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Top Influencers: 101 UK CFO’s To Follow in 2022

CFO play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the CFO role. We have selected these CFO’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative CFO’s. The list is in no particular order!

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Giancarlo Devasini

CFO @ Bitfinex

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Became a partner in Bitfinex in early 2013 and worked on establishing banking relationships, attracting key personnel and re-domiciling Bitfinex in Hong Kong. Currently serving as Chief Financial Officer of Bitfinex, splitting my time between London and the French Riviera. I am frequently travelling the world, attending conferences and meeting our core users. Learn more about Giancarlo Devasini on Crunchbase…

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Jonathan Biggs

COO & CFO — London @ Accel

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Jon Biggs joined Accel in 2001 and is Accel London’s chief operating officer. Jon runs the operations of the London office. He sits on the judging panel of the UK Private Business Awards and was instrumental in working with NACUE in its efforts to champion employment in early stage companies for new graduates. Prior to Accel, Jon worked at AXA Investment Managers, and before that worked at Deutsche Bank and Mirabaud & Cie in London. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PWC. Jon is from the South of England and graduated from the University of Bristol. Learn more about Jonathan Biggs on Crunchbase…

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Joe White

General Partner & CFO @ Entrepreneur First

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A serial entrepreneur, tech startup founder and non-exec director, Joe has grown and led multiple teams of up to 100 people, delivering world class technology products to international markets. Joe lives in West London with his wife, co-founder and inspirer-in-residence Wendy Tan-White, and their son and daughter. Learn more about Joe White on Crunchbase…

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Alex Gayer

CFO @ TIER Mobility

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Alex Gayer is the CFO at TIER Mobility. Learn more about Alex Gayer on Crunchbase…

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Raffaele Terrone

CFO @ Scalapay

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Raffaele Terrone currently works as Chief Financial Officer at Scalapay. He previously worked at ICAMAP as an Investment Director. Learn more about Raffaele Terrone on Crunchbase…

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Daniel Drummer

CFO @ Auxmoney

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Daniel is working as Vice President for Fintech Strategy & Partnership at the Corporate & Investment Bank of JP Morgan. Previously, Daniel worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he was focusing on digital technologies, being part of McKinsey’s Big Data and advanced analytics group. Before joining McKinsey, Daniel worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in the Investment Banking Division and later on in a strategic role for the CEO of Western Europe. Prior to this, he completed a trainee program at Daimler AG, working in Germany and New York.Daniel has been appointed to lead the ‘Future of FinTech’ team on behalf of the World Economic Forum and its Global Agenda Council on the Future of Financing & Capital. He has been an investment manager at the SBS Seed Fund since 2014, sitting on the Advisory board of two portfolio companies. He was a co-founder of TonalityTech, a start-up that provides big data based sentiment analysis solutions for capital markets and corporates.Daniel is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, completed an M.B.A. degree with Distinction at the University of Oxford and holds a Master degree (LL.M.) in Corporate Law. Learn more about Daniel Drummer on Crunchbase…

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Tamara Slanova

Co-Founder, CFO @ DMarket

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Katya Akulinicheva

CFO @ ZeroAvia

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Katya joined ZeroAvia in July 2019 and is Group CFO. Before ZeroAvia Katya spent over 3 years at SYSTEMIQ, a leading sustainability investment and advisory firm HQ’ed in London, setting up and leading the company’s early stage VC arm, raising $30m of capital and overseeing the first 6 investments, including ZeroAvia. Previously she worked in private equity at the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10bn co-investment fund backed by the Russian government, working on growth equity investments in Consumer, Retail, Industrials and Healthcare. She started her career in Mergers & Acquisitions focused on the Consumer & Retail sector in Europe, first at Lazard and then at Deutsche Bank, where she advised a number of public and private companies and private equity investors, including several $1bn+ transactions. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and BA/MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford. Learn more about Katya Akulinicheva on Crunchbase…

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Jonny Plein

Co-Founder and CFO @ Pouch

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Jonny was a member of the University of Nottingham Enactus team for 3 years. During his time within the Enactus team, he ran run an international project in Cambodia, presented at two national competitions and help lead the team as vice-president. Jonny started Enactus Nottingham’s commercial ventures arm by running a student concert called UNIAID. This concert was his first hand experience at trying anything entrepreneurial himself. After University he joined EY on their grad scheme and completed his ACA. Whilst at EY Jonnys’ now co-founder came to him with the idea for Pouch, a free online tool (a browser extension) that automatically sources all the best available voucher codes and automatically displays them as you are shopping online, so you never need to search for a voucher code again. In January 2017 he left EY to work on Pouch full time. In only a few months Jonny and his co-founder managed to achieve quite a lot. They raised funds, won the Mass Challenge start up accelerator and have been featured in publications such as Forbes and The Telegraph. Learn more about Jonny Plein on Crunchbase…

Pouch is a technology company that develops tools to save online shoppers time, money and hassle. Read more aboutPouch on Crunchbase…

Carol Borg

CFO @ Lightsource Renewable Energy

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Carol is an internationally experienced Chief Financial Officer with experience spanning across natural resources and renewable energy. Prior to joining Lightsource BP, Carol held various senior financial positions at Vestas Wind Systems (a global leader in wind energy) based in Australia, Denmark and Spain. During this time Carol supported a 10bnEUR turnover as a Regional Chief Finance Officer, leading over 80 finance professionals supporting the Southern Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Latin America region. Carol was responsible for financial management of the entire value chain including sales, manufacturing, construction and after sales service, including the penetration and entry of new markets. Carol holds a degree in Business (Accounting) from Victoria University in Australia, and is a Certified Practicing Accountant. Learn more about Carol Borg on Crunchbase…

Lightsource is a provider of ground and rooftop solar installations in the UK. Read more aboutLightsource Renewable Energy on Crunchbase…

Jonny Mason

Group CFO @ Dixons Carphone

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Dixons Carphone is an electrical specialist and telecommunications retailer and services company. Read more aboutDixons Carphone on Crunchbase…

Kate Bowyer

CFO @ The Crown Estate

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Kate joined The Crown Estate in October 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. Kate joined from FTSE 100 intu properties plc where she had been Director of Finance. She had previously managed intu’s investor relations after joining in 2000 as Group Financial Controller. Kate qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in 1995, working in their Canadian and corporate finance practices. Learn more about Kate Bowyer on Crunchbase…

Property owned by the Sovereign of the United Kingdom Read more aboutThe Crown Estate on Crunchbase…

Andrius Kazlauskas

Founder & CFO @ Heficed

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Heficed provides full-range services for IP lease, monetization, and management services. Read more aboutHeficed on Crunchbase…

Iveta Cabajova

Group CFO @ ITRS Group

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ITRS Group is the leading provider of risk mitigation solutions to global financial institutions. Read more aboutITRS Group on Crunchbase…

Emma Blackburn

CFO @ Ascension Ventures

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Emma Blackburn brings over 20 years experience leading finance teams both in the US and UK. Graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelors degree in Economics and Masters degree in Industrial Engineering, Emma worked in Audit and M&A for Ernst and Young, before moving in-house first at EQE International and then at Siebel Systems. Emma established and administered all financial systems for international subsidiaries during the explosive growth period of Siebel Systems, “the fastest growing company in the United States (Fortune Magazine, 1999)”. Emma has held the CFO position at a number of start-up and scale-up UK technology companies. She is an active angel investor with a strong passion for both impact investing and investing in female founded companies. Outside of work, Emma is an avid traveler and boater, having renovated and cruised a barge around Europe, on which she now resides. Emma leads finance as CFO at Ascension Ventures. Learn more about Emma Blackburn on Crunchbase…

Ascension Ventures is an early-stage VC built by exited entrepreneurs to back the next generation of tech and impact founders. Read more aboutAscension Ventures on Crunchbase…

Steffen Tjerrild

COO, CFO and Co-Founder @ Synthesia

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Synthesia is an AI video avatar platform that creates professional videos from a text in different languages. Read more aboutSynthesia on Crunchbase…

Stefan Hobl

CFO & Co-Founder @ Butter.co.uk

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Stefan Hobl joined Butter.co.uk as CFO & Co-Founder in 2017. Learn more about Stefan Hobl on Crunchbase…

Butter lets you spread the cost of shopping from any online store with a simple monthly instalment plan. Download the app now! Read more aboutButter.co.uk on Crunchbase…

John Beswick

CFO, BT Technology @ BT

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John’s career originally began as an electronic engineer in the hi-tech manufacturing industry (GEC Plessey and Siemens AG); he then worked for Deloitte & Touche in their Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector before joining BT in 2002. Since then, he has held multiple finance director roles within the company. Before taking up his current position as CFO for Technology, Service & Operations in June 2016, John held a number of CFO roles within BT Group. These included periods as CFO for BT Innovate & Design and CFO for Group finance services, covering all of BT’s global finance shared service activities across the globe, as well as leading on the integration of EE into BT Group. John studied BSc (Hons) in Electronics at University of Durham, becoming a Chartered Engineer with the IET, then going on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant (FCA in ICAEW). Learn more about John Beswick on Crunchbase…

BT provides communications services to consumer and business sectors worldwide. Read more aboutBT on Crunchbase…

Greg Toner

CFO and Co-Founder @ SalesRight

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A CPA based out of London, Ontario, Greg has been working as a startup CFO for the past several years. He specializes in working with early to growth stage startups and has been critical to the success of many SaaS companies throughout Canada. Greg straps on his skis and hits the slopes often, but always saves time to spend with his two children. Learn more about Greg Toner on Crunchbase…

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Alison Ozanne

CFO @ Guinness World Records

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Alison joined Guinness World Records in 2008 to lead the combined disciplines of the brand’s professional services across Finance, IT, Legal and HR. In the last six years, Alison has executed and supported the successful global expansion of the Guinness World Records brand in Japan, China and the Middle East. Alison began her career at Coca Cola UK Ltd where she qualified as a chartered management accountant. Prior to joining Guinness World Records, Alison spent 9 years at Virgin Retail Limited where she also qualified as a chartered certified accountant, working firstly as the European Financial Controller, overseeing the sale of several overseas subsidiaries before moving into a corporate role as Group Finance Manager, responsible for the consolidation over 30 companies with a combined turnover in excess of $500m. Learn more about Alison Ozanne on Crunchbase…

Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. Read more aboutGuinness World Records on Crunchbase…

Duncan Tatton-Brown

CFO @ Ocado Group

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Duncan became a Director of Zoopla Property Group in 2014. He is currently CFO of Ocado Group plc which he joined in 2012. Previously, Duncan was CFO of Fitness First plc and prior to that was Group Finance Director of Kingfisher plc, one of the world’s largest home improvement retailers. He has held senior finance positions at B&Q plc, Virgin Entertainment Group and Burton Group plc and was also a non-executive director of Rentokil Initial plc. Duncan holds a master’s degree in Engineering from King’s College, Cambridge and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Learn more about Duncan Tatton-Brown on Crunchbase…

Ocado is an online grocery retailer providing services, technology, and automation to grocery e-commerce businesses around the world. Read more aboutOcado Group on Crunchbase…

Terri Borain

CFO @ Merian Global Investors

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Terri was appointed as chief financial officer in December 2017. She joined the company in 2014 as the head of finance. She has spent over 10 years working in the asset management industry across finance, audit, management consultancy and corporate finance. Prior to Merian Global Investors , Terri spent nearly 8 years at KPMG as a manager within their asset management and funds division. She holds a bachelor of commerce degree in accounting and finance from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (2006) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Learn more about Terri Borain on Crunchbase…

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Giovanni Pericolini

Finance Director & CFO @ Medicxi Ventures

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Medicxi is a life sciences-focused investment firm. Read more aboutMedicxi Ventures on Crunchbase…

Peter Fosh

CFO EMEA @ Optoma USA

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Peter Fosh is CFO EMEA at Optoma. He once with Samsung Semiconductor as finance director. Learn more about Peter Fosh on Crunchbase…

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James Abell

Partner and CFO @ Abingworth

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Jams has more than 14 years of venture capital experience and three years of operational experience in life science companies. His directorships have included Chroma Therapeutics, Clinical Designs and Syntaxin. He joined Abingworth as CFO in 1998, prior to which he was CFO of Prolifix from 1995 to 1998. He trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. He holds a degree in Biology with Chemistry from the University of Southampton. James handles Abingworth’s finance and administration as well as investment matters, focusing on start-up companies. Learn more about James Abell on Crunchbase…

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Jean-Philippe Lecourt

CFO & Co-founder @ Datamaran

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Datamaran is one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful semantic business intelligence tools. Read more aboutDatamaran on Crunchbase…

Alex Goodway

CFO @ Kindred Capital

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Nick Bishop

CFO @ Graphcore

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Nick is currently Head of Finance at XMOS in Bristol, UK. He joined XMOS after holding the post of Director of Finance for nearly 8 years at Cramer Systems, where he was responsible for group finances and was heavily involved in raising capital, an acquisition and the successful trade sale of Cramer to Amdocs. Learn more about Nick Bishop on Crunchbase…

Graphcore develops a microprocessor designed for AI and machine learning applications. Read more aboutGraphcore on Crunchbase…

Patrick Imbach

CFO @ Callsign

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As CFO at Callsign, Patrick is in charge of the Callsign’s financial strategy, financial operations, and financial and management reporting. Previously, Patrick built and led KPMG’s practice for fast growing technology businesses and innovative startups. He was a member of KPMG’s global Steering Committee for Innovative Startups and a member of KPMG’s TMT leadership team in the UK. Prior to this, Patrick has worked in multiple audit and finance roles in Germany, Japan and France with businesses across industries with a focus on Media, Telecommunications, and Technology companies. Learn more about Patrick Imbach on Crunchbase…

Delivering digital trust through simple secure customer interactions Read more aboutCallsign on Crunchbase…

Spyros Karageorgis

CFO @ Eigen Technologies

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Spyros Karageorgis is the CFO at Eigen Technologies. Learn more about Spyros Karageorgis on Crunchbase…

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Caroline Tulloch

CFO @ Taster

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Taster is a food delivery company that operates dozens of restaurants that only exist on food delivery platforms. Read more aboutTaster on Crunchbase…

Hugo Grimston

CFO @ Paddle

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Hugo Grimston is CFO at Paddle, a platform that takes makes it incredibly simple to sell apps,games and other digital products. Learn more about Hugo Grimston on Crunchbase…

Paddle is a Revenue Delivery Platform for B2B SaaS companies that powers growth across acquisition, renewals, and expansion. Read more aboutPaddle on Crunchbase…

Ben Walmsley

CFO @ Skurio

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Ben Walmsley serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Skurio. Learn more about Ben Walmsley on Crunchbase…

Skurio is a cybersecurity company that gives every organization the ability to reveal their spectrum of digital risk. Read more aboutSkurio on Crunchbase…

Nathan Runnicles

CFO @ QA Ltd

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Nathan joined QA from Tes Global where he was CFO, responsible for group finance, legal and corporate development. Before that, he was CFO at Research Now Group Inc., and EMEA Finance Director for WPP Group plc, following the acquisition of Cordiant Communications Group plc, where he led the corporate finance and investor relations from 2001 – 2003. A chartered accountant, Nathan qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998. Nathan studied at University of Bristol, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Accounting. Learn more about Nathan Runnicles on Crunchbase…

QA is the UK’s leading training company, providing the complete range of training, talent development and learning services. Read more aboutQA Ltd on Crunchbase…

Nick Mottershead

CFO, Risk, Compliance & Group HR @ dopay

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Nick Mottershead is CFO and Group HR at dopay. Learn more about Nick Mottershead on Crunchbase…

dopay provides a cloud-based payroll service that allows employers to calculate salaries and make payments electronically. Read more aboutdopay on Crunchbase…

Justinas Lasevicius

CFO & Co-founder @ TransferGo

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TransferGo offers international money transfers for both migrant workers & businesses using their digital account-to-account business model. Read more aboutTransferGo on Crunchbase…

Gerard Smith

CFO @ SERMO

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Gerard joined SERMO in 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer responsible for the company wide Finance, HR and Legal functions along with Investor Relations. Previously he was EMEA CFO of Acxiom, a global Marketing Services Company with revenues exceeding $1.1 billion, CFO of Easynet, a former BSkyB Company, with revenues of $400 million and has held several international finance leadership roles in Dell Corporation during a period in which the business grew from one billion to $13 billion. Gerard has over 25 years of finance experience and graduated with a Business degree from City University, London and is a Chartered Marketer and Chartered Management Accountant. Learn more about Gerard Smith on Crunchbase…

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Daniel Hogan

CFO & Co-Founder @ Ember

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A Deloitte-trained, fully qualified Chartered Accountant, Daniel has been working in the finance systems space for the last 3 years where he has become increasingly frustrated with the industry’s lack of synergy, automation and ease of use. Learn more about Daniel Hogan on Crunchbase…

Ember is a software platform to automate the accounting process for SMEs. Read more aboutEmber on Crunchbase…

Declan Ferguson

Deputy CFO and Chief Strategy Officer @ Starling Bank

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Declan Ferguson is the chief strategy officer at Starling Bank. Learn more about Declan Ferguson on Crunchbase…

Starling Bank is a mobile banking platform that offers personal, joint, and business accounts. Read more aboutStarling Bank on Crunchbase…

Kieran D’Silva

Co-Founder & CFO @ PrimaryBid

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PrimaryBid is a technology platform that allows everyday investors fair & equal access to investing in public companies raising capital. Read more aboutPrimaryBid on Crunchbase…

Kuvera Sivalingam

CFO and Co-Founder @ HowNow

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HowNow is a London-based EdTech startup that connects experts and learners by offering interactive video lessons. Read more aboutHowNow on Crunchbase…

Andrew Wood

CFO @ Capital D

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Andrew is the CFO at capital D with a range of experience in private equity and consultancy. Andrew has 12 years experience as a private equity CFO having joined Change Capital Partners in 2006. Andrew’s consultancy business West Lane consultancy provides strategic and financial advice as NED or board consultant across a range of business sectors including real estate and consumer markets. Prior to joining Change Capital Partners, Andrew was team leader for the consumer and industrial markets private equity team at KPMG transaction services. At KPMG Andrew worked across a range of clients delivering transaction advice ranging from mid-market private equity to large corporates. Andrew is a chartered accountant (ICEAW) and has a BSc (Hons) from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. Learn more about Andrew Wood on Crunchbase…

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Adrian Hennah

CFO @ Reckitt

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Adrian joined the Company in January 2013 as Chief Financial Officer Designate, and was appointed as CFO in February 2013. He joined the Company following six years at Smith & Nephew plc, as CFO. Previously he was CFO for four years at Invensys, the international engineering company. Adrian also spent 18 years at GlaxoSmithKline plc, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, holding a number of senior management and financial roles. He has previously worked at PwC (then Price Waterhouse) for four years in both audit and consultancy, and also for Stadtsparkasse Koeln, the German regional bank. He is a Non-Executive Director of Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Learn more about Adrian Hennah on Crunchbase…

Reckitt Benckiser Group is a consumer goods company makes health, hygiene and home products. Read more aboutReckitt on Crunchbase…

Stuart Williams

CFO @ Blue Motor Finance

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Blue is one of the UK’s premier consumer motor finance companies, lending over £750m to over 80,000 customers. Read more aboutBlue Motor Finance on Crunchbase…

Bill Simmons

COO, CFO and Director @ Crowdcube

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Bill has over 15 year’s experience in the online, digital and technology sectors holding various financial, strategic and management positions. A chartered management accountant, Bill has held FD and CFO positions at Ask Jeeves, Myspace and Rated People, and more recently has applied his skills & knowledge at a number of start-up and early stage businesses. He understands how difficult it is to raise finance for new companies and is passionate about the role we have helping finance businesses. Learn more about Bill Simmons on Crunchbase…

Crowdcube enables individuals to invest in small companies in return for equity or an annual return. Read more aboutCrowdcube on Crunchbase…

Mike Feely

CFO @ Paymentology

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Mike joined Dealflo as CFO in 2015. He has over 20 years’ experience in Financial and Commercial roles within the technology and telecoms sectors. As CFO of Excelian, a Financial Services technology consultancy, Mike provided the financial leadership to manage the business through International growth and prepared the business for a successful sale to Luxoft. Mike was previously Finance Director of Telstra International EMEA, where he significantly improved business performance through restructuring and repositioning the company to focus on Enterprise managed services contracts. Learn more about Mike Feely on Crunchbase…

Paymentology offers an array of issuer side payment processing solutions from consultancy, hosting, white label products and modules. Read more aboutPaymentology on Crunchbase…

Simon Powell-Jackson

COO | CFO @ Glownet

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Simon is a COO and business leader with a 15 year track record of scaling up VC-funded and early-stage companies. Expertise in B2B, SaaS, tech-enabled service delivery platforms that drive mass user adoption and scale towards exit. As Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Glownet, pioneered development of the live event industry’s market leading NFC cashless payments solution. Raised over £5M investment from Angels and VC. Currently sit on the Board. Am now seeking my next challenge. As a COO I lead by example, possess high levels of personal accountability, remain results-oriented, hands-on and believe in a strong value creation mindset. Early career: Started out at Morgan Stanley. Early employee of The Cloud, which was backed by Accel and 3i and sold to News Corporation (Sky). MBA graduate of IE Business School. Specialties: B2B | SaaS | STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS | VC & ANGEL FUNDING | DRIVING OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE | GROWTH | BUILDING HIGH-PERFORMANCE TEAMS | SCALING OPERATIONS Learn more about Simon Powell-Jackson on Crunchbase…

Glownet transforms the event landscape through RFID innovation, developes world-class technology that delivers and inspires. Read more aboutGlownet on Crunchbase…

Francois Barou

Co-Founder & CFO @ OneWealthPlace

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Steve Dando

CFO @ Punch Taverns

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Steve Dando was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer in August 2015. He joined Punch in 2003 as Chief Accountant and was promoted to Group Financial Controller in 2009 and Finance Director in July 2011. During his time with Punch, Steve has played a major role in the development of the group. He has a wealth of experience, previously holding a number of senior finance roles with Courtaulds plc. Steve is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales and started his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers. Steve is also a Non-Executive Director of Bromford Housing Group. Learn more about Steve Dando on Crunchbase…

Punch Taverns is one of the UK’s largest leased pub companies, with a portfolio of more than 3,300 pubs nationwide. Read more aboutPunch Taverns on Crunchbase…

Marcus Yang

CFO @ Abacas

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Marcus is the Interim CFO of Abacas. He is a qualified accountant and has extensive experience in Corporate Finance. Marcus has held senior positions at global finance and banking institutions including The Royal Bank of Scotland, GE Capital and Deloitte. Marcus started his career at KPMG and Deloitte, working in their Audit, Transaction Services and Corporate Finance departments. At RBS, he worked in their Structured Finance Team, transacting private equity and corporate deals, with debt size between GBP20-300M. Marcus also worked closely with the bank’s conduit teams advising on debt structures with multi-tranches and the financing of different asset classes. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) of Canada, holds a CISI Level 3 certificate in Investment and is FCA (UK) CF30 qualified. Learn more about Marcus Yang on Crunchbase…

Abacas is a digital assets company. Read more aboutAbacas on Crunchbase…

Lambro Anastasiou

CFO & COO @ Midrive

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Alok Bhushan

CFO @ Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

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Alok Bhushan is a seasoned CFO with 15+ years experience leading finance, legal, and people functions while scaling software and consumer businesses through periods of hyper growth to $250MM+ in annual sales. He has broad transactional experience, including multiple rounds of equity financing for $120MM+, and has been the internal lead for M&A transactions on both the buy- and sell-side. He was also part of the team that built Yext and took it public at a valuation of $1B+ on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to Yext, he spent several years on Wall Street in index arbitrage and quantitative finance. Alok Bhushan graduated with high honors from Harvard University with a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in computer science. Learn more about Alok Bhushan on Crunchbase…

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty provides makeup, skin care & beauty collection, including Magic Cream & film star Bronze & Glow. Read more aboutCharlotte Tilbury Beauty on Crunchbase…

Nigel Fairhurst

CFO @ Claranet

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Nigel Fairhurst has a vast range of experience working as commercial Finance Director for a wide variety of organisations, ranging from partnerships to PLCs. He has over ten years of European experience, working in Paris for 3 years for M&S and as European Financial Director for Donaldsons and DTZ. His experience also includes roles at PwC – Coopers & Lybrand in Audit and Systems – where he qualified as a chartered accountant; and the William Reed Group as Finance Director of the main publishing company, and then as Group IT Director. With his background and experience, Nigel has a solid understanding of IT and systems as well as the issues of operating, controlling and reporting across a range of countries. He has proved a catalyst for change management within the finance arena, and has worked with different senior management teams on successfully moving businesses forward. Nigel joined Claranet in April 2010. Learn more about Nigel Fairhurst on Crunchbase…

Claranet is an expert in modernising and running critical applications and infrastructure. Read more aboutClaranet on Crunchbase…

Himanshu Raja

Group CFO @ Countrywide Plc

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Strong track record as a financial executive in global services businesses. As well as having responsibility for all core finance functions including tax, audit, treasury and investor relations, Himanshu oversees IT and procurement for G4S globally. Prior to joining G4S, Himanshu was CFO at Misys, and from 2010 to 2012 he was CFO of Logica plc. Himanshu worked for more than 10 years at BT Group in a number of divisional finance director roles including Chief Financial Officer of BT Global Services, BT Design, BT Operate and BT Wholesale. His early career included finance and systems roles at Worldcom International, UUNET and MFS. Himanshu is a qualified chartered accountant and holds an honours degree in law. Learn more about Himanshu Raja on Crunchbase…

Countrywide – The UK’s largest and most successful estate agency and property services Group Read more aboutCountrywide Plc on Crunchbase…

Keith Lovell

CFO @ Antidote.me

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Keith Lovell brings over 15 years’ experience gained from commercial, financial and management positions in a range of blue-chip, entrepreneurial and start-up organisations. Prior to Shazam at Extreme Mobile, Keith played an integral role in formulating commercial and financial plans for an MNVO venture with Vodafone. Previously, he was also responsible for all major network operator and supplier relationships at DX Communications Ltd and played a key role in negotiating the sale of the UK retail business to BT Cellnet, now 02. Learn more about Keith Lovell on Crunchbase…

Antidote is a digital health company that accelerates and improves medical research by combining technologies, data, and business models. Read more aboutAntidote.me on Crunchbase…

Tao Mantaras

CFO & Co-founder @ BibliU

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Tao is Co-Founder & CFO of Bibliotech a core eTextbooks platform that provides academic libraries and students unlimited access. The company has developed a modern platform that integrates fully with all library and university systems and is already working closely with a number of UK universities. Learn more about Tao Mantaras on Crunchbase…

BibliU is an educational content platform that provide eTextbooks that work for academic libraries. Read more aboutBibliU on Crunchbase…

Kevin Hollands

Founder and CFO @ Escrowblock

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Escrowblock is a platform that provides a gateway on the ethereum blockchain. Read more aboutEscrowblock on Crunchbase…

Amélie Redon

CFO, Head of Corporate @ S4M

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Cristian Young

CFO @ Smedvig Capital

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Cristian is CFO of Smedvig Capital, which he joined in 2007 from KPMG’s Operational Restructuring practice in London. He began his career with KPMG in the financial sector audit practice where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA). From there he joined the restructuring practice, where he focused on bank side financial advisory work as well as working capital and cost management projects across multiple industry sectors. Cristian has a degree in Business and German from Nottingham University and speaks fluent German having spent some time, in his early career, working with Siemens Business Services in Munich. Cristian’s role at Smedvig Capital covers much of the Firm’s third party Private Equity investing as well as advisory projects on the direct investment side and internal structuring and compliance. He is currently a board member of PPC and LoveSpace, and has previously held a board role at Ocean Outdoor and Blink Point. Learn more about Cristian Young on Crunchbase…

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Tim Perks

CFO @ cloud.IQ

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Tim joined NewVoiceMedia as CFO in Dec 2010. He has a wealth of experience in CFO roles in the technology sector, taking Baltimore Technologies from a fledgling AIM Company to a FTSE 100 company in 3 years, delivering a $200M trade sale at Staffware Plc (a BPM software company) and as CFO of Redstone Telecom plc, a network-based provider of ICT solutions and end-to-end managed services. Learn more about Tim Perks on Crunchbase…

cloud.IQ is an AI and machine learning based automated conversion rate optimisation platform for e-commerce businesses. Read more aboutcloud.IQ on Crunchbase…

Remon Fahim

CFO @ BongoBD

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Remon Fahim is the Chief Financial Officer of BongoBD. He is a former Head Of Finance at O2 (Telefónica UK). Learn more about Remon Fahim on Crunchbase…

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Max Cawthra

CFO @ Tracsis

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Max joined Tracsis in September 2010 as Financial Controller and was promoted to the Board as Chief Financial Officer in August 2011. He is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with Ernst & Young, and prior to joining Tracsis spent seven years at Persimmon plc in a variety of roles. Learn more about Max Cawthra on Crunchbase…

The Tracsis Group is a leading international provider of software and services for the planning and management of mass transit operations. Read more aboutTracsis on Crunchbase…

Matthew Ritchie

Co-Founder & CFO @ Dendra Systems

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Dendra Systems provides integrated analytics and planting solutions for large-scale ecosystem restoration Read more aboutDendra Systems on Crunchbase…

Nigel Dahl

Interim CFO/COO, M&A Specialist @ EPM Gurus

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Anjum Ahmad

CFO @ Touchlight Genetics

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Touchlight Genetics, a British bio-pharmaceutical company founded in 2007. Read more aboutTouchlight Genetics on Crunchbase…

Will Turner

CFO @ Amplience

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Will, a chartered accountant,was previously Group Financial Controller of a £500m listed VC business and has successfully exited two companies by IPO, raising over £70m from the public markets. He qualified with KPMG in London and has a BA in Economics. Learn more about Will Turner on Crunchbase…

Headless Content and Commerce. Simplified. Read more aboutAmplience on Crunchbase…

Theo Harold

CFO @ Crescendo Biologics

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Theodora Harold is a chartered accountant with significant experience as a Chief Financal Officer and Company Secretary with early stage and growing companies in the biotech sector. She has a background in both industry and corporate finance with 16 years of experience in SMEs in the biotech and hi-tech sectors and has held roles with Cytomyx Holdings plc, RioTech Pharmaceuticals Ltd, OrthoMimetics Ltd, Hybrid Biosystems Ltd, Myotec Therapeutics Ltd and Mission Therapeutics Ltd. Prior to this, Theodora trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers and read Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge. Learn more about Theo Harold on Crunchbase…

Crescendo Biologics is engaged in the development of a proprietary drug portfolio based on their VH antibody fragment platform. Read more aboutCrescendo Biologics on Crunchbase…

Nick Davies

CFO @ Graphcore

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Graphcore develops a microprocessor designed for AI and machine learning applications. Read more aboutGraphcore on Crunchbase…

Sebastian Shaw

Co-founder & CFO @ Brainbroker

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Brainbroker is a digital agency that uses data-driven marketing techniques to generate customers for its client. Read more aboutBrainbroker on Crunchbase…

James Serjeant

COO & CFO @ ContactEngine

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ContactEngine is a proactive Conversational AI technology that automates conversations between corporates and their customers Read more aboutContactEngine on Crunchbase…

Andy Skelton

CFO @ Drax Group

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Graeme Bayley

Partner & Group CFO @ GP Bullhound

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Graeme joined GP Bullhound in 2009 and is responsible for GP Bullhound’s Finance, Compliance, IT, HR and Operations. He started his career at Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now PwC) where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant before working in corporate finance. He then moved to HSBC Investment Bank where he ran the Growth Companies Team, later joining Noble & Co as a Director in Corporate Finance before taking on the management of Noble’s finance, compliance and operations. Graeme is a Fellow of the ICAEW and holds their Corporate Finance qualification along with a BSc in Physics from Southampton University. Learn more about Graeme Bayley on Crunchbase…

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James Drace-Francis

CFO @ Milamber Ventures

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James has held senior client-facing roles at Dresdner Kleinwort, Swiss Re, Fenchurch Advisory Partners, UBS and JP Morgan. He is a Fellow of the ICAEW, having originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. Learn more about James Drace-Francis on Crunchbase…

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Nick Taylor

CFO and Co-Founder @ Envestors

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Educated at Uppingham School, Nick then took Articles and qualified with Price Waterhouse Cooper in London. He has held senior positions with private and public companies, including manufacturer Astell Scientific (Holdings) and listed City based property agent Baker Harris Saunders Plc. He co-founded the Sportscard Credit Card Company which was listed on AIM and later sold to the online bookmaker UK Betting plc, also an established private restaurant group and The London Distillery Company. Nick was a co-founder of Envestors in 2004. In his spare time, he enjoys food and drink, golf, and watching cricket/rugby. Learn more about Nick Taylor on Crunchbase…

Envestors digital platform connects entrepreneurs and investors Read more aboutEnvestors on Crunchbase…

Andrea Gerosa

CFO @ Loal

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Loal equips those poorly served by mainstream providers to build their credit profiles and live life on another level Read more aboutLoal on Crunchbase…

Richard Miller

CFO @ Wireless Logic

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Richard joined Wireless Logic as CFO in April 2012. A chartered accountant, he spent much of his career in corporate finance at PwC. Richard has supported management teams, companies and private equity houses on many acquisitions, disposal and re-financing across Europe. Richard advised ECI Partners during the management buy-out of Wireless Logic in August 2011 and in the subsequent process as CVC Capital Partners joined the Board in February 2015. Richard brings a wealth of commercial and transactional knowledge to the management team. Learn more about Richard Miller on Crunchbase…

Wireless Logic is an M2M & IoT managed services provider delivering multiple bearer connectivity and value-added services. Read more aboutWireless Logic on Crunchbase…

Philip Shuttleworth

Partner and CFO @ ECI Partners

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Philip joined ECI in 1996 and is responsible for all matters relating to the accounting, legal, regulatory and tax obligations of ECI and its funds. He is a former Chairman of the BVCA’s Taxation Committee. Before joining ECI, he spent four years working with growth companies in the mid-market division of PwC, where he gained an ACA. He has a degree in business studies, and holds an MBA from London Business School. Learn more about Philip Shuttleworth on Crunchbase…

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John Otty

CFO Africa Middle East Asia Pacific @ Vodafone

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John is the Vodafone CFO for Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific region. He joined Vodafone in December 1992 and has held a number of senior executive positions in Vodafone including that of Group Technology Financial Director, interim CFO of Vodafone India and Vodafone PLC Group Internal Audit Director. He was appointed to the Safaricom Limited Board in August 2013. Learn more about John Otty on Crunchbase…

Vodafone is a mobile telecommunications company that offers voice, messaging, and data services. Read more aboutVodafone on Crunchbase…

Alan Bannatyne

CFO @ Robert Walters

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Robert Walters is a global, specialist professional recruitment consultancy. Read more aboutRobert Walters on Crunchbase…

Terry Hart

CFO @ CityFibre

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Terry Hart has over 20 years experience in Financial, Commercial and Operational roles, and since 2000 has specialised in telecoms and technology. As UK FD of Easynet Group plc, Terry provided the financial leadership to manage the business through high growth, including the management of the investment programme for the first national roll-out of unbundled broadband and its launch to consumers and businesses. Terry later became UK MD and prepared the business for the successful sale to BSkyB. More recently Terry was CEO and previously CFO of Telstra International EMEA, where he significantly improved business performance through restructuring and repositioning the company to focus on large managed services contracts. Earlier in his career, Terry was FD of Serco Aviation and trained as a Chartered Accountant with BDO Learn more about Terry Hart on Crunchbase…

CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings plc is the UK’s largest independent provider of fibre infrastructure in secondary cities Read more aboutCityFibre on Crunchbase…

Stuart Gray

Partner and CFO @ Arcus Infrastructure Partners

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Paul Meehan

CFO @ Victorian Plumbing

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Beautiful bathrooms without splashing out. Leading online retailer of designer bathrooms. Read more aboutVictorian Plumbing on Crunchbase…

Rose Fletcher

Partner and CFO @ DPI

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Rose joined DPI in November 2008. Prior to DPI, she held a number of roles in Finance, Treasury and Corporate Finance at Old Mutual in both their London and South Africa offices. Rose was part of the team that completed the acquisition of the £4 billion Skandia insurance group in 2006, leading the transaction financials and being actively involved in the deal structuring and execution. In 2000 she moved to London and was instrumental in setting up the new head office finance function. Rose is a director of DPI Management Ltd, ADP I’s investment manager. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Rose trained at Deloitte & Touche in South Africa. Rose holds a BA (Languages) and two Post Graduate Diplomas, one in Education and one in Accounting, all from the University of Cape Town. Rose is a citizen of South Africa and Britain. Learn more about Rose Fletcher on Crunchbase…

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Paul Herdemian

CFO/CCO @ JustPark

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Paul Herdemian is an entrepreneurial leader, coach, and change agent with 16+ years’ experience in all aspects of business leadership, P&L management, operations, sales, strategy, and finance.He has in-depth experience in partnering with senior management at dynamically changing organizations in an effort to drive growth and flexibility through big ideas and thoughtful execution with a focus on strategically growing a business. Also, a team builder with a strong work ethic, excellent leadership, and consensus-building skills. Total emphasis on planning, execution, and customer satisfaction. He has a results-driven, interactive “Team Management” philosophy and leadership style, which has yielded enhanced profitability, shareholder value, and organizational development. Learn more about Paul Herdemian on Crunchbase…

JustPark is a parking app reinventing parking for the digital era. Read more aboutJustPark on Crunchbase…

Nick Treston

CFO @ Mobysoft

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Mobysoft is a Manchester-based company that engages providing in predictive software for social housing providers. Read more aboutMobysoft on Crunchbase…

Robin Sibson

CFO @ Clinigen Group

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Clinigen is a rapidly-growing specialty pharmaceutical and services company, Read more aboutClinigen Group on Crunchbase…

Bryan Wilsher

CFO @ Concrete Media

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Bryan Wilsher is CFO & Board Member at Concrete-Media. Learn more about Bryan Wilsher on Crunchbase…

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Willem Baralt

CFO @ Quanta

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Willem has almost twenty years of investment banking, executive management, and private equity experience. Amongst his achievements, he was pivotal in the $1.6bn turnaround and public listing of FLAG Telecom and was co-founder and CFO of Arqaam Capital, one of the largest boutique investment banks based in Dubai. Previously, he has worked at the telecommunications firm Ameritech (SBC), as well the investment banks Deutsche Bank and Panmure Gordon. More recently, he led the acquisition and the subsequent merger of the real-estate agency Humberts with Chesterton. As Deputy Chairman of the enlarged Chesterton Humberts he oversaw its growth into one of the largest real-estate agencies in the UK. Willem has undergraduate degrees in business administration and computer science from Lehigh University and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Business. Learn more about Willem Baralt on Crunchbase…

Quanta develops an advanced haemodialysis systems for use in the home and clinic. Read more aboutQuanta on Crunchbase…

Sam Toulson

CFO @ BigHand

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Sam joined BigHand as CFO in November 2014. Sam, a chartered accountant, has significant experience in the professional services sector, including advising law firms and property consultants. Prior to joining BigHand, he was working in corporate finance at PwC where he supported management teams, companies and private equity houses on acquisitions, disposals, re-financings and strategic option reviews. Other roles have included Corporate Development Director for PwC UK and interim Finance Director at Croner Consulting, part of Wolters Kluwer. At BigHand, Sam is responsible for managing the Global Finance team whilst also sitting on our Executive board. Sam brings a wealth of commercial and transaction knowledge to the management team, and has a degree in Economics from Bristol University. Learn more about Sam Toulson on Crunchbase…

BigHand develops voice productivity software solutions for legal, healthcare, property, and financial companies. Read more aboutBigHand on Crunchbase…

Chris Black

CFO @ Stirling Square Capital Partners

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Chris joined Stirling Square in 2008 from UBS Private Equity, where he led the business management and financial reporting division of the bank’s global Private Equity division. Chris holds a BSc in Business Management from King’s College London. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant. Learn more about Chris Black on Crunchbase…

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Daniel Parker

CFO & Partner @ Synova

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Prior to joining, Daniel spent four years at Zouk Capital. a private equity and infrastructure fund manager, where he served as Finance Manager & Head of Compliance. He previously worked at Samena Capital and Man Group Plc. both investment managers. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Ernst and Young. where he spent five years in the investment management team. Daniel is currently a serving member of the BVCA’s Legal & Accounting Committee. Learn more about Daniel Parker on Crunchbase…

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Gavin Higgins

CFO @ Learning Curve Group

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Learning Curve Group specialises in education and training that supports the needs of three client groups. Read more aboutLearning Curve Group on Crunchbase…

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