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  • Championing the Mid Market in the Central South

CSMM FD of the Year 2018/19

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The role of the finance director has evolved significantly in recent times. Against a backdrop of rapid developments in technology and regulation, the thirst for growth and international expansion and consolidation in a number of markets, the remit for the ‘future fit FD’ has had to change to keep pace and align to the needs of the today’s mid-market business. 

As part of its Central South Mid Market Campaign, BDO in Southampton is again joining with CMA Recruitment Group to discover just what it takes to be a successful FD. To identify the highest achieving and most talented FDs from the region’s mid-sized businesses, we have looked for exceptional performance during 2018 in the following areas: 

  • Leadership and management skills
  • Contribution to the performance and growth of the business
  • Demonstrable financial accountability
  • Effective contribution to strategic direction
  • A passion for the business and making a wider contribution to the community

Central South Mid Market FD of the Year 2018/19

After interviewing the top 10 performing finance directors named below, BDO and CMA Recruitment Group have shortlisted the following finalists for the Central South Mid Market FD of the Year award:

Luca Contardo, 23.5 Degrees Limited

Joe Jeffers,  Peach Technologies Limited

James Oliver, BOFA International Limited

Jason Williams, RoyaleLife Group

At a gala dinner on the 22 May 2019, Joe Jeffers, Chief Financial Officer at Peach Technologies, was names the Central South Mid Market FD of the Year. Malcolm Thixton, Lead Partner in Southampton: “Joe has had an exceptional year. Initially FD at Taylor Made Computer Solutions, where he played a key role in their growth and making the business an attractive acquisition target for Peach Technologies. He was then instrumental in the success of that transaction.”

Richard Dibden, Commercial Director at CMA Recruitment Group added “The quality of our finalists made it an exceedingly difficult to choose a winner, but Joe is an excellent example of a modern FD, delivering on projects previously outside of the traditional remit. He has displayed tremendous leadership qualities and demonstrated the ability to deliver on cost pressure initiatives, identifying inefficiencies and finding new investment opportunities.”

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Martin or Richard Dibden.