Central South Mid Market Finance Director of the Year announced

Mike Lashmar, Director of Finance at RB Sports & Leisure Holdings, has been named as the Central South Mid Market FD of the Year 2020.

The announcement was made at a virtual roundtable event for the region’s top performing finance directors – listed below - who were revealed at the end of November having been nominated by their managing directors, colleagues and the professional community. This was the culmination of the third annual campaign to find the region’s highest achieving and most talented FDs from the region’s mid-market companies by BDO and specialist recruitment consultancy CMA Recruitment Group.

Malcolm Thixton, Partner and Head of BDO LLP in the Central South, said:
“2020 was a year like no other and all of our top FD’s played a huge role in their businesses’ ability to weather not just the economic fallout from COVID-19 but also Brexit uncertainty.

“Mike has had an exceptional 18 months. He helped steer the Ageas Bowl to a record performance prior to March 2020 introducing new technology, a new corporate structure and driving diversification of the business. Being an events and hospitality/leisure enterprise, COVID-19 hit revenues incredibly hard. Re-financing, securing additional funding, leading a re-structuring and cost control programme were all essential to ensure the survival of the business and 150 years of heritage as the custodian of Hampshire CC.”

Richard Dibden, Commercial Director at CMA Recruitment Group added “The quality of our finalists this year made it exceedingly difficult to choose a winner. Mike is an excellent example of an FD who truly works hand in hand with his CEO. He has shown tremendous leadership both of his finance team and within the wider business and is universally respected by staff and at board level. Mike also played a key role in negotiations to ensure The Ageas Bowl hosted the first international sporting event following the spring lockdown which was quite an achievement.”

The top performing FDs for 2020 are listed below (alphabetically by surname):

•    Craig Barlow, Chief Financial Officer - Appello
•    Graham Barnetson, Chief Financial Officer - Red Funnel Group
•    Tom Barrett, Chief Financial Officer - Just Develop It 
•    Becky Harris, Finance Director - MSP Capital
•    Michael Lashmar, Director of Finance - RB Sports & Leisure Holdings 
•    Hannah McCarthy, Finance Director - Boatfolk
•    Alan Meldrum, Finance Director - Harvest Fine Foods
•    Adrian Sargent, Chief Financial Officer - The Goodwood Estate Company 


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