Caroline Collings-Wood

Caroline is an experienced Non-Executive Director, business coach and mentor. She started her corporate life as a CIMA qualified accountant working with Sea Containers and went on to hold several Interim FD and MD positions.

Worked on complex projects defending OFT and MMC enquiries, facilitated exit strategies and company sales, as well as acquisitions, mergers and MBO’s the largest being £107m.

An experienced CEO for the 21 years of an award-winning group of companies specialising delivering high growth and scale up advice working as a NED for 20 SME’s. Caroline has a breadth of experience in business recovery, in which she developed large programmes for change management and oversaw large scale redundancy projects. Caroline has supported over seven hundred companies in their life cycle from growth to exit, implementing strategies through each phase.

The services included senior executive coaching and development, ILM leadership training, interim placements and bid writing for grants and introduction to finance to enable business expansion. Caroline is an ILM qualified coach successfully implementing programmes of change in major corporates and SMEs.

Sector Experience include Marine, specifically in passenger and freight shipping as well as leisure, Manufacturing including injection moulding and Precision Engineering, Food Production, Retail, Professional Services, various SaaS products and MedTech companies.

Caroline has also had over 15 years of experience in chairing complex boards with public sector, third sector and businesses as members, each holding a different stance on economic wellbeing and prosperity within the Solent and East Hampshire area. Caroline chaired one of the largest branches of the Federation of Small Businesses in which she would communicate with MP’s, public officials and lobby to ensure positive change for the business community.

Caroline lives on the South Coast and her downtime is spent walking her two dogs around the coastal nature reserves and renovating a house she quaintly named “the money pit.”

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