INSIGHT 8th December 2022 Breakfast

The Increasingly Dynamic Role of the CFO

Our guest speaker was Peter White, who led the discussion with his experiences of the changing nature of the CFO role within fast-moving environments. Peter is well placed to comment on the pace of change in the technology space due to his extensive involvement in innovative technology companies.
November 8th, 2022|

INSIGHT 22nd April 2021 Q&A

From Riding To Resilience

Our guest speaker was Neil Fachie, reigning world champion and tandem kilo world record holder in cycling and performance business coach, who discussed overcoming limiting beliefs and situations in sport, business and life.
March 30th, 2021|

INSIGHT 27th February 2020 Breakfast

The Changing Role of the CFO

Our guest speaker was Heeral Gudka, a leadership performance consultant and coach working with individuals and businesses internationally. Heeral discussed ‘The Life of a CFO’, looking specifically at the changing role of a CFO; networking and relationships; stakeholder and media scrutiny; and communication.
January 27th, 2020|

SIMPLICITY 12 November 2019 Breakfast

Avoiding Common Equity Management Mistakes

Our guest speaker was equity visionary and innovator Christian Gabriel, CEO of Capdesk. He discussed managing a cap table and determining ownership throughout the lifecycle of a company’s growth; a valuable session to Founders and CFOs in private growth SMEs, pre-revenue right the way through to Exit.
October 14th, 2019|

INSIGHT 26 September 2019 Breakfast

The Changing Role of the CFO

Our guest speaker was Heeral Gudka, a leadership performance consultant and coach working with individuals and businesses internationally. Heeral led the conversation discussing ‘The Life of a CFO’, looking specifically at the changing role of a CFO; networking and relationships; stakeholder and media scrutiny; and communication.
August 19th, 2019|

Speed Cools You Down On A Hot Day

On a blistering summer's day, fdu managed to cool everyone down at the Olympic Velodrome with the promise of speed delivering a welcome breeze on the track. We hosted another very successful private networking event with a one hour track cycling session followed by drinks and networking. After a [...]

July 25th, 2019|

INSIGHT 27 June 2019 Breakfast

"Tell me something I don't know ..." The Chairman's View of the CFO

Our guest speaker was Jonathan McKay, an industry veteran with over 30 years of international experience and currently Chairman of Forward Partners, Cambridge Broadband, Driftrock, ISG, Poq and La Fosse Associates. He led the discussion on the chairman’s view of the CFO in terms of fundraising, potential M&A, strategic planning and the growing international responsibilities of the role. He also looked at the broadening of the CFO role into the COO role and whether this is a logical career path.
June 27th, 2019|

INSIGHT June 2019 Breakfast

All Aboard – Moving from CFO to Non-Executive in the FTSE Environment

Our guest speaker was Caroline Brown, Chair, Independent Director and commercially focused business leader with 20 years main Board experience in the media, professional services and technology sectors. She now chairs NAHL Group plc, chairs the audit committees of Luceco plc and Earthport plc (currently being taken over by Visa), is an independent NED on the Boards of Georgia Capital plc and IP Group plc as well a Trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Caroline led the conversation discussing her moving from a CFO in the FTSE into Non-Executive in the FTSE and Private environment, along with all the challenges that entails.
June 4th, 2019|

INSIGHT 29 May 2019 Breakfast

AIMing Higher in the Public Markets: Executive to Non-Executive – a Metamorphosis

Our guest speaker was Roger Jeynes, chairman of AIM-listed software company ZOO Digital Group plc (ZOO.L), who led the discussion sharing his experiences of the AIM market and the many interesting aspects of transitioning from executive to non-executive.
May 29th, 2019|

INSIGHT May 2019 Breakfast

The Worlds of Football and Entertainment: A Business Match Made in Heaven?

Our guest speaker was Andy Redman, President and COO of The Tornante Company LLC as well as Chairman of the Board of Topps and a Member of the Board of Portsmouth FC. Andy discussed the business implications surrounding the unique acquisition of Portsmouth FC from the fans and his experiences of the juxtaposition of running a business and an entertainment asset.
May 2nd, 2019|

INSIGHT | SIMPLICITY April 2019 Breakfast

The Future of Search: Maximising Investment with Google

Our guest speaker Paul Goldstein led the conversation about the opportunities in Search ranging from AI to Voice as well as the measurement of the Search impact on P&L in a digital environment.
April 11th, 2019|

INSIGHT February 2019 Breakfast

Fuelling for Growth: The Art, the Science and the inevitable War Stories

Our guest speaker Paul Burwood shared his experiences of supporting leaders in their drive for growth during organic scale-up, post-acquisition cycles or in growth turnaround situations.
February 28th, 2019|

SIMPLICITY February 2019 Breakfast

The CFO Balancing Act: Managing a Diverse Set of Board Level Stakeholders

Our guest speaker, fdu's CFO David Bloom, led the discussion on the challenging space CFOs often find themselves in, having to simultaneously manage the expectations of the CEO, the Board, the Bank, Shareholders - be it public or private - while still confidently managing Finance.
February 26th, 2019|

SIMPLICITY January 2019 Breakfast

Artificial Intelligence in Finance

Our guest speaker Christopher Argent led the conversation about using Artificial Intelligence to simplify and speed up forecasting or performance management, drawing on his specialist experience in transformation and change in Finance, Business and IT/BI/Data projects.
January 29th, 2019|

INSIGHT January 2019 Breakfast

M&A: Unspoken Truths

Our guest speaker Mickey Kalifa, an experienced public and private non-executive, CEO and CFO, shared his experiences of the roller coaster ride that is the Mergers & Acquisitions process as it relates to companies, people and their management.
January 29th, 2019|

We Took Sport Success To The Boardroom … And Beyond

Our evening of taking sport success to the boardroom and beyond proved to be a rich source of discussion around the correlation between top-level rugby and succeeding in business. Former Head Coach of the London Broncos in Rugby League and the ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby Tony Rea took [...]

October 12th, 2018|

Getting Our Groove Back On The Track

fdu hosted another very successful private networking session at the Olympic Velodrome. After a quick introductory session and a few warm up laps, our 16 energetic riders sped around the track - legs pumping, lungs bursting but smiles huge and spirits high. With speeds varying from ‘Tour de France’ to [...]

June 28th, 2018|

Cycling, Networking and Fun … All Rolled Into One!

Picture the scene … 16 aspiring track riders from the fdu network taking to the Olympic Velodrome, home of the London 2012 Olympics. Nervous excitement flowing through their veins as the serene atmosphere of the impressive cycling building almost lulls them into a false sense of security – almost, [...]

April 4th, 2018|
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