Doug’s 32 years of work experience spans the banking, investment management, life insurance, mutual fund, accounting, property, mining services, construction, fabrication, engineering, printing, training, fire prevention and numerous other industries, with over 25 of those years entrenched in all areas of strategy development, planning and implementation, some of these as Group Strategist of a listed life insurance Group.
Doug’s experience also includes 8 years’ as an Investment Manager and Company Analyst, the role of Managing Director of the Retail Investments Division of Africa’s largest retail bank, leading a team in excess of 300 people through a 5 year strategic turnaround, the establishment of his own (private) investment funds management company in alliance with one of the world’s largest asset management groups, as well as the establishment of his own (private) special-purpose property development company to capitalise and develop a 330 home property development, with an estimated end-to-end value of about AU$200m.
In recent years, Doug has acted as the compliance officer to a ~$500m ASX 200 listed investment company, been the Executive Chairman of a prominent mid-tier accounting, tax and financial planning business, has sat, and still sits, as director, advisor and business coach (mentor) to various SMEs and Not-for-profit organisations, and with his current business partners he has most recently established Here Business & Wealth (formerly MVP Financial.)
Today, Doug’s business passion and purpose is to help SME business owner-managers overcome their challenges and difficulties, achieve their business objectives, and essentially get ‘from here to there’, from point A to point B, all of which can mean many very different things.
Doug has completed a Diploma in Business Management, a Bachelor of Commerce majored in Economics and Business Economics, an Honours Bachelor of Commerce – Investment Finance, a Higher Post-Graduate Diploma in Corporate Law, Graduate Diploma – Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and an Executive MBA through UWA, graduating with distinction and receiving the Dux award in Strategic Negotiation. Doug also completed a Master’s Level thesis for his MBA titled ‘How to Create A High-Performing Family-Owned Business’, this was later turned into a guide for SME business owner-managers.