a project to align the strategic plans of business functions to the overall company strategy, working with department heads to develop and implement new KPIs

• Developed and automated a multifaceted competitor database from scratch which is now used to provide timely competitor insight and bench marking analysis. This process was previously outsourced to consulting firms and investment banks, resulting in large savings

• Developed a corporate finance and valuation training workshop which I regularly delivered
septiembre de 2011 - junio de 2014 | London, UK

Consejo & auditoría


Corporate Finance Manager

• Led and managed teams involved in the provision of buy and sell side financial due diligence and M&A services to private equity and corporate clients, across a range of industries including financial services, TMT, aviation, infrastructure and agriculture

• Managed the due diligence engagement for KKR’s $200m acquisition of Afriflora in Ethiopia, the global private equity firm’s first African investment

• Led a cross border engagement team responsible for the production of a Vendor Due Diligence report in connection with Friends Life Group’s $500m sale of Lombard International Assurance to Blackstone

• Managed teams involved in the provision of Vendor Due Diligence and Vendor Assist services relating to Nokia Siemens Networks’ disposal of its Business Support Systems (BSS) business to Redknee

• Worked as an Assistant Manager on an engagement supporting Barclays' disposal of its Africa operations to ABSA for $2bn

• Managed market research and business development activities including proposal writing, recruitment, staff training and the development of performance targets for the financial services department

A selection of successful client projects includes:
• Barclays Bank’s disposal of its African operations to ABSA
• Virgin Money’s acquisition of Northern Rock Bank
• Friends Life Group’s sale of Luxembourg based Lombard International Assurance to Blackstone (private equity firm)
• Government owned Transport Scotland's purchase of Prestwick Airport
• KKR’s acquisition of Afriflora in Ethiopia, the global private equity firm’s first African investment.
• Nokia Siemens Network’s disposal of its optical networks business to Marlin Equity Partners
• IBM’s acquisition of Green Hat, a London based technology company
• Nokia Siemens Network’s disposal of its Business Support Systems (BSS) business to Redknee
• Morses Club’s purchase of Shopacheck Financial Services, a UK based microfinance institution
• KKR's acquisition of Lease Corporation International Helicopters from the Libra Group
  • Due diligence
  • Corporate Finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Financial Advisory
  • Financial Modelling
septiembre de 2008 - agosto de 2011 | London, UK

Consejo & auditoría


Assistant Manager, Banking & Capital Markets Audit

• Planned, coordinated and managed financial statement, internal and regulatory (FSA and Sarbanes Oxley) assurance engagements for a variety of clients in the financial services sector

• Managed an internal review of Visa Europe’s budgeting process ensuring that appropriate controls and processes were in place and providing advice on the development of suitable KPIs for performance measurement

• Managed a high risk US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulatory engagement for Santander UK. As a result of the new approach adopted and standard of work performed, the Engagement Partner and SEC regulation expert specifically commented that they had significantly more assurance (compared to the prior year) that the engagement requirements had been met

• Executed a regulatory engagement that was used as the basis for a template adopted by the Banking & Capital Markets Department for future engagements

• Performed engagements for clients including: Santander UK, Morgan Stanley, HSBC Merchant Services, Visa Europe, Alliance & Leicester, Chuo Mitsui Trust International Limited, Paragon Mortgages, Personal Touch Financial Services, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society and Loughborough Building Society
  • Audit
  • Internal Audit
  • Financial advisory
  • Financial Services
  • Financial regulations
  • Banking
enero de 2006 - junio de 2008 | Suva, Fiji

Consejo & auditoría


Senior Associate

• Managed assurance and advisory engagements for local and regional organisations, predominantly in the financial services and international development sector

• Conducted a review of a European Union funded development project in the Cook Islands. I was required to conduct site visits to various government ministries to hold discussions with key personnel and assess project performance against both financial and non-financial indicators

• Discovered two separate fraud cases, one of which was at a major international bank.

• Managed an engagement normally undertaken by a Manager for the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Noumea, New Caledonia. On this engagement I reported directly to the Partner

• Prepared a successful proposal for KPMG that resulted in the awarding of a contract to provide financial assurance services for Our Telekom in the Solomon Islands

• Carried out engagements for clients including: Reserve Bank of Fiji, ANZ Bank, Colonial National Bank, Credit Corporation Limited, Home Finance Company, Bank of Kiribati, European Union, United Nations Population Fund, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Fiji Red Cross Society, Global Fund (to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria), and Fijian Holdings Unit Trust
  • Audit
  • Financial reporting
  • Internal audit
  • Financial advisory
  • Financial Services
  • International development
  • Taxation
enero de 2002 - junio de 2007 | Suva, Fiji

Gran distribución

Maroi Flowers

Finance Director

• Successfully managed family owned company while also studying for bachelor’s degree. The Company consists of more than 10 employees in 4 different locations

• Installed new accounting software and set up financial reporting system

• Managed all financial matters of the business including book keeping, budgeting, processing of payments and preparation of annual financial statements

• Liaised with tax and customs authorities and international suppliers

• Supervised and worked alongside employees on farm and in retail outlets
  • Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Financial reporting
  • Budgeting
  • Pricing strategy
  • Management Accounting
  • Tax Planning
junio de 2003 | Suva, Fiji

Consejo & auditoría

Ernst & Young

Audit Assistant



  • ACA

    The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)


    Professional and Advanced Exams – Masters equivalent with first time passes


  • English

    Bilingüe o nativo

  • French


  • Spanish


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