As the CEO and Co-Founder of The CFO Alliance, Nick is responsible for creating and facilitating meaningful dialogue and connections amongst Members, Partners and the business community at large.
Over the past 20+ years, Nick has been able to bring his unique ability of “Making Connections that Count” to finance executives and business leaders across the US and Canada. Nick is a catalyst in creating and executing action steps that lead others to success. He serves as ‘the voice of the CFO community,’ representing the more than 6,000 Members of The CFO Alliance. Nick is a regular speaker at CFO conferences, has appeared on Bloomberg, and is called upon by the press for commentary on the opportunities and issues that drive the global economy. Nick prides himself on his selfless approach and enjoys hearing of success stories long after connections are made.
Chris has held a number of diverse positions from accounting and audit to shaping commercial strategy as an influential business partner, managing finance during times of high growth and change, both from the ground up and refining an established model, along with leading integration and restructuring initiatives and in delivering M&A/contract modelling. As a qualified project manager, Chris has lead significant transformational projects both within finance and the business and is a proponent of process improvement and unlocking value.
As the founder of Think Forwards, Chris is bringing his experience of driving transformational change whilst ensuring profitable and sustainable growth, within both start-ups and listed multi-nationals, together with his passion for entrepreneurship and creating a dynamic advisory practice.
An established team leader with a passion for working with people across the business, with experience in coaching and mentoring, recruitment and performance management. Lead teams through difficult periods including redundancies, restructurings and mergers. Chris also has a passion for creating fun and rewarding workplaces with a focus on giving back to the local community, and has lead initiatives to improve the work environment and drive social and community engagement.
Chris is a judge for the British accountancy awards, a member of the advisory panel to the CFO agenda, guest lecturer at the Henley school of management on the MBA programme, and has presented at recent events such as the CFO agenda and the finance directors forum.
Helene graduated from the Lisbon School of Finance & Economics in 1998 with a degree in Economics. She also holds a Masters’ Degree in Management from the Catholic University of Lisbon and a Masters’ Degree in Digital Marketing from the IPAM – Lisbon School of Marketing.
After graduating, Helene held a number of Management positions in Finance with the French Supermarket chain ‘Intermarche’ and then joined the PSA Group, with its three world-renowned brands, Peugeot, Citroën and DS, in August 2000.
In the following years, Helene held a number of Senior Management positions with the PSA Group around Europe including Director of Finance for Peugeot Croatia and then Peugeot Portugal, Head of coordination B2B and Used Vehicle Sales for Peugeot and Citroën in Iberia and Peugeot Brand Director in Portugal. Since February 2016, Helene has been Director of Finance for the PSA Group in the UK based at its Headquarters in Coventry.
Ian Branch is the Global Business Operations Director at UBM PLC, a FTSE250, London-based, global B2B events business. Ian joined UBM in October 2017 and is based at UBM’s head-office in Southwark, London.
Ian’s role includes responsibility for UBM’s finance operating model, including leadership of global finance shared-services organisations in the US, EMEA and Asia and their relationships with business operations and global BPO partners. He also has responsibility for global procurement, global real estate and facilities and acquisition integration.
Prior to joining UBM, Ian spent 27 years working at Xerox Corporation in a number of roles at UK, Europe and global level. Most recent roles have included CFO for Xerox Services Europe and CFO of Xerox Services’ Global Commercial Division. Ian is particularly interested in driving value in the business model, through effective and efficient finance processes, cost efficiency and in linking business intelligence excellence to overall business value drivers.
Ian has a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics from the University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD). He is married to Alison, has two teenage children and lives in Buckinghamshire, UK. The family enjoys following rugby at club and international level and are also heavily involved in community life where they live. Ian has been actively involved with a number of charities, including Mencap, The Prince’s Trust and is a trustee of a local children’s charity.
Martin has just been appointed Finance Director for the Chief Digital and Information Officer at HMRC. He is excited to be joining HMRC as he feels his experience in several senior commercial jobs will bring a different dimension to the role. He is looking forward to engaging in the digital agenda and the transformation programme. In particular his experience in the commercial aspects of large outsourcing arrangements will enable him to help the HMRC to understand the motivations and actions of suppliers helping to ensure the best value for money is obtained for the services rendered
Prior to this Martin’s most recent position was at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) where he was the Finance Director for UK & Ireland. One of the worlds’ leading supplier of IT technology and services, HPE had a total turnover in the UK of £6.8Bn with outsourcing and related services contributing £2.7Bn, a technology business based on industry standard servers, storage and networking contributing £1Bn, a software business of £1bn with the balance being the PC and printer business. Martin held this role from 2015 and was instrumental in profit improvement actions resulting in improved margins whilst maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. Prior to this Martin was appointed the European Finance Director for IT Outsourcing when joining HPE in 2013. He was responsible for a direct cost base of $3bn including circa 20,000 operational staff and $600M of capital expenditure and his major achievement was the optimisation of the supply chain moving business into top percentile versus the competition whilst leading the commercial strategy to move business from legacy to cloud based services.
Before joining HPE Martin was employed by Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) an IT subsidiary of Hitachi Limited, a Japanese multinational which manufactures large storage arrays. In 2007 Martin was appointed Vice President EMEA Finance with revenue of $1bn operating in 20 countries within Europe. He enjoyed a great partnership with the General Manager resulting in 4 years of above market, profitable growth and led the negotiation and subsequent successful acquisition of Shoden Data Systems, a South African data storage company. He led 160 finance staff, spread across Europe and deployed a Finance Shared Service Centre in Krakow, Poland reducing costs by 40% whilst improving the overall service. Following this in 2011 he was appointed Senior Vice President Global Sales Finance based in Santa Clara, California where he was deputy to the CFO and led a team of senior leaders and 240 staff spread over three continents. He initiated a strategic review and budgeting cycle moving the business into managed services, leasing and software away from traditional hardware sales.
Between 2004 and 2007 Martin was the Vice President Finance Northern Region (UK, Eire and Netherlands) of Computer Science Corporation (CSC). CSC is a large US based IT system integrator with substantial outsourcing, professional services and consultancy operations.
Martin joined International Computers Limited ICL in 1986 as a Finance Graduate Trainee and progressed to various divisional FD roles before becoming the Business Assurance Director in the newly acquired Fujitsu Services Limited, leaving to join CSC in 2004.
Martin is a Chartered Management Accountant (1989) and studied Business and Finance at the University of the West of England
Martin is married with three children and in his free time enjoys running, competing in the weekly timed 5K Park Run in his home town of Maidenhead in Berkshire.
Danny is a Finance Director at Steelcase, where he’s the Business Partner for the EMEA Channel Development team as well as for the EMEA pricing team and other Sales Support Functions. Prior to this role, Danny was the Finance Director for the UK & Ireland market.
Before joining Steelcase, Danny worked in Management Consulting with Accenture and Deloitte, where he advised various Consumer Goods companies on the role of the Finance Function, ranging from Operating Model design to developing Business Partnering capabilities, delivering large ERP implementations and streamlining end-to-end processes.
Danny holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Business School and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA)
Joe began his career at Thomas Cook as a Flight Operations Manager, following that he moved over to KPMG where he specialised in Audit. In 2001 Joe began his journey at DHL starting as Global Audit and Risk Manager, and accelerated his career to Finance Director of the Automotive Sector and in 2015 accepted the role as VP finance for Consumer, Engineering & Manufacturing Sector. Joe’s weekends are spent with his active family of four children and a Jack Russell, with U15s football and rugby happily dominating the winter months.
Claire Pape is Group Finance Director at Guardian Media Group PLC with specific responsibility for Procurement, Workplace Management and all aspects of Finance. This includes responsibility for delivering the short and medium term financial plans in support of the Guardian’s mission to provide quality liberal journalism in perpetuity.
Claire first joined Guardian in 2002 and has held a number of roles over the last 14 years. She has supported the Guardian’s transition from print to digital, UK to Global and anonymous to known. Prior to the Guardian Claire worked for the BBC within their World Service division as well as at the DTI within the Insolvency Service.
Claire has a BA(Hons) degree in Business Studies. She is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Claire is married to Brian, has two daughters and lives in London. Claire is also the Chair of Trustees of Global Generation, a Kings Cross based charity providing opportunities for local young people, businesses and families through communal land-based activities including bee keeping, urban food production and carpentry.
Martin Sanders is General Manager, Business Administration at Honda Motor Europe Ltd. His role is for providing strategic financial, commercial, and operational leadership and good governance for the £5.2 billion European Business. Martin joined Honda (UK) in 1994 and held positions of Head of Sales & Marketing for Honda (UK) Cars, General Manger Honda (UK) and Europe Power Products. Prior to that he worked for Volvo Cars (UK) as Managing Director of Volvo Finance and before that worked as a world wide auditor for British Airways PLC.
Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales where he qualified with Deloitte in the UK. He graduated with a degree in Economics from the University College Cardiff. Martin is a Trustee and Chairman of Governance of Wooden Spoon which is the national rugby charity for children who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
As a London-based director with Eurasia Group’s Corporate Advisory Services team, Rohit Shukla works with EMEA-based boards across multiple sectors, helping top executives to navigate geopolitics in what is an increasingly uncertain world.
Prior to joining Eurasia Group, he worked in consulting, analytics, and outsourcing at global corporations such as Xerox, Capgemini, and Moody’s. He has advised leading corporations, banks, government institutions, and professional services firms on strategy, transformation, and operational improvement, including the commercial negotiation of outsourcing contracts valued at $800 million. Rohit has a Cranfield MBA, MSc in Corporate & International Finance from Durham University, and an Economics with Politics degree from Loughborough University.
Tom joined Thomson Airways as Finance Director in 2015. Thomson Airways a member of the TUI Group, is the world’s largest charter airline. Previously Tom was Vice President of Finance for Jumeirah Group in Dubai between 2013 and 2015 and Group Financial Controller at easyJet plc between 2007 and 2013. Tom studied at Durham University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 with Deloitte. Married with three young children, Tom is a passionate supporter of Arsenal FC and enjoys travelling, the gym and running.
Mark is the US Group Financial Controller for The Almac Group. Mark is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a Master’s degree from Dublin City University in IT & Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree from Queens University, Belfast, in Economics. Originally from Northern Ireland Mark moved to the USA in 2012 to take up his current position with The Almac Group. Prior to joining The Almac Group Mark trained as a Chartered Accountant with PWC and worked in a number of international organizations, during his time with one he led the international expansion of a family owned firm from Northern Ireland in establishing their first foreign facility in Kansas.
Mark Wilson is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda. He joined the business in June 2015, and is a Board Member of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.
Before joining Aston Martin, Wilson spent 8 years as Finance Director of McLaren Automotive and latterly held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at GCube Underwriting. He has also held senior positions at Lotus and Aviva UK. Born in March 1974, Wilson is married and has two children. A keen golfer he also enjoys sailing and supporting Northampton Saints.
Wilson’s ambitions at Aston Martin include successful delivery of the luxury marque’s six year ‘Second Century’ plan, a comprehensive strategy for the transformation and growth of Aston Martin, alongside bringing stability and profitability to the brand.
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