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Emma Blake

With over 18 years of Finance expertise, Emma has extensive Operational and Advisory experience. Emma fast tracked her corporate career from graduate to finance director within the world of Aerospace & Defence at BAE SYSTEMS Plc (think fighter jets, tanks and submarines…), delivering as a qualified Accountant, winning CIMA Young Business Manager of the Year, completing her MBA and becoming one of the industry’s youngest finance leaders.

Emma went on to join Deloitte (a “Big 4” Accounting Firm), as Director leading their CFO advisory practice, managing teams across New York, Japan, Kuwait and London. She delivered large scale Global Finance Transformation programmes, specialising in “Fix Finance” & “Rescue / Turn around” solutions.

As a senior business leader and role model for women in finance Emma was nominated in 2012 as “One to Watch” in the prestigious Accountancy Ages 35 under 35 List.

Emma’s Specialities

Emma is passionate about robust processes and structure in business… systematising for success. She transforms teams across Business Performance, Management Reporting, Process, Systems and Controls.

Following her successful corporate career, Emma founded and scaled her own online business which retailed to 170 countries worldwide. She successfully sold this in 2015 to a Tech Investment firm. Since then Emma has expanded her investments in the Property sector (owning residential and commercial properties in the UK) and now shares her expertise as a non-exec director, advising entrepreneurs on rapid business growth.

A few of Emma’s projects

Rapid Business Growth & Acquisitions

Delivering consulting advisory services to a Hampshire based entrepreneurial business looking to achieve equity investment and rapid business growth. Using breadth and depth of professional consulting experience and online retailing to determine quick wins for Board, defining a 3 year rapid growth plan and reaching out to personal network of investors to secure funding.

Global Business Transformation

As Director (CFO Advisory Practice). Deloitte, delivered large scale Global Finance Transformation programmes across the Private Sector using deep experience in “Fix Finance” & “Rescue / Turn around” solutions. Notable delivery projects included:

• Creation of a new stand-alone high street Bank (as Consulting Programme Director)
• $60m business transformation programme for a Middle East based Oil & Gas giant.
• Large scale Oracle Programme Rescue for a Venture Capitalist backed organisation.
• Global transformation programme for a market leading Music & Media company – driving their Finance & IT Functions through significant structural change, with consulting teams spanning New York, London and Japan.

Core outcomes typically included step change improvements and fixes for clients across Financial Control, Processes, Management Reporting, System Implementation and Project Accounting functions.

Finance Director – Operational Roles

Last operational Finance Director role – leader of both Finance Function and Business Services (IT) Function. Board level role. Responsible for 45 Limited companies, totalling £600m scale business. Exceeded target financial results. Doubled size of business over 3 month period, expanding operations from 4 sites to 21 sites across the UK. Delivered large scale cost reduction through rationalisation programme planning and implementation, to include redundancies and site closures.

Building Family Business

Emma delights in being able to support the growth and development of her own legacy Family business in the horticultural sector (manufacturing, distribution & retailing). Her sister runs this company day to day. Emma’s advises as Shareholder and Director on a part time basis – supporting strategically and often focused on new customer acquisition.