Chris Backhouse

Chris has over thirty years’ experience as an adviser to, and finance director of, listed and privately owned, small and medium-sized companies (SMEs).
A plc finance director, with a range of industry & international experience,
He has been involved in both service and manufacturing businesses, with operations in the UK and overseas. He has worked with venture capital -backed enterprises and has assisted in a number of management buy-outs and other acquisitions, as well as improving results in under-performing operations.
Assisting a portfolio of companies as their FD on a flexible basis.
As Regional Director of FD Solutions, the UK’s leading provider of flexible FD’s, he currently focuses his expertise on business planning and development and merger & acquisition activity for entrepreneurial businesses, ranging in size from start-up to £100m turnover. As well as directing his colleagues, his present roles include acting as the FD of: • a UK laboratory test equipment manufacturer which exports to over 80 countries and has production facilities in China, • a TV programme distribution company that utilises the latest transponder and satellite systems to serves businesses across Africa and the Middle-East, • a software company that develops and manages intra-nets for governmental bodies, • a provider of outsourced ophthalmic services to the NHS.
A Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Chris lives in Surrey, and has twin sons (at University) and a teenage daughter. His hobbies include playing squash, tennis and snooker, cooking and watching football and other sports. He also enjoys travelling, sailing and scuba diving (preferably in warm water).

Career summary

FD Solutions, Regional Managing Director
Provision of interim and part-time Finance Director support to growing entrepreneurial businesses.
Pims Group Ltd, FD & Company Secretary
Design, installation and servicing of waste-water pumping systems. 100 staff. Venture Capital backed MBI.
Provision of Strategic and Business planning advice, including acquisition due diligence reviews.
Betts Group Holdings Ltd Group Finance Director
Packaging manufacturer, operating in 8 countries world-wide. An MBO of Courtaulds Packaging.
Unilabs Group (UK) Ltd, Finance Director
Clinical pathology group and laboratory operator. Turn-around to sale.
Ipeco Holdings Plc, Group FD & Co.Secretary
Listed aerospace and defence products company. Profit improvement and privatisation.
Ernst and Young, London
Group Senior Manager in Entrepreneurial Services Dept.
Baker Tilly, London
Supervisor to Group Manager.
KPMG, London
Trainee Accountant to Supervisor.
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