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Who we are

MD in Oxford 029

Matthew Dreaper runs Chilcomb. He has over 25 years of hands-on finance experience, including 15 years as a Finance Director.

Matthew was the FD of Nucare plc between 2006 and 2009; following the restructuring and sale of that business, Matthew set up Chilcomb with the aim of supporting the funding and growth of early-stage ventures.

Matthew is not as good at sport as he is at finance but he has proven adept at off-piste skiing and stand-up paddle-boarding.

Chilcomb’s carefully selected network of affiliates provides complementary services in the following fields:

  • HR and Coaching services

  • Organisation Change

  • Operational Improvement

  • IT Advice and Implementation

  • Health & Safety Compliance

  • Tax compliance and advice

  • Legal services

Matthew and James are supported by Jane and Annette, who look after much of the day-to-day accounting for clients.


James Robson operates as an Outsourced Finance Director focusing on start up and growing innovative pharmaceutical and technology companies. Over the last 30 years he has been a broad CFO/FD mainly in the advanced materials, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, working for Courtaulds, Boots, Reckitt Benckiser and Shionogi, both in the UK and overseas. He has worked beyond the traditional remit of the CFO role taking smaller, semi-autonomous start up/growth businesses through major strategic/operational change.  

James is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering.