Businesses are increasingly leaning on CFOs and the information they gather to enable agility. Data-driven decision-making and sound fiscal judgment will be the defining characteristics of successful businesses in the closing years of the decade, and nobody is better placed to deliver in this regard than finance leaders.

What are your priorities and focuses for the years to come? Have you armed yourself with the right tools to succeed?

Our latest Financial Director webinar, sponsored by Oracle, outlines the methods being employed by UK finance functions to help drive business growth in a rapidly changing economic and political climate.

Our panel of experts will discuss:

• The adaptability plan
What strategies, tools and technologies are being utilised to help businesses be flexible with changing requirements?

• Staying compliant
How are CFOs planning to manage regulatory burden without adversely impacting growth plans?

• Opportunities and risks
Identifying key opportunities and growth drivers for business and mitigating the risks foreseen in the year ahead

• Driving good governance and influencing culture
We reveal what role CFOs play in driving a positive culture for their business. Do they have the right people in place to take the company forward and can they nurture talent?


Rupert Haines

VP Finance UK Region and Global Operations, Oracle

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Rupert is responsible for Commercial Finance for the UK, Ireland and Israel regions of Oracle as well as advising on the structure of the Global Business Finance organization. His role involves managing and leading Oracle’s Finance organization across the UK region providing support to the business at all levels both internally and externally. This is achieved by leveraging both, local and centralized Finance teams. In addition, he is driving the project to bring globalization and standardization to the entire Global Business Finance organization in Oracle, driving efficiencies and increased service levels, through standardization, centralization and automation. Rupert has worked in the Technology Industry for 15 years, and been in Oracle for the last 8 years. During his time at Oracle, he has led the Global Revenue Recognition team, in charge of revenue assurance for Oracle’s entire global revenue stream, and also run the Operations team for the Global Business Finance organization. Prior to Oracle, Rupert held senior financial positions at Pivotal Software, Informix Software and Marks and Spencer plc, having qualified as an accountant with PWC. Rupert is a qualified Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Masters degree in Economics from Cambridge University. He is married with four children.

Raj Gandhi

Founder and Chief Executive, GGV London.

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Raj Gandhi is an IoD course leader for ‘The Role of the Finance Director’ and founder and Chief Executive of GGV London. Prior to GGV, Raj was chief financial officer of London Capital Group, global treasury audit manager & business analyst for the Royal Dutch Shell, and treasurer of Empire Stores Group plc.

John Morris

Partner at top 10 firm Smith & Williamson

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John helps ambitious business founders, owner-managers and leaders achieve their personal aspirations, as well as the financial goals and objectives of the companies they run.

He leads Smith & Williamson’s Scale-Up programme: an integrated suite of solutions, expertise and support, designed to help businesses scale quickly.

He has spent 15 years providing strategy and consulting advice to a variety of businesses in a diverse range of sectors, including management consulting, business process outsourcing, IT services and manufacturing.

Kevin Reed

Freelance Editor

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Kevin is one of the UK's most senior accounting and finance journalists - now freelance. He has written for, edited or managed various business titles and brands for VNU, Incisive Media, and Contentive since 2000.


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