Gordon Stuart

The Alternative Board

Gordon Stuart

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With over 30 years of experience in senior roles at BNZ, NAB London, and ANZ, Gordon has extensive knowledge of accounting, valuation, corporate finance and restructuring businesses He also helps businesses navigate their banking needs and documents.

Business owners wear many hats from shareholder to director to CEO, and often mortgage with the house supporting the equity in the business. Getting governance right in big business with lots of resource is difficult, so in small we need to follow the KISS principle.

The Alternative Board provides a great KISS accountability structure for business owners to focus on this important work.

Post Covid forecasting is difficult – flexibility is a must.

Warren Buffett said “A rising tide floats all boats, only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

To be successful in business you need to understand, manage and mitigate your key risks. The most common reason businesses fail is they runout of liquidity or cash. Growth in debtors and stock and other assets absorb cash, reductions release cash. Likewise, losses from unprofitable trading can quickly absorb cash reserves and working capital for operating the business.

Running a business can be lonely. We all have our blind spots – reach out to other business owners, take external advice – a problem shared is a problem halved. An outsider looking in can see things you miss. The proverb wisely says many heads are better than one.

When he is not working, Gordon can be found skiing or administering rugby at North Shore Rugby Football Club.

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