Meet The Team

DAVID STONE
Founder and CEO

Set up in 2008 Prompt is now one of the most successful Turnaround Companies in the UK.  An experienced CEO of fully listed Plc’s and other private companies David has a proven track record - growing businesses through the implementation of organisation and financial restructuring, combined with sales and marketing strategies. He continues to successfully turnaround struggling companies. Regularly appointed by shareholders and Senior Management (after introduction via Banks and panel accountancy firms) to carry out business turnaround, systems development, acquisitions & mergers and recapitalisation.  Typically heading up turnaround projects of SME’s with turnovers of £5m up to larger £200m+ across a multitude of sectors and countries.

David is a credited member of the IFT

CATHERINE PALMER
Senior financial & project manager

Catherine started her career working in Practice for accountancy firms in Devon where she undertook her training. Once qualified she then moved from Practice to join a Manufacturing  company overhauling their financial systems and this gave her expereince which she brought to Prompt in 2008.

Here she has undertaken lead roles in business turnaround and financial restructuring. Catherine's approach to business solution utilises her financial and commercial breadth of experience.

 Catherine is both AAT and ACCA qualified.

JOHN INGRAM
Senior project manager
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John has 35 years experience in the FMCG industry. 

During this time he has seen companies grow through acquisitions & mergers from privately owned businesses to global multi-national FTSE 100 companies.  John has held many senior roles in Procurement, Manufacturing & Finance & understands the interdependencies across the entire supply chain. With proven analytical, presentational & interpersonal skills he has been successful in managing change through company acquisitions, integrations & structural

reorganisations.

John also has experience of managing European businesses and

re-engineering projects, having been based in Paris, Warsaw & Barcelona.

MARK BAYLEY
Property

Mark has over 20 years experience in the commercial Real Estate sector. He started his career at DTZ where he graduated and became qualified. Mark then joined KPMG LLP,  created and became Head of the UK Real Estate Advisory Services team which he led for 15 years. Working with a wide range of clients across a broad range of sectors from mergers and acquisitions to company restructuring. Working with Corporates to reduce costs, enhance value and optimise real estate portfolios. Mark  advises clients across a range of commercial sectors, helping them to develop and implement flexible strategies to respond to their changing needs and the challenges of the market place. He advises on Real Estate matters throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

 

Mark is also a member of the Institute for Turnaround.

ROBIN STAUNTON
Restructuring director
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Widely experienced former Corporate lawyer specialising in solvent 

restructuring, group reorganisations, carve-outs and accelerate disposals. Non-Executive Chairman and Director. Member of the Institute for Turnaround and former Regional Chair.

At Prompt, Robin focusses on structural  solutions to problems, to enable businesses to deal with

under-performing segments and maximise the opportunities for owners to preserve value and then supports them to drive through plans for a return to growth.

ANTHONY PALMER
Senior Financial Analyst
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Anthony started his career in industry working for a small owner managed company. There he implemented new accountancy software which helped support the business to become a prosperous enterprise, one that was bought by a multi-national company.

In 2001 Anthony moved into Practice, where he focused on the provision of services ranging from management accounts and systems installations to statutory accounts, tax and auditing.

Anthony brought all this experience to Prompt Interim where he now holds the position of Senior Financial Analyst. He has worked closely to, and has a good knowledge of a wide variety of market sectors.

Anthony is both AAT and ACCA qualified.

KAREN FREEMAN
Associate financial
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Starting at KPMG managing audit clients from the service industry to large manufacturing clients Karen 

also became a technical expert in Office Pensions.  Responsible for implementing their new audit approach focussing on gaining a deep understanding strategically of  client’s business and operations.  

In 2000, Karen moved to Rothschild’s Guernsey managing a large team of accountants producing Financial Statements, Fund Valuations and Bespoke Performance Reports and was part of the management project team that implemented the new Integrated software system. Since then as a consultant her projects have included bringing financial reporting systems in-house and developing Management Information Systems focused on cashflow and working capital management, along with performance analysis and preparing financial information memorandum for Company sale. Karen is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Practicing Certificate.