Jean Pousson | Vistage UK
Speaker Bio

Jean Pousson

Jean Pousson is a Director and founding shareholder of Board Evaluation Limited, a specialised consultancy practice set up in 2011 which provides board evaluation, strategic health checks and various training and consultancy services to an international client base. He is a regular contributor to strategy and finance programmes run by The Institute of Directors, where he is the Lead Finance Consultant.

He previously held the position of Director of Studies at the TSB Group Management College where he was responsible for overall academic leadership, but with direct responsibility for finance and strategy programmes and consultancy activities.

Jean spent two years in the City of London with DC Gardner & Company (now Euromoney plc) as Assistant Director, Corporate Banking delivering training courses for banks on credit worldwide. His banking career at Barclays Bank spanned 15 years and within the last five years he occupied various management positions within retail and corporate banking and was involved in lending to individuals, small businesses and later to corporates.

For the last 30 years, he has lectured and consulted on issues of strategic planning and implementation, credit risk and finance to an international client base consisting of financial services organisations, SMEs, multinationals, charities, housing associations, professional firms and public sector bodies.

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Some examples of past and present clients include: ABFA (Association of British Factors and Discounters) Credit Suisse AG, Lloyds Bank plc, MBNA Europe Limited, Paypal Europe, RBS plc, Worldpay. He has lectured in well over 30 countries.

As well as maintaining his own client base (Jean Pousson and Associates was founded in 1994) he also speaks regularly at Vistage, the San Diego based, Chief Executive network which is the largest in the world, and to programmes run by The Chartered Institute of Credit Management and was voted ABFA’s lecturer of the year in 2013.In a typical year Jean will work with over 600 directors and about 8 to 10 Boards.

He has a B.Comm degree from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), is a Chartered Member of The Institute of Bankers in South Africa (CAIBSA), received a distinction of the joint Barclays/University of Witwatersrand Senior Management Programme (a nine month long executive programme) and obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from The University of Warwick (1996).

A keen sports enthusiast he has run over 20 marathons including 3 ultra-marathons. Loves travel, history and a good comedy.

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Strategic Planning – Strategy Masterclass

This workshop will be highly interactive with discussions on best practice, corporate failures and applications to their own organisations.

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Strategic Planning – Strategy Masterclass

 

Outline:

The objectives of this workshop are to enable participants to:

  • Define strategy in today’s modern context.
  • Look at examples of best practice.
  • Walk through an entire strategic planning framework.
  • Reflect on the strategy process within their own organisations.
  • Appreciate the Role of the Board in strategy formulation and implementation.
  • Discuss the latest thinking in strategy.
  • Formulate an ongoing learning plan in the field of strategy.

This workshop will be highly interactive with discussions on best practice, corporate failures and applications to their own organisations.

Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop participants will have:

  • Refreshed their understanding of strategy.
  • Understood their roles and responsibilities in strategy formulation.
  • Walked through a structured framework to look at tools, techniques and processes.
  • Applied and discussed (albeit briefly) some ideas to their own organisations.
  • Gained additional knowledge of research capabilities in this field.
  • Taken away with them a number of useful check-lists to strengthen the strategy process in their own organisations.

Finance for the Non-Financial Directors

This practical and highly interactive workshop will cover basic accounting principles, how to construct a Profit and Loss balance sheet and assessing main statutory statements.

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Finance for the Non-Financial Directors

 

Outline:

Every decision in business has a finance impact.  Blind reliance on the Finance Director besides being bad governance is also dangerous legally as Directors cannot claim ignorance should matters end up in court.

Outcomes:

This practical and highly interactive workshop will walk the participants through the following:

  • Basic accounting principles.
  • Constructing a Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet from a few transactions.
  • Assessing these main statutory statements.
  • Differences between cash flow and profits.
  • Progressing to additional concepts e.g. accruals, depreciation etc…

A glossary of terms and definitions will be provided to help in understanding typical financial jargon.

Participants are welcome to bring their own company’s financial statements for discussion.

This, given the time allowed, can only be an introduction to the topic.  More workshops will be required to cover items like assessing financial performance, forecasting, corporate valuations.

Financial Awareness for Executives

This interactive workshop will include key areas such as understanding the legal and governance issues regarding finance and as a Director, being fully aware of their duties.

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Financial Awareness for Executives

 

Outline:

The objectives of this workshop are to enable participants to:

  • Understand the legal and governance issues regarding finance.
  • Be fully aware as a Director of their fiduciary duties.
  • Forge the link between strategy and shareholder value.
  • Assess the financial health of a business.
  • Look at company valuations and understand what drives value.
  • Walk through various sources of finance to discuss advantages and disadvantages.
  • Recognise why companies fail and to be able to spot the early signs.

This will be a very practical workshop. Where appropriate participant’s financial performance could be discussed and analysed. This service (because of the obvious confidentiality) could be offered on a one-to-one basis as well.

Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop the participants will have:

  • A clear idea of legal and governance issues and where to check for updates.
  • A check list on how to manage the Finance Director.
  • A good understanding of what constitutes good financial health, prudent financial risk and what drives value.
  • More direction on approaching banks and private equity providers for capital.
  • Gained additional knowledge in spotting the early signs of distress.
  • A good overview of internal management systems and the link with financial accounting and strategic direction.

Financial Awareness and Risk Management

In this practical and highly interactive workshop will look at areas such as financial governance and assessing risk. A glossary of terms and definitions will also be provided.

Read more

 

Financial Awareness and Risk Management

 

Every decision in business has a finance impact.  Blind reliance on the Finance Director besides being bad governance is also dangerous legally as Directors cannot claim ignorance should matters end up in court.

 

Outline:

This practical and highly interactive workshop will walk participants through the following:

  • Financial Governance.
  • Assessing Risk.
  • Valuing Business Opportunities.

A glossary of terms and definitions will be provided to help in understanding typical financial jargon.

Participants are welcome to bring their own company’s financial statements for discussion.

Credit Risk Assessment

Key outcomes from this workshop are a gained knowledge of how assess risk including  a structured approach to assess credit risk and how to get best value from credit agencies reports.

Read more

 

Credit Risk Assessment

 

Outline:

The objectives of this workshop are to allow participants to:

  • Understand the ingredients that make up credit risk.
  • Develop a framework for risk evaluation.
  • Look at how professionals e.g. Banks, Private Equity, Debt Rating Agencies etc assess risk.
  • Forget the link between financial and non financial risk.
  • Appreciate why businesses fail and learn to recognise the first signs of distress.

 Outcomes:

  • Gained knowledge by learning from professionals e.g. Banks, Private Equity, Debt rating agencies as to how they assess risk.
  • Walked through a structured approach to assess credit risk.
  • Worked with each other through a framework/checklist to identify credit risk variables.
  • Learnt how to get best value from credit agencies reports.
  • Been able to conduct their own due diligence on either themselves or another business.
  • Received from the speaker a range of checklists on the issue of corporate failures and credit risk.

Strategic Planning – Strategy Masterclass

This workshop will be highly interactive with discussions on best practice, corporate failures and applications to their own organisations.

Read more

 

Strategic Planning – Strategy Masterclass

 

Outline:

The objectives of this workshop are to enable participants to:

  • Define strategy in today’s modern context.
  • Look at examples of best practice.
  • Walk through an entire strategic planning framework.
  • Reflect on the strategy process within their own organisations.
  • Appreciate the Role of the Board in strategy formulation and implementation.
  • Discuss the latest thinking in strategy.
  • Formulate an ongoing learning plan in the field of strategy.

This workshop will be highly interactive with discussions on best practice, corporate failures and applications to their own organisations.

Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop participants will have:

  • Refreshed their understanding of strategy.
  • Understood their roles and responsibilities in strategy formulation.
  • Walked through a structured framework to look at tools, techniques and processes.
  • Applied and discussed (albeit briefly) some ideas to their own organisations.
  • Gained additional knowledge of research capabilities in this field.
  • Taken away with them a number of useful check-lists to strengthen the strategy process in their own organisations.

Finance for the Non-Financial Directors

This practical and highly interactive workshop will cover basic accounting principles, how to construct a Profit and Loss balance sheet and assessing main statutory statements.

Read more

 

Finance for the Non-Financial Directors

 

Outline:

Every decision in business has a finance impact.  Blind reliance on the Finance Director besides being bad governance is also dangerous legally as Directors cannot claim ignorance should matters end up in court.

Outcomes:

This practical and highly interactive workshop will walk the participants through the following:

  • Basic accounting principles.
  • Constructing a Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet from a few transactions.
  • Assessing these main statutory statements.
  • Differences between cash flow and profits.
  • Progressing to additional concepts e.g. accruals, depreciation etc…

A glossary of terms and definitions will be provided to help in understanding typical financial jargon.

Participants are welcome to bring their own company’s financial statements for discussion.

This, given the time allowed, can only be an introduction to the topic.  More workshops will be required to cover items like assessing financial performance, forecasting, corporate valuations.

Financial Awareness for Executives

This interactive workshop will include key areas such as understanding the legal and governance issues regarding finance and as a Director, being fully aware of their duties.

Read more

 

Financial Awareness for Executives

 

Outline:

The objectives of this workshop are to enable participants to:

  • Understand the legal and governance issues regarding finance.
  • Be fully aware as a Director of their fiduciary duties.
  • Forge the link between strategy and shareholder value.
  • Assess the financial health of a business.
  • Look at company valuations and understand what drives value.
  • Walk through various sources of finance to discuss advantages and disadvantages.
  • Recognise why companies fail and to be able to spot the early signs.

This will be a very practical workshop. Where appropriate participant’s financial performance could be discussed and analysed. This service (because of the obvious confidentiality) could be offered on a one-to-one basis as well.

Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop the participants will have:

  • A clear idea of legal and governance issues and where to check for updates.
  • A check list on how to manage the Finance Director.
  • A good understanding of what constitutes good financial health, prudent financial risk and what drives value.
  • More direction on approaching banks and private equity providers for capital.
  • Gained additional knowledge in spotting the early signs of distress.
  • A good overview of internal management systems and the link with financial accounting and strategic direction.

Financial Awareness and Risk Management

In this practical and highly interactive workshop will look at areas such as financial governance and assessing risk. A glossary of terms and definitions will also be provided.

Read more

 

Financial Awareness and Risk Management

 

Every decision in business has a finance impact.  Blind reliance on the Finance Director besides being bad governance is also dangerous legally as Directors cannot claim ignorance should matters end up in court.

 

Outline:

This practical and highly interactive workshop will walk participants through the following:

  • Financial Governance.
  • Assessing Risk.
  • Valuing Business Opportunities.

A glossary of terms and definitions will be provided to help in understanding typical financial jargon.

Participants are welcome to bring their own company’s financial statements for discussion.

Credit Risk Assessment

Key outcomes from this workshop are a gained knowledge of how assess risk including  a structured approach to assess credit risk and how to get best value from credit agencies reports.

Read more

 

Credit Risk Assessment

 

Outline:

The objectives of this workshop are to allow participants to:

  • Understand the ingredients that make up credit risk.
  • Develop a framework for risk evaluation.
  • Look at how professionals e.g. Banks, Private Equity, Debt Rating Agencies etc assess risk.
  • Forget the link between financial and non financial risk.
  • Appreciate why businesses fail and learn to recognise the first signs of distress.

 Outcomes:

  • Gained knowledge by learning from professionals e.g. Banks, Private Equity, Debt rating agencies as to how they assess risk.
  • Walked through a structured approach to assess credit risk.
  • Worked with each other through a framework/checklist to identify credit risk variables.
  • Learnt how to get best value from credit agencies reports.
  • Been able to conduct their own due diligence on either themselves or another business.
  • Received from the speaker a range of checklists on the issue of corporate failures and credit risk.

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