Welcome

Equity FD is exclusively focused on finance director recruitment.

The Contemporary FD 2016

We had a great day at our 2016 Summit which focused on the FD as value creator and which we held in partnership with Smith and Williamson.

Over 100 CFOs and FDs attended and we produced a brochure to accompany the day, highlights from which can be viewed here

Looking forward to next year’s event!

Established since 2000 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.

EquityFD sponsored the First Women Summit 2016. First Women is the UK’s premium programme focused on

Here is some video from the day, including Sarah’s piece to camera!

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 approached EquityFD with a CFO Requirement for a cutting edge energy analytics business where I am an investor and an NED. Rachael really gripped the process and fielded an excellent  selection of candidates from which we were able to choose a great  partner to the CEO who will be an important part of our continued growth. "

    Steven Daniels, NED
  • "We turned to Equity FD to help us find someone to come in and help us for a specific project for a few months. They found two great candidates very quickly and took the time to really understand what we were looking for, both in terms of skills and personality. "

    Margaret Rice-Jones, Chairman, Openet
  • "Robert Draper at EquityFD  has both found me a CFO role and recruited my Finance Director . The business I work for is rapidly evolving and my requirements for the FD role required a combination of right mindset with a  specific technical brief too , which Robert took the time to understand and fully duly delivered on! "

    Jayesh Pankhania, Group CFO
  • "I approached EquityFD to partner me with a search for a new Finance Director for Bounty, a main brand within the private equity backed group of which I am CFO. Robert Draper took time to meet and consider the brief carefully and ran a thorough process that was ideal both in its understanding of the candidate profile needed for the role as well as the..."

    Richard Price, CFO Treehouse Group
  • "I was introduced to EquityFD by my chairman as I needed to hire in a really key hire, a new FD, to act as my business partner, and help me to grow my business. Joanna at EquityFD ran a fabulous process. She really took the time to understand not just the technical brief, but the cultural fit with both me and the organisation and..."

    James Frost, Manging Director, Frosts Garden Centres
  • "Hiring senior execs is always a precarious business and appears more of a black art than a science. Robert at Equity FD has clearly mastered this black art and provided truly exceptional service throughout the whole process of hiring our CFO. I couldn’t recommend Robert or Equity FD highly enough. "

    Stuart Miller, CEO, ByBox
  • "I was referred to EquityFD by Patrick Dunne, our Chairman. We were looking for a CFO to join D3O, an exciting private equity backed technology business where I am CEO .  Equity FD were quick to grasp our needs for the role and delivered a range of high calibre candidates that met both our financial experience requirements and cultural fit.  We made an..."

    Stuart Sawyer, CEO, D30 Impact Protection
  • "I was placed into my CFO role by EquityFD and turned to their colleagues at EquityFC when I needed to hire a new Financial Controller to support me in my role. They identified a comprehensive shortlist of candidates giving me a great choice from which I was able to complete a successful process. As my preferred candidate had  a notice period, I also used..."

    Lee Colliss, CFO, Style Research
  • "I worked with Robert at EquityFD to source a new CFO for the exciting, VC backed sports nutrition business I run. Robert stuck to the brief and we worked together through a detailed process, hiring both an interim and then a permanent addition to the team. "

    Seb Mullin, CEO, Sport-ph
  • "I was referred to EquityFD by our  investors when I was in the market for a new CFO. Joanna got straight to it and I have hired a really terrific addition to my senior team. "

    Mark Hammersley, CEO, Zoggs
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Our Blog

  • The price people will pay

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  • A day to value

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  • All about the margins

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  • A new kind of politics

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  • Cash (but not cashflow)

    Finance execs at growth companies are exhorted to follow the cash. It's good advice: whether or not you're servicing debt, generating cashflow frees up funds for investment and...

  • Cross pollenation

    There are some subjects that keep coming back into management fashion, no matter how often they've been reheated or how long ago they emerged. That's not to...

  • Thinking the worst (and doing their best)

    We’re an unforgiving bunch. People seem ever-ready to ascribe the worst possible motives to other people’s actions, while pretty much always having perfectly good excuses for...

  • Embracing the unpredictable

    Twitter really can bring out the worst in people. No, not in the sense of encouraging them to say horrible things, or start “trolling” people. I mean displaying...

  • Great time last week at the BVCA Annual Gala Dinner

    We all had a great time last week at the BVCA Annual Gala Dinner which we sponsored. As a team we are all now officially members of the Clare...

  • Finance: the sexy department

    A lot of people sneer at accountants. Without wanting to rehearse the tired clichés, words like boring, grey and conservative tend to spring to most people’s...