our business experts

Our consultants can act as part of your team to bridge a gap in skills or strategic expertise, and provide an invaluable, objective external view of operations.

Tony Backhouse, Managing Director

Tony has over 30 years’ experience in implementing strategic plans and managing change. He has worked with organisations across the public and private sectors to carry out strategic reviews and build innovation into programmes of delivery.

As the director of RfM Business Consulting, Tony now specialises in helping companies of all sizes to manage business growth and innovation. Working closely with clients, Tony will develop a realistic growth plan, help to refine areas of focus and ensure everything the business does is aligned to the strategic objectives. He can also signpost clients to finance and grants that may be available and support them with applications.

Diane Johnson RfM HR Services

Diane Johnson, Lead HR Consultant

Diane is a HR professional with extensive generalist and Learning & Development expertise gained over 30 years’ in roles that champion the people agenda. Complementary to Diane’s professional HR qualifications – and further evidence of her commitment to bringing out the best in people – Diane is also a qualified and highly-regarded coach. 

Operating at Executive and Senior Leadership Team level, Diane has improved people performance and engagement in businesses with both UK and global reach. She has considerable experience in retail as well as providing strategic and operational HR support to organisations operating in sectors including manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, accountancy and commercial interior design and fit-out.

Diane’s passion for SME’s is obvious and she has dedicated her work efforts over the last decade to supporting PE-invested, family or management team-owned businesses. She loves the agility and flexibility demanded by these environments and is most at home when working with entrepreneurial businesses that are loaded with personality, passion and grit.

As our Lead HR Consultant, Diane will support your business to define and then deliver a HR support package that’s just right for your needs. Diane and her team of HR practitioners can offer much more than an ‘advice line’; they will work in partnership with you to bring out the very best in your people and take a good amount of those distracting people-related actions away from your desk.

Sam Stocker RfM Business Consulting

Samuel Stocker, Consultant

Sam joined the team in the role of Consultant in spring 2019. He is responsible for compiling the technical data and reports needed to support a successful claim for R&D tax relief. Sam is also involved in delivering our Business Growth strategy services for SMEs.

During three years of study for his BA Degree in Economics, Sam gained an in-depth understanding of the challenges that businesses face, both internally and in external markets. He also developed invaluable research and analytical skills which are now coming into their own in his current role.

our clients

We work with companies of all sizes, across a broad spectrum of business sectors. These have included food and chemical manufacturers, professional services, technology businesses, hospitality and catering businesses.
We have helped our clients to get in shape for the future, secure grants and business funding, save on tax, and receive thousands of pounds in R&D tax credits.

Industry, Manufacturing and Technology businesses

Catering, Hospitality and Service businesses

Professional and Financial Services businesses

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