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Top Influencers: 18 UK Group Finance Director’s To Follow in 2022

by David Friedland
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Group Finance Director play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Group Finance Director role. We have selected these Group Finance Director’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 Group Finance Director’s. The list is in no particular order!

Jonathan Paul Prentis

Group Finance Director @ Booker Group

Follow Jonathan Paul Prentis on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

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Jonathan qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte. He was appointed as Group Finance Director of Booker in 2005. Prior to this appointment, Jonathan was Finance Director of Woodward Foodservice Ltd and then Finance Director of Group Logistics within The Big Food Group plc. Prior to 2003, he was with TDG plc. Learn more about Jonathan Paul Prentis on Crunchbase…

Booker Group plc is the United Kingdom’s largest food wholesale operator offering branded and private-label goods. Read more about Booker Group on Crunchbase…

Iain Mackay

Group Finance Director @ HSBC

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Iain Mackay was appointed as Group Finance Director of HSBC Holdings plc in December 2010. A chartered accountant, Mr Mackay joined HSBC in July 2007. He initially served as Chief Financial Officer of HSBC North America Holdings Inc, where he was instrumental in the restructuring of HSBC’s consumer finance business. From September 2009 until his appointment to the Board as Group Finance Director, Mr Mackay was Chief Financial Officer, Asia-Pacific, of HSBC Holdings plc. Learn more about Iain Mackay on Crunchbase…

HSBC is a banking and financial services organization that offers a comprehensive range of services. Read more about HSBC on Crunchbase…

James Ormondroyd

Group Finance Director @ Netcall

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James Ormondroyd was appointed to the Netcall Board on the acquisition of Telephonetics plc on 30 July 2010 where James Ormondroyd served as the Finance Director and Company Secretary for 5 years. Previously James Ormondroyd was the Finance Director and Company Secretary at World Television Group plc. James Ormondroyd is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Learn more about James Ormondroyd on Crunchbase…

Netcall delivers solutions and services that drive sustainability in the IT sector that helps in improving customer experience through CX. Read more about Netcall on Crunchbase…

James Welsh

Group Finance Director @ DMG Media

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DMG media is a consumer media company engaged in print and online newspaper publishing. Read more about DMG Media on Crunchbase…

Paul Hunter

Group Finance Director @ Newsquest

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Paul Hunter was appointed as Newsquest’s Group Finance Director in 2001. He was previously Group Financial Controller from 1997. Prior to joining Newsquest, Paul trained to become a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. He is Treasurer of the Newspaper Society and a director of Asbof. Learn more about Paul Hunter on Crunchbase…

Newsquest Media Group Ltd is the second largest publisher of regional and local newspapers in the United Kingdom. Read more about Newsquest on Crunchbase…

Angus Neil

Group Finance Director @ Zynstra

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Zynstra is transforming edge computing at the retail edge. Read more about Zynstra on Crunchbase…

Chris Empson

Group Finance Director @ Epwin Group

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Chris joined Epwin in 2012 to support the business integration and development post the Latium merger. Before this Chris was a divisional finance director within Rentokil Initial Plc, having previously worked with Jon at BI Group as Group Finance Director. Chris also spent five years with 3i after having qualified as an ACA at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Learn more about Chris Empson on Crunchbase…

Epwin Group Plc is a leading supplier of low maintenance, sustainable and energy efficient products to the new build. Read more about Epwin Group on Crunchbase…

Clive Watson

Group Finance Director @ Spectris

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Clive Watson has considerable finance experience, having previously been chief financial officer and executive vice president for business support at Borealis. Prior to this, he was group finance director at Thorn Lighting Group and group finance director Europe at Black & Decker. Clive is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc. Learn more about Clive Watson on Crunchbase…

Spectris is a supplier of productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls. Read more about Spectris on Crunchbase…

Neil Russ

Group finance director @ Kee Safety

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Neil Russ has been serving as group finance director of Kee Safety since September 2011. Learn more about Neil Russ on Crunchbase…

Kee Safety is a global supplier of safety systems and solutions focused primarily on hand rail, guard rail, and barrier systems. Read more about Kee Safety on Crunchbase…

David Marks

Co-founder & Group Finance Director @ Immotion Group plc

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David co-founded Immotion Group with Martin, and currently serves as the Group Finance Director. With a degree in Law from the University of Glasgow and membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, David’s expertise in finance is a given. He began his career conducting corporate recovery and restructure at Arthur Andersen. Since then, David has been a prominent face in corporate finance in the City of London, working with UBS, Deutsche Bank and Nikko Principal Investments. He’s overseen the rapid international expansion of Monstermob Group in Europe, the USA and Asia as Group Finance Director, and is also an executive board member at Digitalbox Group. Learn more about David Marks on Crunchbase…

Immotion combine award-winning content & multi-directional motion platforms to deliver immersive VR solutions for high-traffic destinations. Read more about Immotion Group plc on Crunchbase…

Ian Winn

Group Finance Director @ Aptus Utilities

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Aptus Utilities is a multi utility connections provider delivering gas, water, electric street lighting design and installation services. Read more about Aptus Utilities on Crunchbase…

Eoghan Johnston

Group Finance Director @ IAM Sold

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IAM Sold are an auction management provider offering bespoke white label auction services to Estate Agents across the UK and Ireland. Read more about IAM Sold on Crunchbase…

Vishaal Shah

Group Finance Director @ Learning Possibilities

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Learning Possibilities develops and provides a cloud based school learning platform for education and government customers. Read more about Learning Possibilities on Crunchbase…

Andrew Davies

Group Finance Director @ Penso Consulting

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Penso Consulting is a manufacturing specialist that provides a complete turnkey engineering service to customers across the globe. Read more about Penso Consulting on Crunchbase…

Gordon Hurst

Group Finance Director @ Capita

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Capita plc provides customer and business process management, and professional support service solutions primarily in the United Kingdom. Read more about Capita on Crunchbase…

Tony Conophy

Group Finance Director @ Computacenter

Follow Tony Conophy on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

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Tony Conophy has been Computacenter’s Group Finance Director since 1998. A member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants since 1982, he joined Computacenter in 1987 as a Finance Controller, becoming General Manager of Finance in 1991 before being appointed Finance and Commercial Director with responsibility for all financial activities in 1996. Learn more about Tony Conophy on Crunchbase…

Computacenter provides IT infrastructure services and solutions in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Belgium. Read more about Computacenter on Crunchbase…

Elliot Kaye

Group Finance Director @ Gravity Media Group

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With an Economics and Econometrics degree from the University of Manchester, Elliot Kaye qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 1995 with HW Fisher & Co, a top 20 accounting firm in London and he has extensive experience of audit and corporate finance, with Price Waterhouse and Grant Thornton. Elliot joined Gearhouse Broadcast as Group Financial Controller in 2001, became UK Finance Director in 2005, UK Finance & Operations Director in 2007 and on 1 January 2008 became Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for the finance function of the whole Group. Learn more about Elliot Kaye on Crunchbase…

Gravity Media Group is a global provider of live broadcast facilities and production services. Read more about Gravity Media Group on Crunchbase…

Phillip Rasmussen

Group Finance Director @ IQE

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IQE is the global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced semiconductor wafer products. Read more about IQE on Crunchbase…

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