This a rare opportunity to join Durham Cricket (DC) in a senior leadership position with real profile.

A unique regional asset, founded in 1882, DC joined the first class ranks in 1992. In the period since they have achieved some outstanding successes on and off the pitch. Regular trophy winners and three time County Champions, DC has an enviable record of developing players who have become cornerstones of successive England teams, whilst totally re building the Riverside ground.

DC is now entering a new period of development, both on and off the pitch, underpinned by financial stability and materially increased future revenue streams. Whilst the playing squad is likely to be enhanced, there is also a significant opportunity to develop the ground further, fully capitalising on the commercial opportunity afforded by the site.

Reporting to the CEO, the Finance Director will be a key player on the Board. The role is broad in scope, covering all the financial and managerial aspects one would envisage in a smaller but complex organisation. This will cover everything from participation in strategy through to the basics of managing a small team day to day. The Finance Director also manages a range of external relationships including those with banks and auditors, and acts as one of the key points of contact for the ECB.

Potential candidates will be qualified accountants. Key qualities will be resilience, an ability to handle multiple priorities, and work with an experienced Board driven by high standards and a desire for success. The successful candidate will possess the inherent gravitas to interact with key internal and external stakeholders.

The position could be applicable to a wide range of applicants. The Board will consider candidates who view the role as a platform for development, through to those who are much more experienced, driven purely by the unique nature of the opportunity.

Basic salary will be in the £50,000 to £60,000 range.

Patrick Smith at Broster Buchanan is handling this opportunity exclusively. Direct or third party applications will be forwarded to Patrick for consideration.


To apply click here or to find out more call Patrick on 07377 625414.



Due to continued growth and a commitment to deliver excellent service levels to clients and candidates within professional recruitment & talent consultancy, Broster Buchanan is delighted to announce the opening of a new office in central London.

“Over the past four years Broster Buchanan have successfully delivered on numerous projects in and around London, continuously building on our already strong portfolio and providing us with a solid platform to make this exciting decision.  Opening our London office enables us to continue to provide exceptional local coverage and strengthen our presence across the capital” said Owen Myers, Managing Director for London & Home Counties.

With a national footprint and established offices in eight other regional locations including Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Newcastle; the new office located on Chancery Lane in the heart of London will ensure that Broster Buchanan maintains a clear focus on quality of service through the benefit of their well-established UK-wide networks combined with a strong local presence.

Owen Myers, Jenna Mackie and Christopher Batters, who will oversee the London office, have a combined 30-plus years of experience in the recruitment sector and with strategic plans for continued growth and development across the capital, expect to see further exciting announcements soon.

Broster Buchanan is a professional recruitment & talent solutions consultancy specialising in Finance & Specialist Finance, IT & Change Management, Marketing & Sales, Energy & Infrastructure, Executive Search and Interim & Temporary assignments.

To get in touch to discuss your requirements, or to find out more about opportunities within the team please call 0203 6674577

Address: 81 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1DD


Group Finance Director – Competitive Package + Generous Relocation

Headquartered in Fleetwood, Lancashire


The Opportunity

Broster Buchanan are delighted to be working in partnership with BES Utilities to assist them in hiring their new Group Finance Director.  This follows the successful promotion of the current incumbent to CEO, creating the opportunity to work within a highly profitable organisation which has the energy and dynamism of an entrepreneurial business, combined with the scale and resources of a corporate.  The board are seeking an individual who will partner with them on the next stage of their growth journey, adding strategic and core financial process value from day one.

This is an exceptional appointment for a highly commercial and technically proficient individual to join a successful and large energy business, offering this individual the opportunity to shape the future of the business and share in their success.

As well as leading the finance function of a major energy business, the Group Finance Director will also take charge of a unique portfolio of organisations; these include regulated businesses, a professional football club and investment companies. BES Utilities and Group companies are privately owned and employ 700 people across the local community and so effective stakeholder management in this environment is critical to the success of the role.

The Group Finance Director will work closely with the new CEO, ensuring best in class finance practices and processes whilst leading from the front to ensure the group hits its bold targets. You will work as part of an expert executive team where the ethos has a strong focus on both collective success and encouraging personal ambition.

The successful candidate will thrive on the depth of diversity encompassed in this role, supporting and driving a major energy business from a finance perspective whilst at the same time supporting the shareholder by taking charge of the finances of a number of other businesses in the Group, including Fleetwood Town Football Club.


The Role

  • Working with and supporting a strong and dedicated executive team
  • Leading and growing the capability of the finance function
  • Ensuring the correct financial controls and processes are in place across the Group
  • Managing all internal and external reporting for the Group
  • Technical leadership of all financial matters
  • Commercial decision support around pricing, strategy, and product development
  • Improving financial & operations systems and data
  • Projects including acquisitions, strategy, and investment opportunities

The ideal candidate will be a Qualified Accountant with strong post Qualification experience including operating at Board level in a complex business. A background within Energy/Utilities or a similar regulated environment in essential.  It is highly desirable that the successful candidate will have experience gained within an entrepreneurial family/privately owned environment.


The Company

BES Utilities was founded in 2005. We are a leading independent gas and electricity supplier to predominantly small and medium businesses across the UK, although we do also serve a number of larger customers. Through our range of innovative products and services, we are a credible rival to the UK’s ‘big 6’ and we provide customers with the deal that best suits their individual business needs. We currently have 230 employees who are based at our head office on the Fylde Coast, Lancashire.


All applications are being handled by Oliver Gillinson. Please apply via this link or by contacting Oliver on 07771 537947 or at

Investing in future generations of employees is crucial for the future say employers at the latest ‘The Future of the Workplace’ event held in Peterborough on the 24th January 2019…

Broster Buchanan, a consultancy that partners with employers to help attract and retain talent, is pioneering a series of events to better understand the challenges UK companies are facing. The project is paving the way in supporting positive developments in the workplace and facilitate better links between education and employers to encourage a stronger workforce for the future.

At the third event in the series, representatives from the area’s leading employers including United Learning, AstraZeneca, Associated British Foods and Masthaven Bank discussed the key challenges they are facing in creating a workplace fit for the future. On the agenda was a number of topics including Brexit, managing five generations in the workplace and the attraction and retention of future generations of employees.

With Brexit creating a huge amount of uncertainty, there is no doubt that the possible impact is at the top of the agenda for many businesses. Food supply chain, logistics and manufacturing sectors who rely heavily on the European labour market are extremely concerned about the stability of their workforce.

Alan Peeling, CEO for two local manufacturing businesses expressed his thoughts, ‘Around 60% of our staff are European workers. They don’t know if they can continue working in the UK and we can offer little security and certainty to them because it is so unclear; the consequences of us losing them could be catastrophic.’  The potential impact is palpable for small businesses like Alan’s and other larger companies such as United Learning are undertaking in-depth internal investigations to fully understand the impact of Brexit on their workforce.

Another key topic discussed on the day was the strategy around retention of multi-generational employees, now a defining feature of today’s workplace; 50% of the workforce are Millennials and Generation Z (those born between early 1980’s and early 2000’s). It is widely accepted that they expect a different management style and working environment to that experienced by previous generations. ‘There are now 5 generations in the workplace and individuals should be managed, developed and incentivised differently’ says Jenny Comer, Group Financial Controller for AB Agri, part of Associated British Foods. ‘Where one team member might want to reduce their working hours as they head towards retirement, the other may need nurturing and developing with incentives.’ These policies need to work with the needs of individuals and we can’t assume one size fits all.

Flexible working is now par for the course; remote access, the gig economy and shortage of talent means employers have to adopt alternative way of working to compete in the market. United Learning is working hard to develop benefits and rewards to attract and retain talent and have introduced term-time working and job-shares, however as a business operating within the education field this has been harder to implement in schools. ‘The rigid school day makes is harder for us to offer flexibility for teaching posts and this can prevent us from attracting a wider talent pool. We have to think outside the box and be creative to ensure a workplace fit for the future’ said Lisa Cole, Head of HR at United Learning.

The increase in demand to pursue interests outside of work, particularly within the millennial community has encouraged employers to consider retention schemes to attract and retain the best talent in the market. With younger generations leaving to pursue travelling ventures, one employer has implemented a 2-5 month unpaid sabbatical with a guarantee of their job back on their return. With the scheme currently in pilot stage and being trialled on existing staff who have worked in the business for over 3 years, they are currently not externally advertising the benefit. However, results so far have been really positive and will be rolled out across the business if successful.

Attraction of talent is becoming more of a challenge as employers struggle with the widening skills gap. The latest research from Microsoft UK suggests that more than half (58%) of teachers believe the current education system isn’t preparing children for a digital future. With skills shortages in the UK now at critical levels and university debts at an all-time high, there needs to be more investment in developing the education system to prepare for the future workplace. Schools need funding to secure an improved digital infrastructure; over half are still using analogue equipment (Microsoft UK) and students need more opportunity for hands-on experience through work placements, internships and apprenticeships.

According to the Institute of Fiscal Studies, the average university student will graduate with debts of over £50,000 which for many this is just not palatable. In a bid to offer alternative routes to a professional career employer need to seek to forge strong links with local schools to showcase their careers and encourage students to consider workplace alternatives which will offer both qualifications and work experience.  In Germany around 60% of young people enter a vocational training programme as an alternative to university education, and unemployment rates are almost a third lower than other EU countries.

The apprenticeship levy, introduced to all employers with an annual wage bill of over £3 million per annum in 2015 was created to encourage more apprenticeships by 2020 in light of the widening skills gap. However, the general consensus is employers have found the system too complex to navigate and it feels more like a tax than an incentive, and apprenticeship numbers have in fact been in decline since the levy was introduced.

There is no doubt increased government funding is required to revolutionise the UK education system, but alongside this there is a huge opportunity for employers to create a driving force of partnerships with industry specialists and other businesses to share best practise and work together; building relationships with schools will help to develop a stronger internal infrastructure, offering an improved pathway to internships and apprenticeships and ultimately encouraging a stronger workforce for the future.

‘The Future of the Workplace’ will be visiting Birmingham on the 7th March and further events in Newcastle, Leeds and Nottingham are planned for later in 2019.

‘Bridge the Gap’, a spin-off project which aims to support employers and schools in offering students more tangible and relevant careers advice and experience from UK employers is being developed and is expected to launch later this year.

For more information contact Lenna Thompson on 07377 625 413.

As 2019 is in full swing and January resolutions are almost complete we thought it would be good to reflect on the last year and use that as a tool for success for the rest of this one.

There is certainly a lot to reflect on when looking back at Broster Buchanan’s past year.

New offices were opened in Nottingham and Leeds, we launched our Energy & Infrastructure division and Finance in Birmingham, and these investments have seen another 50 years of combined experience join the organisation. We partnered with a number of our clients on some value adding talent Consultancy projects and were chosen as suppliers to a number of fantastic organisations, whilst investing significantly in our business infrastructure projecting our ability to offer bespoke and innovative solutions.

Other milestones included being shortlisted for ‘Best New Agency’ at the Recruiter Awards and rolling out our Future of the Workplace round-table events across the country, both of which received fantastic feedback from clients and guests as well as significant media coverage. We supported some of the best talent in the UK with their next career move and offered advice and guidance to people throughout the UK to help them through their job search.

We are also incredibly proud to have raised £3,500 for our chosen charities; Addenbrookes Charitable Trust, The Lily Mae Foundation and PAPYRUS.  Our fundraising efforts have already started in 2019 led by our CEO who in the next 48 hours will complete DryRed January (he may have made this name up!) – if he achieves an alcohol-free month alongside running every day the business will be donating for every mile he completes in aid of Dementia UK. If you would like to support this amazing cause please click on this link.  With a number of other events including the London Marathon, a Tough Mudder and our Charity Golf competition we hope to raise even more this year.

With 2019 now in full swing the team are focused on building upon the fantastic platform we have, growing Broster Buchanan to even greater things – look out for the launch of a new sister brand, the opening of new office locations, the launch of new disciplines and more amazing people who are set to join the team here at Broster Buchanan, ready to put relationships, honesty and experience at the heart of everything that they do.

Here is to a fantastic 2019 for all of our valued candidates, clients and contacts – we look forward to working with you all throughout this year.

Broster Buchanan is a professional Talent Management Consultancy working closely with individuals nationwide to help them achieve their career aspirations.  All of our Directors have at least 10 years experience in their market which ensures we can offer a detailed insight into our specialist areas.

We pride ourselves on building a deep understanding of our candidates through developing long term relationships.  We will ensure that we spend time getting to know what you want to achieve from your career, and in an ever increasingly competitive market your ability to draw on our knowledge and experience is invaluable.

As Director for our professional services department, I am proud to introduce you to our Accounting Consultancy Service, a key tool for many part qualified, finalist and newly qualified accountants who are looking for honest and impartial advice on their career options.

Our approach is refreshingly simple and transparent. We gain a thorough understanding of your experiences through tailored questioning and we present a holistic overview of all of your career options. We have the knowledge to talk you through the technical demands of each option, the career paths that each move is likely to generate and the work-life balance you can expect from each option.

Whether you want a no-strings overview of your options, or whether you want to use our networks and relationships to introduce relevant opportunities and businesses to you, we will be pleased for an initial conversation either via our online virtual meeting space Orbbis Connect, or in person.

Our key differences to typical recruitment companies:-

  • We take time to understand your needs and deliver on what we agree.
  • We will not push you into roles which are not right for you or what you want.
  • We will not bombard you with irrelevant job postings.
  • We build long term relationships based on a genuinely consultative approach.
  • We provide a bespoke service that is based around the individuals needs.

Ideally, we’d like to set up a meeting to get a thorough understanding of your experiences, personality, what you enjoy and (more importantly) what you dislike! However, in advance please tke a look through just a few of the options available to you..


Larger Firm

An opportunity to gain experience of dealing with larger clients, likely to be international and possible UK/ US listed businesses, bringing with it more challenging issues. A great route as a stepping stone to big business industry and commerce positions.

Smaller Firm

Gain a broader role than pure audit and become closer to your client as an all-round business adviser. Involved with Tax/ forensics/ Audit/ Accounting issues on behalf of typically SME/ OMB clients. A great route for an aspiring Partner.


Develop a value adding specialism, where you will have an ability to advise your clients on changing and complex legislation that will ultimately deliver greater profit. The tax spectrum is diverse and multiple opportunities are available – speak to our Tax specialists for more information.

Corporate Recovery

Working as an advisor to under performing and troubled businesses will hone your commercial skills. You will work on a project basis, directly with owners, managing directors and senior stakeholders to provide best solutions available. This role will give you invaluable real world, dynamic experience – something you can apply throughout your career journey.

Corporate Finance – Lead Advisory

The sharp-end of Corporate Finance, advising clients on a range of deals from management buy-outs/buy-ins, mergers and de-mergers as well as raising equity and investment through your network. You will need to understand the objectives of all parties involved and have strong negotiation skills, as well as a strong commercial acumen.

Corporate Finance – Transaction Support

Sometimes known as the accounting machine behind the lead advisors. Commercial and financial transaction support work plays a key role in preparing a strong negotiating position for the client.This role is typically quite project orientated, and the workflow varies as such.


An interesting and often exciting blend of accounting and investigation work to investigate fraud or embezzlement and to analyse financial information for use in legal proceedings.


Working on a diverse range of intellectually challenging projects in fast changing environments, you will gain strong commercial skills. You will improve the way businesses operate; accelerate their growth; reduce their costs; manage their risks; develop their talent and change the way they do business.



Internal Audit/ Risk Management

An excellent ‘first-step’ into a large business from practice. These roles tend to involve travel and are project orientated. You will gain an overview of the scope of the business and significant exposure to senior management, often opening future career opportunities within the business.

Financial Accountant

Essential in determining the financial status of the business, a Financial Accountant is responsible for keeping track of a company’s financial transactions. These transactions are recorded, summarised and presented in a financial report or financial statements in accordance with a variety of regulations and reporting standards. Balance sheet focused.

Group Accountant

Similar to a Financial Accountant, but responsible at group level for the consolidation of financial accounting records. You will be involved in quarterly, half-year and year end reporting, often with responsibility for consolidation of accounts and some non-specific tax and treasury work.

Management Accountant

A more ’P&L’ focused role, involving the provision of financial information for management. Management Accounting can include a range of the more specialist roles detailed below, though typically will involve commentary on the monthly / quarterly performance of the business and predictions for future trading. Budgeting, forecasting and variance analysis are usually the mainstay of the role.

Commercial Accountant

A more ‘forward focused’ accounting role, typically involving data and trend analysis. New product launches, price promotions and the impact of strategic decisions would all be aspects that this role would touch.

Financial Analyst

These roles typically tend to be more ad-hoc and project based, with the emphasis on providing information for operational / non-finance areas. An analyst must be aware of developments in their specialist fields and be involved in preparing financial models to predict future economic conditions: a key player in making those all-important recommendations and conclusions.

Financial Planning and Analysis

Similar to the above though typically only found within a larger corporate environment, FP&A can be described as a ‘jack of all trades’. M&A activity will more often than not channel through these teams, so they are quite often a route into industry from either Corporate Finance or Transaction Services. FP&A also answers strategic questions, forecasts for the future, ensures a timely accounting close, prepares board reporting packages.. the list goes on!

Financial Reporting

Financial reporting is the process of producing statements that disclose an organisation’s financial status to management, investors and the government. Regulated businesses will usually demand such a specialist role.

Finance Business Partner

Often described as the ‘glue’ between finance and operations. Usually a wholly business facing position which utilises your interpersonal qualities to engage with the business, as well as your analysis and reporting skills to improve the impact, and understanding, of financial reporting on business performance.

Finance Manager/ Finance Controller

Finance managers and controllers are responsible for the financial condition of their organisations. The two functions are similar, but finance managers tend to be involved in the management of a company’s finances while controllers focus on the accounting function and reporting.

Systems Accountant

A pivotal and business partnering role within a business, A Systems Accountant analyses financial information needs for organisations by reviewing existing systems and working out the best way to meet those needs through the design of new systems.

Specialism Tax/ Treasury Systems

As an HO function, Treasury is the nucleus of any multinational business. You will gain exposure in funding, risk and cash management


For further advice get in touch with Alistair Illstone at or on 07376 128768.