Raees Lakhani, FCA
Raees is a Finance and Business transformation specialist with a track record of generating operational improvement and cost savings through the re-engineering of a company’s end to end value chain and finance business processes. Deep grounding in Finance, Operations, Change Management and Business Partnering. Culturally aware and entrepreneurial with keen commercial acumen coupled with enhanced stakeholder management skills. Experience acquired internationally and at Board level and within both, global consultancies and industry.
Deep grounding in Finance as a qualified Chartered Accountant working with Price Waterhouse and then PwC for 15 years in the UK, Canada and Africa. Raees managed a variety of different clients (national and multinational companies across sectors) in 14 offices within Francophone Africa for the firm.
Moving into industry, Raees was appointed as the Commercial Finance Director / Chief Procurement Officer of Alexandra plc, a small cap (£80m) LSE quoted company from 1999 to 2005 – he spearheaded its transformation from a UK based clothing manufacturer to a sales and marketing company distributing globally procured products. Part of the executive team of 3 that transformed the entire vale chain of the company and moved the share price from 30p to £1.50 in 6 years. Grew gross profits in a deflationary environment – to press acclaim.
Since then, Raees has specialised as a business transformation consultant for the last 15 years delivering projects for large corporations and SMEs. He has deep knowledge and hands on experience of each of the three key aspects of the value chain – people, processes and systems.
His experience has been across a variety of sectors – FMCG, Oil and Gas (upstream and downstream – first and second tier companies), Aerospace and Defence, Commodities and the Public Sector to name a few. He has developed the ability to quickly identify areas for improvement and then implement best practices within organisations. He adopts a hands-on and collaborative style for successful project delivery and firmly believes that a project should be “owned” by the company and not the consultant.