Ian P Govier

Ian Govier is the founder and Managing Director of Certius Professional Services Limited, an award-winning independent accounting, tax and business advisory firm, with an international client base.

Ian has over 30 years’ experience in the provision of strategic tax and business advice to both listed and owner managed businesses. A former International Tax Partner with KPMG and Tax Partner in Grant Thornton UK LLP, he was also global head of tax for Amersham International plc and European Tax Director for PepsiCo International/Yum Brands International.

A scientist by background, Ian has highly developed specialist skills in business and tax planning for both UK and cross border transactions, structuring and profit repatriation. Ian has in-depth knowledge and experience in the use of the UK Patent Box tax regime, Research and Development Tax Credits and investment in both UK and non-UK companies using the Seed Enterprise Investment and Enterprise Investment schemes.

Ian holds a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of London and is a Chartered Tax advisor, a Certified Practising Accountant, a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He has held a number of a non-executive director and trustee positions, including a non-executive directorship with Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry and as the Chair and Trustee of Hope Housing Training and Support Ltd.

Joana Baublytė-Kulvietė

Ellex Valiunas, a member of Ellex, a circle of leading Baltic law firms, is the largest specialised legal team in Lithuania, with a solid portfolio of cross-border experience both in international projects and landmark local deals in the region, since its formation in 1992. With nearly 200 legal professionals and the broadest variety of practice areas, the firm is ideally positioned to provide each client with top expertise and in-depth specialised legal services.

Ellex Valiunas is the exclusive member in Lithuania for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide and World Services Group (WSG) – a global membership association whose members are among the top providers of professional business services.

Colin Mills

Colin Mills is the Founder and Chairman of The FD Centre Limited, and has over 20 years of financial director experience in UK, USA and European businesses with turnovers of £2 million to £500 million. A member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Institute Prize Winner, Colin also has an MBA from Henley. His industry experience covers construction, FMCG, retail, food, IT, contracting services, building products, paper, printing and property development. Before setting up The FD Centre in 2001, Colin worked for major organisations like the Mars Group (Global US owned), Benders (UK privately owned FMCG/ paper products group), The Scholes Group plc (now part of Hanson Industries), Clifford Foods plc (now part of Unigate), and The Bradley Group (now part of Aggregate Industries), in both FD and CEO roles. Colin has developed the following FD Centre programmes:

  • Keeping Control in Fast Growth Companies
  • Survival Solutions for Companies under Pressure
  • Managing Business Change “Fast” – a specific FD Centre methodology developed originally

Colin is a former Finance Director of large multinationals and Plc companies. The FD Centre was established in 2001. It was the first business to provide part-time Finance Director services in the UK.

Firm Overview:

The original concept for The FD Centre was to provide the skill sets of experienced Finance Directors of large corporations to the small and medium sized enterprise (SME) sector, allowing smaller organisations to benefit from the expertise of a highly experienced Financial Director without incurring the expense of hiring someone full-time.

The part-time FD concept caught on quickly and the business has grown rapidly on a national scale. Over the last 15 years The FD Centre has become the largest and most respected provider of part-time Finance Director services in the UK.

The FD Centre has now expanded across the world to be the Global No.1 provider of part-time FD and CFO services.