Management

Malcolm Durham

Malcolm Durham

Malcolm, FD Solutions’ founder, is an entrepreneur who focuses on creating achievable strategies and helping deliver them. He is analytical, mentors leadership and closes deals but is not shy of getting into the details.  He has a special ability to use connections to find resources that can solve problems and create opportunities.

Examples of Malcolm’s expertise include:

  • Creating the business model for one of the first help-desk operations in the country, bringing in investment from 3i. It won contracts with Microsoft before a successful exit
  • Restore financial control in a software business which had lost £2m of VC investment. It returned to profit in 12 months
  • Help a major London theatre recover from poorly conceived capital projects and fallout from 9/11, to become one of the most highly regarded theatres in the UK. Since then the Arts Council has sought out FD Solutions to assist other members

Malcolm qualified as a chartered accountant with Stoy Hayward (now BDO) in 1985, later becoming FD of quoted Baldwin plc, concentrating on acquisitions, disposals and shareholder relations.

Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks

Since co-founding FD Solutions with Malcolm Durham in the early 1990s, Richard has been integral to the firm becoming the leading provider of flexible Director services.

Some of Richard’s many highlights include helping:

  • an entrepreneur turnaround his manufacturing business from a loss-making operation to £35m turnover in four years
  • establish a VC-backed invoice discounting operation with turnover of £100m and a back office of only 30, designing and implementing the systems on Systems Union Sun
  • an NHS organisation to treble in size by negotiating an outsourcing contract with the Department of Health

His specialist sectors include technology start-ups, food, retail, manufacturing and not-for-profit organisations.

Richard, who qualified with Ernst & Young in 1984 is also: