Dave Harpur, Finance Expert in London, United Kingdom
Dave Harpur

Finance Expert in London, United Kingdom

Member since October 4, 2017
A chartered accountant with more than 15 years of experience, Dave has directly led double-digit EBITDA growth and over £1 billion in debt, equity, and M&A transactions while at leading private equity and consultancy firms (Global Infrastructure Partners, Octopus, IFM, and Deloitte). As a freelancer, he enjoys advising clients on strategy execution, debt and equity capital fundraising, corporate finance, and complex financial transactions.
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  • Vice President of Finance

    2019 - PRESENT
    ESW Capital
    • Led the financial planning & analysis (FP&A) and financial accounting teams of 50+ people across the globe.
    • Oversaw the corporate development and relationships with banking groups.
    • Spearheaded the M&A strategy and execution for multiple SaaS and enterprise software transactions in North America and Europe ranging from $10-$100 million.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) , M&A, Corporate Development
  • Chief Executive Officer

    2017 - PRESENT
    RHT Business Advisory
    • Founded RHT Business Advisory, a boutique advisory firm focused on providing strategic financial advice to clients across a range of industries.
    • Secured and currently delivering a significant contract with IFM-owned Stansted Airport to provide strategic financial leadership regarding their five-year financial plan, pricing structures, business strategy, and £500 million capital investment program.
    • Provided strategic advice on airports and the aviation industry to major global equity houses on diverse topics such as regulation, revenue optimization, airspace capacity, and capital investment strategy.
    • Built a financial model for internal business planning and external fundraising efforts for a London-based construction firm to help it access growth capital of £1.5 million.
    • Created a rapidly growing enterprise with clients across the UK and in mainland Europe, managing all the client relationships and quality of services delivered.
    Focus areas: Financial Strategy, Financial Accounting, Finance Strategy, Project Finance, Corporate Finance, Capital Investment Appraisals, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Finance Transformation, Strategic Finance Management, Debt Raises, Equity Raises, Capital Structure, Cash Flow Forecasting, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), 13-week Cash Flow, Debt Workouts, Early-stage Venture Capital, Private Equity, Private Equity Valuation, Private Company Valuation, Financial Modeling, Revenue Optimization, Budgeting, Financial Reporting, Finance Systems, Investor Decks, Investor Communications
  • Financial Strategy and Business Plan Modeling Lead

    2018 - 2018
    Kreo Software
    • Built a financial model for internal projections and external fundraising efforts.
    • Constructed a SaaS business performance dashboard.
    • Developed a fundraising strategy with the CEO.
    • Led a scenario analysis review and assessment of the impact on the business plan.
    • Created a detailed sales forecast/budget for driving performance of the sales team.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Statement Analysis, Business Plan Development
  • Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer

    2016 - 2017
    Spiralite Group (Octopus Capital Portfolio Business)
    • Delivered annual revenue growth of 50% and led the expansion of the business into North America, Europe, and the Middle East.
    • Built a long-term financial model, prepared marketing materials, constructed strategy and led the execution of a £2.5 million equity funding round.
    • Reviewed the existing debt structure of the business, designed alternative debt funding strategies, engaged with corporate banks and successfully completed the refinancing of the existing debt facility (£1 million) and raising of a new, more flexible £2.5 million debt facility.
    • Conducted a gap analysis of the overall organizational structure, and redesigned the structure to align it with the strategy of the business.
    • Led the equity sale process on behalf of Octopus Capital, prepared investor decks, led investor meetings and completed the sale of the business to a Middle Eastern family office.
    Focus areas: Finance Systems, Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Financial Strategy, Financial Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Cross-border M&A, Business Taxes, Debt Raises, Debt Restructuring, Debtor & Creditor Management, Equity Raises, Equity Valuation, Private Equity, Investor Decks, Investor Communications, Intellectual Property Valuation, Cash Flow Modeling, Cash Flow Forecasting, 13-week Cash Flow, Finance Structures, Finance Strategy, Budgeting, Financial Business Planning, Financial Systems
  • Head of Finance, Sales, and Operations Planning

    2012 - 2016
    Gatwick Airport (Global Infrastructure Partners Portfolio Business)
    • Delivered the strategic business planning, demand planning, and capacity utilization; and as Chair of Capital Executive Committee led the allocation and investment decision process for the airport’s £2.5 billion capital program.
    • Led all the commercial negotiations with airline customers in relation to growth plans, demand, capacity, price, and operational performance. Served as the chair of the airport's scheduling committee.
    • Created and implemented the business-wide financial planning process and model to support Global Infrastructure Partners' growth strategy for the airport. Responsible for driving and delivering EBITDA growth from £220 million to £400 million over four years.
    • Executed successfully a £650 million debt refinancing and corporate bond issuance, including drafting of prospectus and bond documentation, cash flow forecasting, dividend planning, investor decks and presentations.
    • Led all aspects of the financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and financial performance improvement. Within this role, closed the defined benefit pension scheme (£20 million EBITDA benefit), transitioned the business to IFRS (£200 million reserves benefit) and completed a complex group restructuring to access previously trapped tax losses (£50 million cash benefit).
    Focus areas: Business Plan Development, Financial Strategy, Financial Business Planning, Capital Investment Appraisals, Private Equity, Private Equity Valuation, Operations Finance, Commercial Finance, Financial Options, Financial Systems, Financial Reporting, IFRS Adjustments, Accounting, Corporate Finance, Debt Raises, Senior Secured Debt, Investor Decks, Investor Communications, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Cash Flow Modeling, Cash Flow Forecasting, Financial Accounting, Revenue Management, Cost Management, Cost of Capital, Budgeting
  • Senior Manager

    2005 - 2012
    • Provided audit and advisory services to multibillion-pound international groups such as Kerry Group plc, Doosan, CRH plc, Greencore plc, and EirGrid plc.
    • Delivered all aspects of IFRS financial reporting standards and led the UK GAAP and US GAAP transition to IFRS for a number of blue-chip clients as the "go-to" expert for the firm.
    • Provided corporate finance advisory services to EirGrid plc on the debt financing of the East-West Interconnector, a £600 million project to connect the electricity grids of Ireland and the UK.
    • Led the independent financial review of the Quinn Group following its administration, and subsequently led the restructuring of the business on behalf of its bondholders.
    • Worked as a member of the firm's people board with a specific responsibility for creating a great place to work, and was successfully recognized for this by external bodies for four consecutive years.
    Focus areas: Audit Management, IFRS Audit Planning, Financial Model Auditing, Internal Audits, IFRS Adjustments, UK GAAP, IFRS, Consulting, Financial Advisory, Corporate Finance, Financial Reporting, Debt Restructuring, Financial Restructuring, External Financial Reporting


  • Certificate in Next Generation CFO
    2013 - 2013
    Deloitte - London, UK
  • Certification in Fundraising
    2013 - 2013
    Association of Corporate Treasurers - London, UK
  • Master's degree in Accounting and Finance
    2004 - 2005
    University College Dublin - Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor's degree in Commerce
    2001 - 2004
    University College Dublin - Dublin, Ireland


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
    Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ireland

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