A Brief Chat With….Chris Taylor

Following from last month, the Assay Q&A returns for November with this month’s star being Chris Taylor. Chris is an experienced corporate finance adviser who joined Assay in 2010 having qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC, spending time in the UK and New Zealand. 

Tell us how 2018 has gone for you about what you are currently working on

My year has been spent primarily working on buy-side mandates and I currently have a couple of fundraisings going on that are looking to complete in early 2019.

I have also been heavily involved in supporting an MBI candidate who acquired a business in March and has already made 2 bolt-on acquisitions. This has seen me working closely with the incumbent finance team to develop the financial reporting of the business and implementing processes to underpin the planned growth strategy.


What non-work-related achievement are you most proud of?

I’m amazed everyday seeing my kids develop and grow and I’m proud of the fact they have such confidence when dealing with the constant new challenges they face.

I’m also proud of myself for convincing my lad that wearing a Sheffield Wednesday kit to his football classes makes him unique and the envy of all the other children (although I’m not sure how much longer I will get away with this one!)


What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery tomorrow?

Relocate to set up Assay’s New Zealand office and spend my time exploring all the countryside trails by foot and bike, with a bit of golf thrown in now and again.


What’s the most unusual job you have ever done?

To earn a little extra cash when I was at school I took part in several police line-ups. Worryingly, on one occasion I was actually picked out!!


When you are not at Assay what do you like to do to relax?

Nothing beats throwing on a pair of trail shoes and going for a run in the mud and rain in Sutton Park or the Clent Hills.


What are your plans for Christmas?

Undertaking the rounds of visiting parents and in-laws is never easy when they are spread across the country. I’ve got a pre-Christmas visit to Suffolk, before back to hosting at mine, then on to Sheffield for my birthday and New Year.


What is your favourite food or restaurant?

I’m equally happy in a Michelin restaurant or eating fish and chips at the seaside. But having spent a little time travelling in the Far East I’d have to say that some of the local street food would rank high on my list of favourites.