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Petra Brown

Managing Consultant | Interim Finance | Commerce & Industry

I am originally from Slovakia where I have studied Finance and Economics.  After graduating, I have moved to UK in Surrey where I started my career within Banking industry. 11 years ago, I moved into recruitment and became specialist within Finance particularly in Commerce & Industry sector.

I work in the Pro-Finance Commercial sector where I recruit interim and contract Accountancy, Finance, Transformation, Change Management and Business Intelligence staff. My clients include Global organisations as well as SME business across London and Home counties. I thrive on being able to consult with my clients and candidates and provide them with insight into the market as well as being able to be part of restructures which lead to long lasting relationships.

In my spare time , I am a very active person and usually you will find me playing golf or running – but only in nice weather. Walking my dog or doing numerous activities with my son is also a huge part of my life. We both love travelling and in 2018 , my son and I went travelling and visited Africa, numerous European countries as well as 10 weeks across Florida which was my memory building experience before he has embarked on school journey.

petra's latest roles

  • Credit Controller

    Up to US$40000.00 per annum

    We have partnered with a fantastic Tech organisation that are looking to appoint dynamic and driven Credit Controller with amazing attention to detail. This company with HQ in London has lovely regional offi...

  • Director of Global Supply Chain

    £250 - £400 per day + through umbrella

    We are currently working with amazing NFP organisation that need to recruit an expert within their field as a Director of Global Supply Chain & Operations is responsible for the high quality, efficient, and ...

  • Finance and Administration Officer

    £13 - £15 per hour + through umbrella

    Im currently working with NFP organisation that supports every day hundreds of people across the world - when disaster strikes. This role is on ongoing basis working remotely and we need someone who speaks f...

  • Interim Financial Controller

    £400 - £500 per day

    Interim Financial Controller- £400-£500per day umbrella - URGENT - start immediately - Guildford Are you a Qualified Accountant? Have you worked in SME business previously? Are you technically strong to take...

  • Interim Shared Services Manager

    £400 - £600 per day

    Are you a qualified Accountant? Have you got strong experience driving improvements in process quality, efficiency and reliability within the teams? Have you managed large Finance teams in passed? We are cur...


What people say about Petra

Petra is a very good judge of character which makes her match's very compatible. The opportunities she presented to me were always in line with my brief and that made the interviews very successful. I would highly recommend her services.

Petra is a very convincing person which is the best quality for her job type. She really knows how to sell. She is very helpful and works with full enthusiasm and dedication to achieve the best results for her clients. My first job in UK was due to her. She helped me get an interview and then also cleared up all my confusions. Keep up the good work!


Companies Petra has worked with

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petra's articles


Hiring an Interim Finance Professional - Benefits to an Employer

Posted by Petra Brown

With the many changes to the economy, business activity and ways of working; A relatively recent development in the recruitment and job industry is that many employees are choosing to quit their positions in a company to work as a freelancer/contractor instead. As working from home and digital independance is on the rise, fixed-term contracts are becoming a popular option for those who don’t want to be tied down to a specific employer or who have been made readily available to employment due to redundancies during the pandemic. There are many reasons why hiring an interim finance professional may benefit your firm, but here are just five: 1. Flexibility HIring an interim finance professional or contractor allows you to meet business demands and manage fluctuations in the market. You may need to bridge a gap in your team temporarily, or bolster your team for a crucial deadline. There is more flexibility with a contracting than permanent employment, meaning that you can bring in workers during busy periods to help relieve the pressure on your permanent staff. 2. Cost Efficient Freelancers/Contractors do not require the additional provisions which are expected by a permanent member of staff, which may include additional costs to total remuneration. By very definition, contractors and freelance staff will work with you knowing they are only there to fulfil a role in a temporary time. Outsourcing contractors only when you need them is a more efficient way of running a business, and makes sure that you never have employees left with nothing to do. 3. Highly skilled with broader experience You will find that the majority of finance contractors come with a wide range of skills due to the number of assignments they have posted themselves to. Hiring a temporary contractor is incredibly useful in cases where you have a ‘gap’ in your company resources that needs to be filled for a short period of time; contracting is the best way to bring in someone with particular knowledge and skills when a specialist is required for a project. 4. Quicker hiring process With an interim professional or contractor you are hiring a specific skill set for a predefined period of time. Therefore the hiring process can be quicker as you do not have to factor in the cultural fit of the individual to the organisation and you can just concentrate on the requirements for the specific skill set. Less management is required when working with contractors, as they often only need a briefing or outline before going away and completing a task under their own esteem. 5. Try before you buy If you’re looking to develop a new role within your team, hiring an interim member of staff will allow you to test the waters and really help you shape a role within your team before having to put resources into onboarding a permanent member of staff. If you are really impressed with the work of a contractor, you can offer them a permanent role in your company at the end of their short-term employment. In summary, interim finance experts provide a efficient solution for organisations experiencing a staffing crisis. However, they can also inject specialist skills, deal with fluctuating workflow or form part of a business transformation project. A contract worker is hired on a fixed-term contract in order to offer their services to your business or work as part of a project. Typically, they are paid an hourly or daily rate and usually work independently. For more information about how an interim finance professional can help your oganisation, contact Petra on  07791 400 731 or email  


IR35 - What's Changed?

Posted by Petra Brown

For years, the stigma of IR35 has been a concern for working Contractors across the board in the Public Sector, however, up until now the ‘impossibility’ of HMRC policing such an issue has allowed the majority of contractors to operate outside (whether they legitimately are or not!). So what has changed? As of 6th April this year, the liability on IR35 status and correct tax reductions have shifted from the contractor’s Personal Service Company (PSC) to the end client and agency payrolling the contractor. Before 6 April 2021, if your worker provides services to a client through you in the: Public sector, the client must decide your employment status Private sector, you must decide your worker’s status From 6 April 2021, all public sector clients and medium or large-sized private sector clients will be responsible for deciding your worker’s employment status. This includes some charities and third sector organisations. If the off-payroll working rules apply, your fees will be subject to Income Tax and National Insurance contributions. What does this mean and what have been the ramifications thus far? Well, the most apparent change is everyone involved has become more risk-averse, in the fear of being liable for up to 7 years of back-dated tax payments to HMRC. The end organisations, who are legally responsible for deeming whether an assignment falls inside or out, are largely taking the risk-free approach and are stating that everyone is ‘inside’. This has, in turn, meant that each assignment has received less interest by true professional interim contractors (who are used to consultancy-like assignments), and has limited the talent pool. For those that have accepted the changes, it has meant that they have to operate through an additional intermediary, such as an Umbrella company – where the contractor is forced to pay full tax and National Insurance (at 13.8%) at the source. Conversely, we have seen many contractors who have put themselves through the HMRC tool, deemed themselves as out, and have the prerogative to challenge the clients and ask at least for the due diligence that has led to their ‘inside’ decision. We have also seen a number of Housing and Charitable organisations who have managed to stipulate, quite confidently, that they are outside, and have been able to offer ‘outside’ IR35 assignments. The risk that professional interims take differs to that of a permanent member of staff. When professional interim finish an assignment there is no guarantee that they will secure the next assignment anytime soon. A contractor could quite easily see themselves out of work 2-3 months at any time whilst they look for another opportunity. A lot of interims also have their own specialist remits such as a particular system implementation, culture transformation and reviewing financial processes and procedures to name a few. Professional interims are important for all companies going through change. Change can be difficult for any organisation that is going through the transition as it means going into something new without reassurance that it is going to work for the better. A lot of projects/assignments focus around someone who has gone through this change period and perform the same project for different organisations. If every permanent member of staff stayed at their company for a year on average just to move on to another company this would cause a huge disruption in the market. One of the important factors for someone to consider permanent over interim is having that security and stability. Every person is different and in the same respect, everyone’s motivators are different. With the IR35 changes, should contractors really have to take a hit in the public sector whilst the private sector remains unaffected? For more information about this article, or to speak to Petra about your interim finance recruiting needs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 020 7269 6350 or