Women Finance Leaders

Since March 2020 we've been interviewing women FDs and CFOs in PE/VC-backed and growth companies to gain insights into their careers, leadership styles and lessons for fellow businesspeople. Look out for a new article every couple of months.

Our mission is to showcase role models for women coming up through finance functions; at the highest levels women remain badly under-represented. It shouldn't need saying: diversity of thought and experience is essential in Boardroom positions; and who doesn’t want the biggest pool possible of senior finance candidates when recruiting at this level?

These mini biographies, told at a time when every finance leader must look for any personal and professional edge they can find, should also inspire anyone in business, at any level, to forge ahead through challenges and opportunities alike in order to make a telling contribution. Enjoy.

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Tracy Balachandran

Agility, Variety and Challenge - the keys to personal success.

12th Oct 21

Stella Donoghue
Stel­la Donoghue

Stella is a rarity in the EquityFD executive profile series: she didn’t go straight to university after school. Instead, at 18, she was running a restaurant. “I ditched the idea of university and ran my own place instead,” she says...

2nd Aug 21

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Shuli Lev

Shuli Levy spent more than a decade in the Big Four hon­ing her skills and learn­ing what busi­ness­es val­ue. But she realised she need­ed to jump the career tracks to stay inter­est­ed

22nd Jul 21

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“In a room full of men posturing, being a woman helps you sidestep all that nonsense"

As you track Sarika Haggipavlou’s career on her LinkedIn profile, you notice it contains lots of little surprises. For a start, she’s one of those finance leaders who’ve worked in a number of different sectors. (We’ll come onto what actually ties together her roles later…)

14th Jun 21

Seema Patterson
“I hope I can give people the challenges and reassurance that allow them to be their best”

26th Apr 21

Julia Hubbard
“I wanted to test my knowledge against the reality of operations”

20th Jan 21