North East firm formed in 2004 with
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to best resolve difficult business
situations

About

Greg – Greg Whitehead, Northpoint Chartered Certified Accountant and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner, corporate recovery and restructuring

Greg Whitehead - Director

Greg is a Chartered Certified Accountant, a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and a Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

Greg began his career from school in 1988 at Newcastle Chartered Accountants Ryecroft Glenton. He started his accountancy exams and gained invaluable experience in old fashioned double entry “by hand” accounts preparation, before computers took over.

He moved to KPMG in 1990 and in 1991 was seconded to the Corporate Recovery Department when reinforcements were needed for the work that flowed from the recession of that period. He never left.

In 1995 he moved to Deloitte (then Touche Ross). He joined the management team and his work was divided mainly between independent business reviews for Banks and other stakeholders as well as managing formal insolvency appointments. He worked throughout the UK on major high profile cases as well as local jobs. His financial investigation experience also saw him being asked to work on projects for one of the UK’s leading supermarkets in the review of open book supplier agreements.

Greg has worked with companies from a diverse range of sectors including leisure (restaurants, pubs and clubs), construction industry and related businesses, charitable/not for profit, engineering, oil and gas supply chain, manufacturing, professional firms, digital/technological, transport/haulage.

In 2004 Greg went on his own and formed Northpoint to focus on providing business recovery, restructuring and insolvency services to North East companies.

Greg is married with a young family. When he gets a sliver of spare time from work and family commitments he might be found at St James Park, a local rugby match, walking the dog or enjoying a decent pint.

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Mark John McCafferty, Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), Turnaround Expert, and Forensic Accountant

Mark John McCafferty - Director

Mark is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), Turnaround Expert, and Forensic Accountant.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a Degree in Accounting and Financial Analysis in 1988, Mark joined Grant Thornton, initially in the Audit Department before specialising in Corporate Recovery and Restructuring.

He later joined Deloitte’s North East Reorganisation Services Team in the Management Group. After 9 years with these top tier firms, Mark moved into industry in 1997, as Finance Director of a National Motor Dealer Group, a Subsidiary of Lonrho plc.

Mark has developed a specialist role as a Forensic Accountant, investigating and analysing financial information, developing computerised applications to assist in the analysis and presentation of financial evidence, communicating findings in the form of reports, and assisting in legal proceedings.

Mark has sat on the Board of several successful companies, some of which are still current appointments, including;

  • Managing & Finance Director of a Residential Care Group
  • Managing & Finance Director of a Young Persons’ Care Group
  • Finance Director of Haulage & Logistics Group
  • Finance Director of a Building Development & Construction Company

Whilst not a Practising Insolvency Practitioner as such, throughout his career Mark has concentrated on dealing with distressed companies, to achieve turnaround and rescue outside a formal insolvency process. Although this may not always be achievable, it always serves as a reliable and measurable starting point.

Mark is married, and has a grown-up family. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, dining out, motor sport, especially Formula One and is an avid music buff, taking every opportunity to travel far afield to see his favourite artists.

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Simon Lundy, Northpoint Chartered Accountant, corporate recovery and restructuring

Simon Lundy - Consultant

Simon is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying in 1974 with Thomson McLintock & Co. In 1978 he joined Jennings Johnson Chartered Accountants where he became involved in insolvency work, acting as a licensed insolvency practitioner regularly taking appointments as liquidator, trustee, supervisor, receiver and administrator. During his 23 years at Jennings Johnson Simon was Managing Partner then Senior Partner.

Following various insolvency positions Simon joined Northpoint in 2013 as a business adviser providing business recovery and insolvency advice to SME businesses and individuals throughout the North East, including recommending and referring to third parties for additional advice including finance, banking, tax, management accounting - where appropriate recommending some form of insolvency procedure.

Simon is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NSCA) and the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (MCICM).

Simon’s many senior former positions include - President of the NSCA; Courses Chairman for the Tyne and Wear Society and NSCA; Chairman of the ICAEW Insolvency Licensing Committee; Treasurer of the Royalty Theatre Sunderland a non professional theatre with charity status and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

As a regular speaker, Simon has delivered seminars on insolvency related topics to accountants, solicitors, bankers, development agencies and local authorities. He has also written articles for various newspapers and magazines both locally and nationally. He has been interviewed on local radio and TV in connection with insolvency matters.

Outside of work Simon enjoys technology, photography, live music, theatre, eating out, time with family, travel, hill walking, dog walking and is a regular visitor to National Trust and English Heritage sites.

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