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Lawal-Horwell - Management Accountant - Purley, Greater London, UK

Kay Lawal-Horwell

Purley, Greater London, UK


Management Accountant


I am an innately talented commercial accountant who after several years of varied technical practice has become an expert that is confidently able to communicate across a range of stakeholders.

MS Office; Navision; Sage; Pegasus; COINS; Open Accounts; Meridian; SAP; SUN; Hyperion; SMART Essbase; BEX (Business Explorer);Lotus 123
Spreadsheet Skills:
Extensive use of Excel in the presentation, reconciliation and analysis of financial data including the use of complex formulas, the creation of V/H look ups, IF Statements, pivot tables and the ability to write macros using VBA programming

Work History

Operational Accountant-Connections Customer Projects

UK Power Networks

September 2012 - October 2013

Reason For Leaving: End of Fixed Term Contract Covering Maternity Leave Absence.Reported To: Head of Connections Finance
Nature Of Industry: Electricity Distribution Network Operator. Company Details: Provision of new regulated connections to the public electricity networks, as well as carrying out contestable and private connection works to the public networks.

Duties & Responsibilities:
•Responsible for producing monthly management accounts of Connections activities; managing the month-end process and delivering timely, accurate monthly management reports and profit/cost centre information for each activity
•Participation in the development of regulatory performance reporting for inclusion within the monthly management reports including review of Connections activities ensuring that these remain compliant to regulatory rules
•Within the regulated arena, prepare, participate in and produce detailed medium term Connections budgeting/forecasting plan
•Work with operations team to improve financial performance, developing meaningful management information to ensure effective control; prepare Project Management Review (PMR) papers detailing forecasted revenue and cost highlighting any potential financial exposure and mitigating actions for the sectors most sensitive schemes
•Co-manage the day to day activities of assistant Operational Accountants
•Investigate, challenge and correct Results Analysis output; support the Finance directorate in the delivery of robust internal controls framework within the SAP system
•Interface and build relationships with internal and external auditors
•Provide analysis of costing information and in conjunction with Commercial Section, regularly refresh the Connections pricing model and other ad hoc pricing projects

Financial Controller

LSG Sky Chefs

November 2008 - January 2012

Reason For Leaving: Redundancy/Need for Career Development Reporting To: VP Finance and Director of Supply Chain
Nature Of Industry: Airline In-Flight Services Company Details: In-Flight Supply Chain Management

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Preparation of various monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements (including P&L, Balance Sheet, Cash-Flow) measuring actual, forecast and budgeted performance for submission to group using SMART Essbase consolidation reporting tool
• Preparation of year end pack in readiness for annual financial audit, liaising with all relevant management, Internal LSG Trading Partners and External parties
• Main point of contact for all queries from the company's auditors, during and after the audit field work; review of draft audited accounts and preparation of director's report
• Ensuring recording of all balance sheet and profit and loss account items in line with regulatory and legislative standards, internal and external
• Assisting in setting and amendment of internal policies in order to facilitate improvement in methods and processes at all levels of the business
• Preparation and submission of annual budget and quarterly forecast packs to corporate as well as regulatory returns to Companies House, HMRC (VAT and Annual CT Pack), ONS returns
• Maintenance and development of management reporting tools in order to support the pricing team in analysis of database
• Provision of financial oversight and impact analysis on various change project requests from the customer
• Creation of files for use by key management in recording and monitoring financial performance and KPIs in monitoring the VAA worldwide In-Flight operations
• Attending regular meetings with the VAA In-Flight management team to review financial and operational performance
• Training key finance staff in better use and understanding of spreadsheet and finance software (SAP)
• Undertaking detailed review of the VAA agreement in order to provide clarity on...

Year End Accountant/Management Accountant

OLM Group Ltd

May 2008 - October 2008

and VT Group
Dates From/To: May to October 2008 Position: Year End Accountant/Management Accountant
Reason For Leaving: Contract Assignments Nature Of Industry: Various

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Preparation and submission of various monthly financial statement and cash-flow reports for submission to group using Hyperion consolidation reporting tool
• Preparation of year end pack in readiness for annual financial audit, liaising with all relevant management and external parties
• Main point of contact for all queries from the company's auditors, during and after the audit field work
• Ensuring all balance sheet and profit and loss account items were recorded in line with regulatory standards, internal and external
• Assisting in setting and amendment of internal policies in order to facilitate improvement in methods and procedure at all levels of the business
• Assisting in completion of annual budget packs for the following financial year
• Creation of files for use by key management in recording and monitoring financial performance and KPIs in the new financial year
• Training key finance staff in better use and understanding of spreadsheet and finance software (SAGE Accounts; Microsoft Navision)

Finance Manager

Travel London

January 2004 - March 2008

(Part of National Express)
Dates From/To: January 2004 to March 2008 Position: Finance Manager
Reason For Leaving: Company Restructure Reporting To: Dual Direct to both Finance and Managing Director
Nature Of Industry: Transport Company Details: Public transport services

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Undertaking due diligence on acquisition of new businesses
• Preparation of Annual Budget and Strat Plans including production of monthly management reports analysing variances from budget and presentation thereof to local and group management teams
• Assisting in bidding for new contracts and renewal of existing ones as required
• Point of contact for clarification of policy and procedures in delivery and compliance with contractual and statutory obligations in line with agreed standards
• Involvement in pay negotiations with union reps for various category of employees and ensuring correct and accurate processing thereof
• Point of contact for external and internal stake holders, including banks, suppliers, key client representatives
• Responsible for procurement of key assets and disposal of old ones including decision on leasing or cash purchase and cascade for use within other group companies
• Responsible for production and monitoring of KPIs for use by Internal and External stakeholders
• Responsible for setting Internal Audit processes and ensuring compliance thereto
• Responsible for regular audits, performance and financial
• Monitoring of Insurance Portfolio including regular contact with external brokers
• Management and development of nine finance staff and attending various meetings
• Responsible for weekly Cash-flow Forecasts for consolidation into group statements
• Responsible for submission of claims, estimate and actual, to the DfT for BSOG rebates as due
• Ensuring completeness of financial year end audit, VAT audit and DfT audit
• Responsible for weekly and monthly production of payroll including tax year end submissions to the...

Finance Manager

Eurostat UK

November 2000 - December 2003

Reason For Leaving: Career Progression Reporting To: Managing Director
Nature Of Industry: Retail Company Details: Office Supplies

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Responsible for all aspect of the business finances and management accounting initially for a limited company and a partnership business later combined to one consolidated business entity due to takeover of a similar limited company with total turnover of £6M
• Line management of two accounts and five admin staff with day to day involvement in the commercial aspects of the business as required
• Production of monthly statutory and management accounts including Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statements and Budgetary Report
• Responsible for daily Cash-flow Forecasts ensuring adequate funds available in relevant bank accounts to meet daily cash requirement, including constant liaison with relationship managers at both paying and invoice discounting banks
• Production of various reports to monitor performance of the business on a daily basis including credit control, credit check stock movement and sales analysis
• Ensuring completeness of financial year end audits, VAT audit and Inland Revenue audit
• Responsible for monthly production of payroll and tax year end submissions to the Inland Revenue including P11Ds

Financial Accountant

Rentokil Roofing

June 1998 - October 2000

Reason For Leaving: Excessive Commute following relocation of company Reporting To: Finance Director
Nature Of Industry: Construction Company Details: Roofing company, part of Rentokil Initial Plc

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Weekly production of Performance Reports for 7 trading branches detailing Actual v Budget
• Monthly production and distribution of Management Accounts pack including Profit and Loss accounts, Balance Sheets Variance Analysis reports, Credit Control reports, Work-In-Progress reports, Forecast reports etc
• Monthly bank and Balance Sheet reconciliation
• Production and distribution of Annual Budget and Quarterly Review packs
• Full responsibility for production and management of payroll for up to 100 employees including filing and payments to Inland Revenue, BACS payments to employee bank accounts, filing and payment of monthly pension contributions, tax year end administrations and submissions to the Inland Revenue
• Full responsibility for production and submission of quarterly VAT returns and payments to Customs & Excise
• Full responsibility for administration of company vehicle fleet of 50 cars including purchase of new cars, disposal of old cars, management of leasing records, monitoring use of both fuel and repairs cards, quarterly submission of P46(cars) to Inland Revenue, accident claims and insurance administration etc
• Supervision and co-ordination of the functions of three accounts staff and one office manager including training due to the introduction of new accounts software package (COINS) in compliance with Y2K
• Daily administration of the accounts software including report writing and maintenance, liaison with software package consultants in relation to improvement and upgrades
• Reported directly to and worked closely with both the Finance Director and Managing Director and was the main point of contact for handling day to day queries from branch managers
• The division had a turnover of £12M

Contract Accountant

Serco Ltd

September 1996 - May 1998

Reason For Leaving: Company Restructure Reporting To: Contract Manager and Finance at HQ
Nature Of Industry: Services Company Details: Resource Management

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Reporting to Contract Manager and directly to Finance Director at HQ
• Responsible for all aspects of contract finance and management accounting report for five leisure sites with combined turnover of £10M
• Line management of eight members of the admin and finance function and involvement in commercial aspects of the business as required
• Production of monthly statutory and management accounts including Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss Statements and Budgetary Control Reports
• Responsible for Cash-flow Forecasts
• Development of annual business plan with quarterly reviews and variance analysis
• Quarterly Balance Sheet reconciliation
• Presentation of financial information to non financial managers and directors as required
• Assisting Contract Managers in preparation and presentation of bids to clients - Local Authorities

Previous Employment

Assistant Accountant

Telegan Protection Ltd

July 1995 - August 1996

Assistant Accountant for a company that installed and serviced Ansul fire suppression systems at fast food restaurants including McDonald's, Wimpy, KFC; I was responsible for collating all ledger (sales, purchase, nominal) entries having ensured accurate entries to produce the operating profit and loss accounts for submission to the MD and the company Accountant. My day to day activities included running and maintaining the payroll system for weekly paid engineers as well as monthly paid admin and support staff; I had responsibility fot maintaining the fixed asset register updating for additions and disposal, ensure correct charges were reflected in the ledgers for monthly depreciation; I had regular contact with the parts store keepers to ensure issues and re-ordering were correctly recorded along with stock-takes as stated in company procedures. I supervised three staff directly and liaised daily with internal and external stakeholders (supplier, customers, auditors, management) to address queries. I was also involved in ad hoc internal research and development projects to produce the company's own brand fire extinguisher system, ensure correct collation of associated costs for capitalization.

Accounts Assistant

Bain Clarkson International

April 1989 - October 1994

I initially joined Bain Clarkson as part of a twilight shift (working 6-9pm weekday evening and Saturday-Sunday mornings) team inputting and processing insurance new business and claims for seniors over 60 years of age before joining the daytime team on a full term basis to further my accounting and finance learning. I worked with colleagues in new business, claims and commercial departments ensuring premiums were correctly recorded with adjustments for brokers fees and that claims were handled on a timely basis in line with strict regulatory guidelines. I was involved in bank reconciliations and the production of cash-flow reports for use by senior management.

Qualifications & Certifications

HND in Business and Finance; CIMA stage papers with two final papers remaining.

South West London College,BP centers, Westminster Uni

Royal Russell School Croydon.

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