Through it's network of advisers Craigie Mains has access to a significant number of specialist consultants that it can introduce to client businesses on a case by case basis.
Expertise: Strategy, Finance, Marketing, E-commerce, Venture Capital, Start-Up, MBIs, Outsourcing, Planning
Sectors: Internet (E-commerce and Workflow), Retail (Fashion and Food), Media (Entertainment and Communications)
Bio: James graduated from Exeter University in 1983 with a degree in Accountancy Studies and then spent the 1980s and 1990's working for a range of international financial institutions. James moved into the SME world in 1998 when Craigie Mains began trading. Since then he has provided advisory services to a wide range of clients and has co-founded Kett Country Cottages Ltd (Holiday Lettings in Norfolk).
He is a founder director of AFP Services Ltd (Outsourced Finance Department) and is Non-Exec Chairman of Housing Hand. James' other directorships have included ilg Digital (Independent Digital Media Agency), Opta Sports Data (Global Sports Data) and Kilpatrick PR Ltd (PR Consultancy); he was also Chairman of KFS Group (Luxury Menswear Retailer).
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Expertise: Coaching, Leadership, Strategy, Talent Management, Diversity
Sectors: Digital, STEM, SME, Media
Bio: Amanda graduated from University of Sheffield in 1997 before enjoying an illustrious career in Digital Marketing working with industry leaders including Outrider and i-level (where she established their highly successful search marketing business). In 2009 she set up Reform, the UK’s first dedicated Digital Management Consultancy and also co-founded Mentoring Digital Minds. For the last 5 years Amanda has been developing her coaching and leadership business, set up the Intelligencia Club and become an executive director and co-owner of Equal Talent (an innovative human development business focussing on the STEM sector). Amanda delivers her executive coaching to C-suite and senior executives through the Equal Talent consultancy.
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Expertise: Corporate Finance, Compliance, Operational Management, Strategy, Start-Up, Procurement, IPOs, MBOs
Sectors: Asset Management, Private Equity, Fund Administration, Craftware, Leisure
Bio: Mark graduated from Exeter University in 1983 with a degree in Economics and then pursued a career in corporate finance working for Morgan Grenfell and Kleinwort Benson advising companies and governments worldwide on capital raisings, privatisations and M&A. In 2001 he left Investment Banking to join an internet start-up offering IPOs to private investors.
In 2004 Mark moved into asset management and in 2007, as MD, he led the MBO of the asset manager HIM Capital from Hiscox. After a period of restructuring and rapid growth he negotiated the sale of the business to Polar Capital in 2010. Since then Mark has advised asset management companies across different investment disciplines on all aspects of corporate development including strategic direction, financing and operational management. Mark is a fully qualified Financial Adviser.
Expertise: Sales, Retail Operations, HR, Team Building, People Process, Performance Management, Business Planning, Change Management, Incentive Schemes, Customer Service Programs.
Sectors: Retail, Consumer Goods, Travel, Leisure, Food, Telecoms, Not For Profit.
Bio: Having completed a Business and Finance HND at Anglia Ruskin University, Patrick trained as a chartered accountant within in the auditing department of a respected Norfolk partnership. His retail experience started with Carphone Warehouse PLC in 1992. He progressed with Carphone in to a number of senior retail sales roles gaining valuable experience in a high growth business, and helped to successfully launch TalkTalk. In July 2006 he moved internally within the group to head up the UK retail sales of Carphone Warehouse PLC own branded networks, achieving record sales levels with newly introduced products. Patrick moved back into retail management within Carphone Warehouse before setting up his own consultancy business, which focuses on operational and team management, and examines how these areas impact on overall corporate strategy.