Rav is a first class Finance Director. During my time with him at Bournville, he successfully managed the rebuilding project within budget, change of finance system and maintained the financial status of the college during difficult funding times. He is a hard working individual who is easily able to work at the highest level in any organisation.
If your organisation is looking for a Finance Director who thinks beyond rows and columns, who understands that behind the numbers there is story of activity, risk and consideration, then Rav Garcha is your man. Rav worked as Finance Director at Bournville College and was instrumental in securing the finance for a £66m new build during the most challenging of times for those colleges who had embarked on a program of rebuilding.
Rav had a keen understanding of what made a business tick and was not a slavish follower of the numbers game.
Whilst highly competent in drafting numerical data for business plans and cash flow forecasts etc he had the rare ability to look beyond balance sheets and spread sheets and provide financial advice tailored to business imperatives. The fact that Bournville became one of the fastest growing colleges in the sector was down in no small part played by Rav. I have no hesitation in recommending Rav Garcha for any forward thinking organisation.
It gives me great pleasure to recommend Rav as an expert in the field of finance and change management. Not many Financial Directors understand marketing or customer experience, but Rav has an excellent grasp of both. During his time at Bournville College he successfully delivered the new build project and working with him was an absolute pleasure. He works hard, delivers on time and within budget and I would highly recommend him for senior roles in any organisation.
Rav is a very skilled and committed financial director in the difficult world of Further Education. He has the ability to see through any situation and has the ability to find solutions before anything becomes a problem – a rarity in the financial world when many would only see facts and figures and not the solutions!
I worked for Rav for over 4 years so I have a very clear understanding of his ability. Rav is simply the best Manager I have ever had the pleasure of working for. He was always supportive of his staff and the company that engaged his services. Rav has an excellent understanding of strategic finance and always delivers on the operational targets. Rav does twice the amount of work in half the time of most but maintains a very high quality of work and always delivers on time and within budget. I highly recommend Rav for all your Financial Consultancy and/or Managerial requirements.
Rav supported us to establish new management accounts and worked through the consolidation of a subsidiary company. All support was professional, helpful and resulted in improvements to our budget setting and reporting processes.
Rav undertook an assignment with Tameside College as our VP Resources in the period between the retirement of one VP and the recruitment of a replacement. He did an excellent job, kept a tight control of our finances, gave confidence in the management information provided and worked well with the Executive Team and with the Board. I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Rav was a huge asset to our Senior Leadership Team when he joined us at Tameside College for an interim appointment. He has a deep understanding of curriculum and applies learner-first principles to all decision making. He is swift to assimilate to the team dynamic and local context ensuring continuity and cohesion. I would not hesitate to recommend.
I am very pleased to endorse the work of Rav Garcha. Rav has supported our international team, Dudley College Worldwide, with business planning and financial strategy. He also contributed in the past to the college’s strategic three year financial planning. All of his work was highly effective and we would happily work with him again.
Rav is a highly experienced practitioner in the Education sector, with whom I have worked on a number of proposals. He is a practical and pragmatic advisor who is goal focussed but works in a collaborative approach to achieve win:win solutions.
Rav is an experienced FE sector professional who provided interim FD cover at Petroc during Autumn term 2016. Key projects delivered included the design and introduction of a new cash flow forecasting model as well as the reworking of our financial statements and budget into FRS102 format.
Rav is a first rate Strategic Finance Manager who has the skills and experience to deliver large finance, business and strategic projects.
Has a grasp of detail but always understands the bigger picture.
Rav is an extremely knowledgable accountant and has strong abilities in financial management at a high level. He has exceptional skills in stakeholder management, helping to engage and manage expectations. Rav proved invaluable as the Fiancial Director of the college’s New Build Project, paving the way through many challenges to successful delivery. He is also personable and a pleasure to work with.
Rav worked for Activate Learning as interim Group Director of Finance in Nov/Dec 2013. He produced some complex financial statements for the Group and for its associate company, UTC Reading. He also negotiated significant loan finance to fund capital investment. He attended corporation committee meetings, presented reports and advised governors and senior staff.
His technical knowledge and sector experience was invaluable and he was a excellent member of the team.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Rav for similar assignments and would use him again myself.
Rav Garcha has been looking after my business finances since 2013. Rav is a dedicated professional who we rely on to steer our business in the right direction to help us grow and expand.
Rav is a multi talented individual with a brilliant strategic brain. He has a fantastic ability to communicate complex ideas and has an engaging personality. He is also a committed networker who will willingly connect people….really pleased to have known him for over 20 years