Kirsty is a chartered accountant and has advised SME clients on corporate finance matters & transactions for around 15 years, including having set up several corporate finance departments for regional firms of accountants.
After qualifying with Baker Tilly in 1996, Kirsty then specialised in corporate finance for SMEs, and was appointed by Levy Gee as the first manager dedicated to corporate finance outside of London.
After roles at other regional practices in their corporate finance departments, Kirsty was then approached to set up a corporate finance department at a local, but ambitious firm, developing the necessary systems and procedures for them to be able to offer the service to their new and prospective clients. The firm became AIM listed and now has 5 offices in the North West with around 100 staff, has secured Investors in People and has been a finalist in the Accountancy Age Firm of the Year for two successive years.
Presenter and Consultant
In 2002/3, she founded a training and consultancy practice presenting corporate finance courses to SME advisors, directors & banks. In 2007 she formed The Corporate Finance Network for accountancy firms who specialise in SME Corporate Finance, and in 2011 she launched The Corporate Finance Academy for business owners.
She has presented professional seminars & spoken at conferences UK and abroad on behalf of ICAEW, ICAS, Yorkshire Bank, BPP, CCH, Mercia, UK 200 Group, Pentagon Training, Park Seminars, SWAT, SMART Training, ABFA, The Business Start-up Show and she still accepts selected speaking appointments for professional bodies.
The Corporate Finance Academy was launched to revolutionise the training market for SME business owners. Using innovative forms of interactive software, Blackberry Playbook Tablets and a fast-moving and highly flexible format, they are invaluable experiences for entrepreneurs. Plus with some free bonus gifts and various discounts available, it’s a package that any savvy business owner will really appreciate.
She has been on various local and national committees of ICAEW and assisted assisted ICAEW and BPP on developing and running the first courses of the Advanced Diploma in Corporate Finance, offering some advice from an industry perspective.
As a Young Enterprise voluntary advisor her team went on to win the local finals.
Kirsty lives in Halifax, West Yorkshire and having 2 young children her current interests range from the Tweenies to iCarly and from Baby Ballet classes to Street Dance lessons!
“It never ceases to amaze me how so many general practice firms just aren’t providing an adequate and proactive service to their clients, by not offering a full range of corporate finance advisory products. If you can’t provide your client with solutions to all of their commercial issues, will another firm in the region be able to lure them away?”
In advance of their national conference, The Corporate Finance Network has released figures showing that their member firms are outstripping the general advisory market for growth in their corporate finance work.
The Times have interviewed the chairman of The Corporate Finance Network about her research on the demographics of business owners and the lack of Exit Planning carried out by most small businesses in this country