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Academy of Professional Development

Financial Talent Executive Network (F-TEN®)

F-TEN® is a global business leadership programme designed to get aspiring and new CFOs ready for the reality of operating at board level. The programme supports businesses to develop future CFOs and individuals to achieve their career ambitions. Register now for our 2022 programme.

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Benefits for organisations


Attract, retain, and develop finance talent


Drive operational efficiency by bringing new ideas back into the business


Implement succession plans and promote future business leaders

Benefits for participants


Learn how to motivate and inspire a large finance team


Increase your impact, influence and understanding of boardroom dynamics


Realise your career ambitions with support from a current CFO

F-TEN® really exceeded my expectations: it was much more focused on practical tools that we then had the chance to experiment with during the peer learning group sessions. I’d certainly recommend it to others.

Andre Doyle Head of Financial Reporting, BT Group

Key details


For senior finance professionals who are one or two career stages away from a board-level group CFO role. 


Six months


Online, live learning


April 2022

Programme overview

F-TEN® is made up of five key elements which run in parallel over six months. This ensures that participants have the time to learn, reflect and apply their knowledge and skills with support from fellow participants, their mentor, sponsor and our expert facilitators. The primary focus is developing the ‘value-added’ skills crucial for securing a board-level leadership role.

F-TEN® gives delegates the unique opportunity to be mentored by an experienced board-level leader from a large listed or private company. Our mentors have been selected for their extensive business experience, leadership capability and commitment to people development.

  • CFO assessment

    The CFO assessment analyses participant’s role readiness. 

    At the start of F-TEN, participant’s capabilities are benchmarked. Our F-TEN facilitators will then identify areas of improvement and work with participants to close any gaps. 

  • Practical simulation workshops

    F-TEN workshops simulate the core challenges CFOs face – enabling participants to prepare and practise in a consequence free environment. 

    There are four workshops:

    1. Driving better business decisions
    2. How to influence your businesses agenda
    3. How to lead a finance function
    4. Innovate, transform, and grow your business

    For a more detailed overview of the workshops. Please enquire. 

  • External input from C-suite experts

    Throughout the programme participants will learn from CFOs/ CEOs/ COOs across various industries. Our C-suite experts will share their experiences and examples of how they have overcome some of the challenges participants will face in their career.

  • Peer learning groups

    Throughout the programme, you will share your challenges with your peers in a confidential, supportive environment. Your peers will provide you with insightful, objective viewpoints that will allow you to tackle the problem from a different perspective.

  • Personal one to one guidance from a professional coach or mentor

    Throughout the programme you will have six 90-minute sessions, booked around your schedule with an experienced coach or mentor. 

    These professionals are there to impart their invaluable wisdom and help you navigate current and future work challenges. 

    You will choose who you partner with, with the guidance of the ICAEW programme manager.  


Below are just a small sample of the high-calibre mentors available. Participants choose the mentor they partner with on their F-TEN® journey.

Elona Mortimer-Zhika
Elona Mortimer-Zhika Chief Executive Officer, IRIS Software Group

Elona is the Chief Executive Officer of IRIS Software Group and is responsible for all operations across the Group. She has held several senior leadership roles in Big 4 and PE-backed businesses, including Mavenir, Acision, Arthur Andersen and Deloitte. Elona has also won numerous business leadership awards, including UK Tech Award’s Business Woman of the Year 2020.

John Worth
John Worth Group CFO of the digital insurer, Hastings Group Holdings

John is Group CFO of the digital insurer, Hastings Group Holdings. Prior to this, he has been CFO of three other insurers and a bank. Two of these are FTSE 250, one has a UK debt listing, one was SEC listed and one privately owned. Prior to his CFO career, John was Group Financial Controller at Barclays plc and worked at other roles at Barclays and as a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP.

Michallis Immelos
Michallis Immelos Former CFO for Coca-Cola HBC AG and Group CFO for Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co.

Michalis Imellos was the Chief Financial Officer at Coca-Cola HBC AG and Group Chief Financial Officer for Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co. SA and Member-Management Board at Coca Cola HBC-Srbija AD (both are subsidiaries of Coca-Cola HBC AG). He is now a Non-Executive Director for the Coca-Cola HBC Finance BV .

Paul Pomroy
Paul Pomroy Chief Executive Officer, McDonald's UK & Ireland

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of McDonald's UK & Ireland. During his 25 year tenure with the Fast food giant, he has excelled in various finance roles, including CFO. Paul has extensive experience in leading transformation projects and was shortlisted for HR Director's CEO of the Year in 2016 for his passion and commitment to people and talent development.

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Key themes

  • Specialist – playing out your data expertise with decision skill

    Today, data is the bedrock of effective decision making. CFOs must know how to translate data into direction.

    F-TEN equips participants with the essential business partnering skills to transform their numbers into compelling and insightful narratives that incite action.

  • Stabiliser – running the business – excellence in leading teams and change

    Shareholders, staff, regulators and even customers expect finance leaders to harness multidisciplinary teams' skills so that they work together to deliver meaningful strategic insight and long-term value to the business.

    F-TEN teaches participants how to restructure teams focusing on business strategy alignment, resilience, autonomy, adaptability and diversity - resulting in increased team performance and role efficiency. Participants will also learn the art of leading finance transformations and shared services departments.

  • Strategist – forward thinking – being a catalyst for business growth

    Influencing the environment in which you operate requires understanding yourself, your stakeholders, and your organisation's culture. 

    F-TEN arms participants with the knowledge to influence the boardroom, handle and mitigate risk, manage agile projects, and champion corporate governance excellence to safeguard financial integrity.


Case studies

Brad and Ben

Interview with an F-TEN® mentor and mentee

Corporate Financier spoke to mentee Brad Petzer, recently appointed finance director of Monetize.com and his F-TEN 2013 mentor Ben Stevens, finance director at FTSE 100 group British American Tobacco plc.

Read the case study

Tim and Richard

Interview with an F-TEN® participant and sponsor

Read Richard McCord’s, Head of Finance at Centrica Energy Renewables account on why he enrolled on F-TEN® and why Tim Hinton, Finance Director at Centrica Power Generation, sponsored Richard to go on the programme.

Read the case study

The programme is very practically oriented, rather than being theory based. The quality of the workshops and peer learning groups was superb, with really good content, excellent facilitators and plenty of opportunity to discuss and think through real work issues.

Ceri Humphrey Finance Director, Volker Fitzpatrick

I really enjoyed working with a C-suite Mentor, with whom I would go for lunch and talk through business issues and my career development. The group training sessions were also excellent, with a mix of teaching, peer-to-peer discussion groups, and talks from a variety of CFOs/CEOs.

Deepak Jayaprakash Finance Director of Expedia EMEA

I would recommend the F-TEN programme to others. The tangible gains thus far have really been around my team: greater focus on their development, maximising my value-added contribution and recognising the delivery of my brand is that team. And there is more to come: that’s F-TEN’s legacy.

Mark Tweed CFO UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Sweden, GM Financial

The opportunity to have a mentor from a FTSE 100 company appealed hugely – someone from outside my organisation who has helped to challenge me in ways I wouldn’t otherwise receive. He has not just challenged me on work issues but also on the wider reasons why I do things. The whole experience has been hugely beneficial and I’d thoroughly recommend it.

Simon Martle Group Financial Controller, London Stock Exchange Group


  • Who is F-TEN for?

    Participants typically hold Finance Director, Group Financial Controller, Director of Finance or Head of Finance roles or are new CFO’s less than 18 months in the role.

  • How many participants are in an F-TEN cohort?

    We accept a maximum of 30 participants onto the programme each year to allow for effective networking and engagement in workshops.

  • How long is F-TEN?

    F-TEN is a six month programme. The 2021 programme starts on 21 April and ends on 29 September. 

    Overall, the programme totals 51 hours of learning delivered in 1–3 hour sessions. 

  • Is F-TEN entirely online?

    Continuing on from the success of our last online cohort, F-TEN will run via the online format. 

    Benefits of it being online:

    • Manageable time away from their day to day
    • Time to digest content in-between workshops and put it into practice
    • The option to work with those based in different geographic locations
  • Typically, do participants fund themselves or do their employers sponsor them to go on F-TEN?

    Occasionally, participants fund themselves, but it is more common for employers to sponsor participants. 

    This is because F-TEN will have a far bigger impact on the business than the initial investment. 

    Business benefits

    CEOs, CFOs and HR directors tell us that F-TEN™ enables them to:

    • reposition finance at the forefront of organisational decision making; 
    • attract, retain and develop finance talent; 
    • develop finance leaders who can motivate, inspire and empower large teams; 
    • drive operational efficiency by bringing new ideas back into the business; and 
    • implement succession plans and promote future business leaders.

    If you would like support or more information on the benefits of employer sponsorship email one of the team at academy@icaew.com or call +44 (0)20 7920 8409

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