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CFO 4.0

English, Finance, 1 seasons, 157 episodes, 4 days 20 hours 14 minutes
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The CFO role is changing rapidly, moving from cost controller to strategic visionary and with every change, comes opportunity. We are here to help you take advantage of this transition to win at work, drive your career forwards, and lead with confidence. Join Hannah Munro, Managing Director of itas, a Financial Transformation consultancy, as she interviews key experts to give you guidance on how to transform your processes, people and data. Welcome to CFO 4.0, the Future of Finance.
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155. PE Backed | Unlocking Success in Private Equity: A CFO's Guide with Dana Price

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, Hannah Munro chats with Dana Price, CFO of LifeLabs Learning. As a seasoned CFO with extensive experience in private equity-backed companies, Dana shares invaluable insights and practical advice on working with private equity firms, offering a glimpse into the dynamic world of finance transformation.  Here are some key takeaways from the episode:Learn how to manage relationships with private equity investors and internal stakeholders effectively.Discover the differences between private equity and venture capital, and how they operate.Find out what private equity firms look for when considering investments and how businesses can prepare.Learn the importance of asking questions, even if they seem basic, to gain a deeper understanding.Discover why open and honest communication is crucial when working with private equity sponsors.Learn about the "no-nos" that can h
05/12/202344 minutes 50 seconds
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154. Finance Transformation Live: Building a Business Case for Your Finance System

In this insightful episode of Financial Transformation Live on the CFO 4.0 Podcast, hosted by Hannah Munro, we delve into the crucial aspects of calculating Return on Investment (ROI) for financial transformation projects. Key discussion points include:The transition from building a business case to a deep dive into calculating ROI.In-depth examination of ROI calculation, focusing on cost savings, and various elements like time savings, risk avoidance, and intangibles.Detailed exploration of costs not incurred, revenue generation, and the impact of intangibles on financial decisions.Emphasizing the importance of considering resource allocation and ongoing optimization in project investment.Top tips for establishing timeframes, managing volumes, and considering business ambitions in ROI calculations.Links mentioned:<a href='https://itassolutions.co.uk/financial-transformation-live/building-
28/11/202349 minutes 39 seconds
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Financial Modelling Excellence: Top tips from The FP&A Guy, Paul Barnhurst

In this episode of CFO 4.0 podcast join Hannah Munro, as she chats with Paul Barnhurst ‘The FP&amp;A Guy’, renowned financial modelling expert and host of the &quot;FP&amp;A Today&quot; and &quot;Financial Modellers&apos; Corner&quot; podcasts. Get ready to dive deep into the world of financial modelling and discover why it&apos;s such a crucial skill in the world of finance.Highlights from the episode:The importance of good assumptions in financial modelling.Practical tips for building accurate and useful financial models.The role of financial modelling in planning and decision-making.Strategies for more agile and effective budgeting and forecasting.The evolving role of FP&amp;A professionals and how to gain a seat at the table.Links mentioned in this episodePaul’s LinkedInFind out more
21/11/202346 minutes 50 seconds
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PE Backed | Working in Private Equity: From Legacy Systems to PE-Backed Growth with Kim Dziuk

In this first episode of PE Backed series on the CFO 4.0 podcast, join host Hannah Munro as she delves into a fascinating journey of financial transformation with Kim Dziuk, the CFO of Adams® Flavors, Foods &amp; Ingredients, LLC. Discover how Adams, a beloved brand with over a century of history, underwent significant changes and growth under private equity ownership, all while facing the challenges of legacy systems and manual processes.In this episode, we cover:Transitioning as a CFO from non-profit business to Private Equity environmentChallenges and opportunities of financial transformation.Implementing ERP systems and the unexpected complexities.The importance of process improvement and adapting to change.Lessons learned and advice for finance leaders in similar situations.Links mentioned in this episode.Kim’s Linkedin</li
14/11/202339 minutes 12 seconds
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From Curiosity to Courage: Navigating the Finance Business Partner Journey with Andi Lonnen

In this week’s episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast Hannah Munro welcomes back special guest Andi Lonnen! Together they explore and reflect on the Finance Business Partner Bootcamp, where finance professionals gathered to enhance their skills and knowledge. Discover the key takeaways, insights, and inspiring stories from the event. In this episode, we cover: The importance of curiosity in the finance business partner role. How to ask powerful questions without intimidating colleagues. Building courage to drive change and innovate within finance. Recognising the significance of soft skills alongside technical expertise. Inspirational stories from finance professionals who dared to be different. Links mentioned in this episode  <a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Fandilonnen%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40itassolutions.co.uk%7C2e1
07/11/202340 minutes 6 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: Building Out a Set of Requirements for your Finance System

This episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast comes from our recent Financial Transformation Live session with Hannah Munro, and is all about gathering and documenting requirements for financial system transformation! Overview of what was discussed:How to approach gathering requirements for your finance system Infrastructure and customisation capabilities to consider What options you have for system strategyHannah&apos;s top tips! Links mentioned:October FTL: Building Out a Set of Requirements for your Finance SystemRevisit previous Financial Transformation Live sessions Register for November&apos;s Financial Transfor
24/10/202353 minutes 10 seconds
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CFO Stories: Developing a Programmatic Approach to M&A with Rob Clay

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, Hannah Munro sits down with Rob, the CFO of Modaxo. Dive into the world of mergers and acquisitions with Hannah and Rob as they explore the strategies, challenges, and key learnings from Rob’s journey. Discover how Rob achieved ongoing improvement in his approach to programmatic M&amp;A, offering valuable insights for finance professionals and businesses.In this episode learn about:The importance of a clear M&amp;A strategyBalancing culture and numbers in acquisition decisionsTalent retention strategies in a growing organisationRealistic assessment of integration challengesTips for building a win-win scenario in M&amp;ALinks mentioned in this episode:Rob&apos;s LinkedInFind out more about Modaxo<a href='https://itassolutions.co.uk/sage-resour
17/10/202350 minutes 12 seconds
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CFO Stories: Leading Global Teams Through Financial Transformation with Marco Torrente

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, Hannah Munro sits down with Marco Torrente, CFO at WebBeds, to explore the complexities and challenges of leading financial transformations across multicultural landscapes.  Topics covered in this episode:Key strategies for keeping teams motivated during long and often challenging transformation processesBalancing the difficulties of managing transformation while also handling day-to-day operationsNavigating Cultural Differences, emphasising the importance of understanding cultural nuances.Tips and strategies on maintaining effective communication across different time zones and cultures.Top Tips on what any leader should consider when starting a transformation journey, regardless of the organisation&apos;s size.Links mentioned in this podcast:Marco’s Linkedin<a href='https://www.we
10/10/202340 minutes 42 seconds
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The Transformation of Finance: From Financial Gatekeepers to Value Creators | ACCA Live Panel Event

Welcome to a special edition of the CFO 4.0 podcast, brought to you in partnership with the ACCA at CogX Festival. In this live panel event, host Hannah Munro is joined by an expert panel of speakers as they dissect the future of financial leadership, offering a fresh perspective on what lies ahead for CFOs and financial teams in the journey towards Finance. Join us as we delve deep into the transformation that is underway, steering CFOs from being mere financial overseers to becoming integral value creators within organisations.Also covered during this discussion: Understanding the shift from a finance-focused role to a multifaceted leadership position.Strategies for CFOs to step up and seize opportunities across various domains.How finance professionals can foster deeper engagements and collaborationsDiscussing the importance of integrating finance into the broader business dialogues and strategy sessions.Understandi
03/10/20231 hour 1 minute 6 seconds
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Aligning Procurement & Finance in the Digital Age with Thomas Siersbæk Heller-Njor

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 Podcast, Hannah Munro delves deep into the ever-evolving world of procurement with our guest, Thomas Siersbæk Heller-Njor, Founder and CEO of CostBits. Together, Hannah and Thomas explore the challenges and nuances of aligning procurement with financial insights and how technology, particularly SaaS, is paving the way for improved transparency and efficiency.In the episode, we cover:Understanding why not all KPIs should be centred around costs and the significance of a holistic view.How businesses can stay ahead of the curve, mitigating risks and foreseeing challenges.The art of balancing supplier relationships A close look at how SaaS companies are bridging the gap between procurement and finance.The added value of advisory services in optimising procurement strategies.Links mentioned in this podcast:Thomas’ L
26/09/202344 minutes 57 seconds
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Transforming Finance: Building Out a Strong Finance Business Partnering Function with Andi Lonnen

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, Hannah Munro sits down with Andi Lonnen Founder &amp; CEO at Finance Business Partner Academy to discuss the development of the Finance Business Partner Function.Also covered on the podcast:Listen to how organisations navigate the complex world of Finance Business Partnering.Discover how cultivating a sense of curiosity enhances connections and understandings within a business.Learn how informal coffee chats facilitate better connection and collaboration in achieving the strategic and commercial priorities of an organisationUncover the value of building networks and engaging with like-minded professionals passionate about the future of financeExclusive Offer for CFO 4.0 Podcast Listeners! Finance Business Partner Academy has very kindly shared a special discount for CFO 4.0 podcast listeners for their upcoming online event ‘Finance Business Partner Bootcamp 2023’ by us
19/09/202341 minutes 6 seconds
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CFO Stories: From Start-up to Scaleup, a CFO's Guide to Navigating Growth with Sylvia Ionita

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, Hannah Munro is joined by Sylvia Ionita, CFO at waterdrop! With hands-on experience in growing start-ups, Sylvia shares her wisdom on scaling businesses, diving deep into the joys and challenges of taking a start-up to the next level. In this episode, we cover:• How presenting real numbers and financial data at all levels increases awareness across the team.• Sylvia&apos;s approach to leadership meetings, mentoring, and building personal connections.• The different implementation measures to enhance profitability and control.• How to discern which problems need immediate attention and which require strategic solutions.• The importance of internal mentorship and fostering personal development • Sylvia shares her top tips for those just coming into the start-up world.Links mentioned in this podcast:• Sylvia’s LinkedIn
12/09/202341 minutes 47 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: Building Out Your Finance Data Strategy

This week&apos;s episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast is taken from our most recent Financial Transformation Live session where Hannah Munro delves into the crucial aspects of financial transformation and how a robust data strategy can play a pivotal role in enhancing your organisation&apos;s financial performance.In today&apos;s rapidly evolving financial landscape, data has become a strategic asset that can make or break a company&apos;s success.Key Discussion Points:Understanding the Role of Data in Finance: We will explore the transformative potential of data in finance and how it can revolutionise traditional financial practices. Discover why a well-defined data strategy is indispensable for staying competitive in the market.Designing an Effective Finance Data Strategy: From data collection and integration to analytics and visualisation, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of building a data-driven finance appr
05/09/202340 minutes 21 seconds
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The Balancing Act: Risks, Ethics, and the Lessons Learnt from Failing with Sean Hayes

In this CFO 4.0 episode, Hannah Munro sits down with Sean Hayes, Author of The Gray Choice who has a wealth of experience in both the highs and lows of corporate leadership. Dive deep into Sean&apos;s perspective on various aspects of business and personal growth.Topics covered include:Emphasising the importance of taking risks to achieve success and underscores the value of seeking feedback from a tight-knit group of advisors.Learn about Sean&apos;s personal journey, from experiencing catastrophic failures to viewing them merely as events in a larger story.The Argument that there&apos;s merit in finding a level where you&apos;re happy and sticking to it.Discovering how the numbers game isn&apos;t just about accuracy—it&apos;s about upholding a strict standard. Sean dives into practices and strategies to ensure this.Highlighting the importance of having a varied group of advisors, from fellow leaders to salespeople, to
29/08/202348 minutes 32 seconds
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Navigating Financial Planning in a Dynamic Business Environment with James Owen

In this episode, Hannah Munro is in conversation with James Owen, Global CFO, Profiles Division, at Kantar. James shares his expertise in financial planning and forecasting, shedding light on the nuances of the dynamic business landscape. Also covered on the podcast:Importance of using market data as a benchmark for performance comparisonsStrategies for managing the challenge of ensuring effective communication and understanding of financial dataLeveraging Integrated Business Planning to improve forecasting accuracy and resource allocationThe evolving role of finance professionals and the increasing importance of data science in financeEvaluating candidates for finance positions based on emotional intelligence and business acumenThe value of scenario planning with ambition, realism, and prudence in mindLinks mentioned in this episode:<a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/jam
22/08/202347 minutes 4 seconds
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A CFO's Guide to Building Successful One-to-One Relationships with Susana Serrano-Davey

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, host Hannah Munro interviews Susana Serrano-Davey, a seasoned finance leader, and leadership mentor, as they delve into the art of successful one-to-one relationships. Susana shares her expertise and valuable insights on fostering effective communication, building trust, and navigating challenges in a CFO&apos;s role.Key Discussion Points:The importance of structuring one-to-one meetings and making time for themBalancing power dynamics in the relationship between line managers and direct reportsFinding your voice and expressing opinions confidently with both superiors and subordinatesDealing with difficult conversations and resolving conflicts in a constructive mannerSupporting individuals through organisational changes and transformationsThe role of empathy and emotional intelligence in building strong relationshipsLinks referenced in this episode:<
15/08/202350 minutes 15 seconds
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Mastering the Art of Influence: Building Your Finance Brand with Rob Brown

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, host Hannah Munro sits down with special guest Rob Brown, a renowned influencer and expert in the finance and accounting world. Together they jump into the crucial topic of building a powerful personal and professional brand within the finance industry. As they explore various strategies and skills needed to stay relevant and competitive in today&apos;s dynamic landscape, they offer valuable tips to help finance professionals thrive in their careers.Key Takeaways:The importance of personal branding and its impact on career successUnderstanding the three essential brands: Corporate, Employer, and PersonalThe significance of being technologically proficient and staying updated with industry advancementsThe role of people skills and business acumen in elevating leadership capabilitiesBridging the gap between finance and other departments for a more holistic understanding of the busi
08/08/202353 minutes 20 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: Designing Your Finance Systems Architecture

This week&apos;s episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast is taken from our most recent Financial Transformation Live session where Hannah Munro delves into the intricacies of designing an efficient and agile finance system!Hannah explores the world of financial system architecture, the layers of integration and automation that are crucial for enhancing efficiency and connectivity within organisations. Key Points Covered:Understanding the different options: Best of Breed vs. ERP systemsUnravelling the layers of financial system architecture: Functional, Data Analytics, and ForecastingEvaluating the technical competence and capacity required for building and maintaining workflows.The importance of a data strategy and data hygiene in optimising financial reporting capabilitiesTop tips for successful finance systems integration and automation implementationLinks mentioned:<a href='https://itas
01/08/20231 hour 1 minute 19 seconds
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From Numbers to Impact: The CFO's Evolution into a Chief Value Officer with Clive Webb

In this week&apos;s episode of the CFO 4.0 Podcast, Hannah Munro sits down with Clive Webb, a renowned expert in finance and sustainability, to explore the emerging role of the Chief Value Officer. Delving into the evolution of the CFO role and its connection to ESG and sustainability practices. Together, they uncover the following key topics: Understanding the Chief Value Officer: Is it an extension of the CFO role or a distinct position? The Challenge of Measuring Value: Navigating the complexities of ESG metrics and reporting. Long-Term Thinking: Balancing short-term financial gains with sustainable, future-oriented decisions.  Educating the Organisation: The need to inform stakeholders about the broader concept of value. Bridging the Perception Gap: Addressing the disparity between public perception and the CFO&apos;s actual role. The Future of Finance Talent: Exploring the need to cultivate the next gener
25/07/202350 minutes 25 seconds
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Navigating M&A and Investment Strategies in a Changing Landscape with Bill Fink

In this episode of CFO 4.0, host Hannah Munro is joined by Bill Fink, Executive Vice President at TD Bank, and they delve into the world of mergers and acquisitions (M&amp;A) and investment strategies! Bill, an expert in the field, shares valuable insights and trends that are shaping the current business landscape. From the impact of rising interest rates to the opportunities emerging in the middle market, they explore key topics that CFOs and business leaders should be considering right now. Topics covered in this episode:The ripple effect of interest rate hikes and its implications on the cost of capital, debt, and deal structures. The importance of strategic thinking and seizing opportunities amidst a challenging market. The potential for rebound in M&amp;A and leveraged buyout activity as interest rates signal reduction in the future. The value of private equity partnerships and how they can contribute to business grow
18/07/202340 minutes 31 seconds
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From CFO to CEO: Igniting Passion and Driving Growth with Hannah Williams

In this week’s episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast Hannah Munro is joined by Hannah Williams, CEO at Alacrity. Hannah Williams is a recent CFO turned CEO, and during the episode she shares her journey, passion, and insights into the world of finance and entrepreneurship, discussing the power of embracing opportunities, fuelling enthusiasm, and driving growth in family businesses.Hannah William&apos;s authenticity and wisdom shine through as she discusses various topics, including:The transformative journey from CFO to CEO and the excitement of new possibilities.Unleashing passion and authenticity as key drivers for success in leadership roles.Navigating challenges in raising the profile and brand of a startup.Valuable advice and perspectives for CFOs in family businesses seeking growth and innovation.Links referenced in this episodeHannah William
11/07/202346 minutes 26 seconds
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Driving Change in Finance: Unleashing the Power of Transformational Leadership with Ilana Esterrich

In this week’s episode of CFO 4.0 Ilana Esterrich, CFO at Planned Parenthood joins us to delve into the world of sustainable transformational leadership.Ilana shares with Hannah Munro her wealth of knowledge and experience in driving successful organisational transformations and highlights the critical role of change management in achieving lasting change.Also covered on the podcast• The significance of people&apos;s skills in driving successful change • How you need to be good at communicating the &quot;why&quot; and aligning it with individual motivations• Creating a sense of one team and fostering a culture of openness to change• Importance of reducing non value adding activities in finance processesLinks mentioned in this episode:• Ilana’s LinkedIn• Find out more about Planned Parenthood• <a
04/07/202351 minutes 7 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: 12 Months to a Faster Close

Join us for the next session in our Financial Transformation Live series that will be a game-changer for finance professionals striving for a faster, more efficient month-end close. Hosted by Hannah Munro, this session promises to provide a robust roadmap for achieving a streamlined financial close in just 12 months.This workshop aims to empower you to take control of your close processes and reduce the overall timeline. It&apos;s about more than just speed; it&apos;s about optimising your processes for quality, efficiency, and consistency.Key areas to be covered include:The importance of benchmarking: Understanding this will help you measure your progress and inspire effective strategies for improvementIdentifying Barriers: Every organisation has unique challenges that slow down the financial close process, we will talk about the most common barriers experienced during month-endAssessing Your Month-End: Develop an understandi
27/06/202342 minutes 11 seconds
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CFO Stories: A CFO's Guide to Navigating Risk with Isaac Strulowitz

This week, CFO 4.0 podcast host Hannah Munro is joined by Isaac Strulowitz, CFO at CoVenture who offers his unique perspective on risk management,  providing valuable insights into how CFOs can protect their firms against unforeseen challenges.In the episode, we cover: • Isaac&apos;s account of the SVB collapse and the proactive steps his team took to protect investor capital.• Risk management strategies that have proven effective, such as creating redundancies, maintaining a robust disaster recovery plan, and evaluating all firm relationships for potential risks.• Isaac&apos;s analogy of risk management to dental hygiene: ignoring it can lead to serious repercussions down the line.• The delicate balance a successful CFO must strike, between budget management, operational duties, and strategic oversight.• Isaac&apos;s concept of a &quot;cockroach&quot; company - one that can survive and continue functioning even after major crises.
20/06/202340 minutes 35 seconds
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Key Takeaways from the GENCFO Summit: A Look into the Future of Finance with Chris Argent

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 Podcast, Hannah Munro is joined by Chris Argent, founder of GENCFO. Together, Chris &amp; Hannah delve into the insights, trends, and key takeaways from the recent GENCFO Summit. Topics covered include: The shifting role of the finance function, moving beyond transactional processing to business partneringThe necessity of selecting the right people for your tech transformation and why it&apos;s about more than just acquiring new technologyThe discussion on the current and future use of Excel and the future of finance tools with the advent of cloud and machine learning capabilitiesThe imperative of having your finance team earn their &apos;seat at the table&apos;, contributing value to the business beyond traditional rolesThe role of technology and how it aids in bringing about transformations in the finance functionLinks referenced in this episode<a href='http
06/06/202352 minutes 49 seconds
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Flipping the Script: Hannah Munro hops into the Guest Seat on Mark Gandy's CFO Bookshelf

This week&apos;s episode of the CFO 4.0 Podcast takes an exciting twist as host Hannah Munro steps into the guest seat on Mark Gandy&apos;s highly-regarded CFO Bookshelf podcast. Hannah &amp; Mark engage in an interesting discussion that spans entrepreneurship, mentorship, literature, and the evolution of CFO 4.0!  Throughout their discussion, Hannah and Mark delve into:  A detailed review of Derek Sivers&apos; book &apos;Anything You Want: 40 lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur&apos;, evaluating its worthiness for CFOs and finance professionals.The significance and impact of having a mentor, specifically for CFOs, and how mentorship can contribute to professional growth.The questions they&apos;d pose to Derek Sivers if given the chance, probing deeper into the book&apos;s themes and takeaways.A behind-the-scenes look at the inception of the CFO 4.0 podcast, exploring how the podcast came to be and its objectives in the finance
30/05/202350 minutes 20 seconds
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Mastering Finance Business Partnering: The 9 C's to Elevate Your Impact with Andi Lonnen

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, Hannah Munro delves into the essential characteristics and skills needed for successful finance business partnering with guest, Andi Lonnen, Founder &amp; CEO at Finance Business Partner Academy! Andi shares her insights on the 9 C&apos;s of effective finance business partners and discusses the importance of having the right mindset, skillset, and daily actions. Hannah &amp; Andi also explore the challenges of onboarding finance business partners and the critical role they play in organisations. Also covered in this episode: The 9 C&apos;s of effective finance business partneringThe importance of mindset, skillset, and daily actionsChallenges in recruiting and finding finance talentOnboarding strategies for new finance business partnersThe role of communication and relationship-building in finance business partneringLinks referenced in this episode
23/05/202344 minutes 11 seconds
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The Future of Finance: Cultivating Skills & Adapting to Change with Oliver Deacon

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast Hannah Munro is joined by guest, Oliver Deacon, Executive Coach at Oliver Deacon Coaching, to discuss the future of finance and how it will be transformed in the next five years. With a focus on the importance of soft skills, leadership, and process engineering, Oliver shares pragmatic tips to help finance professionals and teams stay ahead of the curve.Listen in as they explore a range of topics, including:The importance of soft skills, leadership, and process engineering in the finance sectorCultivating personal resilience and adapting to changeFostering a culture of learning within finance teamsLeveraging new technologies to drive impact and solve problemsPractical tips for staying ahead of the curve and preparing for the finance revolutionLinks mentioned in this episodeOliver&apos;s LinkedI
16/05/202352 minutes 24 seconds
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CFO Stories: Driving Success in Start-ups as a Portfolio CFO with Alysha Randall

This week brings us a ‘CFO Stories’ episode of the CFO 4.0 Podcast! Hannah Munro sits down with Alysha Randall, an experienced portfolio CFO at Fast Growth Consulting Limited, who shares her insights and expertise transitioning from the corporate sector to startups, and the various aspects and challenges of being a portfolio CFO!In this episode, we cover:The transition from corporate to startup financeKey financial challenges faced by startups and how to tackle themThe importance of cash flow management for startup successDifferences between a startup and corporate CFO roleThe benefits and challenges of being a portfolio CFOSigns of a successful portfolio CFO and measuring successLinks mentioned during this episode:Alysha&apos;s LinkedInFast Growth Consulting<a href='ht
09/05/202338 minutes 47 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: Top Tips Before Starting Your Finance Systems Implementation Project

This episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast is taken from our recent Financial Transformation Live session! Host and Managing Director at itas, Hannah Munro, discusses the challenges and best practices for implementing new finance systems. Drawing from her extensive experience, Hannah offers valuable insights and guidance on how to effectively manage change in the finance department.Key takeaways:Understanding the change cycle: Pre-implementation activities to set up for success.Phases of a successful implementation project: How to avoid common pitfalls and optimise outcomes.Ensuring open communication: Encouraging constructive feedback and addressing concerns.Focusing on outcomes, not inputs: Aligning objectives with the desired end results.Avoiding scope creep: Being ruthless in prioritising and managing project phases.Building capacity for change: Allowing teams to recover and feel the benefits of change.Links m
02/05/20231 hour 9 minutes 37 seconds
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The ESG Revolution: Embracing Sustainability in Finance and Accounting with Ash Noah, CIMA & AICPA

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, join our host Hannah Munro as she chats with Ash Noah, VP &amp; Managing Director at CIMA &amp; AICPA and an expert on the evolving world of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) reporting. Together, they delve into the new competencies required by finance professionals, the role of CFOs, and the exciting opportunities that ESG presents for the accounting profession.In this episode, they cover:The increasing importance of ESG reporting and its impact on finance professionalsUnderstanding the new skills required to effectively manage ESG reporting and standardsThe role of CFOs in driving sustainable business practices and embracing ESG as a strategic priorityThe opportunity for the accounting profession to attract new talent and remain relevant in a rapidly changing worldThe significance of integrating ESG into business models and decision-making for long-term value creation<l
25/04/202354 minutes 4 seconds
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Transforming Finance: People, Processes & Technology with Mark Laine Toner, FD at Evri

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, join our host Hannah Munro as she engages in an insightful conversation with Mark Laine Toner, Finance Director at Evri who has extensive experience in driving successful finance transformation projects. Tune in for a deep dive into the world of finance transformation and learn how to navigate the challenges that come with it.In this episode, they cover:The importance of aligning team culture for successful transformationAdapting to the pace of business and balancing team expectationsEmbracing technology to keep finance relevant in today&apos;s rapidly changing environmentValuable tips on stakeholder management and the significance of setting realistic deadlinesThe importance of mentoring and coaching in financeThe need for finance professionals to stay updated on emerging technologies and toolsLinks mentioned in this episode:• <a href='https://www.li
18/04/202357 minutes 55 seconds
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Accelerating your impact as a CFO with coaching with Catherine Clark, Lead CFO Mentor at GrowCFO

Joining Hannah Munro on the CFO 4.0 Podcast this week is Catherine Clark, Lead CFO Mentor at GrowCFO and Director of Cristallum Limited. With a wealth of experience behind her, Catherine shares her insights on the importance of mentoring, particularly for finance leaders, and how having that safe space to reflect and share can be extremely powerful.  Also covered in this episode:The difference between mentoring and coaching What soft skills are needed when transitioning between different level finance roles? The key components of good communication within your finance teamWhy finance leaders need to be aware of the impact their team is having on the rest of the organisation Links mentioned in this episode:<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Fcatherine-clark-ba-hons-fca-fiod-cristallum%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40it
11/04/202344 minutes 36 seconds
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CFO Stories: Navigating the World of Private Equity – Insights from Seasoned CFO, Edward Knighton

In this episode of the CFO 4.0 Podcast, we dive into the world of private equity through the lens of a seasoned CFO, Edward, who shares his experiences, challenges, and successes with Host, Hannah Munro. Join us as we discuss the nuances of working in private equity and explore essential tips for aspiring CFOs in this high-stakes industry.Topics covered in this episode include:Edward&apos;s journey into private equity and his key learningsBuilding relationships with private equity firms and management teamsManaging expectations and handling pressure in a private equity-backed businessThe importance of preparing for an exit from the moment you join a businessTop tips on how to negotiate your own position in a private equity dealStanding your ground on growth forecasts and managing risksRecommendations for aspiring CFOs looking to break into the private equity worldLinks referenced in this
04/04/202339 minutes 37 seconds
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The positive impact of applying for finance and business awards, live panel event with Hannah Munro & ACCA

Welcome to a special edition of the CFO 4.0 podcast, brought to you in partnership with the ACCA. In this live panel event, host Hannah Munro is joined by an expert panel of ACCA members, including Hannah Williams, Becky Glover, Andi Lonnen, and Jess Harcourt. Together, they share their insights and experiences on how finance and business awards can propel your business and personal brand to new heights. In this engaging and informative discussion, our panellists delve into the following topics:Discover the key elements that make an award-winning application and learn how to showcase your achievements effectivelyFinance and business awards to look out forTop tips for preparing for the awardsThe impact of winning awards on your business and personal profileHow to get involved in the judging side of awardsLinks mentioned:<a href='https://generationcfo.com/events/dff-awards/digital-finance-fun
28/03/202358 minutes 32 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: How to Map Out Your Finance Integration Project

This week’s episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast is part of our monthly Financial Transformation Live series, how to map out your finance integration project! Part two of our integration series, Hannah Munro covers what options for integration you have, and shares her top tips for building out an integration strategy paired with some helpful examples!Also covered in this session:Key areas to focus on before building out your integration strategyWhy it’s important to plan out your data dependencies Hannah’s top tips for building out an integration strategyBest practice for approaching field mapping Integration things to think about when looking for new finance softwareLinks mentioned:<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fitassolutions.co.uk%2Ffinancial-transformation-live%2Fintegrating-your-finance-systems%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40itassoluti
21/03/202344 minutes 23 seconds
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CFO Stories: Finance’s hierarchy of needs with Darren Woods, CFO of Freedom Fibre

Back due to popular demand, Darren Woods, CFO at Freedom Fibre sits down with Hannah Munro to discuss useful tips and advice for both brand new and new into role CFOs! Together they discuss the influence you have as a CFO that is new into role, how soon is too soon to start that financial transformation journey and how to prioritise your transformation efforts. Also covered on this episode:• Darren’s ambition for finance • What is finance’s hierarchy of needs?• Why you need to understand the problem you are trying to solve before you try to solve it?• How do you speed up your time to value as a CFO?• Why you need to know the 3 things that keep your CEO awake at nightLinks referenced in this episode • Freedom Fibre website• Freedom Fibre LinkedIn• Darren’s L
14/03/202345 minutes 41 seconds
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Handling conflict and friction effectively in finance with Dr. Jon Gruda

Returning to the CFO 4.0 podcast this week with Hannah Munro is Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Maynooth University, Dr. Jon Gruda! Jon and Hannah dig into the concept of conflict, discussing how to best navigate specific scenarios within finance teams, particularly during change. Also covered in this episode:What is conflict within an organisation? How do you approach a disagreement between team membersWhat are the key components of good decision-making?Tips for structuring the way you deal with conflict Links referenced in this episode:Jon Gruda’s websiteJon Gruda’s university profile pageJon’s LinkedInSubscribe to CFO 4.0 Podc
07/03/202359 minutes 56 seconds
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CFO Stories: Integration, automation and finding your niche with Cécile Parker, Group CFO at Vital Energi Utilities

In this week’s episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, Cécile Parker, Group CFO at Vital Energi Utilities Limited, sat down with Hannah Munro to share her story and talk about everything from finance’s carbon footprint through to integrating your finance team with the rest of the business.  Also covered in this episode  • Why finance need to stop underestimating the power of automation • Finding your niche as a CFO • The importance of integrating your finance team with the rest of the business • How to develop the skills and knowledge within your finance team  Links mentioned in this episode.Cécile’s LinkedInLearn more about Vital Energi Vital Energi on LinkedInListen to more CFO 4
28/02/202348 minutes 18 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: Flash Reporting - Everything you need to know!

This week’s episode of CFO 4.0 brings the first Financial Transformation Live session of 2023, Flash Reporting: Everything you need to know!Hannah Munro explains what flash reporting is, why it is important and breaks down the differences between flash reporting and normal month-end reporting.Also covered in this session:Best practice for implementing flash reporting Our top tips for flash reportingWhat metrics should you be including in your reportingWhy you should use the ‘Goldilocks principle’ to plan out your reporting needsLinks mentioned:Explore previous Financial Transformation Live sessionsSign up for monthly Financial Transformation Live email alerts<a href='https://www.linkedin.com/company/itas---sage-software-s
21/02/202343 minutes 12 seconds
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The Future of the Finance Function – ACCA Research Discussion with Clive Webb

In this week’s episode of CFO 4.0 Hannah Munro is joined by Clive Webb, Head of Business Management at the ACCA to dissect the latest report from the ACCA around the future of the finance function!Also covered in this episode: Why CFOs need to start focusing more on the future and not just the past.The importance of being agile when it comes to financial reporting.7 Key areas to focus on when it comes to budgeting &amp; planning.Is it time to ditch the spreadsheet? Why CFOs need to become comfortable with the dynamism that required around budgeting &amp; planning.Links mentioned in this episode:Clive’s LinkedIn Learn more about ACCA </
14/02/202346 minutes 23 seconds
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CFO Stories: Challenges a Bootstrap CFO faces with David Brandeis, CFO of PowToon

In this week’s episode of CFO 4.0 Hannah Munro is joined by David Brandeis, CFO at PowToon to chat about the challenges David faces as a CFO of a bootstrap organisation as well as his unique journey to becoming a CFO.Also covered in this episode • Where to begin building out a finance team from nothing• How bootstrap companies measure success• The affect Covid-19 has had on software-based companies • How to balance strategy and being hands-on as a CFOLinks mentioned in this episode.• David’s LinkedIn • Learn more about PowToon• Listen to more CFO 4.0 Podcast episodes
07/02/202330 minutes 36 seconds
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Stepping away from a traditional Finance mindset with Chris Ortega

In this week’s episode of CFO 4.0 Hannah Munro is joined by Chris Ortega, CEO of Fresh FP&amp;A, together they share their passion for financial transformation and discuss their ideas on what the future could look like for finance leaders.Also covered by Chris and Hannah in this episode:• Chris’ journey to becoming a Fractional CFO• How much change has the pandemic driven in finance?• The benefits of healthy friction in finance teams• What does good finance business partnering look like?• Why CFOs need to start stepping out of their comfort zoneLinks mentioned in this episode:• Chris’ LinkedIn• Learn more about Fresh FP&amp;A• Listen to more CFO 4.0 Podcast episodes
31/01/202337 minutes 25 seconds
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Managing stress and burnout in your finance team in 2023 with Tony Martignetti

In this week’s episode of CFO 4.0, Tony Martignetti, a self-proclaimed recovering finance professional, now a Chief Inspiration Officer at Inspired Purpose Coaching talks to Hannah Munro about how finance leaders can manage stress and burnout in their finance teams. Also covered on the podcastThe importance of planning and structure to avoid overwhelm in the New Year Why finance leaders need to strike the balance between optimism and realism Identifying the different types of stresses within your finance teamHow to recognise when your team are heading into burnout territoryThe importance of a work-life balance to alleviate stress and burnout Links mentioned in this podcastTony’s LinkedIn Inspired Purpose Coaching<a href='https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B096LS2NBZ/ref=
24/01/202344 minutes 47 seconds
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The World of Football through a Finance Lens with Stefan Gamble, CEO of Walsall Football Club

Joining Hannah Munro on this week’s episode of the CFO 4.0 Podcast is CEO and ex FD of Walsall FC, Stefan Gamble! Stefan &amp; Hannah talk about his experience transitioning from Finance Director to CEO at Walsall FC, sharing his secrets for success in both roles and what its like working in finance at a football club. Also covered in the episode:What attracted Stefan to finance in footballStefan’s journey from Management Accountant to Finance DirectorHow football was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic The challenges finance teams have working in football How Stefan balanced the books in a volatile environmentLinks mentioned in the episode:<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.saddlers.co.uk%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40itassolutions.co.uk%7C327f7482663a44eb825a08dac948941a%7C907feea3b707473f98d0b6ce85b07ab7%7C1%7C0%7C63804361081282809
17/01/202338 minutes 57 seconds
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What does 2023 hold for finance teams with Kevin Appleby, GrowCFO

Starting the New Year with a bang, Hannah Munro sits down with Kevin Appleby from GrowCFO to talk about what 2023 might look like for finance teams.  Not only do they share their own predictions for 2023, but also those of CFOs that GrowCFO have surveyed in recent months, diving into some interesting insight!  Also covered on the podcast:How much time are finance teams spending on non-finance activities?The trend towards sustainability reporting and ESG reportingFinance’s responsibility to good data governance The shift in the skills required for finance roles  How finance should be using technology to drive process improvement  Links mentioned in this PodcastKevin’s LinkedinGrowCFO LinkedinThe nine t
10/01/202342 minutes 15 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: Building Your 12-Month Transformation Plan

This week’s episode of CFO 4.0 brings the last Financial Transformation Live session of 2022, Building out your 12-month Transformation plan!Hannah Munro talks you through the different stages of a top-level plan for you and your finance team and the framework you will need to build it out.Also covered in this session:Understanding your current situation and challengesTraditional brainstorming VS independent brainstormingTechniques to identify what your priorities should be What are the key elements of a business case?How to put together an effective project plan Links mentioned:<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.itassolutions.co.uk%2Ffinancial-transformation-live&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40itassolutions.co.uk%7C53ca29a3ac8645ee7a2708dace309b74%7C907feea3b707473f98d0b6ce85b07ab7%7C1%7C0%7C638049005408598907%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8e
03/01/202336 minutes 44 seconds
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How Finance can use Technology to deliver on their mission with Sarah Watson, Director of Finance & Technology at Make-A-Wish UK

Wrapping up the year, we&apos;re bringing to you our final CFO 4.0 podcast guest of 2022, Sarah Watson, Director of Finance &amp; Technology at Make-A-Wish UK.Hannah and Sarah discuss the important role technology plays in helping finance teams deliver on their mission.Also covered on the podcast:Balancing the Benefits of Real-Time Reporting and the Fear of Giving Out InformationThings to consider before tackling a finance transformation projectThe importance of a team approach when it comes to transformationEllie&apos;s Christmas AppealHow you can help Make-A-Wish UKLinks mentioned in this PodcastSarah’s LinkedinMake-A-Wish websiteEllie’s Story<a href='https://www.make-a-wish.org.uk/get-
13/12/202247 minutes 11 seconds
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How a transformational mindset can benefit finance teams with Chris Argent from GenCFO

In the latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro &amp; Chris Argent, Founder &amp; Chief Future Officer at GenCFO, dissect day two of the GenCFO Academy, delving into transformational mindsets and what it means.Also covered on the podcast:Why finance traditionally lacks a transformational mindsetWhat does a Chief Future Officer profile look like?What does the future look like for entry-level finance jobs?The definition of a transformational mindsetLinks mentioned in the podcast: Follow GenCFO on LinkedInExplore the GenCFO academy Chris Argent’s LinkedIn CFO 4.0 Podcast
06/12/202241 minutes 22 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: How to Approach Automating your Finance Processes

This week’s episode of CFO 4.0 brings the latest Financial Transformation Live session, covering all things finance automation! Hannah Munro talks you through the best approach to automating your finance processes, covering why you should consider automation, and how you can best prepare for it. Also covered in this session: What is automation in finance?What stops us from being able to introduce automation?The benefits of understanding and documenting your processes before automatingWhy automation doesn’t always mean new technologyThe options we have for automation in financeHannah’s top tips for automationLinks mentioned:<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.itassolutions.co.uk%2Ffinancial-transformation-live&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40itassolutions.co.uk%7C53ca29a3ac8645ee7a2708dace309b74%7C907feea3b707473f98d0b6ce85b07ab7%
29/11/20221 hour 5 minutes 49 seconds
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Financial Transformation Consultant Insight – Challenging the status quo in Finance with Hannah Munro & Michael Ryan

Back with another exciting Financial Transformation Consultant Insight episode, Hannah Munro &amp; Michael Ryan find themselves challenging the status quo in finance, digging into the depths of innovation in finance teams, and exploring what is holding them back!  Also covered in this episode:What is innovation in finance?There is a time and a place for Excel, but when is it?What’s stopping finance from becoming critical thinkers?Why finance teams should be the strategic partner in a businessThe problem with siloed functions in finance Links referenced in this episode:Michael’s LinkedIn The most recent issue of Finance Transformation Magazine Hannah’s LinkedIn<a hre
22/11/202253 minutes 57 seconds
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Agile Finance and Fundamental Management Skills - A live podcast with Chris Argent from GenCFO Academy

Originally airing live as part of the GenCFO Academy, in this week’s episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, Hannah was joined by Chris Argent! Hannah and Chris dig deep into the fundamental management skills needed within finance teams, discussing the benefits of flexible, diverse, and multidisciplinary teams and the impact it can have on business performance. Also covered on the podcast:Does every finance person want to be a CFO?Are CFOs generalists or specialists?What are fundamental management skills within finance teams?What does an agile finance team look like?How to make sure you build career paths that work for both finance and businessLinks from the podcast:<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fcompany%2Fgeneration-cfo%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40itassolutions.co.uk%7C402d29f9965e447ab0e208dac62571e8%7C907fe
15/11/202247 minutes 10 seconds
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The importance of an effective finance business partnering function with Alwyn Jones

In this week’s episode of the CFO 4.0 podcast, Alwyn Jones, CFO of Global Cryptocurrency company, Luno, sat down with Hannah Munro to talk about the importance of an effective finance business partner function.Hannah and Alwyn covered the following:Alwyn’s journey to becoming a CFOWhy businesses are reluctant to invest in finance and analytics at an early stageHow to prioritise effectively as a CFOUnderstanding the impact of finance teamsThe benefits of providing insight to the executive teamLinks mentioned in this podcast:<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Falwynhjones%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40itassolutions.co.uk%7C8ef3816cb3494b815f2808dabbeb58e0%7C907feea3b707473f98d0b6ce85b07ab7%7C1%7C0%7C638028916727381072%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C
08/11/202252 minutes 1 second
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Financial Transformation Live: Integrating your finance systems

On this episode of CFO 4.0, we&apos;re bringing you our latest session of Financial Transformation Live, Integrating your Finance Systems. Hannah Munro talks you through the best approach for integrating your finance systems, covering why you should integrate, what options you have, and planning it out! Also covered in this session: What systems should you be integrating?What are your options for integration?The pros and cons of Excel, Middleware, API, and P2P How to map out your integrations To learn more about this financial transformation live session, visit<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.itassolutions.co.uk%2Ffinancial-transformation-live%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40itassolutions.co.uk%7Cc95eeeae65ed47085e7708dab8283f7e%7C907feea3b707473f98d0b6ce85b07ab7%7C1%7C0%7C638024780248160497%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMD
01/11/202257 minutes 51 seconds
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Financial Transformation Consultant Insight – Transformation vs software implementation with Hannah Munro & Michael Ryan

We’ve heard your feedback and are now bringing you an additional regular financial transformation slot! Get a sneak peek behind the consultant curtain with these sessions as Michael and Hannah discuss what makes a successful financial transformation project and how they approach their clients.  This time, they kick things off with a discussion about the differences between Financial Transformation and Software implementation and how to tell the difference. Also covered in this episode:Why transformation is more than just automationWhat is a use case and why do you need itTop tips around process mapping your finance processesThe importance of validating your process mapsHow to benchmark your finance team’s current performance Links referenced in this episode:Michael’s Linkedin <
25/10/202243 minutes 16 seconds
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How to become a data-driven CFO with Glenn Hopper, CFO & Author of Deep Finance

This week CFO 4.0 Podcast host, Hannah Munro is joined by Sandline Global CFO &amp; author, Glenn Hopper!With over 15 years of experience as a CFO, Glenn talks to Hannah about his new book ‘Deep Finance’ discussing the importance of being a data-driven organisation no matter your business size.   Other topics they cover include:The different levels of data maturity within an organisationHow your finance team can become finance scientistsThe importance of real-time data for finance teamsHow to become a data-driven organisationLinks mentioned in this episode:<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Fgbhopperiii%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40itassolutions.co.uk%7C1d43e03c643f4380098508daaad6ff78%7C907feea3b707473f98d0b6ce85b07ab7%7C1%7C0%7C638010137639154718%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJB
18/10/202253 minutes 56 seconds
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The First 90 Days as a CFO: Managing Leadership during change with Jon Gruda

In the latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro continues her conversation with Jon Gruda, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Maynooth University.Jon has been researching the role of leadership and previously on the podcast, he discussed the relationship they have with their followers.This week, Hannah and Jon dig deeper into the topic, talking in depth about what a leader&apos;s relationship with their followers means regarding the changes in management, and how we manage leadership. Also covered in this episode:How to keep people motivated and engaged in a crisis environment?How do relationships work within change and transformation?How do you support your team and organisation during a change?What are the best ideas or approaches to understanding the change? How to ask and receive feedback.What key factors leaders should consider before starting a change?<
11/10/202259 minutes 43 seconds
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Fundraising: Prepare for the worst & hope for the best with Chris Roling

This week CFO 4.0 Podcast host, Hannah Munro is joined by the CFO for Coinme, Chris Rolling! Chris and Hannah dive into the world of start-ups and fundraising, discussing whether fundraising fatigue is real, the impact of Covid on fundraising, and how to maintain a healthy cash balance. Other topics they cover include:The top success factors in finance teamsChallenges start-ups are facing in this current climate Balancing the needs of CFOs &amp; CEOs: Pragmatic VS PassionateHow inflation is impacting the cash runway Chris’ top tips for fundraisingLinks mentioned in this episode:<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Fchrisroling%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40itassolutions.co.uk%7C10f30c8a43cd4962e55708da95647300%7C907feea3b707473f98d0b6ce85b07ab7%7C1%7C0%7C637986555919656193%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDA
04/10/202252 minutes 48 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: Assessing your current finance systems

On this episode of CFO 4.0, we&apos;re bringing you our latest session of Financial Transformation Live.Hannah Munro talks to you about how you can assess your current finance system.Also covered in this session:Framework for reviewing your current system10 Common quick wins for system improvementHow to identify whether to invest in improving your current system vs switching to a new oneTemplate for documenting and sharing your findingsTo learn more about this financial transformation live session, visit www.itassolutions.co.uk/financial-transformation-live 
27/09/20221 hour 1 minute 43 seconds
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Finding the Silver Linings in Challenging Times with Becky Glover

In this week’s episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro is joined by Becky Glover, Finance Director at VNC Automotive.Putting the World to rights, Becky &amp; Hannah take it upon themselves to find the silver linings in the challenging times we have faced and are currently facing.Other topics they cover include:Why encouraging failure drives innovation in finance teamsHow challenging circumstances can pressure businesses to change their processes for the betterThe benefits of networking in financeBecky’s future predictions on the changes in financeLinks referenced in this videoWorld Finance Forum https://worldfinanceforum.co/
20/09/202244 minutes 29 seconds
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Recession, Inflation and Volatility – Dissecting the latest quarterly CFO Survey with Ian Stewart

Repeat offender, Ian Stewart, Chief Economist from Deloitte, and Founder of the CFO Survey joins Hannah Munro on this week’s episode of CFO 4.0! Ian shares some key findings from the most recent CFO Survey, a quarterly survey that is sent out to some of the UK’s leading CFOs on pressing issues.Hannah &amp; Ian explore some interesting findings, including that CFOs predicted the recession.Also covered in this episode:Why do the Bank of England and Treasury use the CFO Survey findings  Key findings from the most recent CFO SurveyHow CFOs predicted the recession two months before the Bank of England announced itWhat strategies CFOs are using to deal with high inflation How the Pandemic, Brexit, and the Ukraine war have impacted supply chains and shocked the economyLinks mentioned in this episode:<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww2.deloi
13/09/202246 minutes 13 seconds
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Balancing the need for high growth with regulation in a start-up FinTech with Rajesh Gupta

Joining Hannah Munro on this week’s episode of the CFO 4.0 Podcast is Rajesh Gupta, CFO of OakNorth Bank! With a wealth of experience building and leading finance teams, Rajesh talks to Hannah about the challenges he’s faced when trying to grow a finance team in a volatile environment and a highly regulated industry.Also covered in this episode:How OakNorth does strategic planning wellBalancing the need for growth and talent in a start-upThe importance of hiring people who think differentlyWhat diversity in all its forms can bring to a finance teamRajesh’s top tips for new CFOsLinks mentioned in this episode:<a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Frajesh-gupta-54b1386%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.Anthony%40itassolutions.co.uk%7C5f3eafa3c0ac4575ec7e08da8be8bddf%7C907feea3b707473f98d0b6ce85b07ab7%7C1%7C0%7C637976128988447273%7CU
06/09/202243 minutes 2 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: 5 Things to think about before your next Financial Transformation project

Join Hannah Munro on the most recent Financial Transformation Live session as she shares practical tips and frameworks to think about before you tackle your next Financial Transformation project!The 5 areas Hannah dives into are:Have you understood the problem?Have you selected the right solution?Have you identified what good will look like?Have you engaged the team well?Have you resourced it properly?Links for this episode:Learn Mor
30/08/202248 minutes 39 seconds
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Top reads for CFOs this summer with Mark Gandy, host of CFO Bookshelf

In the latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro talks to Mark Gandy, creator of the Financial Operating System and Host of the CFO Bookshelf podcast. A finance pioneer, Mark has worked in several finance positions during his career including Corporate Controller, VP of Finance, and CFO. Together Hannah and Mark talk about their shared interest in reading and discuss their book recommendations for finance this Summer. Also covered on this episode:Hannah &amp; Mark’s favourite genre of booksWhy people in finance should embrace their creative sideMark’s top book recommendations for finance What books should CFOs be reading on their next beach holiday  What you can learn from narrative non-fiction booksLinks referenced in this episode:Mark Gandy’s LinkedIn: <a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Fmarkagandy%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CMegan.An
16/08/202258 minutes 47 seconds
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What VCs want from a CFO with David Foreman, VC Managing Director at Praetura Ventures

In the latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro talks to David Foreman, self-proclaimed &apos;worst accountant ever&apos;. After dabbling in finance and investment banking, David realised his passion lay in helping founders build their businesses from the ground up and founded Praetura Group, specialists in lending and equity solutions for start-ups &amp; SMEs. David runs the VCs group of Praetura Ventures.Also covered in this episode:What are VCs looking for in a CFO?What is currently happening in the world of VC funding?What are VCs looking for in a seed/series A company?Signs of a healthy CFO and founder relationshipWhy “No” now doesn’t mean “No” foreverHow to find the right VC for your organisationWhat in a finance function would make David walk away?Links referenced in this episode:Praetura Ventures: https://www.praeturaventures.com/ Pra
09/08/202259 minutes 28 seconds
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Startup CFO to COO – Funding, Scaling and Recruiting in a startup world!

Startup CFO to COO – Funding, Scaling, and Recruiting in a startup world! In the latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro talks to Sabrina Castiglione, Chief Operating Officer at Pento.She comes from a slightly unusual background for a CFO having studied chemistry at university, working in financial services for a number of years, and then got into the world of startups as a CFO at Tassie. During this session we cover: Hannah and Sabrina explore the differing needs of a business as it shifts from Seed to Series A and beyondWhat does life as a startup CFO look like?Making the shift to COO?What is the current landscape for funding?How has the economic climate changed what investors are looking for?People vs roles – what does recruitment in a startup look like? Links referenced in this episode:Pento <a href='https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=htt
02/08/202245 minutes 22 seconds
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The First 90 Days as a CFO: Building Exceptional Finance Teams

In the latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro talks to Darren Woods, CFO at Freedom Fibre about building the ideal finance team.Darren has a degree in Finance and Accounting in Portsmouth, over 20 years of experience working in finance including multiple CFO roles as well as a stint as a consultant helping other companies develop teams.Also covered on this episode:Darren’s passion for people and team developmentDoes finance invest enough in different skills?What are the potential skill gaps in finance teams?Finding the right balance of personalities and skills when recruiting in financeHow do you approach the assessment of skills and personal development to build the team that you want?Links referenced in this episode:Freedom Fibre: https://www.freedomfibre.com/Freedom Fibre LinkedIn: https://w
26/07/202244 minutes 42 seconds
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The First 90 days as a CFO: Building strong and healthy relationships with your finance team

In the latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro talks with Jon Gruda, who is the Assistant Professor of organisational behaviour at Maynooth University.Jon has a joint PhD in Management and Psychology and is currently researching the role of leadership; the relationship leaders have with their followers and what that means in regards to the changes in management. Also covered in this episode:Building and developing the right relationship between a leader and followerHow to set yourself up for success as a leader before you even start the roleWhat does a good relationship look like?The differences between a leader and a mentorWhat characteristics make a strong leader? Links referenced in this episode:National culture comparison by country: https://www.hofstede-insights.com/country-comparison/Leadership values by c
19/07/202246 minutes 9 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live: Breaking the Year-End Stress Cycle

We all know that year-end is the time of year that most finance teams dread but surely we shouldn’t have to work late, avoid taking holidays or feel stressed out about it, it happens every year! So, we have a challenge for you - how about we make next year’s year-end the least stressful to date? Whilst it&apos;s fresh in your mind, join us on the newest FTL session as we unpick the factors that stress us out at year-end and put forward strategies to deal with them.Links for this episode:Learn More about Financial TransformationFollow us on LinkedIn for our Live Sessions
12/07/202238 minutes 56 seconds
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How to do Financial Transformation Successfully with Michael Ryan, Founder of Finance Transformation UK

In the latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro talks with Michael Ryan, the Founder and Managing Partner of Finance Transformation UK.  Michael is an independent transformation consultant who previously has worked for several large corporates including Argos and Whitbread and we discuss what it takes to do Financial Transformation well.  Also covered in this episode: Michael discusses his 25-year history with Financial Transformation The opinions on what is the secret sauce to success in terms of adoption What are the big mistakes found in transformation projects? The difference between Project Management and Program ManagementThe top tips for someone who wants to embark on a financial transformation projectLinks referenced in this episode: Michael’s Linkedin  <a href='https://financetransformation
05/07/202244 minutes 36 seconds
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CFO 4.0 The evolution of the finance leader - Sage's Latest Research

The Redefined CFO - Sage&apos;s Latest Research - The latest and aptly named CFO 4.0 Report from Sage brings you the results from the latest study of global CFOs on how the role has developed. After the success of our joint panel at Accountex, we&apos;ve invited Richard Moorin (Head of Finance, Sage) and Mark Jackson (VP of Medium, Sage) to discuss the findings on the podcast. This time the tables have turned and Mark takes over hosting the show whilst Richard and Hannah discuss the outputs. Topics covered in this week&apos;s episode include:The three personas that the Redefined CFOThe increasing importance of ESG and value-led financeSome interesting and unusual stats that came outIf you would like to learn more, listen to the podcast or download the report yourself, click here.
27/06/202233 minutes 37 seconds
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The Rise of Disinformation and the Increasing Risk to both Finance and Business, with Alan Jagolinzer, Professor of Financial Accounting at Cambridge Judge Business School

In this latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro sits down with Alan Jagolinzer, Professor of Financial Accounting at Cambridge Judge Business School. Alan is a member of the editorial boards of The Accounting Review and The Journal of International Accounting Research. In 2015, he was a Fellow of the International Accounting Standards Board, London. Also covered in this episode:Alan’s background and his journey from Pilot to Professor of Financial Accounting at Cambridge JudgeWhat are the risks within finance?Is it something CFOs should be concerned about?What can be done to mitigate exposure?Importance of bringing awareness to disinformationLinks referenced in this episode:Alan&apos;s LinkedIn
14/06/202252 minutes 37 seconds
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The Future Focused CFO - James Owen, Global CFO at Kantar

In this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro chats with James Owen, Global Chief Financial Officer at Kantar, about the Future Focused CFO,  and how to build a transformational mindset within your finance team.Also covered in this episode: James’ journey to becoming Global CFO of Kantar Profiles &amp; his work with CIMA/AICPAHow has the CFO role changed and how will the CFO role change over the next few years?How far away are we from where we need to be within the CFO role? What is holding CFOs back from stepping into that role?How to build a transformational mindset within your finance teamWhat are the challenges with managing a global team?What key things do you need in place to be a successful CFO?Understanding cultural differences within a finance teamCritical changes finance leaders need to make for the futureWhat James is doing to set his team up for success both now and i
07/06/202251 minutes 33 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live - A Framework for Building a Future Proofed Chart of Accounts

In this session, Hannah Munro talks about how you can re-design your Chart of Accounts (COA). Ideal for those who are thinking about or currently going through the process, we give you the methodology and the framework to ensure that you not only make no mistakes but that you design a robust COA that can deliver on your reporting needs, ensuring it is futureproofed so you won&apos;t have to re-do it again next year!Links for this episode:Learn More about Financial TransformationFollow us on LinkedIn for our Live SessionsRegister for our Upcoming Webinar: Sage Intacct&apos;s Multi-Dimensional Nominal
31/05/202256 minutes 53 seconds
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The Increasing Importance of Understanding and Communicating Value in Finance - with Clive Webb, ACCA, and Tim Barber, University of Hull

In this episode, Clive Webb and Tim Barber join Hannah Munro to talk about the increasing importance of understanding and communicating value in finance.Clive Webb, Head of Business Management at ACCA. Clive deals with business and technology-related matters from the perspective of the CFO. His research interests include the application of digital technologies to the finance function, and how they impact the people and processes they support. Clive has a particular interest in the personal developmental aspects of an organisation.Tim Barber has worked in the Business Consulting arena for nearly 30 years, with UK, Australian, and Saudi Arabian consultancy practices, following 7 years of line management experience in logistics and operations. In June 2021, Tim was appointed a Visiting Fellow at Hull University’s faculty of Business, Law, and Economics, with a focus on exploring the potential for the employment of relevant systems thinking to
24/05/202250 minutes 56 seconds
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Why Finance Needs to Invest in its People - with Ash Noah, CIMA & AICPA

In this episode of CFO 4.0, we have a return guest, Ash Noah, Vice President, CGMA External Relations at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), representing AICPA &amp; CIMA, to talk to us about finance, mindset vs skills, and how the existing workforce needs to adapt.In his role as Vice President, Ash serves as a liaison to CFOs and CEOs to understand how finance teams are evolving and guides the Association’s initiatives to help management accountants create more value for their organisations. What else is covered in this episode?What new skills/mindsets does the finance workforce need for the future?What does the structure of this new organisation look like?What&apos;s driving the urgent need for change? What will happen if we don’t?Where is the next generation of finance teams going to come from?How does the existing workforce need to adapt?How do we a
17/05/202239 minutes 1 second
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Future of the CFO Role - Research Discussion with Clive Webb, Head of Business Management, ACCA

Clive Webb, Head of Business Management at ACCA, returns to the CFO 4.0 Podcast, to chat about the future of the CFO role, and discuss the key insights which came from Clive’s research.Also covered in this episode:The gap of perception between what a CEO wants and what a CFO thinks a CEO wants in the roleWhat are the areas CFOs aren’t focusing on, but they should?How to grow the next generation of CFOs?The virtual CFO and what they can bring to an organizationWhat skill sets are valuable to a CFO?Links mentioned in this episode:Clive&apos;s LinkedInACCA Website
10/05/202242 minutes 43 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live - Re-engineering your Finance Processes

Missed our last Financial Transformation Live session over on LinkedIn or YouTube?No need to worry, you can listen to it here on our CFO 4.0 Podcast!In this Financial Transformation Live session, Hannah covers how you can rethink and redesign your existing finance processes to improve productivity and allow your team to focus on the things that add value.Also in this episode:How to identify where to focus your process improvement effortsTools &amp; techniques for brainstorming solutions to process problemsTop tips for implementing process changesLinks mentioned in this episodeLearn more about Financial Transformation Live<a href='https://content.itassolutions.uk/hubfs/Financial-Transformation-Live/Re-Engineering%20Finance%20Processes/Financial%20Transformation%20Live%20
03/05/202255 minutes 18 seconds
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Making the shift from CFO to Board with Fiona Hathorn, CEO of Women on Boards UK

In this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah sits down with Fiona Hathorn, CEO of Women on Boards UK, to chat about balancing the cultural fit with bringing something different to the Board, and top tips on setting out on your Board journey.Fiona is the CEO of Women on Boards UK alongside advising a number of different boards and organisations, including Advisory Panel Member for the FRC, Advisory Board Member to Spktral, advisor to Peel Hunt, and Chair of Hanx&apos;s Nominations Committee.This episode also covers:What skills &amp; knowledge do you need to be on a Board? And how do you get them?How to find and identify Board opportunities? And how to identify if it’s a good opportunity for youHow to make yourself stand out as a potential Board candidate?What does a typical Board recruitment process look like?Top tips on interviewing wellLinks mentioned in this episode:<a href='https://www.lin
26/04/202243 minutes 52 seconds
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The Unconventional CFO with Jeremy Foster, CFO, Talroo

In this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro chats to Jeremy Foster to discuss the role of the CFO, and the benefits of not thinking like a traditional CFO. Jeremy is Chief Financial Officer at Talroo. He has more than fifteen years of experience as a senior executive, mainly in the technology and banking field. Jeremy has been CFO or COO for 3 Inc. 5000 companies, two of which have made the Inc. 500.  Also covered in this episode:Jeremy’s unconventional journey to becoming CFOBenefits of not thinking like a traditional CFOOptimising finance structure and team design to achieve an agile finance functionInsights into financial and resource strategy for high growthTop tips on how to approach marketing investmentsJeremy’s essential tool list to create agile finance functions  Links referenced in this episodeJeremy&apos;
19/04/202240 minutes 13 seconds
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The Pandemic and Beyond with Clive Webb, Head of Business Management, ACCA

In this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro talks to Clive Webb, Head of Business Management at ACCA. Clive deals with business and technology-related matters from the perspective of the CFO. This episode covers the Pandemic and Beyond for finance, and also explores the research Clive carried out about the pandemic, and also the future of finance as a function.Also covered in this episode:Update on current research in the ACCA professional insights teamCOVID and the shift it has created within the role of financeImpact of volatility has had on the demands from the finance organisationNew data skill sets needed within finance teamsThe importance of technology to the future of financeLinks referenced in this episode:Clive&apos;s LinkedInACCA Website
12/04/202241 minutes 2 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live - Getting started with mapping out your finance processes

Join us for the next instalment of Financial Transformation live where Hannah Munro talks about how to get started with mapping out your finance processes!Topics Hannah covers include: Top tips for getting started with process mappingWhat process mapping tools do we use?How to approach process mapping within your team...and so much more!Links referenced in this episode:Webinar: Automating your finance team with Sage IntacctTop 5 Process Mapping Tools for Beginners - BlogRemember to follow us on LinkedIn so you don&apos;t miss out on our future sessions!<a href='https:
05/04/202246 minutes 16 seconds
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How to deal with shifts and transformations within finance teams with Chris Argent, Founder of Generation CFO

On our newest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah sits down and chats with Chris Argent, Founder of Generation CFO.In 2009, Chris was frustrated by poor systems, poor reporting, and lack of time. It was in 2009 that he created Generation CFO. It started off as a small group over on LinkedIn, and is now a huge community with almost 70,000 members!What else is covered in this episode?Chris’s journey to Generation CFOThe shift in finance Chris has seen during his time at Generation CFOWhat changes are happening in finance teams today?Importance of people to the technological shift that’s happeningFixing processes vs automating themGetting started on your transformation journeyLinks referenced in this episodeJoin the Generation CFO Group on LinkedInFollow
29/03/202241 minutes 49 seconds
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Getting that first CFO role with Billy Scanlan, CFO at The Marketing Practice

On this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah chats to Billy Scanlan, CFO at The Marketing Practice.Billy joined The Marketing Practice in 2021, but has previously helped scale fast-growth, private equity-backed B2B businesses. In this episode, the two talk about getting that first CFO role, and how you can build your skills and capabilities to make you a good candidate for your first CFO role!What else is covered in this episode?What is The Marketing Practice?Why Billy chose The Marketing Practice as his first CFO role?How to build the skills and capabilities to make you a good candidate for your first CFO role?How to find your first CFO role?What questions to ask before accepting the offer?How to make your first 90 days a success in your new role?Links referenced in this episodeBilly&apos;s LinkedIn
22/03/202239 minutes 42 seconds
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Building an impactful & commercially focused finance team with Monica Arora, EVP of Commercial Finance, Sage

On this week’s episode of CFO 4.0, we have returning guest, Monica Arora, EVP of Commercial Finance at Sage. Monica has been at Sage for almost six years helping build and develop out the commercial finance function and supporting the shift to a subscription focussed organisation. Prior to that she also worked for both Schneider Electric and Invensys PLC.In Monica&apos;s current role at Sage, she sits on both the CFO leadership, as well as the COO leadership and we talk about what it takes to grow and develop an impactful commercial function.  Also covered in this episode:How has the commercial part of finance developed over the last few yearsThe changing criteria Sage now use to recruit people who give the right kind of insightHow to identify the commercial skillset during the interview processTop tips on developing existing finance talent into more commercial rolesImportance of educating the wider organisation on
15/03/202234 minutes
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The connection between sustainability and finance | with Lilly Miller, CFO at Planet Mark

In our newest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro chats to Lilly Miller, Chief Financial Officer at Planet Mark.Lilly is a qualified accountant and has experience managing a diverse range of businesses and supporting many SMEs from her years in Corporate Recovery and as a Financial Controller.This episode also covers:Lilly’s journey to Planet MarkWhere does ESG fit within a CFO role?Lilly’s views on running a business from homeWhat other areas can finance contribute to in terms of sustainability?Why should finance leaders try and push their ESG strategy forward?How to approach sustainability Links referenced in this episodeLilly&apos;s LinkedInPlanet Mark
08/03/202240 minutes 32 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live - Reduce Your Month-End Close Time

Join us for the next installment of Financial Transformation live where Hannah Munro will be talking about how you can reduce your month-end close! Topics she will be covering include: Stats around typical close times4 steps to improve your month-end closeUsing timeline mapping to understand your current close processCommon month-end bottlenecksWhere should you be focusing to improveIf you would like to learn more about our Financial Transformation Live Community, visit here.Follow us on LinkedIn to ensure you don&apos;t miss our future sessions!
01/03/202240 minutes 16 seconds
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Connecting the dots between data and insights through storytelling in finance | with Brent Dykes, Chief Data Storyteller, AnalyticsHero

This episode of CFO 4.0, sees Hannah Munro, chatting to Brent Dykes, Founder, and Chief Data Storyteller at AnalyticsHero.Brent Dykes has spent more than 15 years in the analytics industry, consulting with some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Microsoft, Sony, Nike, Amazon, and Comcast. Brent brings a unique perspective on data storytelling, and how to communicate data effectively.Brent is a regular Forbes contributor, publishing more than 30 articles on various data topics. He has also published his latest book, &apos;Effective Data Storytelling: How to Drive Change with Data, Narrative, and Visuals&apos;.What&apos;s covered in this episode?What is a Chief Data Storyteller?Brent&apos;s journey to AnalyticsHeroHow to communicate insight within finance teamsFrameworks that are being used to share insight throughout finance teamsHow to convey financial data through storiesTop ti
22/02/202248 minutes 50 seconds
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Building a global and scalable finance function – with Andrew Collis, CFO at Moneypenny

In this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah chats to Andrew Collis, CFO at Moneypenny. Moneypenny is the leading outsourced communications provider supporting businesses globally with outsourced switchboards, telephone answering, live chat management, and much more. Andrew started his career at Deloitte and joined Moneypenny with a wealth of experience and a passion for people-based organisations. Andrew is an expert in helping to scale up global businesses and driving rapid growth plans. This episode also covers:Andrew’s journey to MoneypennyBuilding a people-first culture at MoneypennyBuilding and bringing together a global finance teamTop tips for starting a new finance leadership rolePreparing companies for growthLeading finance during change and transformationLinks referenced in this episodeAndrew&apos;s LinkedIn
15/02/202238 minutes 56 seconds
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5 Steps for Getting Started with your ESG Strategy | With Victoria Gillespie, JTC

In our newest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah chats to Victoria Gillespie, who leads the ESG Commercial Service offering for JTC, and supports the Chief Sustainability Officer to deliver the ESG Strategy. They talk a little about Victoria’s journey to JTC, and what the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) framework means for businesses.Throughout the podcast, they cover several topics, including:Victoria’s journey to JTCDifferent frameworks that are out thereWhat is ESG?Where ESG should sit within an organisation?What shift Victoria has seen in terms of ESG, and the requirements around Brexit, COVID, and Climate ChangeIs ESG a requirement?Links referenced in this episode:ESG and JTCVictoria&apos;s LinkedIn
08/02/202238 minutes 45 seconds
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Financial Transformation Live - Breaking the Excel Addiction

In this episode of CFO 4.0, we&apos;re bringing you the first-ever episode of Financial Transformation Live.This is a recording of a LinkedIn Live &amp; YouTube Live session that took place on the 26th of January at 11 am, which we&apos;ve turned into a podcast for our CFO 4.0 listeners! In this session, Hannah Munro is talking about all things spreadsheets! Are you guilty of having an addiction to spreadsheets? How do you know if you have a problem?What are the dangers of relying on spreadsheets?How can you move away from relying on spreadsheets?Links referenced in this episode:Excel Audit Template DownloadBlog, 10 spreadsheets you shouldn’t have in your finance teams <a
01/02/202240 minutes 11 seconds
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The Research Behind Successful Transformation Projects

Join us on this episode of CFO 4.0, as Hannah Munro takes you through the research behind successful transformation projects, and why some financial transformation projects fail.What else is covered in this episode?Current statistics around Financial TransformationWhat causes Financial Transformation Projects to fail?Practical steps to make your next project a success?Top tips for successful transformationLinks mentioned in this episodeSage Transform PDFSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
25/01/202221 minutes 44 seconds
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Finance Resolutions for 2022 - Getting the right people, processes, and systems in place with Nick Rose CFO of Enable

In this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro chats to Nick Rose. Nick is CFO at fast-growing Silicon Valley VC-backed Enable and joined to help drive the company’s rapid and international expansion which he has been doing for a few years. He joined Enable from U.K.-based building materials wholesaler Travis Perkins plc, where he spent 16 years in a range of finance director and transformation program director roles. We discuss his experience leading and managing transformation, as well as his learnings from the latest ERP project. This episode covers:Nick&apos;s transition from wholesale and distribution to a SAAS businessHis ambitions for the role of financeHow to structure responsibilities within a finance teamHow systems and platforms can impact your finance teamsFinding the right team members who have the right viewpointTakeaways from implementing a new finance systemNick&apos;s business resolutions f
12/01/202238 minutes 7 seconds
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The Final Episode of 2021 with Hannah Munro

In this final episode for 2021, Hannah reflects back on the amazing year we&apos;ve had with the CFO 4.0 Podcast. and how finance transformation has shifted due to COVID. We wanted to say a huge thank you to those of you who have supported and listened to this podcast over the past twelve months, and we hope you&apos;ll stick around for our future episodes.We also wanted to say a HUGE thank you to our guests who have appeared on the show. Hannah also chats about her new project, Financial Transformation Live, and gives a little bit more insight into what that entails and how you can go about joining the sessions!We hope you have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!🎄If you could leave a review, it would be much appreciated.Find out more about Financial Transformation Live here<a href='https://content.itassolutions.uk/podcast-aler
22/12/202112 minutes 14 seconds
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Soft Skills and the importance they have in Finance Teams | with Howard Tunnicliffe

In our newest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah chats to Howard Tunnicliffe.Howard is Head of Finance - Subscriptions at The Economist, and he helps finance people to move up by mastering soft skills, which is the main subject of today&apos;s episode! Howard is also an experienced leader of Financial Planning &amp; Analysis with over 15 years&apos; tenure in global matrixed businesses.What else is covered in this episode?Howard’s journey to The EconomistWhy are soft skills so important when it comes to finance?How to assess your finance teamWhy it’s important to be aware of soft skillsWhat are the more important skills when it comes to finance?Top tips to develop these soft skills within your finance teamConnect with Howard on LinkedIn
15/12/202130 minutes 21 seconds
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Managing Accountability Successfully in Finance with Colin McDonagh, FD of TTM

In this episode of CFO 4.0, join Hannah as she interviews Colin McDonagh, Finance Director of TTM.  TTM Healthcare is a world-class, specialist, Irish-owned recruitment company placing candidates in the healthcare market.Colin has focused on financial services throughout his career and has been with TTM Healthcare since 2014.What else is covered in this episode?Colin’s journey to TTMHow to approach accountability within financeKPIs and accountabilityHow to monitor and measure accountability within finance teamsWhat does the process of delegation of accountability look like?IROAR – what does it mean?Sign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
08/12/202140 minutes 33 seconds
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Building an internal Framework for Financial Modelling with Ian Schnoor, Executive Director at Financial Modelling Institute

On this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah talks to Ian Schnoor, who is the Executive Director at Financial Modelling Institute.                Ian is also a Principal and Founder of The Marquee Group, a leading provider of financial modeling training to professionals in the financial community. Ian has built The Marquee Group into a leading provider of financial modeling training, consulting, and accreditation.Also covered in this episode:Ian’s journey into Financial ModellingWhat is financial modelling?What makes a good financial model?The process and framework behind a good financial modelThe skillsets people need to take on this roleTop tips for building financial modelling capability internallyLinks referenced in this episode:Ian&apos;s LinkedIn<a href='https://content.itassolutions.uk/podcast-alerts-cfo-briefing-sign
02/12/202142 minutes 26 seconds
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The Digital CFO - Research Report from Sage – with Monica Arora, EVP Commercial Finance at Sage

In our newest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah chats to Monica Arora, EVP Commercial Finance at Sage. They talk all about the research report from Sage, and how COVID has had such an impact on finance teams.Monica has been at Sage for almost six years but has previously worked at Schneider Electic as a Finance Director.In Monica&apos;s current role at Sage, she sits on both the CFO leadership, as well as the COO leadership.This episode also covers: Monica&apos;s journey to SageTools CFOs and other finance leaders need to shift to commercial finance supportDo people have a natural aptitude for commercial, or can it be taught?What are some of the key findings from the report?What are some key challenges that CFOs are addressing?What impact has COVID had on finance teams?How widely has cloud been adopted, and what does this mean for organisations?The Digital CFO - what does it mean for o
24/11/202132 minutes 30 seconds
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Creating a Growth Mindset as a CFO | With Tony Shafar

In our newest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah speaks to Tony Shafar, Executive and Business Coach at Shafar Coaching.Tony has over 20 years of business experience, working in senior positions for FTSE 100 companies, and smaller businesses, along with technology start-ups.He spent 10 years working as a Finance Director for Ogilvy, where he was a key member of the senior management team. Tony is now an executive coach,  working with mainly finance leaders on mindset and helping them get clarity, overcome challenges and gain confidence. What else does this episode cover?What is a growth mindset?Challenges of having a fixed mindsetStrategies you can implement to get you and your team thinking differentlyWhat can you do as a finance leader to help your team develop their own mindsets? Creating that ‘open book’ cultureLinks referenced in this episode<a href='https://www.shafarcoaching
10/11/202142 minutes 9 seconds
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The Curious CFO | Paul van der Walt, CFO, greenHat

On this week’s episode of CFO 4.0, we have CFO at greenHat, Paul van der Walt joining us to discuss the power of curiosity and what it means for CFOs.An experienced CFO, Paul has a career shaped with a combination of analysis, business partnering, and leadership. A naturally curious individual, he wants to learn how things tick. In the past, he has worked as a CFO for Specsavers, and was a Senior Finance Manager at Heathrow Airport. In this session we talk all about the importance of curiosity both as a leader but also within a team culture. This episode covers:Paul’s background and his journey into the finance worldThe definition of curiosity in financeWhat does #GetCurious mean for him and why is it important in finance?What does a curious CFO look like?What are the downsides/shadow behaviours with curiosity?Can curiosity be taught or is it a natural ability?Building a culture that supports c
03/11/202144 minutes 52 seconds
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Shifting from Maps to a Satnav World – Understanding the shift in the way that Boards make decisions | with Patrick Dunne

In this week’s episode of CFO 4.0, we talk about how Boards are now transitioning to a new way of making decisions and what CFOs need to do to support this. Patrick is a returning guest, the Author of “Boards”, is an Experienced Chair and Serial Social Entrepreneur. He talks us through the how&apos;s, what&apos;s and why&apos;s of how Boards are shifting to a new dynamic decision making process.In this episode, we discuss: How has the pace of decision making changed and what is driving it?How are Boards and senior leadership teams approaching decision making in this volatile world?How are CFOs required to work with the Board?Strategies to budget as a Board in an everchanging environmentSystems and Processes needed to be able to cope with this changeSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
27/10/202137 minutes 42 seconds
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Building a Transformation Mindset in Finance | with Rob Jackson, VP of Finance Operations at Sage

Is financial transformation so black and white, or is there a grey area somewhere in the middle? Today we talk about the importance of mindset to your transformation programme. In the latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro chats to Rob Jackson, VP of Finance Operations at Sage about how they do financial transformation internally. Rob has had over 20 years of experience within the transformation roles across a range of industries. He has worked for IBM, BAE Systems, Ernst and Young, BT, and is now settled at Sage as Vice President of Finance Operations where he leads their internal transformation programme. This episode also covers:Rob’s journey into financial transformation and why he decided to move to SageHow Sage approaches transformation internally and some of the challenges they have facedProcess of kicking off a new financial transformation projectImportance of communication particularly when working with a g
20/10/202144 minutes 32 seconds
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Leading on Diversity in Finance - with Kay Formanek

We all know that Diversity is critical to the success of any business but why is it so hard to address? What do leaders need to consider in their approach to building diversity and how do you know when you have achieved it beyond the typical demographic KPIs. Kay Formanek Author and Founder of Diversity and Performances talks us through the strategic and practical aspects of building a diverse team. What&apos;s covered in this episode?Definitions of Diversity beyond demographicsKey pillars required for Diversity SuccessBuilding a diversity vision and value statementPractical examples of unconscious bias during recruitment and how they were addressedLeadership approach required for Diversity SuccessLinks referenced in this episode:Kay&apos;s LinkedIn<a href='https://beyonddiversityandinclusion.
13/10/202144 minutes 47 seconds
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How technology can enable hybrid working for finance teams - with Paul Lee, Partner at Deloitte

In this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah chats to Paul Lee, who is a Partner at Deloitte UK.  This episode focuses entirely on the hybrid of working at home, and at the office. What else is covered in this episode?Working from home, hybrid and back to the office - what is the right option?What questions should finance leaders consider for hybrid workersWhat technology trends are developing to support the new world of workHow 5g/wifi 6 going to impact the world of workLinks referenced in this episode Paul&apos;s LinkedInRaise your game with Sage IntacctFirst 90 Days as a CFO: Ultimate Blueprint (FREE download)<a href='https://content.itassolutions.uk/podcast-alerts-cfo-
28/09/202146 minutes 24 seconds
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Keeping the ethics in finance through challenging times - Interview with Director of Finance at Mama Shelter

 In the latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro chats to Maneesh Singh, Director of Finance at Mama Shelter. Mama Shelter is a hospitality brand, with 2161 rooms, 15 restaurants, and 750 employees in 14 cities and 9 countries. What is discussed on this episode:Maneesh&apos;s journey into his role at Mama ShelterManaging a team during the pandemicEthics in businessHow important are relationships with suppliers?Plans for the future at Mama ShelterLinks referenced in this episodeManeesh&apos;s LinkedInMama ShelterSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
21/09/202142 minutes 37 seconds
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Hiring CFOs and the changing face of recruitment during COVID - with Phil Scott, MD at FD Recruit

In this episode of CFO 4.0 Hannah and Phil Scott, Managing Director of FD Recruit, get to grips with the recruiting of CFOs looking to make their next move. Phil is the founder of FD Recruit, a recruitment consultancy specialising in spotting talented FDs and CFOs looking for their next career opportunity. COVID as you would expect, had a detrimental effect during lockdown, but it’s business as usual now as the country emerges from the Pandemic. If you’re looking for progression and an upwards curve when it comes to your career or even tips on how to futureproof your skills, this is the episode for you! Topics CoveredCFO and FD recruitmentHybrid and Flexi-working Networking and Interpersonal skillsTechnology and the changing role of FDs and CFOsSocial Media and MarketingSign up for our CFO Briefing and
07/09/202138 minutes 3 seconds
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What does the future of AI look like for finance teams moving forward - with Raj Harash, Director of Sales at YayPay

Talking to Hannah on this week’s CFO 4.0 podcast is Director of Sales at Yaypay, Raj Harash. Raj is a whizz at simplifying and streamlining processes. He says that he can make collecting money fast, easy and highly predictable by using inbuilt AI technology. The issue of non-payment can be a sticky one, but Raj believes it can all be avoided if the right tools and software is implemented.Topics CoveredAI and Machine Learning in FinanceCRM and ERP softwareIntegrating Credit Control into the businessCCJ and bad payersCFOs and automationForecasting and predicting financial modelsLinks referenced in this episodeFirst 90 days as a CFO: Ultimate BlueprintRaise your game with Sage Intacct<a href='https://www.linkedin.c
30/08/202137 minutes 33 seconds
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Dealing with change in finance projects and teams – with Alexandra Bond-Burnett, Executive Coach, Speaking Ambition

In this episode of CFO 4.0 Hannah talks with Executive Coach, Alexandra Bond-Burnett who’s helped develop leaders in the Finance, Tech and Accounting space. She gives guidance on how to approach difficult conversations and deal with different personality types. When dealing with complex transformational projects it’s not only the systems you have to work on – Emotional Intelligence is part and parcel of the process too.Topics CoveredEmotional intelligenceNeuroscience and PsychologyChange Management SkillsTeam EngagementProcess and project ManagementLinks referenced in this episode:First 90 Days as a CFO: Blueprint for Success - Download for free now!Alexandra&apos;s LinkedIn<a href='https://content.itassolutions.uk/p
24/08/202144 minutes 50 seconds
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Survey of CFOs reveals the importance of automating finance - with Chris Beeley, embracent

In this episode of CFO 4.0 we speak to Chris Beeley, practice lead for financial transformation and automation at embracent. Chris has worked for the world’s largest Accountancy firms, recently ending a 20-year stint at KPMG.He gives us the lowdown on how tech is transforming finance and the dangers of putting mass faith into spreadsheets!Chris and the team at embracent have conducted a piece of research with a number of leading CFOs on the revolution of automation in finance. They found that although most use tech to drive cost efficiency, many also wanted to improve customer experience and create a happier workforce.Topics covered:·         Financial transformation and automation·         Use of Artificial Intelligence, Bots and redesigning processes·         CFO vision and creativity·         Limitations of Spreadsheets and Excel·         Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)<a href='https://content.itassolutio
17/08/202145 minutes 11 seconds
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CFO survey reveals the economy is in buoyant mood - with Ian Stewart, Deloitte

In this episode of CFO 4.0 Hannah gets an update from the returning Ian Stewart, Chief Economist at Deloitte, on how the bounce back from the pandemic is playing out in the minds of some of the country&apos;s leading financiers.Ian produces a quarterly survey questioning some of the UK’s leading CFO’s on issues such as Climate Change, Brexit planning and workplace practices.This survey shows how the big corporates have built up cash and strengthened their balance sheets during the downturn and how they’re planning to grow their businesses. Topics Covered:The ever-changing role of a CFOBomb proofing the balance sheets and reducing debtV shaped economic recoveryEmployee retention and hybrid workingThe impact of Climate Change in corporate decision-makingInflationary risks and pressures.Ian&apos;s LinkedIn<a
10/08/202143 minutes 44 seconds
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Managing a restructure whilst navigating COVID - CFO Stories with Oxfam's CFO Jane Cunliffe

Previously having worked in Government, CFO Jane Cunliffe talks with Hannah about her first 12 months at Oxfam.Her journey into finance is a little unorthodox. Starting off as a policy professional at the Department of Education, she went on to work for Nick Clegg’s office – Deputy PM at the time, then moving on to the Treasury where she developed her passion for finance.In a whirlwind first year, Jane describes how she’s had to make some tough decisions as part of the restructure at Oxfam; letting colleagues go, withdrawing from certain countries and delving into the reserves to make ends meet as COVID took hold.This episode covers:Restructuring a global not-for-profit companyThe advantages and disadvantages of remote communicationStreamlining the finance functionCreative finance strategyTranslating data and information for non-finance colleaguesLinks referenced in this episode:<
03/08/202147 minutes 28 seconds
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The rewards and pitfalls of being a non profit CFO - with Tosha Anderson, The Charity CFO

This week on CFO 4.0 Hannah talks with the energetic Tosha Anderson who&apos;s known as the founder and CEO of The Charity CFO. She heads up a business that matches non-profit organisations with accountants who are looking for career change, either because they &apos;don&apos;t want to make the rich richer&apos; or have had enough of working in the profit sector.Tosha began her career helping out charities but was soon consumed by everything but financial work; having to deal with flooded bathrooms to tech problems and beyond!She&apos;s spent almost 15 years in the non-profit sector and believes it&apos;s the most rewarding career in terms of relationships as well as all round character building.Topics discussed:Non-profit accountingMulti-tasking CFO beyond financeTransitioning from profit to non-profit sectorManaging relationships with CEOs, Volunteers and BoardsLinks referenced in this epis
27/07/202141 minutes 56 seconds
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The methods of a disruptive CFO - with Victor Wong, Flipp CFO

 This episode sees Hannah speaking to Victor Wong, CFO of Flipp, a planning and savings app that helps shoppers.As CFO, Victor is responsible for leading the development and successful execution of Flipp’s strategy as well as the operational effectiveness of the company.Prior to assuming the role of CFO, Victor established and scaled both the Content Operations and Finance teams. Leading Content Operations, he formed a 140 member team, working with 1,500+ retailers to deliver local savings and deal content to shoppers across North America. Before joining Flipp, Victor spent eight years at Ernst &amp; Young, six years in the Assurance practice, and two years in the Transaction Advisory Services group working on both buy-side integration and transaction diligence.This episode covers: Top tips on how to support a finance teamCreating realistic mission statementsThe symbiotic
20/07/202144 minutes 58 seconds
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The essential mindsets you need to be successful in your new CFO role - with Ash Noah, AICPA & CIMA

Host Hannah Munro speaks to Ash Noah, Vice President, CGMA External Relations at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), representing AICPA &amp; CIMA, about the crucial steps CFOs can take to change their mindsets and become more productive.In his role as Vice President, Ash serves as a liaison to CFOs and CEOs to understand how finance teams are evolving and guides the Association’s initiatives to help management accountants create more value for their organizations. Prior to the Association, he served as CFO of the international unit of TNT Express, the global transport and logistics provider and led finance teams in 45 countries through significant transformation.This episode covers:How different mindsets can enhance value creation and digital transformation projectsA CFO first 90 days and why the right attitude will help to hit the ground runningWhat does the current
13/07/202136 minutes 53 seconds
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How to make your next digital transformation project a success - with Mark Lockton-Goddard

This episode of CFO 4.0 sees CEO of embracement Mark Lockton-Goddard discuss digital transformation strategies, giving an overview of the right and wrong ways to approach change.Mark has over 25 year&apos;s experience providing business and technology advice to a range of global businesses. With senior roles at KPMG, PwC and PageGroup Mark has helped a multitude of businesses with digital transformation projects. Mark&apos;s current role as CEO at embracent, a technology consultancy firm, sees him take a hand-on approach to help businesses embrace the opportunities that technology brings.This episode covers:What the decision making process should look like for companies implementing financial transformation solutionsHow to convince employees to accept new technology and processesBest ways to make a digital transformation project a success for CFOsMain focus areas when starting a digital overhaul of finance departments<
06/07/202141 minutes 44 seconds
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How the economic climate is impacting CFOs – Ian Stewart, Chief Economist at Deloitte

 In this edition of CFO 4.0 Hannah speaks to Ian Stewart, Partner and Chief Economist at Deloitte, about his role as chief architect of the CFO Survey, a quarterly review that acts as a barometer of UK corporates’ sentiment and strategies.As part of his role at Deloitte, Ian advises boards and companies on macroeconomics and writes a popular weekly economics blog, the Monday Briefing. His previous roles include Chief Economist for Europe at Merrill Lynch, Head of Economics in the Conservative Research Department and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.This episode covers:What the CFO Survey reveals about CFOs biggest challenges and concerns?What impact future economic trends may have on CFOs?An in-depth look into Deloitte&apos;s CFO survey processHow the CFO role has changed over the years survey?What external factors are CFOs most focused on?<a href='https://content.i
29/06/202149 minutes 19 seconds
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Managing your team through change as a CFO - with Robert Bendetti

On this edition of CFO 4.0 Hannah is joined by the Senior Vice President and CFO of Life Cycle Engineering, Robert Bendetti. Hannah and Robert speak about his experience with change management and discuss ways that CFOs can knock down roadblocks in order to implement new strategies and processes. Prior to his current role, Robert served as V.P. of Finance at Galey &amp; Lord and CFO of The Coastal Logistics Group as well as financial management positions within Lockheed Martin, Hormel Foods, and Hilton Hotels.Robert is the President and founder of the Global CFO Council. The council provides an educational and networking forum for Senior Financial Executives and has more than 1,300 members in 30 countries.This episode covers:How do CFOs go about assessing their own performance?Best ways to delegate roles to the most capable people.How the CFO role is shifting?What su
22/06/202150 minutes 45 seconds
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Securing the future of finance with better business partnering - with Anders Liu-Lindberg

Join host Hannah Munro as she speaks to author, influencer and Co-founder of the Business Partnering Institute Anders Liu-Lindberg about the pivotal role good business partnering could have in the finance departments of the future.Anders is currently COO and CMO of the Business Partnering Institute and the owner of the largest group dedicated to Finance Business Partnering on LinkedIn. He has ten years of experience as a business partner at global transport and logistics company Maersk. He has also co-authored the book “Create Value as a Finance Business Partner” and is a popular finance blogger.This episode covers:What are CFOs looking for in a good business partnerThe factors that are important in maximising a business partner&apos;s valueThe traits and skills that make someone a good business partnerHow CFO can use business partners to strengthen their departmentWhat elements of finance need to change to ensure future
15/06/202137 minutes 41 seconds
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Advance your finance career despite COVID-19 uncertainty - with Rhymer Rigby

With uncertainty surrounding the future of the workplace, Hannah sits down with author and journalist Rhymer Rigby to discuss what post-covid work conditions could look like and what career opportunities they might offer people who play their cards right.Rhymer is the author of 28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World and The Careerist: 100 Ways to Get Ahead at Work. He has a long career as a business journalist writing articles for the Financial Times, The Times, and The Telegraph amongst others.What&apos;s covered in this episode?The current landscape of the world of work Remote vs office - pros and cons Networking from afar and the best ways to get noticed Use of digital and in-person technics to climb the finance ladder Potential post-covid opportunitiesLinks referenced in this episode:Rhymer&apos;s LinkedIn<a
08/06/202142 minutes 1 second
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How CFOs can use new finance automation tech to their advantage - with Jack McCullough & Hannah Munro

This edition of the CFO 4.0 podcast sees the tables turn as CFO and Forbes contributor Jack McCullough interviews Hannah about her career and thoughts on financial transformation.As well as his role at Forbes, Jack is president of the CFO Leadership Council, Founder and Chair of the MIT Sloan CFO Summit and author of many business books including &apos;The Psychopathic CEO - The Executive Survival Guide&apos;. This is Jack&apos;s third appearance on the show and first time on the other side of the questions. This episode covers: The current landscape of technology, how is it changing financeWhy it matters i.e. pace of decision making/change in roles/finance as a value centreExamples of technologies that are available nowHow to identify what you need to change i.e. systems vs processes, where do you start, big bang or phased approach, ERP vs best of breed &amp; integrationTop tips for finding the right tech
01/06/202144 minutes 7 seconds
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FC to Female CFO: Talking about shifting into CFO role for the first time - with Niki Heim

On this week&apos;s edition of CFO 4.0 Hannah is join by Niki Heim, CFO at LogicSource, a procurement service and technology provider company.Prior to joining LogicSource, Niki gained four years of experience in public accounting where she worked in various industries including small businesses, government entities, and financial institutions and was the Controller at Title Nine Sports, a women’s activewear company. Niki and Hannah discuss her career from her initial start as a FC at LogicSource to her current CFO role. Her rise through the ranks serves as a success story for women looking to thrive in male-dominated industries.This episode covers:How to build the right team to support you as a CFOBest ways to climb the corporate ladder How women can manage a home/work balanceDiversity in the workplace Female role models and building opportunities for womenLinks referenced in this episode<a
25/05/202135 minutes 48 seconds
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Getting that first CFO role! - with Andrew Waters

Join Hannah as she speaks to Andrew Waters, Founding Partner of Zanda a Board and Financial recruitment firm.Andrew knows both sides corporate structures, having both 15 years experience in recruitment and an Angel Investor role in various start-ups.He and Hannah discuss the important attributes that makes the CFO position so vital to companies growth ambitions and getting that first CFO role!Other topics covered in this episode include:How does someone gain the extra skills needed to become a CFOWhat makes someone right for the CFO roleHow is tech baked into the CFO role CFO self-assessment and self-improvementAndrew&apos;s LinkedInZanda WebsiteSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsl
18/05/202146 minutes 23 seconds
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How CFOs can use Storytelling to Bring a Strategic Vision to Life with Jack Sweeney

This episode of CFO 4.0 features finance journalist and host of the award-wining CFO Thought Leader podcast Jack Sweeney. Jack is the former editor in chief of Business Finance Magazine and the founding editor of Consulting Magazine. He served as editor of Integration Management and Washington Technology and currently runs a blog for Forbes&apos; CFO Network. As the digitisation of financial departments increases, Jack and Hannah discuss what new demands are being placed on the CFO role within businesses and what techniques CFOs can use to build a wider strategic vision for their companies. Other topics covered in this episode include: The CFO as &apos;storyteller&apos; Why CFOs should be more extroverted What can CFOs do to connect with more people outside finance What does the CFO of the future look like The leadership role of a CFOLinks referenced in this episode:<a href='https://
11/05/202144 minutes 36 seconds
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Transitioning from CFO to CEO - A Board's Perspective with Patrick Dunne

This episode sees Patrick Dunne, boards adviser and author of award winning book &quot;Boards&quot;, back by popular demand. He and Hannah discuss the CFO to CEO journey from a boards perspective, giving CFOs tips on how to move to the next level.What&apos;s covered in this episode?What are boards looking for in a CFO who are considering a move to CEO?How has the pandemic changed the transition from CFO to CEO?Why are more CFOs being considered for CEO roles?What skills CFOs need to develop to be thought of as the right candidate?How can a CFO manoeuvre their role to align more with a CEO?Links referenced in this episode:Patrick&apos;s LinkedInPatrick&apos;s TwitterBoards Book - <a href='https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boards-Practical-Perspective-Patrick-Dun
04/05/202142 minutes 57 seconds
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Reducing the Risk of Fraud in your Finance Team - with Robert Brooker

In this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah talks to Robert Brooker, Head of Fraud and Forensics at PKF GM. Robert is a leading industry figure, with more than 20 years of experience in prevention and detection of loss, and investigation of online fraud.Before he became the Head of Fraud and Forensics at PKF, he was Head of Fraud at Transport for London where he managed a team of investigators.What&apos;s covered in this episode?Different types of fraud that can occur within a businessIs fraud on the rise at this moment in time?Is there a lack of awareness of the impact fraud can have on a business?Why does fraud happen?Red flags we might notice and how to introduce them into our everyday livesWhat are the reasons people may commit fraud?The two types of fraud and how to prevent itLinks mentioned in this episode:Raise
27/04/202151 minutes 45 seconds
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A CFO’s Guide To Measuring Marketing ROI – and it isn’t by MQLs! Chris Walker – Refine Labs

In this latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro chats to Chris Walker. Chris is CEO of Refine Labs, which is a demand accelerator for B2B SaaS companies.  Chris also runs his own podcast, State of Demand Gen. Chris talks innovative strategy, advice and tactics that works best for marketers, along with interviewing the top experts within the marketing industry.This episode covers:How has marketing changed in the last few years?Why the MQL is no longer a good way to measure marketing impact?How do fast growing businesses measure marketing success?What you should be focussing on in terms of measurement?What is brand and what sort of activities would fall underneath it?Buyers process and their journeySigns for CFOs that their brand is workingWhat questions should a CFO be asking their CMO?Support CFOs should give to a CMO to enable success?How long until you start to s
20/04/20211 hour 10 minutes 48 seconds
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Dealing with a Psychopathic CEO: The CFOs Survival Guide - with Jack McCullough

In this weeks episode of CFO 4.0, we welcome back Jack McCullough, President of The CFO Leadership Council.This episode covers:The definition of a psychopathThe impact of working with a psychopathic CEOCelebrities who display traits of psychopathyIs it common to have psychopathic CEOs?Signs that you could be working for a psychopathic CEOHow to protect yourself from a psychopathic CEO?Links referenced within this episode:Jack&apos;s LinkedInSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
13/04/202149 minutes 43 seconds
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CFO Stories - Life as a Portfolio CFO for Start-ups with Aarish Shah

In this new episode of CFO 4.0, join Hannah Munro, as she chats to Aarish Shah, founder of EmergeONE. Aarish helps founders, start-ups, and people grow. In this episode, they discuss:Portfolio CFO vs Part-Time CFODo you have what it takes to be a portfolio CFO?Why do it? What are the benefits?What are the downsides?Picking the right portfolio to work with.Links referenced in this episode:EmergeONE WebsiteAarish&apos;s LinkedInSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
30/03/202148 minutes 17 seconds
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Understanding the ROI of Employee Wellbeing - with Gethin Nadin

In this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro interviews Gethin Nadin. Gethin is an Award-Winning Psychologist who&apos;s published in The Financial Times. This episode covers: Is employee wellbeing a new fad or just something we have renamed?What matters to employees when it comes to wellbeing?How do we measure current levels of wellbeing?Importance of employee wellbeing to the bottom lineShifting from reactive to proactive wellbeingEmployee wellbeing and your investorsLinks referenced in this episode:Gethin&apos;s LinkedInDeloitte ReportRaise your game with Sage Intacct<a href='https://content.itassolutions.uk/podcast-alerts-cfo
23/03/202139 minutes 20 seconds
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A CFOs Guide to Writing Annual Reports That Your Investors Actually want to Read - with Claire Bodanis

Hannah chats to Claire Bodanis, the UK leading authority on corporate reporting. Claire is also the Author of &quot;Trust Me, I&apos;m Listed&quot;. Claire is also the Founder and Director of Falcon Windsor.In this episode, Hannah and Claire cover:Challenges currently faced today with producing the annual report How to produce a report that is engaging and valuable to investorsBalancing the increase in regulatory requirements with what investors need to hearCommunicating challenging news in your Annual ReportCommon mistakes businesses make when writing their annual reportWhat is changing in the world of annual reportingLinks referenced in this episode:Claire&apos;s LinkedInFalcon WindsorMonthly
16/03/202149 minutes 12 seconds
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What do the Elite CFOs do Differently to Drive Impact? - CFO Now Research with Aneel Delawalla, Accenture

In this latest episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah interviews Aneel Delawalla, Managing Director and Partner at Accenture. They discuss the research Aneel and his team have regarding the top 17% of CFOs and what they&apos;re doing differently compared to other CFOs, and how COVID may have accelerated or slowed trends.This episode answers the following:At a top level, what shifts and trends did the report identify in terms of what businesses need from their CFO?Has COVID accelerated or slowed these trends?What are the top 17% CFOs doing differently?What is the impact on businesses for those that had CFOs that model those behaviours?What can CFOs do today, to start their journey towards this shift?Connect with Aneel on LinkedIn<a href='https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insights/consulting/cfo-research-overview?c=acn_glb_cfoglobalresearmediarelations_11900679&amp;n
09/03/202136 minutes 53 seconds
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Avoiding Burnout When Managing Your Remote Finance Team - with Shauna Moran, Founder of Operate Remote

In this episode, Hannah Munro chats to Shauna Moran. Shauna is the founder of Operate Remote - an accredited and award-winning executive coaching agency that empowers CEO&apos;s and their remote teams to create and build more emotionally-healthy, engaged and sustainable organisations- so they can scale and grow with confidence, regardless of locations.This episode covers:What can we do to help combat the work from home fatigue that&apos;s happening at the moment?How can you change the way you communicate to support remote working?How can we maintain flexibility and work life balance but still ensure good communication and productivity?Managing boundaries and work life balance in a remote worldHow to build a culture that allows people to thrive working remotelyLinks referenced in this episode:Operate Remote Website<a href='https://ww
02/03/202141 minutes 32 seconds
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How Funding is Like Ice Cream - Martin Spiller, Paladin Partners

In this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro, MD of itas, interviews Martin Spiller, an experienced CFO, who has worked with a number of high growth SAAS businesses. Questions answered in this episode:What are funders looking for in a CFO?What are the top mistakes businesses make when applying for funding?What about a Start-up vs Scaleup? How does it vary from seed to series A&amp;B?How to go about finding the right funding partnerCan you ever have too much funding?Top tips for getting fundedMartin&apos;s LinkedInSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
24/02/202146 minutes 49 seconds
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Use Humour to Your Advantage as a Finance Leader - with Dr. Vanessa Marcie

Dr Vanessa Marcié is a Humour &amp; Leadership expert, international speaker and a pioneer of theories of driving change through humour. She has given over 100 presentations to global audiences of more than 30 countries. What to listen out for in this episode:What is the benefit of using humour for both finance transformation and within your finance team?What are the different types of humour and how do you use them effectivelyHow do men and women approach humour differently?How to use humour with your direct reports and with the senior leadership?Top tips on starting to incorporate humour into your leadership style Links referenced in this episode:Leading with Humour WebsiteQuizVanessa&apos;s LinkedIn<l
16/02/202136 minutes 17 seconds
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The 3 Pillars of Financial Transformation - with Hannah Munro

Join Hannah Munro, MD of itas, as she talks about the 3 pillars of financial transformation and what it takes to lead a successful financial transformation project. With over a decade of experience supporting finance teams to manage change and delivering 100s of projects across a number of industries, she is going to share some top tips on how to make your next transformation project a success.  Key highlights:Understanding the 3 pillars of financial transformation The science behind successful transformation projects Motivating your team during a transformation projectRemoving barriers to changePractical tips for your next projectSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
09/02/202151 minutes 58 seconds
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What are Boards looking for in a CFO? - Patrick Dunne

This week on CFO 4.0 we interview the author of “Boards”, Patrick Dunne on exactly what a good CFO looks like from a Board’s perspective. Key topics we discuss:What does a good board/CFO relationship look like? What are boards looking for in a CFO?How do you start off on the right foot with your board?A boards perspective on the CEO/CFO relationship?Can a poor CEO/CFO relationship be repaired? Top tips for new CFOsLinks Referenced in this Episode:Patrick&apos;s LinkedInPatrick&apos;s TwitterBoards Book - Amazon / Governance<a href='https://content.itassolutions.uk/p
02/02/202132 minutes 8 seconds
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Using Positive Psychology to Build a High Performing Finance Team with Strengthscope MD, David Lincoln

Join Hannah Munro, your host of CFO 4.0 as she interviews David Lincoln, Managing Director of Strengthscope. They discuss the power of positive psychology and how you can apply it to build high performing finance teams. They chat not only about why it works but also how you can apply it to both everyday team management and your recruitment process.  Things to listen out for:What is Positive Psychology?How it differs from typical performance management?Impact of Using a Strengths Based ApproachUnderstanding Negativity BiasHow it can be used in recruitment to find the right candidatesSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
26/01/202147 minutes 17 seconds
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Building Your Personal Brand as a Strategic Finance Leader - with Amelia Sordell, Founder of Klowt

In this episode of CFO 4.0, join Hannah Munro as she interviews Amelia Sordell, Founder of Klowt, the Personal Branding Agency. They discuss how you can shift the perception of both you and your role in finance from Bean Counter to Strategic Visionary. Also covered in this episode:What is personal branding?Why is it important?How to define your personal brand?How do you build a personal brand?Links Mentioned in this EpisodeAmelia&apos;s LinkedIn Sign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
19/01/202144 minutes 5 seconds
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Top Tips on Finding and Getting your Perfect FD/CFO Role - Andrew MacAskill

In this episode of CFO 4.0 podcast, join Hannah Munro and Andrew MacAskill. Andrew is the founder of Executive Career Jump. As a finance professional himself, Mr Macaskill offers advice and guidance on not only making a success of your current job search, but also advice and guidance for those wanting to future proof their careers. What to listen out for: What companies are looking for in new CFOsTop tips for finding the right organization and role for youAlternative options to traditional CFO and FD rolesHow to get noticed in your job searchAdvice to Finance Directors to future proof their careersFollow Andrew on LinkedInSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
12/01/202131 minutes 56 seconds
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Your First 90 days as a CFO and 2021 Predictions for Finance - Jack McCullough, President of The CFO Leadership Council

In this episode, we have a returning guest, Jack McCullough who is the Founder and President of The CFO Leadership Council. This episode covers:How to make the most of your first 90 days as a CFO How to positioning yourself a strategic PartnerKey Relationships to focus onTop tips for building a relationship with your CEOKey Areas to Review in your first 90 daysSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
05/01/202140 minutes 43 seconds
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CIMA's Latest Research On Building Business Resilience - Dr Ian Selby, Vice President Research & Development, AICPA&CIMA

In this episode of CFO 4.0 podcast, Hannah delves into CIMAs research into financial resilience with Dr Ian Selby. Ian is Vice President of Global Research and Development  for Management Accounting, The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA&amp;CIMA). What to listen out for in this episode:Current research themes and trends for financeResults of CIMAs Economic Recovery SurveyRole of finance in building business resilienceWhat is in the CIMA business recovery toolkitWhat&apos;s next for CIMA?Learn more about the CIMA Toolkits here:Economic Recovery Survey &amp; Business Recovery Toolkit<a href='https://www.
15/12/202045 minutes 53 seconds
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What Start-ups & Scale-Ups are looking for in a CFO - Dr Chris Sier, Chairman of Clearglass

In this episode of CFO 4.0 podcast,  Hannah Munro interviews Dr Chris Sier, Chairman of Clearglass.  Dr Christopher Sier is also the Fintech Envoy for England,  Visiting Professor of Financial Technology at the University of Leeds, Professor of Practice and Newcastle University and Chairman of Fintech North, the innovation community for tech start-ups.What to listen out for:Chris&apos; journey to becoming Chairman of Clear GlassWhat qualities are start-ups and scale-ups looking for in a CFO? The difference between the Start-Up to Scale-Up CFO vs the Established, Corporate CFOThe importance of industry experience? What should CFOs looking to work with startup and scaleups know before they start?What experience are boards/CEOs looking for in a CFO?Links referenced in this episodeChris Sier LinkedIn<br
08/12/202055 minutes 24 seconds
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How Technology is Changing the Role of the CFO - Mark Green

In this episode, Hannah invites Mark Green, Technology Evangelist at Sage. They discuss how technology is changing the role of the CFO and how finance teams can start preparing for the future.What to listen out for:The role of a Technology Evangelist &amp; the connection between people and technologyCurrent challenges in the world of financeWhat technologies are going to change the future for the CFO roleWhat do future finance teams look like?How finance teams can begin to prepare for the futureLinks mentioned in this episode:Mark Green&apos;s LinkedInVisit our websiteSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
01/12/202037 minutes 58 seconds
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Developing the Next Generation of Finance Leaders – Gareth John President of ICAEW Anglia

In this episode of CFO podcast, join Hannah Munro as she interviews  Gareth John. Gareth is the Executive Chairman and Director of Accountancy Training College in Cambridge at First Intuition Cambridge Ltd. He is also the President of ICAEW, East Anglia. What to listen out for:Gareth’s journey to ICAEWCurrent drivers and changes in the skills needed for finance teamsHow qualifications are changing to develop the next generation of financeHow do existing leaders continue to develop their skills?Sign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
24/11/202047 minutes 22 seconds
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Rockstar CFOs in Times of Crisis with Jack McCullough

In this podcast episode, we have guest Jack McCullough, which is the founder and president of the CFO Leadership Council, a Forbes contributor, and author of “The Secrets of Rockstar CFOs”, and he has also served as a CFO to 26 different companies.What to listen out for:Why CFO is so critical during the current crisis?Top tips for managing through crisisIs the current situation actually going to change the role of the CFO?Building a Rockstar finance teamLinks referenced in this podcastJack McCullough LinkedInSign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
17/11/202035 minutes 36 seconds
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Building an Engaged Finance Team with Dr. Jeff Smith, PhD

In this new episode of CFO 4.0,  we have invited Dr. Jeff Smith. Dr. Smith is a psychologist, cultural strategist, inventor, and speaker who uses design and technology to help people and organizations thrive.  The episode will cover:Story &amp; Journey of Dr. Jeff Smith’s 15FiveKey areas critical to building and engage the teamHow a CFO can approach engagement with every individual in the organization? Positioning your finance team to the rest of the organisationHow to identify if its working – or not?Links mentioned on this podcast:https://academy.15five.com/Dr. Jeff Smith’s LinkedIn Visit us at https://itassolutions.co.uk/ Email us at [email protected] <a href='https://content.itassolutions.uk/po
10/11/202050 minutes 37 seconds
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CFO Stories - Jonathan Howell, CFO of Sage Group

This episode is our first episode in our #CFOStories series.In this episode, Hannah Munro speaks to the CFO of Sage, Jonathan Howell about his journey and success in a number of CFO roles. This podcast covers the story of Jonathan and how he fell into the finance world.This episode also covers:Jonathan&apos;s Journey to becoming a CFO at a Global Tech BusinessHow the CFO Role and/or Finance Teams have changed over the last few years?What makes a successful CFO?Understanding the Strengths and Capabilities of your finance teamTop Tips for Building a Strong Finance Function of the FutureHow to Support Your Team through a Fundamental ChangeAdvice for those Looking to Start their Career as a CFOLinks referenced in the PodcastJonathan&apos;s LinkedIn<a href='https://content.itassolutions.
03/11/202038 minutes 42 seconds
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Becoming a Transformational CFO with Shawn Fitzgerald, IDC

In this episode, Shawn Fitzgerald Research Director for IDC&apos;s Digital Transformation Strategy Team, joins Hannah Munro, as they discuss how finance leaders transition from being the &apos;bean counters&apos;, to becoming strategic visionaries. This episode also covers: What are the different types of CFOs we see today?What is a Transformational CFO?How are the shifts in technology and data changing the role of the finance?How are CFOs are evolving their teams with this shift?What skills do Finance Leaders need to thrive in this volatile environment?Sign up for our CFO Briefing and Podcast newsletters
27/10/202051 minutes 36 seconds
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Introduction to CFO 4.0

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20/10/20204 minutes 16 seconds
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Dealing With Conflict In Your Finance Team - Louisa Weinstein

Join Hannah Munro in this episode as she interviews Louisa Weinstein, International Mediator, Founder of The Conflict Resolution Centre. They discuss the different ways you can defuse difficult situations and reach agreements with colleagues at work, particularly in regards to finance. This episode also covers:The principles of dealing within conflictDealing with resistance to changeTop tips for managing conflict remotelyHow to check in with your employees effectivelyLinks referenced in this episodeGet in touch with LouisaLinkedInConflict Resolution CentreFree On-
20/10/202040 minutes 40 seconds
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Becoming an Effective Finance Leader During Volatile Times - Sydney Finkelstein

Join Hannah Munro, as she interviews Sydney Finkelstein, Professor at Tuck School at Dartmouth, Author of Superbosses and Podcast Host of The Sydcast. In this episode, they delve into how COVID has affected the lives of many finance leaders around the globe, and discuss some top tips for new finance leaders.This episode also covers:What a Finance Leader needs to have to react well in volatile timesMaking Decisions in Uncertain TimesBuilding an agile and innovative finance teamTop tips for new finance leaders and how to make a great first impressionDeveloping a vision for you and your finance teamHow to become a &apos;super boss&apos;Contact Sydney:LinkedInBooks and Resea
13/10/202042 minutes 59 seconds
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Data Compliance News - The CFO Update - Autumn 2020

Join Hannah Munro, as she interviews Stuart Davenport from The Compliance Consultancy, as they talk about the latest updates in data compliance. They cover the implications and key strategies that you and your team need to be aware of.This episode also covers:Data Hacking at BlackbaudUpdates to the privacy shield legislationGDPR implications for those working from homeManaging Remote workers in foreign countries – what impact does that have on data compliance and what do you need to be careful of?Contact Stuart:LinkedInThe Compliance ConsultancyFree On-Demand Webinars mentioned in the podcast<a href='
06/10/202042 minutes 54 seconds
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Speaking to Deloitte about the CFO Signal Survey

In this episode, Hannah Munro interviews Steven Gallucci, who is the US CFO Program Leader at Deloitte. This episode covers: How the current pandemic has affected feedback and reporting from CFOs How organisations have been operating with most employees working from home over the past 6 monthsView the CFO Signal Survey, here.Visit Deloitte&apos;s website.Follow Steven Gallucci on LinkedIn<a href='https://twitter.com/stevegallucci?utm_
22/09/202030 minutes 3 seconds
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Understanding Your Own Strengths to Build a Stronger Finance Team

In this episode of CFO 4.0, Hannah Munro will be interviewing Tracy McEachran, from Curious Minds Consulting.This podcast episode covers why it&apos;s important to understand your own behaviour before you can help others, different strengths you might find within your team, and how to build a stronger finance team. Listen to find out more!Contact Usitas Websiteemail: [email protected] Tracyhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/traceymceachran/https://curiousmindsconsulting.com/<a href
10/03/202038 minutes 8 seconds
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Delivering a Successful Digital Transformation Programme

In this episode, Hannah Munro will be chatting to Phil Raynor on how to deliver a successful digital transformation programme. Contact Phil at: [email protected] Usitas Websiteemail: [email protected] WebinarsWatch our &apos;Become a Data-Driven Finance Leader&apos; on-demand webinar.Watch our &apos;Planning &amp; Budgeting in a Volatile Envir
25/02/202038 minutes 28 seconds
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CFO 4.0 Trailer

What is CFO 4.0? Well in this introduction episode, Hannah Munro, MD at itassolutions, gives us a brief insight into what CFO 4.0 is all about. Make sure to follow as every two weeks, we will be uploading a brand new episode, with some episodes featuring key experts to give you real-world advice and guidance on how to transform your business, people and data.Welcome to CFO 4.0, The Future of Finance.Visit our website.Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/company/itas---sage-software-specialists/?utm_source=CFO40Podcast&amp;utm_medium=Introduction&amp;utm
25/02/202046 seconds
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What Employers and Employees are looking for in a CFO

In this episode, Hannah Munro will be chatting to John Smith, about what employers and employees are looking for in a CFO.This episode covers how attributes within CFOs are identified, leadership skills and support in career development.Get in touch with usEmail us: [email protected] us at https://itassolutions.co.ukContact John LinkedInFor more information about The Accountancy Recruitment Group, visit: https://www.thearg.co.uk/<a href='https://itassolutions.co.uk/cfo-30-digital-transformation/become-a-data-driven-cfo/?utm_source=CFO40Podcast&amp;utm_medium=Episod
25/02/202036 minutes 25 seconds