Matthew Harris

Financial planning and Accountancy. Team and individual coaching.


Matthew is a qualified chartered accountant (FCA) with over 20 years of financial and management experience with engineering and manufacturing companies in the UK and the US. Matthew qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse before moving into industry, developing his career with BMW, Thames Water, American Water, Hanson and Costain Group. As well as traditional finance activities, Matthew has led business integrations, external audit tendering and an IPO process. Most recently, Matthew was Group Strategy & Risk Director for Costain, developing group strategy (including mergers and acquisitions) and risk management.

Matthew now works to assist organisations make their finance functions more strategic and customer-focused and the wider business understand their company finances and the role a modern finance function can play in supporting growth. Matthew has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Warwick and is a facilitator for the strategy programmes of the ICAEW.

Matthew was awarded Director of the Year for Large Companies in London & South East by the Institute of Directors in 2017.

Matthew published his first book in 2019, 100 + Top Tips for Understanding Business Finance, which is an easy guide to learning how business finance works.

Professional Experience and Approach

Matthew has always had a strong interest in people development. He was training manager for the Windsor office of Price Waterhouse, where he developed his teaching and mentoring skills. Throughout his career, Matthew has continued to lead the talent development agenda, from graduate recruitment through to Board level development. Matthew was a founder member of the Learning Development Board at Costain Group plc, where he advised and supported the introduction of a strategic approach to talent development.
● BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from The University of Warwick
● Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
● Executive Development Program of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
● Management Futures Intensive Coaching Skills Certificate
● UpAGear team coach

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