New Chief Finance Officer Joins Cranford Leadership Team

16th May, 2019

We are excited to announce that we have appointed a new Chief Finance Officer as the company marks a decade in business and prepares for five-fold growth over the next 12 months.

Matthew Hardill has joined our organisation following more than 20 years’ industry experience.

He began his finance career with JCT600 – the 12th largest car dealership in the UK – where he worked his way up from credit control to become the group’s accountant. He then moved to a printing consumables firm in Bradford, before joining aerospace specialist Wesco Aircraft, based in Huddersfield. During his 12 years as the financial controller of this technical brand, he supported the finance director with the significant growth of this $200m US-owned company.

Matthew shares his thoughts on joining: “Having begun life 10 years ago as a fast-paced entrepreneurial brand, Cranford has now grown to become a truly established name in the highly-technical cloud, DevOps and IT resourcing space. The company remains extremely progressive but with a new layer of financial robustness. And, with significant growth on the horizon, it is my job to ensure the finance department meets the needs of the business as it continues to evolve. 

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to use my skills in a new field. I know that a deeper level of reporting, analysis and benchmarking can help shape the future of Cranford over the next 10 years and beyond.”

This move into Cranford’s senior leadership team doesn’t just signify the next chapter of Matthew’s career – it also marks his introduction into what is a family business.

David Bentley, Our CEO is Matthew’s brother in law!

David commented “Trusting relationships are very important to us as an organisation, and we pride ourselves on having a close-knit, family-focused team. This is one of the primary reasons I approached Matthew to become our finance director – he has all of the credentials we need, plus I’ve known him for 25 years!”

He is already making his mark on the company, David added: “We are currently going through a period of rapid expansion, with more plans and news to share as the year progresses. Matthew has further strengthened our leadership team and his appointment reflects how integral finance is to our strategic vision. He will challenge the board, help identify new opportunities, and manage all operational compliance matters that will bolster our strength as a ‘growth-ready’ business.

“I’m delighted to welcome him into the business in the month we celebrate a decade in business.”

Find out more about Matthew and the rest of the leadership team here

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