Non-Executive Director / Board Advisor / Mentor
Big Business Experience
Small Business Experience
The Green Party
Buckman Finance Associates
An empowering, entrepreneurial, and principled finance leader, passionate about maximising the potential of the teams and ideas he works with, with a talent for developing strategies and approaches that enable ambitious, sustainable growth.
With 20+ years’ experience gained across start-ups, SMEs, corporates, and non-profits, Robert offers a wealth of leadership, financial, accounting, and operational expertise, sharp commercial insight, and a powerful understanding of what motivates people to make the decisions they do.
Robert thrives in challenging, changing environments and brings integrity, curiosity, purpose, and humour to everything he works on.
- CIMA Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA)
- PRINCE Agile Foundation
- BSc(Hons) Mathematical Physics – University of Nottingham
Key Areas of Expertise
- Strategic Management
- Team Building and Leadership, including Culture Change
- Financial Planning & Analysis, including Creating Effective Management Information
- Building and Running Effective Finance Teams & Departments
- Operational Improvement & Change Management
- Project and Programme Management
- Relationship Building
- Critical Friend
- Stakeholder Management
- Statutory Compliance
- Effective Governance, including Risk Management
Robert has a wealth of experience supporting organisations to run effective finance functions, building ambitious and sustainable strategies, and ensuring that finance – the lifeblood of a business – supports the wider, holistic success of the organisations he works with.
A multi-skilled leader and senior manager, his most recent success was in turning round the electoral, financial, and operational success of The Green Party, overseeing an increase in councillor numbers of over 300%, income & membership numbers by over 50%, and managing several high-profile projects, including running the 2019 European Parliamentary election campaign (the most successful election in the party’s history), replacing the party’s tech-stack, rewriting all HR policies, and leading on cross-party negotiations resulting in the biggest formal general election agreement in British political history.
Since 2011 Robert has run an accountancy practice supporting a range of organisations across the West Midlands. Most of this work has been as part time/fractional CFO/FD, or as advisor to CEOs and boards.
Robert is also an experienced board member, including working as Chair and Treasurer of West Midlands Green Party, and as Trustee for St Paul’s Development Trust.