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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Maeve Hurley

A remote farm in rural Ireland is not the most obvious place for someone to emerge as a CFO with a specialism in software companies.

17th Jan 23

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Sarah Willingham

The terms “business”, “finance” and “enterprise” are often deployed interchangeably. There is some overlap between them to be sure, but they are emphatically not three different ways of saying the same thing.

13th Dec 22

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Vineta Bajaj

Anyone who encounters Vineta Bajaj will swiftly conclude that she is a woman with a very strikingly independent spirit and one with considerable courage.

21st Oct 22

Mary Dowd

Mary Dowd’s path into the world of finance has not been a conventional one. She was born and brought up in Galway, in the west of Ireland, into a solid, loving , working-class family.

17th Jun 22

Jagjit Dosanjh-Elton

You are, as it is sometimes said, where you come from. It is a sentiment with which Jagjit (Jag) has considerable empathy. She was brought up as the youngest of three daughters in an extremely close-knit Sikh family based in Kent.

6th May 22

Natalie Burkitt

Growing up in Portchester just outside Portsmouth, Natalie Burkitt had no particular ambition to do anything in finance. Fate and her father thought differently.

31st Mar 22