Managing Director of David Luke
Established almost 40 years ago by David Burgess and Adrian Luke, David Luke has grown to become one of the country’s leading providers of school uniforms, with innovation stitched into the fabric of the business. Back in 2010 they pioneered both sustainability and affordability with their range of recycled polyester uniforms, just one example of the inventiveness that has seen the organisation continue to thrive. The recent launch of The Parently Group reflects the growing diversification of the business, and its collection of innovative, family- centric brands.
We chatted to Kathryn about her experience of working with HURST, and making her mark as Managing Director of the family business co- founded by her Dad.
“We first met HURST back in 2013, just as I was about to become Managing Director and take over the reins from Dad. It all started through an invitation to a family business event. We liked what we saw, so went ahead with a succession workshop... it quickly became apparent that the timing was just perfect - they opened our eyes to so many possibilities that we’d never previously considered.
It’s not just the focus on family businesses that has proven so attractive and valuable in our partnership with HURST though. It’s their passion for owner-managed businesses too. Working with them has immediately opened-up a new network of like-minded contacts. Leadership can feel lonely sometimes, so I love the way they connect clients with each other - it feels like I’m part of a true community.
They’ve completely transformed our thinking around using finance to drive strategy... and I’d say they’ve played an important part in professionalising our whole approach too.
Kathryn Shuttleworth, David Luke
HURST are about as far from being a ‘traditional’ accountant as you could possibly imagine. They’re true partners, and their influence extends far beyond accountancy. They’ve helped to change our entire ownership structure, guiding us through a management buy-out, and they were invaluable during our succession planning. Neither Dad or Adrian (our co-founders) could have imagined being able to step away from the business, but HURST made it possible.
They’ve completely transformed our thinking around using finance to drive strategy... and I’d say they’ve played an important part in professionalising our whole approach too. Whether it’s one of our bi- monthly meetings or annual workshops, they continually challenge us, helping us to plan for the future, and effectively becoming another board member that genuinely cares about the business. That fresh perspective is absolutely invaluable.”
HURST in three words? Innovative. Connected. Trustworthy.