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Financial Talent Executive Network (F-TEN®)

F-TEN® is a unique business leadership, mentoring and peer-to-peer network programme designed for ambitious senior finance professionals who are one or two career stages away from a group CFO or equivalent-level role.

Why join?

  • Increase your impact and influence with your team, the board and analysts.
  • Understand the roles, responsibilities and dynamics of the boardroom.
  • Communicate strategy and business news with confidence and credibility.
  • Conquer specific business issues with mentor and peer support.
  • Develop a well-rounded, authentic and inspiring leadership style.
  • Join a network of like-minded ambitious senior finance professionals.

Key details

Location  London
Duration  8 months 
Next start date  25 April 2018
Cost  Register your interest for details.  

Programme elements

360° Feedback Peers, direct reports, line managers and stakeholders provide you with feedback at the start of the programme, to help with setting objectives and measuring development.
Mentoring/coaching sessions Deepen your personal awareness, discuss personal challenges and define your ultimate goals benefiting from the wealth of experience and expertise of one of our pool of mentors and coaches.
Workshops Interactive sessions to learn and embed the skills and behaviour required to be credible as a CFO.
Peer learning groups Facilitator-led, challenging forums to discuss and apply the learning from the workshops, drawing from both your personal leadership challenges and live business issues.
Networking events Meet high profile NEDs, CEOs, CFOs and F-TEN® alumni sharing their different perspectives and ‘lessons learned’. Previous speakers include Sir Martin Broughton, Chairman of British Airways and Sir Michael Rake, Chairman of BT and Deputy Chair of Barclays.


Q. Do I have to be a member of ICAEW to attend one of the leadership programmes?
A. No, all of our leadership programmes are open to anybody looking to improve their leadership skills.

Q. Do I have to be an ACA?
A. No, we welcome delegates with any finance qualification or background.

Q. What if I can’t make all of the sessions?
A. We understand that our F-TEN® delegates are extremely busy individuals and it’s not always possible to move priorities around, but we advise our delegates to work out a way to attend as many sessions as possible in order to make the most of their investment in the F-TEN® programme.

Q. How is my mentor selected?
A. Participants select their top three choices from a list of mentor and coach biographies. Following this, the ICAEW Academy team will organise an ‘on-boarding’ call with the participant to discuss their choices and objectives for the programme in more detail. This is to ensure their development needs are matched appropriately with the mentor’s or coach’s expertise. Next, ICAEW arrange a ‘chemistry call’ between the first choice mentor or coach and the participant. If the participant is happy to move forwards with their first choice, their mentor is then confirmed, otherwise we can set up a chemistry call with their second or third choice, as necessary.

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F-TEN® mentors

  • Meen Adams Meen Adams Group Financial Controller, Barclays

    Meen joined Barclays in 2006 and has held numerous roles in Finance both in Group and in the Investment Bank. Appointed into her current role as Group Financial Controller in 2016, Meen took the lead in shaping the firm’s response and public disclosure to critical market developments during the credit crisis including legacy credit market exposures, impact of the Eurozone crisis and the stress tests on the banking industry.

  • Tony Chanmugam, Group Finance Director, BT Group Tony Chanmugam Group Finance Director, BT Group

    Tony was appointed Group FD of BT Group in 2008 when he also joined the BT Group board. He was previously CFO of BT Retail and MD of BT Enterprises. In his career at BT Tony has established a strong reputation for cost transformation.

  • Bruce Vincent Assurance, Risk and Accounting Executive

    With over 30 years of extensive international experience, Bruce has held roles in both internal and external audit, as well as finance management, with global responsibilities.

  • Nick Maddock Chief Financial Officer, McCarthy & Stone plc

    Nick is an experienced and commercially-focused CFO, with a track record in strategic leadership and complex stakeholder management in both listed and private equity companies. He has worked at EY, ING Barings, British Gas and Centrica. In 2010, Nick attended the first cohort of the ICAEW F-TEN® programme.

F-TEN® alumni feedback