Welcome

Equity FD is exclusively focused on finance director recruitment.

First Women Awards

We are proud to be working with First Women, together with Real Business and the CBI, across a series of events over the next year. The first of these is the First Women Awards on 11th June. First Women is the UK’s premium programme focused on senior level business women and professionals.

Established for over 13 years it is a leader in its field, providing expert advice and guidance to its client base of CEOs, Chairmen and Investors, looking to recruit a new finance director or chief financial officer.

The businesses we work with cross size, sector and location but are united in their requirement for a broadly skilled, commercially astute, stand alone finance director to act as the right hand man or woman to a CEO who is hungry to build value.

Our approach to our candidates is predicated upon building a long term relationship to last the length of their career. We look to work with only truly entrepreneurial FDs and CFOs who have stepped outside of the more traditional finance career mindset and who have a keen appetite for
a risk/reward culture.

The Customer is King: Treat customers like Royalty

In this briefing successful entrepreneurs like Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickenson and Martha Lane Fox give business sales advice. According to award winning businessman Colin Stevens, the best business sales advice is to base every single decision around what is best for the customer.

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History and Sister Brands

EquityFD was established in 2000 and had subsequently been joined by EquityFC (Financial Controller Recruitment), EquityChair (Chairman and NED Recruitment) and EquityInterim (Interim finance hires). The businesses share a common client base and desire to partner with the most commercially astute professionals in the market.

Contact us if you want to discuss an assignment or your next career move

We believe in really getting to know our clients and our candidates, not virtually, actually.

So you won't be able to join a group or follow us on Twitter. The fact is, if you are reading this we've found each other and we should talk!

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Testimonials

  • "I was introduced to EquityFD by my investors when I needed to hire a new CFO to join me in the business. They  quickly  understood my requirements and we swiftly  moved in to a well organised process. I met a good selection of candidates and was able to feel confident about my final selection for this key hire. "

    Martin Holt, CEO, Bellrock
  • "I needed to source a Finance Director ahead of a new deal we were completing . Robert at EquityFD ran a thorough process for the business and enabled them to secure  the right candidate in good time. It is great to be able to work in this way before a  deal has completed and I would recommend EquityFD to other investors in similar situations. "

    Simon Phillips, Root Capital LLP
  • "My Chairman made an introduction to EquityFD when I needed to recruit a new CFO for Aqualisa.  Equity FD got to grips with the brief immediately and Rachael delivered a quality shortlist of relevant candidates within a few weeks of instruction.  Rachael managed the process smoothly and professionally with feedback at all stages and I was able to move swiftly to making a..."

    David Hollander, Chief Executive, Aqualisa
  • "We engaged EquityFD  in a process to recruit a new Finance Director into one of our portfolio companies within tight timelines. They were able to promptly provide a qualified shortlist of relevant and high-quality candidates and were thoroughly engaged in a process. They  were sensitive to the requirements of the of the business and its investors in selecting the right candidates and helped..."

    Michael O’ Neill, CCC, Private Equity
  • "I was referred to EquityFD by a contact of mine as I needed to hire a new Finance Director into the cutting edge  software business I founded . They quickly understood my requirements for a peer level business partner with a balance of pioneering spirit, commercial sense and  technical detail . I would recommend them to other CEOs of fast growth companies  seeking that..."

    Nic Gorey, CEO, Rocketer
  • "I recently used EquityFD for the first time, and must say that Joanna did an excellent job in very quickly finding a high quality new CFO for one of our exciting portfolio companies.  Joanna was tenacious and enthusiastic in her approach, easy to work with, and delivered a great result.  The new CFO has started already and if already contributing well. "

    Patrick Sheehan, Managing Partner, Environmental Technologies Fund
  • "I worked closely with the team at EquityFD /FC , in particularly  Paul  Thompson to source a new FD for a multi- site business we are invested in. The recruitment process was not straightforward but Paul really stuck to it and succeeded in hiring us a great FD for the business ,a good fit both technically and culturally. I would be very  happy..."

    Joe Tager, Partner, Luke Johnson
  • "I had not previously worked with EquityFD but they have proved to be a great recruitment partner , taking the time to understand the brief and really get to know our investee company. I am very pleased with the FD  hire they have made and shall certainly be working with them again . "

    Jean -Philippe Barade, B & B Investment Partners LLP
  • "“We had quite a specialised brief, requiring a multi-dimensional candidate , one with both finance, modelling, consulting, business development, and entrepreneurial skills. EquityFD got it right the first time round, delivering quickly and efficiently where others would have struggled. Their ability to understand both the skills and cultural fit has provided us with an outstanding addition to our senior team.” "

    Morten Siersted, Chief Executive
  • "It is the first time we have partnered with EquityFD and I can readily recommend their service. Their flexible, rapid response approach enabled us to hire a financial resource on a basis that perfectly suited one of our portfolio businesses. The EquityFD team have a strong understanding of the particularities of PE-backed businesses, which proved invaluable in their putting forward high calibre candidates for the..."

    Bill Weil, Chief Investment Officer, Ludgate Investments Limited
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Our Blog

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  • Buddy, can you spare a dime?

    Finance execs in private equity backed businesses usually have a positive take on debt. First, they say, it’s a great simplifier: the required return is right there...

  • Reading the tides

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  • All change please

    The first quarter: a time for reflection, looking (Janus-like) back at the lessons from last year and forward to what’s next. And what’s next looks like...

  • “It’s hugely empowering to be in an agile business”

    Like many FDs, Colman Stephenson got frustrated by the politics and inertia of a big corporation. So he learned what he could from the experience – then joined a hot...