Richard Fraser-Smith, Chartered Accountant, is a finance professional. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of Global Marine Systems Limited (“Global Marine”), a provider of engineering solutions and sub-sea, fibre optic and power cable installation, maintenance and related services to the worldwide telecoms, offshore wind and oil and gas markets.
Mr. Fraser-Smith qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1991, where he worked on audits in a wide range of businesses. He later worked for Conoco Inc., ING Barings, PepsiCo, Halcrow Group Limited, CH2M Hill before joining Global Marine in 2015.
Within the finance function, Mr. Fraser-Smith has used his experience to transform reporting timeframes for management accounts as well as treasury and cash management procedures, along with M&A support. In addition to his financial expertise, he has been integrally involved in business planning and strategy, has developed full board reporting/KPI (key performance indicator) packages in support of this, and reviewed business processes, supply chains and logistics, reducing lead times, freeing up working capital and significantly reducing costs.
Mr. Fraser-Smith graduated in Chemical Engineering from Manchester University (UMIST) and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.