Duncan Cooke
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Duncan Cooke

Regional Lead

About Duncan

Duncan is the Regional Lead of Shirley Parsons Australia and New Zealand and has over 16 years’ experience working in careers and recruitment.

First joining Shirley Parsons UK in 2009 as a Careers Consultant, he was quickly promoted to Managing Consultant and Divisional Manager and went on to help set up the Executive Search function of the business.

Duncan started out working in professional services and supporting consultancies, banks, retail, and FM providers before relocating to New Zealand in 2017, where he now works on opportunities across all industry sectors and levels.

A devoted family man with three daughters, Duncan’s passion is sport and spending his downtime outside running, biking, playing musical instruments or at the beach.

“I believe it’s important to treat people how you want to be treated. Be responsive, genuinely curious, and really listen to what they have to say. It’s all about building relationships with people and adding value.”

Group Financial Controller

£70k - 80k per year


Job Title: Group Financial ControllerReporting to: CEOSalary: £70,000 - £80,000Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (Head Office), with hybrid working. Who We Are: Shirley Parsons is a global professional services firm with expertise in Health & Safety, Quality, Sustainability and Business Improvement. Our main services are consultancy & advisory, recruitment, and contract staffing. Our mission is simple; to create a better, safer, and more sustainable world.We are seeking an experienced finance professional, who has worked in an owner-managed business, to join our dynamic team and play a pivotal role in contributing to our global business growth. The Opportunity: As Group Financial Controller, you will have responsibility for supporting the UK and other global markets in operational decision-making, enhancing the finance and reporting system, and providing overall financial and treasury management information for the business. You will be a key member of the senior management, partnering closely with the Northern American Financial Controller and senior stakeholders on a global level. What You'll Be Doing: Provide strategic financial guidance, including prioritising EBIT and long-term value creation.Provide a financial and risk lens on new business opportunities, and market entry to new jurisdictions.Oversee the finance department and in region colleagues.Support the senior management team with accurate and timely financial reporting.Efficiently manage global debt book and treasury to ensure liquidity for operational needs and strategic investments, across the global business.Operationally lead the budgeting and global audit for the business and act as company secretary. What We Are Looking For: Fully qualified accountant – ACA, ACCA or CIMAExperience in an owner managed businessProven track record of leading a finance function and having full accountabilityExperience in a sales-focused services environment or FMCG will be highly advantageousExceptional Microsoft Excel skillsLeadership skills and experience managing a team.Strong communication and interpersonal skills.High level of integrity and dependability.

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