Team

We've built our skills upon first hand delivery across a number of senior finance roles in some of the UK's most successful multi-national companies. We are able to combine that experience with best practice methodology to deliver innovative and practical real world solutions to the problems and blockages that finance functions encounter as they grow and evolve.

Bruce Claassen, B.Arch, FCA.

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Bruce is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales with over 16 years commercial experience.

Having spent his earlier career developing a deep understanding in FP&A and related finance leadership roles within a more traditional BAU context, Bruce has purposefully spent the last 3 year working with complex plc's and Private Equity-owned companies undergoing significant change (IPO; Corporate turnaround & restructuring, Finance transformation; Acquisition integration).

This cumulative experience enables him to bridge the gap between being an FP&A subject matter expert, and being able to credibly and effectively bring together diverse groups of people in order to leverage their specialist expertise, generate new ideas and ensure effective and on-time delivery of Group-wide initiatives that straddle all areas of Finance.

"I'm a competitive, creative and outgoing professional and place as much value on engaging with people as I do on analysing the numbers. Having built up a detailed and practical understanding of the intricacies of plc level FP&A deployment, I enjoy leveraging my multi-sector experience to find new and practical ways to enhance the overall efficiency and value of finance and systems delivery. Leading by example, I place great importance on empowering people to break from the past, push boundaries and innovate.

When not working I enjoy spending time outdoors with family & friends, on- and off-road cycling, photography and participating in historic motor sport."

Makoto Takano, BA, ACA.

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Makoto, or “TK” as he is more often known, is a Big 4 qualified Chartered Accountant with over 15 years experience in industry. Having worked as a highly commercial and operationally focused finance director, he also has experience working with investor backed businesses and corporate actions including mergers, business sales and IPOs.

 

"Always happy to get involved, I place great importance on working as part of a high-performing team and getting the best out of people. I enjoy using my strong interpersonal and analytical skills to provide thoughtful and relevant insight into all areas of business performance. I specialise in creating value for businesses in both financial and non-financial terms whilst balancing the overall objectives and needs of the organization.

In my spare time I'm a keen golfer, skier and tennis player and still enjoy many other sports, though now mostly from the sidelines.  I also enjoy relaxing with good food, wine and friends."

  Recommendations

Robin Stewart - Head of Group Finance & Tax at Tullett Prebon plc

"I had the pleasure of working with Bruce for just under 4 years when he reported to me as the Head of Group Management Reporting, Planning and Systems in the Group Finance department at Tullett Prebon plc.

 

In that time I have known Bruce to be a well-grounded and down to earth colleague and team leader. He was always a most reliable member of the team and would ensure he did whatever it took to pro-actively complete his deliverables, even when they were particularly challenging and time pressured.

 

His enthusiasm, people skills and positive can-do attitude made him an absolute pleasure to work with. His creative and pragmatic approach to problem solving, his collegiate approach to team leadership and his integrity when working with operational colleagues enabled Bruce to deliver significant improvements to the Group's overall reporting and planning capabilities.

 

His personality, professionalism and expertise in all aspects of FP&A and his ability to bring together and motivate people makes him an extremely valuable asset for anyone seeking the services of a confident and dependable business partner."

Steven Hall - Managing Director, HR Transformation, HRO, Change, Outsourcing, Organisational Design, RPO, Staffing

 

"Makoto is a highly experienced and skilled professional with an honest, friendly and dedicated approach. I have enjoyed working with him at Xchanging. I can highly recommend him."