THE TEAM

Managing Partners

CAROLE ASKER

Carole has held a number of senior directorships within the sector and has a wealth of multi-disciplinary experience and knowledge that she is able to bring to the projects our clients undertake.

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A fully qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the Housebuilding and Construction Industry, Carole has worked for a variety of companies including Taylor Wimpey, Balfour Beatty and the Avant Group where she was Divisional Finance Director and latterly Group IT and Systems Director, before moving into consultancy.

Carole has extensive experience in managing large business transformation projects. As a consultant Carole has restructured companies both from an operational and systems perspective, as well as managed new systems implementations and developed business policies and procedures. Carole works with clients to fully understand their requirements and expectations in order to design best practice solutions, which drive the desired improvements in business operation and performance.

PAUL KING

Paul is a highly experienced business consultant and project manager who has worked in various parts of the Built Environment Industry for over 15 years, having delivered transformation and change programs for companies of all sizes, from start-ups to FTSE100’s.

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Paul has successfully delivered a wide range of projects all varying in size and scale including employment strategy, transformational change, process re-engineering, supply chain improvements, systems implementation and improvement projects.

Paul works closely with clients to understand and implement the required changes in order to deliver best practice and drive efficiencies throughout their business and to help achieve their goals.

READ MORE ABOUT CAROLE

A fully qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the Housebuilding and Construction Industry, Carole has worked for a variety of companies including Taylor Wimpey, Balfour Beatty and the Avant Group where she was Divisional Finance Director and latterly Group IT and Systems Director, before moving into consultancy.

Carole has extensive experience in managing large business transformation projects. As a consultant, Carole has restructured companies both from an operational and systems perspective, as well as managed new systems implementations and developed business policies and procedures. Carole works with clients to fully understand their requirements and expectations in order to design best practice solutions, which drive the desired improvements in business operation and performance.

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Paul has successfully delivered a wide range of projects all varying in size and scale including employment strategy, transformational change, process re-engineering, supply chain improvements, systems implementation and improvement projects.

Paul works closely with clients to understand and implement the required changes in order to deliver best practice and drive efficiencies throughout their business and to help achieve their goals.

CONSULTANTS

Giles Asker

Head of Consultancy

Giles is a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in the Housebuilding Industry, having held numerous senior positions including Construction Director, Operations Director, Divisional Chairman and Regional MD.

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Giles is an experienced leader and manager, who has developed exceptional front-line management and strategic capabilities throughout his career, dealing with often difficult and complex change, business restructuring and process re-engineering.

Giles has successfully restructured businesses, devised and implemented procedures, designed new house type ranges and has always remained focused on delivering excellence in quality and customer service.

With this level of experience Giles is well placed to understand the challenges facing our clients in the Housebuilding Industry and to advise and support our clients through change projects ensuring that they can achieve their objectives.

Zoe Butler

Financial Outsourcing Accountant & Consultant

Zöe has an extensive background in the Housebuilding sector having worked for one of the Top 4 UK housebuilders for 13 years, working firstly as a Management Accountant within a divisional office, before moving into a centrally based project and systems role.

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This role involved implementing systems, identifying improvements to processes, one to one training and supporting users at all levels post roll out.

The mixture of these roles has enabled Zöe to see things from both sides to enable systems and processes to be adapted to suit all users and better equipped to provide the necessary support needed.

Zöe also has experience working with smaller businesses in finance and support roles and enjoys delivering a friendly service to clients ensuring their requirements are met.

READ MORE ABOUT GILES

Giles is an experienced leader and manager, who has developed exceptional front-line management and strategic capabilities throughout his career, dealing with often difficult and complex change, business restructuring and process re-engineering.

Giles has successfully restructured businesses, devised and implemented procedures, designed new house type ranges and has always remained focused on delivering excellence in quality and customer service.

With this level of experience Giles is well placed to understand the challenges facing our clients in the Housebuilding Industry and to advise and support our clients through change projects ensuring that they can achieve their objectives.

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This role involved implementing systems, identifying improvements to processes, one to one training and supporting users at all levels post roll out.

The mixture of these roles has enabled Zöe to see things from both sides to enable systems and processes to be adapted to suit all users and better equipped to provide the necessary support needed.

Zöe also has experience working with smaller businesses in finance and support roles and enjoys delivering a friendly service to clients ensuring their requirements are met.

Rhodri Richards

Commercial Consultant

Rhodri is a highly qualified construction professional combining 25 years of experience as a senior commercial professional with an MSc in Computing and time spent as a Business Systems Project Manager bringing an ideal blend of knowledge to the team.

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Rhodri has extensive experience as a Commercial Manager in housing development, contracting and affordable housing, and has also worked as a Quantity Surveyor in main contractor and subcontractor environments. He is skilled in commercial team leadership, commercial process improvement, risk management and the management of cost control, procurement, PQQ production and tender submissions. 

Rhodri’s interest in Construction I.T. and business improvement led him undertake his MSc in Computing and successfully manage the implementation of finance, estimating, project management, document management and construction management software within contracting and housing development companies.     

Kerry Nelis

Financial Consultant

Kerry is a CIMA-qualified Management Accountant and Finance Manager with extensive experience managing and accurately controlling business finances, having worked in the Construction Industry for the past 8 years.   

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Kerry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from across a broad range of sectors.  

Following a company acquisition, Kerry took the lead in transitioning from one financial system across and into COINS where her capabilities and experiences have further developed over the past 6 years.   

Kerry’s meticulous attention to detail and sound technical skills enable her to impact clients positively, especially under pressure and in a fast-paced environment. 

Kerry’s knowledge of COINS enables her to bring first-hand experience to a client’s needs with clear direction and communication. 

READ MORE ABOUT RHODRI

Rhodri has extensive experience as a Commercial Manager in housing development, contracting and affordable housing, and has also worked as a Quantity Surveyor in main contractor and subcontractor environments. He is skilled in commercial team leadership, commercial process improvement, risk management and the management of cost control, procurement, PQQ production and tender submissions. 

Rhodri’s interest in Construction I.T. and business improvement led him undertake his MSc in Computing and successfully manage the implementation of finance, estimating, project management, document management and construction management software within contracting and housing development companies.     

READ MORE ABOUT KERRY

Kerry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from across a broad range of sectors.  

Following a company acquisition, Kerry took the lead in transitioning from one financial system across and into COINS where her capabilities and experiences have further developed over the past 6 years.   

Kerry’s meticulous attention to detail and sound technical skills enable her to impact clients positively, especially under pressure and in a fast-paced environment. 

Kerry’s knowledge of COINS enables her to bring first-hand experience to a client’s needs with clear direction and communication. 

Andrew Collison

Technical Consultant

Andrew comes from a background in systems design and programming, and enjoys researching a problem to understand it from all angles to find the simplest solution.

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Andrew recently received an MSc in Computing Systems from Nottingham Trent University, and has 10 years of shipping experience where he has mastered how to optimise his speed to prioritise deadlines.

While completing a degree in Public Health, Andrew conducted research from which he learned how to communicate and visualise data. Andrew’s creativity equips him with resourcefulness in simplifying complex data.

Andrew works closely with the team across all aspects of the business offering support. He is also responsible for designing automations for various programs that cut out some of the repetitive tasks from the team’s workflow. His attention to detail has helped him examine projects carefully for mistakes and track the small details that lead to the timely completion of a project.

Marie Axton

Financial Consultant

Marie is a CIMA-qualified Management Accountant with over 25 years of experience working in Management Accounting, Financial Systems Projects and Group Finance Projects based work within the Housebuilding Industry gained at one of the Top 4 UK housebuilders.

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In Marie’s previous role she was responsible for the development of technical solutions to meet changes in Government legislation and Accounting Standards.  This included testing, implementation, writing reports and collating data checking that the implementation was successful.  Marie was part of the Coins implementation team, involved in testing and configuration.

Marie also holds a Prince2 Foundation Certificate and has provided operational experience within a Divisional and Central Finance Team before moving on to work on financial system based projects.

Marie has been involved in implementing systems, training users, developing reports and providing in-depth analysis to drive improvements and develop best practices.

READ MORE ABOUT ANDREW

Andrew recently received an MSc in Computing Systems from Nottingham Trent University, and has 10 years of shipping experience where he has mastered how to optimise his speed to prioritise deadlines.

While completing a degree in Public Health, Andrew conducted research from which he learned how to communicate and visualise data. Andrew’s creativity equips him with resourcefulness in simplifying complex data.

Andrew works closely with the team across all aspects of the business offering support. He is also responsible for designing automations for various programs that cut out some of the repetitive tasks from the team’s workflow. His attention to detail has helped him examine projects carefully for mistakes and track the small details that lead to the timely completion of a project.

READ MORE ABOUT MARIE

In Marie’s previous role she was responsible for the development of technical solutions to meet changes in Government legislation and Accounting Standards.  This included testing, implementation, writing reports and collating data checking that the implementation was successful.  Marie was part of the Coins implementation team, involved in testing and configuration.

Marie also holds a Prince2 Foundation Certificate and has provided operational experience within a Divisional and Central Finance Team before moving on to work on financial system based projects.

Marie has been involved in implementing systems, training users, developing reports and providing in-depth analysis to drive improvements and develop best practices.

Victoria Aspland

Financial Consultant

Victoria is an ACCA qualified accountant with over 10 years of experience gained in the housebuilding sector working for a large FTSE250 company.

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In Victoria’s previous role, she worked at business unit level reporting to both regional and group level management. Having been through two system changes, the most recent one migrating on to COINS, she has hands on experience from the client’s perspective.

Victoria has experience of working on Joint Venture projects with different year ends and complexities. She enjoys problem solving and maintaining good client relations.

Suzanne Carter

Commercial Consultant

Suzanne has over 20 years’ experience within the Construction Industry as a Senior Estimator and Quantity Surveyor. Her knowledge in Commercial, Residential and Civil sectors adds valuable insight to the team.

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Suzanne has worked in everything from pre-sales through to customer support worldwide and interfacing with finance, facility management, project management and IT.

Suzanne has also worked on Design and Implementation with Architects, Main and Subcontractors in the UK and internationally within a number of sectors including Residential, Commercial, Civil sectors and Infrastructure.

Suzanne’s experience in working on New Engineering Contracts (NEC) and Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) projects allows her to accomplish specific tasks efficiently, dealing with issues of time, cost and quality effectively.

READ MORE ABOUT VICTORIA

In Victoria’s previous role, she worked at business unit level reporting to both regional and group level management. Having been through two system changes, the most recent one migrating on to COINS, she has hands on experience from the client’s perspective.

Victoria has experience of working on Joint Venture projects with different year ends and complexities. She enjoys problem solving and maintaining good client relations.

READ MORE ABOUT SUZANNE

Suzanne has worked in everything from pre-sales through to customer support worldwide and interfacing with finance, facility management, project management and IT.

Suzanne has also worked on Design and Implementation with Architects, Main and Subcontractors in the UK and internationally within a number of sectors including Residential, Commercial, Civil sectors and Infrastructure.

Suzanne’s experience in working on New Engineering Contracts (NEC) and Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) projects allows her to accomplish specific tasks efficiently, dealing with issues of time, cost and quality effectively.

Project Management

LINDA SKINNER

Project Manager

As a qualified Prince2 Practitioner, Linda excels at managing and successfully delivering client’s projects.

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With several years experience in the Housebuilding and Construction Industry Linda understands the pressures that clients face. She is responsible for managing, planning, and monitoring each client project to deliver the required outcome, whilst providing project assurance through meetings and reports.

Before joining Optimum Linda worked in the Education sector where she has spent many years as a Chair of Governors as well as a Teacher for a private school. She has been a volunteer for a charitable organisation for most of her life.

Linda’s experience has given her the ability to not only see the bigger picture and broader requirements, but to also see and understand the detail when managing projects.

Linda brings an organised and disciplined approach to all projects she works on utilising the tools available to her to enhance project delivery.

Luke Howard

Project Manager

Luke uses his many years of Construction and Housebuilding knowledge to ensure client projects stay on track and hit deadlines, providing disciplined solutions and invaluable advice along the journey.

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Alongside his disciplined approach to project management, Luke is also an experienced Data Engineer producing both visually rewarding Power BI dashboards and Azure Analytics, culminating into impactful data-driven reporting.

Through Luke’s passion for Analytics, he became the Managing Consultant of Inform Global, a company formed to partner with organisations to discover, transform and visualise data to provide unrivalled business intelligence and analytics. Inform Global brings business intelligence within the reach of every company with the accuracy, integrity and timely data to provide the power to transform any organisation.

READ MORE ABOUT LINDA

With several years experience in the Housebuilding and Construction Industry Linda understands the pressures that clients face. She is responsible for managing, planning, and monitoring each client project to deliver the required outcome, whilst providing project assurance through meetings and reports.

Before joining Optimum Linda worked in the Education sector where she has spent many years as a Chair of Governors as well as a Teacher for a private school. She has been a volunteer for a charitable organisation for most of her life.

Linda’s experience has given her the ability to not only see the bigger picture and broader requirements, but to also see and understand the detail when managing projects.

Linda brings an organised and disciplined approach to all projects she works on utilising the tools available to her to enhance project delivery.

READ MORE ABOUT LUKE

Alongside his disciplined approach to project management, Luke is also an experienced Data Engineer producing both visually rewarding Power BI dashboards and Azure Analytics, culminating into impactful data-driven reporting.

Through Luke’s passion for Analytics, he became the Managing Consultant of Inform Global, a company formed to partner with organisations to discover, transform and visualise data to provide unrivalled business intelligence and analytics. Inform Global brings business intelligence within the reach of every company with the accuracy, integrity and timely data to provide the power to transform any organisation.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Stephanie Dakin

Marketing Co-ordinator

Stephanie has significant PR and Marketing expertise supported by a BA (Hons) degree, and CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing. She designs innovative content, has an eye for detail, demonstrates a passion and flair for creativity, and shows skills in identifying solutions, planning and organisation.

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Stephanie has a BA (Hons) Design and Innovation degree,  and Level 6 CIM Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing. This came from a passion to explore the opportunities of Marketing, Design and Sales.  

Having worked in the public sector for the last 6 years Stephanie’s skills are now focused on engaging with our clients both current and future, creating a strong online presence by publishing content which engages all and brings people’s attention to the possibilities which are achievable when working with Optimum.  

READ MORE ABOUT STEPHANIE

Stephanie has a BA (Hons) Design and Innovation degree, and Level 6 CIM Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing. This came from a passion to explore the opportunities of Marketing, Design and Sales.  

Having worked in the public sector for the last 6 years Stephanie’s skills are now focused on engaging with our clients both current and future, creating a strong online presence by publishing content which engages all and brings people’s attention to the possibilities which are achievable when working with Optimum.  

JOIN THE TEAM

We are always looking for great people to join our team.

If you would be interested in having a chat with us then please get in contact, we would love to hear from you.

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Southgate House, Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1UD

Optimum Consulting Global Ltd. Company Reg: 11777913
Southgate House, Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1UD