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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Edwina Surtees

Edwina Surtees has been something of a high-flyer, but it took overcoming some challenges before the rocket reached orbit!

8th Apr 24

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Kat Ferguson

In the past year or so, Kat Ferguson has been leading a life that most CFOs can only dream of.

9th Feb 24

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Manuela Craciun

Manuela Craciun was born and brought up in Romania in the Communist era. This would not change until she was eighteen. Life was quite controlled at every level and a huge amount of time was spent in queues at shops for items that ultimately did not exist.

4th Dec 23

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Gina Hubbard

There are not many people who end up as a CFO or FD because they haven’t quite got the height for a career as a professional contemporary dancer!

19th Oct 23

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Ellie Poltorak

Ellie Poltorak has achieved her CFO title really quite early in her career and that is the result of ability, agility and ambition and definitely not by accident.

9th Oct 23

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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