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Mistral Associates appoints two new consultants

Business growth and turnaround consultants, Mistral Associates, is proud to announce the addition of two new, highly experienced associate consultants. Management Accountant Richard Morello and HR specialist Rosie Forrest add yet further skills to Mistral Associates’ wide ranging expertise for small and medium businesses, making them very much the region’s “one stop shop” for tailored business growth help and advice.

Chair of Mistral Associates John Craike said: “We’re delighted to have Richard and Rosie bringing their skills and great experience to Mistral. We’re now even better able to help our region’s businesses get going and growing with individually tailored solutions and ongoing support.”

Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a qualified accountant of 40 years’ experience with Unilever, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Fenner PLC. He held various financial positions before becoming Director of Corporate Development. He has undertaken various non-executive roles in addition to other activities including market scrutiny, review of companies and competitive analysis. He is still a trustee of the company’s pension scheme and member of the investment committee. At PwC he worked extensively with SME’s and one of reasons for moving to Fenner was PwC’s move to larger clients. At Fenner he was widely involved with subsidiaries of all sizes.

Richard said: “SME’s represent the majority of UK private sector businesses and nearly half of private sector turnover. They are the lifeblood of this country’s enterprise and need supporting. Mistral Associates provide one of the most affordable yet comprehensive business support services I have seen, with all of the team sharing a passion for helping SMEs reach their full potential.”

Rosie started out as an engineer, before moving into Human Resources, where she has 30 years experience in a range of different companies and sectors, from major global companies to small family-run businesses. She has worked on many acquisitions, some of which required transformation and all of which required integration with the acquiring business. Her experience includes working with leaders of SME’s to improve engagement and culture, as well as advising on talent planning and HR support. Rosie specialises in organisational change through people strategy, leadership, behavioural change, data-based decision-making and all elements of HR. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Rosie said: “Businesses are made of people – they, and how they work together are therefore key to making a business successful. And in a smaller business each person’s contribution matters so much more than in a larger organisation so SMEs really need to get it right.”