Meet the MD: Alistair Hayward-Wright of Hayward Wright

Meet the MD: Alistair Hayward-Wright of Hayward Wright

Alistair Hayward-Wright always wanted to work for himself, so after qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2006, he set up his own practice and he’s never looked back.

Describe your role in brief

As the company’s founder, I oversee the strategic growth of Hayward Wright.  Working closely with the team, I shape the plan for new client recruitment, keep a very close eye on the local and regional market, and control our internal finance function. As part of our ongoing expansion recently I have also been negotiating the purchase of accountancy firms where owners are looking for either short term or long term exit plans.


What is it the company does?

Formed in 2007, we are known as pro-active accountants and respected business advisors for SMEs.


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

In 1998 I left school after my A-Level exams and immediately started work as a trainee accountant at a small firm in Redditch. Studying on day release was tough and I nearly purchased an IT business midway through as I was fed up of studying. The deal didn’t happen and I went on to qualify as a chartered accountant – receiving a practicing certificate in 2006 which allowed me to work for myself and set up Hayward Wright in April 2007. I haven’t looked back since and the company has growth through some other acquisitions and organic growth.


What do you believe makes a great leader?

To me a great leader doesn't boss people around and demand things are done their way. Great leaders grow their team, develop and employ the best people, and empower staff to want to deliver.


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

Without a doubt it has been keeping pace with ever-evolving technology across the accountancy and finance sectors – being able to focus on the positive changes that deliver benefits and not just changing for changes sake as many have done.



How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

I really value time with my family. I also love to cook!


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be an airline pilot but the want for my own business was too strong.


Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about them?

People who work for me will tell you I hate messy work stations and desks. It sounds simple but we have developed a culture of tidiness because a tidy work area is more efficient.


Where do you see the company in five years’ time?

Our goal is to be a leading advisory firm for the SME market delivering cost effective high quality support to owner managed and family businesses.


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

Have a clear plan of what you want to achieve and write it down - and tell people, it makes you accountable and will make you challenge yourself.