Steven Swientozielskyj FCMA, CGMA

Vice Chair, Association Board
President, CIMA

Steve has a degree from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. He qualified as a CIMA associate in 1980 and became a fellow in 1985.

Steve is an experienced executive, specialising in operational transformation across a broad spectrum of organisations including the private, public and consultancy sectors. He has worked in the US, France, Germany, and Holland. Additional expertise includes change management, business strategy, mergers and acquisitions and operational delivery. Steve’s achievements in shared services and business partnering has led to research being undertaken in respect of this by Loughborough University, CIMA and the Hackett Group.

He has lectured internationally – at universities in Salford and Loughborough in the UK, and in Paris; and at conferences in Denmark, Norway, Poland and Ireland.

He is author of Business Partnering – A Practical Handbook (Routledge) and wrote the CIMA Certificate in Global Business Services.

Steve’s executive career started in vehicle manufacturing at Leyland Trucks. He was then plant controller for Case’s largest global tractor manufacturing facility. In 1986 Steve joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a consultant working internationally on flotations, mergers and acquisitions and global transformation.

In 1993 Steve moved to the rail industry working on the privatisation of Railtrack. During this time he also held an NHS non-executive directorship.

When Network Rail was established, Steve led the setup of its financial shared services, which within three years was benchmarked as a world-class facility.

Since 2011, Steve has held a number of voluntary positions within CIMA. These include serving as a member of CIMA’s governing Council, its Executive Committee, chairing the Professional Standards Committee, and also membership of both the Lifelong Learning Committee and Technical Committee.

He has also been an active member in his electoral constituency of North West England and North Wales, where he chaired the North West Business Group.

Steve has been an active Member in Practice and was also a CIMA membership assessor.

Steve lives in Manchester with his wife and has two daughters. In his spare time, Steve enjoys walking, swimming, yoga, and going to the theatre and ballet.