INSIGHT Breakfast Series

“Tell me something I don’t know….”

The Chairman’s view of the CFO

27th June 2019

Our guest speaker was Jonathan McKay, an industry veteran with over 30 years of international experience. He is currently Chairman of Forward Partners, Cambridge Broadband, Driftrock, ISG, Poq and La Fosse Associates. Jonathan is also an LP in five VC funds, on the advisory board of a Chinese VC fund and active early stage EIS investor.

Jonathan 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.

All discussions were held under Chatham House rules.

“I thought Jonathan was an excellent choice of Chair in respect of his experience much of which resonated with experiences I have accumulated and also some fresh perspectives which I can ingest and take away. Really enjoyable.”

“Thank you very much for this morning’s INSIGHT Breakfast. It was an interesting session, as expected, and it was really good to meet and hear Jonathan talk.”

“Many thanks for another excellent session with plenty of valuable insights which were all highly relevant.”

About the fdu INSIGHT Breakfast Series

fdu’s consultative approach to Executive Search and Recruitment is based upon our deep sector knowledge, our networks and extensive experience. We distil this insight for each unique Client situation, allowing us to provide strong results through our bespoke service.

An important part of this process is sharing knowledge – sharing insight – among our Clients, our networks and interested parties in the various sectors we serve. Our INSIGHT Breakfast Series brings small groups of high-level individuals together to discuss strategically relevant topics in the business world, with an expert guest speaker sharing insight into their respective field.

Our INSIGHT Breakfasts take place every month with a different theme each time, ranging from talent retention in M&A, to Brexit impact, to the changing C-Suite role during today’s business transformation. You will certainly leave the Breakfast with greater insight, new industry contacts and points to ponder … for the next event, perhaps?

For more information

Please contact Michelle Blackie

+44 (0)203 196 0780
+44 (0)7702 307 852


Event Details

Where: fdu, 1 Paris Garden, London, SE1 8ND

When: Thursday, 27th June 2019

Time: Tea and coffee at 8.00am; Start 8:30am – End 9:45am


Southwark – 5 minutes walk

Waterloo – 10 minutes walk

London Bridge – 10 minutes walk

Blackfriars – 10 minutes walk