"In the summer between my second and third year at university I worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers on a placement scheme."
After that year, I decided it was time to spread my wings to industry and I joined Sky as I was keen to focus on Media. It was a great 18 months learning about applying finance in industry, but I wanted to influence more and so I left to join a small startup company. Shed Media (a television production company) was making Footballers Wives and Bad Girls at the time. It was a company of 10 permanent staff. In the 6 years I was there as second in command to the CFO, we grew from 10 to 400 of us, turning over £120m, buying 5 companies (including those that made SuperNanny, Who Do You Think You Are? New Tricks). We went through to failed Management Buy Outs and sold to Warner Brothers. I also managed to have 2 children!
After these 6 years, I felt I had reached a plateau and I took on a Finance Director role for a PR company. In addition to finance, I became heavily involved in operations and restricting.
So this takes me to today….. In 2013 I started working for a company called Argonon (Television Production). I am responsible for Finance, HR, Legal, International Sales, Post Production, IT and overall operations. I am a Board Member and heavily involved in the strategic direction for the company. Since I have been here, we have acquired 3 companies and set up 3 joint ventures. We have doubled our turnover to £50m this year and profit has grown at a multiple of 5. We have offices in London and New York and make 100s of hours for Broadcasters annually across the globe. My ambition is to work to continue this growth and lead to an exit. I am still friends with ex LHS alumni.
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