Hugh Walker

Associate Director of Finance

I am an experienced Finance and Corporate Services Director and have worked as a Director in a variety of sectors including, commercial fish farming, professional accountancy, consultancy, NHS Management and a variety of national charities and NGOs.

My main interests outside work are family, sailing, golf, walking and bicycling.

Contact details:
  • Hugh.Walker@sams.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1631 559 589


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As Associate Director of Finance I support the Director and executive team of SAMS in shaping and implementing the strategic direction of the organisation.

    • >Reporting to the Chief Executive and Board
    • >I regularly act as officer in charge and make decisions for SAMS at external meetings
    • >A key responsibility for my role is the financial readiness of the organisation and providing advise on direction, risks and strategy. Proactive engagement in the determination of corporate strategy and implementation are essential
    • >The financial support services team is managed by me, ensuring financial and contract management processes and procedures are fit for purpose
    • >I lead on some high value and business critical projects
    • >Overseeing the production of monthly reporting and board packs and the production of high quality and robust financial information
    • >I oversee the preparation of statutory accounts and returns
    • >Budget setting and monitoring
    • >Short, medium and long term forecasting and cashflow analysis
    • >Reviewing and developing process, procedures and controls including all the MIS system Netsuite
    • >Assessment and enhancements of systems and finance software
    • >Ad hoc duties

Employment history

Since Jan 2019 Associate Director of Finance. SAMS

2017-18 Consultant / CA. Self-employed

2016-17 Property Manager Arran / Brodick. National Trust for Scotland

2010-16 Director of Finance and Corporate Services. Oxfam Ireland

2000-10 Director of Finance and Corporate Services. Quarriers

1998-2000 Director of Finance and Corporate Services. Sense Scotland

1994-98 Directorate Manager Argyll and Bute. Argyll and Bute NHS Trust

1990-94 Finance and Commercial Director. Otter Ferry Land and Sea Ltd

1986-90 Senior Manager / Consultant. Ernst and Young

1978-86 Manager. KPMG plus Kidson

 

Professional charter

Since 1996 Fellow Chartered Accountant. Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

1985 Associate Chartered Accountant. Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

 

Qualifications

2007 Diploma Charity Accounting. Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

1977 BA Accountancy and Business Law. University of Stirling