Damian Connolly – FCCA
Damian Connolly is the Managing Director of Sakura. He founded Sakura with the idea that many traditional accountancy practices were not able to offer the commercial and practical advice that entrepreneurs and SME’s require in terms of growing their businesses.
In particular given his experience, he felt SMEs should be applying many of the same tools and commercial financial guidance available to large enterprises, but applicable to the needs of smaller businesses at their stage of development.
Damian is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA), having originally qualified in practice in Dublin before gaining significant UK and international experience. He has a wealth of experience working at a senior level in both privately owned and private equity backed international businesses within the SME sector, more recently in London and previously in Ireland, Australia and the Isle of Man. He has worked in a variety of sectors including publishing/media, financial services, property, event management, recruitment and oil & gas.
His experience includes building successful finance teams, introducing budgets and forecasts alongside improved management reporting and analysis for board reports, ‘exit planning’ and managing due diligence processes. He has lead a variety of business ‘projects’ including successful international product launches, licensing with regulatory authorities and finance system implementation projects.