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Mark Gawthorne

Group CFO

My role is to ensure that appropriate corporate governance is in place across the group to ensure that all companies are financially secure and comply with all regulatory and tax legislation. I also ensure that any commercial arrangements do not risk the financial integrity of the Group in order to protect the business, our staff and ensure that service to other clients isn’t adversely affected. I also have responsibility for the group’s shared services function providing valuable expertise in HR, Finance, Legal, and Compliance to our group and client base.

Having done my time in practice I spent thirteen years as a director of a listed high street retailer growing from an initial 27 store, £15m turnover company to a business operating over 700 stores across six countries with turnover in excess of £700m. This experience whet my appetite to help drive an ambitious growth business to achieve its plans which attracted me to the Serocor Group and Optamor – a partnership which has borne fruit over the last ten years. 

 

 

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Interesting thing about you that not many people know

Putting aside the fact that one of my ex PAs was from a well known 80s pop band for the moment, I practice traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu outside of work to let off steam!

Why do you like working for Optamor?

Optamor provide an opportunity to deliver customer specific solutions to our customers so that their individual needs are met. This means that no two solutions are the same leading to an interesting and challenging role full of variation.

How do your customers see you?

As a problem solver I try to find solutions for customer issues. As a committed partner who will always work to overcome any obstacles to achieve mutual benefit. Always a safe pair of hands.