About Hilton-Baird Audit & Survey

About Hilton-Baird Audit & Survey

Who we are

Hilton-Baird Audit & Survey provides outsourced pre-lend, audit and strategic business review work for the UK & European asset based lending and banking market. Established in 2001, our audit team draws on its experience of the asset based lending market to ensure a high level of collateral analysis and strategic review.

We work with a wide range of specialist finance providers, factoring and invoice discounting companies and high street banks. All of our team is directly employed by Hilton-Baird; we do not use sub-contract auditors. We feel this is vital to enable us to exceed our client’s expectations.

The team at Hilton-Baird Audit & Survey is trained to take a commercial view of business and each report will provide a range of suitable recommendations that your operations or underwriting team can make practical use of. Reporting of factual issues is always balanced with the reality of managing a facility.

Managing Director

Graham Bird

Graham Bird - graham.bird@hiltonbaird.co.uk

Graham’s role involves overseeing the day-to-day running of the audit team and working closely with our ABL partners, in addition to undertaking larger, more complex reviews. Possessing a wealth of ABL, cross border and financial analysis experience, Graham has considerable risk management expertise in the receivables finance arena.

Prior to joining Hilton-Baird, Graham worked as Regional Audit Manager for GMAC, overseeing the team of auditors and conducting higher risk audits and surveys. Professional, efficient and thorough in his approach, Graham ensures that our ABL partners’ risk management is in safe hands.

Directors

Alan Baird

Alan Baird - alan@hiltonbaird.co.uk

As a founding member and Director of Hilton-Baird Audit & Survey, Alan has visited a vast number of companies in a wide range of business sectors. He is widely recognised as the one of the most experienced and knowledgeable members of the invoice finance community and has become a key contact for many invoice finance companies as a source of guidance for risk situations.

Alan has also established himself as an industry recognised expert in sales ledger reconstruction and recovery and has proven his reputation for having one of the best noses in the industry to uncover and recover from fraudulent activity.

This expertise was recognised in March 2013, when he was voted Lecturer of the Year at the annual ABFA Educational Awards Ceremony for his work delivering the ABFA’s Audit and Survey Training course.

Alex Hilton-Baird

Alex Hilton-Baird - alex@hiltonbaird.co.uk

Leading Advisor 100As Group CEO, Director of Hilton-Baird Audit & Survey and Managing Director of Hilton-Baird Collection Services, Alex continues to play an integral role in the success of the companies he built from a standing start. Providing strategic support to the audit team and also being available to assist with short-notice requirements, Alex’s expertise in the asset based finance sector is an invaluable resource to the leading banks and asset based lenders. This expertise was recognised when Alex was voted one of Finance Monthly magazine’s 100 Leading Advisors from around the world in 2012.

Business Analysts

Douglas Crook

Douglas Crook - douglas.crook@hiltonbaird.co.uk

Douglas is the on-site business analyst and responsible for undertaking detailed and thorough client audits and surveys. He possesses a wide risk-based knowledge of the commercial finance and ABL markets, gained through previous positions at Close Invoice Finance, GMAC Commercial Finance and by serving the wider receivables markets as an independent contractor and advisor.

In addition to providing sound auditing skills to identify and manage areas of risk, Douglas is instrumental in developing new areas for audit investigation and reporting, ensuring a stronger, more robust audit structure going forward.

Highly professional with the financial and collateral skills to ensure thorough investigations, Douglas’s pragmatic approach to arising problems ensures that our clients’ audit requirements are confidently met.

Cassie D’Apice

Cassie D’Apice - cassie.dapice@hiltonbaird.co.uk

Based in Yorkshire, Cassie primarily completes audits and surveys across the north of England and is a vital component of our audit team’s ability to reach 90% of England and Wales within two hours. She spent more than decade at Metro Bank and SME Invoice Finance prior to joining Hilton-Baird. In that time Cassie gained valuable expertise after spending a number of years looking after a large client portfolio. This has provided her with an excellent understanding and knowledge of the pressure points facing clients – experience which is crucial to her role at Hilton-Baird.

Elizabeth Holt

Elizabeth Holt - elizabeth.holt@hiltonbaird.co.uk

A vastly experienced receivables and inventory auditor having spent 20 years’ in the industry, Elizabeth joined Hilton-Baird Audit & Survey from Barclays Trade and Working Capital in 2016, where she was tasked with undertaking audits on some of the company’s larger clients. With additional experience gained at NMB-Heller as well as client management at Euro Sales Finance, Elizabeth has all the attributes required in a proficient auditor. She is based in the north-west of England.