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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Sarah Strachan

Some people seem simply destined to become finance directors! By circumstances of birth and upbringing, Sarah Strachan is one of these rare band of individuals.

23rd Aug 23

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Judith Abelovszky

If there are two words to describe Judith Abelovszky, then they are dexterity and resilience. These are qualities which she has required in spades in a career and in a life of atypical variation.

20th Apr 23

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ICAEW Webinar – The Journey to CFO – International Women’s Day 2023

EquityFD was delighted to host a webinar for International Women’s Day 2023 reaching out the ICAEW Women in Finance network and to EquityFD’s Women’s Network.

16th Mar 23

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Julie Richings

Many of the women finance leaders interviewed and profiled by Equity FD have worked in a variety of companies with quite different ownership structures.

28th Feb 23

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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