Consultants Against COVID-19: Michael Charlesworth supports a startup

Consultants Against COVID-19: Michael Charlesworth supports a startup

In reaction to the outbreak of COVID-19, Movemeon developed an initiative titled ‘Consultants Against COVID-19‘. This initiative comprises of 400+ highly skilled consultants and ex-consultants willing and ready to provide their services for free to support any charities, public sector and other not for profit organisations in need during the crisis. Headed up by Jack Fitch and Clare Tsangari (who are also volunteering their support for free) they are matchmaking the best skills to key roles and creating awareness through a dedicated LinkedIn channel.

40+ consultants have currently been placed with a variety of public health organisations, charities and government at the national level. This is Michael’s journey to supporting a young startup who were supposed to receive funding this year but funds were reallocated due to COVID.

Where did you start your career/where are you going?

I started my career at the Royal Bank of Scotland where I trained as an accountant on their finance graduate programme. After this, I spent five years in the Corporate Development team at RBS, working on some really interesting M&A transactions and strategic projects as it recovered from the financial crisis. After 7 years at RBS, I decided it was the right time for something new, and so fulfilled a lifelong ambition of travelling, spending six months in Latin America, New Zealand and Africa. I returned home recently and am looking for the next challenge, ideally in corporate finance or private equity.

What first attracted you to volunteer your time and join Consultants against COVID-19?

Having just returned from travelling to a locked-down UK, I saw the uncertainty that businesses across the country were facing. Without having a job lined up, I had time to offer and I knew that my financial skill-set could really add value and help businesses understand what the situation meant for them financially. I wanted to do my part to help people in the best way that I could, so I posted offers to help on social media as soon as I got home. Consultants against COVID-19 was great as it provided structure and helped pair me with a business in which I could have a high impact.

What are the key aspects of your new role and how do they help support your new company?

The company that I am working with is a really exciting one. I can’t say too much for confidentiality reasons, but they are a young start-up company with some great ideas and brilliant energy. They are preparing to test and scale their concept, and I am helping them refine their plans using my financial services experience and providing some analysis of how the business can scale. It’s great working on such an exciting concept that has a positive social impact at its heart.

How has this worldwide pandemic affected you personally/your work life?

It was really surreal when I first returned. Whilst it isn’t the best time to be looking for a new job, I’m confident that I will find something and so am trying to use the time to work on some personal projects which have been really rewarding.

What are you doing more of because of coronavirus?

Browsing jobs, reading articles/reports, spending time on social media.

Finally, what are you most looking forward to doing once social distancing rules have been relaxed?

Face to face meetings, coffee chats (including catching up with friends and former colleagues after 9+ months), the day-to-day interactions you take for granted in the office

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Whether you’re on the front lines of fighting the virus or not, Consultants Against COVID-19 are helping companies with full-time support down to one-off expertise. Please contact freehelp@movemeon

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