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Brooklyn Group (Australia) Pty Ltd

Principal: Miles Hedge

 

 

contact details:
  Brooklyn Group (Australia) Pty Ltd
PO Box R1905
Royal Exchange
NSW 1225
Australia
tel: +612 6368 4757
fax: +612 6368 4757
mobile: +61 (0)418 212930
email: mhedge@bigpond.net.au

10-06-05  

Key Services Offered:
Business support and development


Core Experience of Principal:

MD of an SME for 7 years (and all that goes with that). I understand the drivers very well. GM Finance/CFO of two large corporates. Specific experience: Strategic planning (development and implentation), Business Plans (that mean something and that WORK), Due diligence examinations, ISO 9000 implementation, Financing and banking relationships. I do get RESULTS and deliver VALUE to my clients. I also have experience in Not for Profits, having been VP of a charitable organisation for several years. I also have direct experience in fund raising and sponsorship and delivering value for the sponsors.

Strategic planning and strategy implementation in SME's (as well as larger organisations). Turned a loss making SME (turnover <$7m which grew to nearly $14m over 5 years, an annual compound growth rate of 15%) into a profitable one in first year as MD (ie direct experience in growth and cost control/reduction). Developed new distribution channels. Maintained profitability and developed and successfully implented a business and marketing plan to drive this business forward into new markets with new products. Negotiated a large contract ($2m) to supply telephony equipment tp Parliament House, Canberra with the Federal Government and successfully (and profitably) completed this contract with a 7 year, $100k pa maintenance agreement attached. Achieved and maintained ISO 9001:2000 quality accreditation.

As part of a worldwide restructuring in 2003 of the ultimate shareholder (a Swiss telecommunications group) following large losses incurred in Europe, I developed an exit strategy for the Swiss shareholders and negotiated a sale on terms and conditions acceptable to the Swiss in 2004 (first having taken an option to buy the business myself).

I have also been General Manager, Finance of Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific, part of the Norwegian mining explosives manufacturer Dyno Nobel and also CFO of Prime Television, a regional TV broadcaster. I was also contracted (separately) by Dyno head office in Oslo to conduct a due diligence examination of a Thai company following the Asian currency meltdown in 1997. Dyno proceeded to acquire this company on the basis of my report and it has turned into a very rewarding opportunity for them.

Before that I gained valuable experience with Gresham Partners, an investment bank 50% owned by Wesfarmers Limited where I gained exposure to equity raising, company valuations sale/purchase of businesses for corporates. I originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, with whom I worked in Sydney, London and Jakarta. People tell me that I know a lot of people (sometimes this can come in handy). Currently (May 2012) chairman of SPAR Australia Limited, chairman of Stirling Infrastructure Group Pty Ltd and a non executive director of Hamilton, James & Bruce Group Limited.

 

Qualifications & Accreditations:
Bachelor of Economics (Sydney). Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Associate of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators. Accredited Associate, Institute for Independent Business (AInstIB).


Industry Sectors worked in:
Telecommunications, Mining Explosives, Television, Investment Banking,. Small business operations.

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