Our Contemporary FD Bitesized series jointly hosted with our strategic partners, Equity FD, is designed to capture the spirit of our annual Contemporary FD Summit until we can meet again for the event. The Contemporary FD is where the CFOs and FDs of the country’s most exciting, innovative and ambitious companies come together to share ideas, insights and experiences.
Many of those companies have raised or are looking to raise investment from the Private Equity and Venture Capital community to fulfil their value creation strategies. We were delighted to welcome Edward Knighton, CFO of Private Equity backed Yo! Group, including of course,Yo! sushi. Edward’s previous CFO roles have included Sofa.com, Reader’s Digest and Ottakar’s and he has always joined businesses as a true partner to the CEO when they are at a pivot point in their value creation journey.
Edward was in conversation with Jenny Batchelor, partner at Smith & Williamson and Sarah Hunt, Founder and CEO of Equity FD. They discussed the role of a CFO in a Private Equity backed business including; building and managing internal and external relationships, Board Reporting tips, identifying risks and value and managing expectations and exits (in particular in these COVID-19 times), and what to look for from a career perspective when choosing a new CFO role.