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Mr John Forgan

Mr John Forgan

Finance, Economics, Accounting and Analytics

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I joined LSBU having spent over 30 years as an academic at another London University where in addition to teaching topics from basic accounting record keeping to financial accounting and reporting, management accounting, company law, audit, tax and corporate finance I was The MBA Course Director and latterly the Director of Corporate Partnerships. I have also had a long career as a Chartered Accountant and am currently working mainly with small enterprises in the creative sector. At LSBU I am a Senior Lecturer in the Finance, Economics, Accounting and Analytics Division.

My interests are working with new enterprises helping owner managers develop skills and processes to enable them to make optimal decisions, devise deliverable plans and exert effective financial control of their business. This experience has helped me in my academic life working with business and management students and in designing and delivering corporate executive development programmes. Currently at LSBU I am working on the Help to Grow programme a UK Government funded initiative designed to help small enterprises develop robust business plans to facilitate growth. I am particularly interested in financial distress and developing strategies for financial recovery and resilience. This is very relevant to the Help to Grow project as growth, especially transformational growth, can put businesses under severe financial stress.

As a full-time academic in a triple accredited business school in addition to teaching I had a number of course leadership roles including that of MBA Course Director where I was able to explore the links between the different business subjects and develop teaching skills in such subjects as strategy, leadership and enterprise all of which drew on my professional and commercial experiences. As an MBA Course Director, I worked closely with accrediting bodies and advised several business schools seeking accreditation. I have held a number of external examinerships on MBA programmes. Additionally, I have taught at several overseas institutions most notably in Haarlem (Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium) and Moscow (Russia) where until recently I was a Visiting Professor.

In conjunction with my academic and professional work I wrote and edited MBA study texts for BPP publications. I also wrote a guide to sources of finance for a top 10 accountancy firm and for 4 years I was an editor for the Croner CCH Small Business Handbook. I have also presented on the ICEAW's Business Advice roadshow programme.

My professional, commercial and academic experiences enabled me to establish a Centre for Corporate Partnerships. The centre oversaw all the Business School’s external partnerships including accreditations, placements, Knowledge Transfer Projects (KTPs) and executive development programmes including Work Based Learning awards. As Director I led management and executive development programmes most notably with The European Commission, UNHCR, Action for Children, Merlin Entertainments and Park Plaza Hotel Group. I also led on a project with the British Cabinet Office designing and delivering financial management training and development to senior civil servants in several government departments and agencies.

Courses taught

Accounting and Finance - BA (Hons)

BA (Hons) Economics

Kingston Polytechnic - CNAA

Chartered Accountant

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Student Accountant - Audit Manager
Birkett Wesson Chartered Accountants

Responsibilities ranged from bookkeeping and preparation of basic financial statements to audit assistant to audit manager responsible for the production and audit of medium sized businesses. Corporate, personal and Value Added Tax returns were also prepared.

Post qualification I led on a review and implementation of a computerised accounts production system in the practice.

Audit Supervisor
Hacker Young Chartered Accountants

Leading small audit teams overseeing production and audit of financial statements. Mainly owner managed businesses but some small Public Limited Companies.

I also worked on secondment with the audit commission where I audited four local authorities.

I also led on various investigations and carried out a review of computerised accounts preparation packages.

Group Audit Manager
Leach Bright (BDO) Chartered Accountants

Group audit manager overseeing a large team carrying out financial statement production and statutory audit of large limited companies in the UK and overseas.

I also worked on a number of tax compliance investigations.

Senior Lecturer/Principal Lecturer
Kingston Polytechnic/University

Teaching on undergraduate and post graduate Business School programmes.

Course and year directorship on the BA (Hons) Degree in accounting and finance.

Course Director Master of Business Administration - UK, Netherlands and Moscow (Executive Programme)

Director of Centre of Corporate Partnerships, overseeing all the business school's external partnerships including student placements, corporate projects including KTPs and workbased learning awards, accreditations.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Chartered Association of Certified Accountants
Croner CCH Small Business Handbook

Handbook for small business owner managers. It covered a wide range of business topics and was updated quarterly.

Section editor providing updates for Company Law and Financial Reporting