Accounting and Financial Management


Mr Richard Trafford

  • Qualifications: MSc FAIA MCT CVA CFE MAFF FHEA
  • Role Title: Visiting Fellow
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
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  • Department: Accounting & Financial Management
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


Prior to joining the university in 2003, I had spent 35 years in industry and commerce, initially in accounting roles such as group internal auditor and subsequently divisional accountant for a listed national group of motor dealers and later as finance director of a group of companies in the waste management services sector, which I floated on the London Stock Exchange.   Following that, I worked as a business valuation consultant on a variety of projects covering merger and acquisition work, valuations for tax purposes, shareholder disputes and damages claims and was also appointed as joint independent expert in legal disputes requiring share and business valuations.

Administrative roles have involved course leadership and admissions tutor on postgraduate programmes.  I am also an external examiner at Southampton Solent University, for their postgraduate accounting and finance programmes and was previously an external examiner at Birmingham City University for undergraduate finance modules.

Teaching Responsibilities

As a lecturer in finance and forensic accounting, my primary teaching areas are in business valuation, financial crime and fraud investigation and financial forensic investigation.  In addition, I have also taught in the areas of financial analysis, corporate finance, financial accounting, corporate governance and business ethics, investment analysis, multinational corporate finance and enterprise finance.  In my previous role as Course Director for the accounting and finance postgraduate programmes, in addition to managing the MSc Finance and MSc Financial Decision Analysis programmes, I was responsible for developing the forensic accounting master’s, both through campus based delivery and subsequently through an online distance learning version. 


My primary research interests are in the area of company valuation, corporate fraud and financial stability in the nonprofit sector.  In addition I have previously been closely involved with the delivery and management of the annual Counter Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference, which is held in conjunction with the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University.   I have also delivered external talks and courses on such topics as business valuation, forensic accounting techniques and mergers and acquisitions and supervised to successful completion a number of PhD students.


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