The last year has seen most of the world’s major economies adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Business has never been so badly hit in such a short space of time. Hundreds of thousands of businesses face closure, and trying to help the many affected is proving difficult for the most seasoned and robust practitioners. This webinar will focus on the importance of companies consulting professionals early and using all the tools available to ensure that businesses survive and are able to fight to see another day.
David Buchler, Chairman of Buchler Phillips, is a Chartered Accountant and Insolvency Practitioner, with some 35 years of experience in the ﬁeld of corporate turnaround. He was a Partner at Arthur Andersen prior to becoming a Founding Partner of Buchler Phillips, one of the UK’s leading ﬁnancial recovery and restructuring specialists, which was acquired by the Kroll Inc. Company in 1999, the world’s leading risk mitigation ﬁrm.
Until 2003, David was Chairman of Kroll for Europe and Africa. He is a former R3 President, the association of business recovery and turnaround professionals, former Vice-Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and former Deputy Chairman of the English National Opera, as well as Producer of the London International Opera Festival from 1984 to 1993. He is currently Chairman of a number of different companies, both public and private, including Buchler Phillips, Volvere Plc, Puma VCT 13 Plc and the English National Opera Directors Emeriti.
In addition, David Buchler is a Trustee of Syracuse University and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Insolvency Practitioners Association and the Institute for Turnaround, as well as Director of the Peres Centre for Peace.
Mark Field, who recently joined Buchler Phillips as a Consultant, is a former MP and FCO Minister who represented the prestigious central London constituency of the Cities of London and Westminster in the UK Parliament between June 2001 and November 2019. A graduate of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he practised as a solicitor with Freshfields in the early 1990s and also set up, ran and sold two start-up businesses before embarking on a political career.
He developed an in-depth and widely recognised expertise of the City, financial and professional services at home alongside leading for the UK government’s economic diplomacy in international energy strategy, cyber security and fintech/green finance during spells on the Intelligence and Security Committee, Chairman of the Conservatives’ International office and as an FCO Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific.
Since leaving parliament he has embarked upon a portfolio career, which already includes roles as the non-executive Chairman to the Isle of Man based Capital International Bank; Chair of the Advisory Board to independent HE provider, the London School of Commerce, and Senior Advisor to the Cayman Island Government Office in London and an independent non-executive Director with AIM-listed wealth manager, Frenkel Topping where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Robert Pay has extensive experience in both professional and financial services. His chief interest is building both business and brand for know-how rich businesses. His roles have included being a Marketing Manager for a "Big Four" banking and securities practice, and a seven year stint as the Global Chief Marketing Officer of leading international law firm, Clifford Chance. He was Head of Marketing at the London Stock Exchange where he was responsible for the marketing launch of AIM, the smaller companies' market, on whose Board he served; he developed a successful marketing campaign aimed at attracting foreign issuers to London; and marketing of introduction of order-driven trading. He then ran the European arm of a US-based professional services consulting firm for several years before moving back in-house as Global Marketing Director of BSI Management Systems where he introduced an NPD process, and refocused the global marketing function on new product development. Immediately prior to relocating to the United States he was the Chief Marketing Officer for European law firm Taylor Wessing, where he worked with Z/Yen to create the Global IP Index.