Mentor, Non-Executive Director, Chairman and Corporate Financier, who works with Business Owners, who want to scale up and be more profitable.
Originally from Edinburgh, Norman’s schoolboy ambition was to play rugby for Scotland or become a professional cricketer. But after three years at University there, he realised he would not make the grade – and decided he should focus on the thrills and excitement of being a Chartered Accountant.
This he did, qualifying with Ernst & Young in London. His first step into commerce was as the Finance Director of a Scottish & Newcastle Breweries’ subsidiary, which was building a golf course in the South of France.
He then worked for Exxon Mobil for six years, working and living in fifteen different countries including New York, West Africa, Paris, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Australia and New Zealand.
In his early thirties, he decided he was not a Big Company man and taking a years’ salary as a redundancy package, he set up on his own in Richmond, Surrey, acting as a Business Adviser, Mentor, Non-Executive Director, Chairman and Corporate Financier, buying and selling companies and raising investors monies. And this is what he has been doing for the last thirty years, working with over 1,000 companies in the process.
He is currently a Director of Sunningdale Corporate Finance Limited (www.sunningdalecf.com), a Partner in JFP Strategic Planning (www.jfpstrategic-planning.co.uk) and a Director of the rugby club, London Scottish, where he has Investor Relations responsibilities, helping to raise over £7 million from over 160 investors over the last thirteen years. He is the Business Columnist for the River Tribe Magazine, an Ambassador for The Victoria Foundation, a Richmond based medical charity and an Adviser for the Scottish Business Network (www.sbn.scot). He is currently writing his first business book (Working Title: 25 Quotations to help you run your business).
Over the years, he has been a regular Business Speaker, Speaking Coach and Master of Ceremonies (www.normanjacksonspeaker.com) at conferences, seminars and networking events – and is a member of the Professional Speaking Association.