• Virtual C-Suite
  • Who is Virtual C-Suite?

    Virtual C-Suite is me, Sam Bursey.

    I am a business professional who has operated at CFO, COO and FD level with over 20 years of experience. I have proven people management skills who has worked in results driven businesses within industry and professional services (Consulting Big 4).

     

    I am a member of the Association of Chartered Management Accountants (ACMA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and have a demonstrable track record of success in business transformation, executing strategy and implementing change.

     

    Industry agnostic, I have worked across multiple sectors including (but not limited to) Professional Services, Digital, E-Commerce, FMCG/Retail, Education, Sports and Manufacturing.

  • Services

    Consulting

    Innovation, transformation and leadership occur in many ways and the core of what I deliver is working and helping clients’ solve the most complex issues.

    I use my extensive business and industry experience to focus solutions on the real issues affecting many businesses today.

    Advisory (CFO/COO)

    I am an experienced C-Suite (CFO/COO) professional with proven people management skills who has worked in results driven businesses within industry and professional services (Big 4). I help businesses who need the expertise of senior level support on whatever basis they require (interim, contract etc.).

    Employee Engagement Strategy

    As a talent and culture advocate I help businesses analyse and understand their Employee Lifecycle (single stage and end-to-end) and produce recommendations on how to improve the level of employee engagement whilst harnessing the latest processes and technology.

    Non Executive

    I am fully aware of the latest issues facing business today and have a deep understanding of leading edge and emergent technologies. With significant emotional intelligence I can provide a creative contribution to Board's and provide independent oversight and constructive challenge to the Directors.

  • Contact Me

    Please send me a message and I will respond to you within 24 hours.

  • Connect With Me

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    Skype ID: sambursey

  • FAQs

    What does the "Virtual" mean in Virtual C-Suite?

    By "Virtual" I am referring to the flexibility with how I can work with clients who require my services whilst keeping their costs down. 

    A virtual CFO for example provides high-calibre expertise for the strategic and financial aspects of an organisation on a basis that suits the client i.e. full time, part time, contract, interim etc.

    What level of experience have you got?

    I have Executive Board level ("C-Suite") experience and am competent working with Executive and Group Boards, Senior Management and Operational teams.

    What activities can you help me with?

    I've a track record of helping businesses at an Executive Board level and at a Senior Director level and will work with you to help you achieve your business goals. These are just some of the activities I can help you with:

     

    Strategic

    • Steering companies through organic growth or acquisition
    • International experience
    • Managing change and profitability improvement
    • Ventures into new markets
    • Controlling costs, refinancing, improving cash management
    • Exit Planning
    • Managing stakeholder / investor relations
    • Developing a new Target Operating Model (TOM)
    • Participating in board meetings
    • Post merger integration
    • Business and finance transformations
    • Creating digital marketing strategies
    • Downsizing / restructuring

    Operational

    • Manage the finance function and ensure maximum value / return
    • Implement robust internal controls
    • Establish monthly Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
    • Establish processes for creating monthly management accounts
    • Review computer systems and software to ensure they are adequate and will allow for growth
    • Establish and oversee cashflow process, ensuring it's consistent with company requirements
    • Help establish most profitable lines of business
    • Establish and review budgeting & forecasts
    • Help and oversee central service functions - Finance, Facilities, IT, HR, Project Management
    • Translate all figures and data in a way that makes sense
    • Liaise with external advisers, Banks & Auditors
    • Help monitor and negotiate costs of large expenditure items

    We're a start-up, do we need C-Suite level support?

    I would recommend it. The experience C-Suite level experience brings can be invaluable to a start-up and a great COO or CFO for example is much more than a bean counter, they help set corporate strategy, manage resources, and bring the CEO's vision to life.

    We're a large organisation - is Virtual C-Suite relevant to me?

    Virtual C-Suite services can be used by any size organisation. Larger organisations tend to use me for interim and contract work to cover resignations, maternity leave, discreet projects (KPI development and integrations for example) and to fill Non-Executive positions.

    Which locations do you cover?

    I'm extremely flexible, particularly where the requirement is for a set number of days per week and can accommodate most office locations (and remotely).

    I am looking for a Non-Executive Director, can you help?

    Absolutely. Having already operated at a C-Suite level I am ideally placed to provide the value-add expected of a Non-Executive - please contact me with your requirement.

    I see you have experience of Employee Engagement, where can I find out more?

    I'd recommend reading this posting all about the Employee Lifecycle and if you have any further questions please do contact me.

  • Thought Leadership Hub

    Innovative thinking and informed opinion.

    Employee Engagement,Talent,Employee Lifecycle
    One of my Virtual C-Suite services is surveying and analysing an organisation's Employee Lifecycle and producing recommendations on how to improve employee engagement.   Every employee passes through the 4 stages of the Employee Lifecycle. Understanding and continuously reviewing the level of...
    Employee Lifecycle,Talent,Employee Engagement,HR Strategy,Employee Experience
    The Employee Lifecycle model (ELC) is a method to visualise how employees engages with the organisation they are a part of. It can also be used as a framework to design different engagement strategies for each stage. The Employee Lifecycle model is based on the idea that companies should design...
    Growth,Stakeholders,CFO,Finance Director
    #dumpedbyKPMG really is a (twitter) thing... With the sudden news of big four accounting firm, KPMG, withdrawing its small business accounting (SBA) service in the UK, small businesses now need to reconsider their strategy when thinking about their financial management support. However, this...
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    Introduction
    We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors and service users.
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    How we use your personal data
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    in the case of personal data that we did not obtain directly from you, the source and specific categories of that data;
    the purposes for which we may process personal data; and
    the legal bases of the processing.
    We may process data about your use of our website and services (“usage data”). The usage data may include your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use. The source of the usage data is Google Analytics. This usage data may be processed for the purposes of analysing the use of the website and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely monitoring and improving our website and services.
    We may process your account data (“account data”). The account data may include your name and email address. The source of the account data is you. The account data may be processed for the purposes of operating our website, providing our services, ensuring the security of our website and services, maintaining back-ups of our databases and communicating with you. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business.
    We may process your information included in your personal profile on our website (“profile data”). The profile data may include your name, address, telephone number, email address, profile pictures, gender, date of birth, relationship status, interests and hobbies, educational details and employment details. The profile data may be processed for the purposes of enabling and monitoring your use of our website and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business.
    We may process your personal data that are provided in the course of the use of our services (“service data”). The source of the service data is you. The service data may be processed for the purposes of operating our website, providing our services, ensuring the security of our website and services, maintaining back-ups of our databases and communicating with you. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business.
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    We may process any of your personal data identified in this policy where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the protection and assertion of our legal rights, your legal rights and the legal rights of others.
    We may process any of your personal data identified in this policy where necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks, or obtaining professional advice. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper protection of our business against risks.
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    Providing your personal data to others
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    Retaining and deleting personal data
    This Section 6 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.
    Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
    Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.
    
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    Your rights
    You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you; provision of such information will be subject to:
    the payment of a fee (currently fixed at GBP 10); and
    the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity (for this purpose, we will usually accept a photocopy of your passport certified by a solicitor or bank plus an original copy of a utility bill showing your current address).
    We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
    You may instruct us at any time not to process your personal information for marketing purposes.
    In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to our use of your personal information for marketing purposes, or we will provide you with an opportunity to opt out of the use of your personal information for marketing purposes.
    
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    This website is owned and operated by Virtual C-Suite.
    Our principal place of business is in Poole, Dorset.
    
    You can contact us by using our website contact form
    
    Data protection officer
    Our data protection officer’s contact details are: Sam Bursey, sam@vcsuite.co.uk