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Michael Ball

Associate HiveMind Expert


I will tell you what you need to hear, not what you what you want to hear.

In a nutshell

Chartered Accountant
25 years experience
15 years interim assignments
C-Suite level advice
Expert in managing M&A & transformation projects


Fully Available in < 3 Months


Winchester, United Kingdom




Acquisition due diligence research

Business Partnering

Business Change Management & Communication

Capital Markets

Due Diligence


Finance Transformation


interim management

Mergers & Acquisitions


Post Merger Integrations

process improvement

Project Management

public sector

shared services

TOM (Target Operating Model)

Nominated by

user image Rajesh Sharma

HM Expert since

Sunday December 06, 2020


My name is Michael Ball and I work in partnership with FD/CFO’s at FTSE listed companies to provide insightful advice on the key issues impacting the performance of finance and then deliver the solutions required.

With a background in audit practice, I went onto to be a main board director before focusing my career for the last 15 years providing advice and support to businesses. I bring a wealth of experience in senior finance roles delivering exceptional performance, as evidenced by roles being extended and LinkedIn recommendations.

I have worked across a variety of sectors delivering change and transformation projects. e.g. Shared Services, ERP rollout and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Areas of Focus:
• Financial Controls & Process Improvement
• Business Acquisition Finance Integration
• ERP Systems Rollout
• Shared Service Deployment

Provision of interim finance solutions for contracts lasting 3-24 months.

Current role details

Group Finance Projects Manager for Drax Group plc (FTSE-250

Project management for M&A activities. Co-ordinating activities with advisors and providing an oversight to Main Board directors on Class 1 Acquisition with an enterprise value of CAD$780 million.

Drax is a British electrical power generation company. The Group consists of 3 elements Biomass production, Generation power and Customer sales. It runs Europe’s biggest biomass-fuelled power station in Yorkshire – the UK’s largest decarbonisation project, as well as supplying between 7-8 per cent of the country’s electricity needs. It has operations across the UK and North America.

Roles & Results

Cobham plc - Shared Service Director (Show / Hide Details)

Requirements / Actions
Established UK Shared Service Centre from organisational design through transition waves to post go-live service optimisation. Activities of team of 30 included AP, AR, GL, Treasury & Payroll
Delivery and Achievements
• Delivered £200k saving on personnel cost from transition of wave 1 & 2 • Focused on process improvements and standardisation • Aided further development of Oracle platform prior to future rollouts

Cobham plc - Corporate Finance Director (Show / Hide Details)

Requirements / Actions
Restructured & overhauled Corporate finance group function of 10 (UK, USA & India)
Delivery and Achievements
• Managed £100m budget for head office (tax and treasury, group payroll & ICT) • Developed new reporting packs • Updated group recharging and tax transfer pricing model • Rolled our Concur Expenses

SSP Group plc - IFRS 16 Consultant (Show / Hide Details)

Requirements / Actions
Led IFRS 16 project to scope out impact of onboarding £1.4bn of leases
Delivery and Achievements
• Presented assessment of accounting impact on the balance sheet & profits • Drafted implementation plan to account for leases • Developed financial model & provided technical accounting advice

Ministry of Justice/Cabinet Office/HM Treasury - Programme Director (Show / Hide Details)

Requirements / Actions
Advised and provided accounting support on major capital projects and programmes Lead advisor for 5 year Estate Reform Programme for disposals of £100m and capital asset investment of £700m ICT
Delivery and Achievements
• Active member of Disposal Board over 2 years realised £75m receipts & £15m operating savings • Advised the Cabinet Office on creation of Government Property Agency • Technical advisor on IFRS 16

Ministry of Justice/Cabinet Office - BPO Transformation Consultant (Show / Hide Details)

Requirements / Actions
Managed a team in the creation of a new central function for capital accounting, providing specialist valuation advice for £12bn estate portfolio covering 1,000 sites and 12,000 assets
Delivery and Achievements
• Created cross-government Capital Accounting Centre of Excellence • Established accounting with Shared Service Centre • Project lead for the "lift and shift" to Oracle Single Operating platform

HMCTS - Capital Accounting Consultant (Show / Hide Details)

Requirements / Actions
Led asset accounting team of 4 consultants & delivered savings in asset management Led annual valuation for £5bn estate as main contact with Valuation Office Agency
Delivery and Achievements
• Renegotiated 5-year SLA contract with Valuation Office Agency & saved £0.6m • Implemented new capital accounting processes at Ministry of Justice • Resolved £2.5m of historic accounting issues

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Delivery and Achievements

Services Michael Delivers

Service Icon Finance Transformation (Reveal More OR View Full Page)

Finance Transformation services addressing critical issues facing finance across major industry sectors, including vision, strategy and impact, organisation and talent, business processes and controls, and technology

Service Icon HiveExec for Finance Leaders (Reveal More OR View Full Page)

This service focuses on accelerating success for finance leaders

Service Icon Finance: Vision, Strategy and Impact Advisory (Reveal More OR View Full Page)

The Vision, Strategy and Impact Service is a strategic CFO advisory where we together set the scene, envision the future and plan to make it happen.

Service Icon Finance: Organisation and Talent (Reveal More OR View Full Page)

The Organisation and Talent Service is focused on optimising the organisation model and skillset required to achieve successful finance transformation.

Service Icon Finance: Business Processes and Controls (Reveal More OR View Full Page)

The Business Processes and Controls service will help you with best practice process design for optimal performance, automation and quality output.

Service Icon Finance: Systems and Technology (Reveal More OR View Full Page)

The Systems and Technology Service will guide and advise on how to apply technology and utilise systems to enable finance transformation and deliver an effective output from the finance function.

Optimising Existing Investments (Reveal More OR View Full Page)

Helping the Finance function to create value by leveraging and optimising existing assets and investment and thereby bringing tangible results with speed.

Functionality, Workflow and Applications for Improvements in Finance (Reveal More OR View Full Page)

Recommending software solutions to improve Finance processes.

Industry Experience

Aerospace and Defence

Business Services

Government and Public Services


Power and Utilities

Real Estate

Retail and Consumer

Transport and Logistics

regional Experience

North America