Are you new to a finance role and thinking about your next career move? Or do you have a specific business or leadership challenge? If so, ICAEW mentors and coaches can help you. The majority of mentees are in senior leadership or board level roles and are sponsored by their business.
What was your main reason for choosing mentoring/coaching?
I wanted to develop my career and move into a more senior role. I recognised I needed support to progress and initially enquired about professional courses and further qualifications to develop my skills although I wasn't clear what I should prioritise. I hadn't considered mentoring; this was suggested and explained to me and I felt this would be the best way to identify exactly what skills I needed to develop in order to progress.
What will you do differently as a result?
The key thing is having someone else focused on me as an individual. To help clarify issues and follow a plan. I am much more structured in my general approach, I take time to step back and assess, prioritise and plan. I also focus more on the bigger picture and how I fit into it rather than just focusing on my role, needs or aspirations.
Would you recommend mentoring/coaching to a colleague?
Yes, definitely. Because you have an individual totally focused on your needs not generally like attending a course. It's not about teaching, more about independent support to help you work out for yourself what you want to achieve. Someone who has been there and done and can see where you want to go. Someone who shares their experience.
Mentoring helped me to be more objective about my development, to focus on the key issues, let go some of the things that were holding me back and plan a way forward. It gave me confidence and reassurance to pursue my goals and identify what I needed to do to progress.
If you are thinking about your next career move, are new to a finance role, or have a specific business or leadership challenge, our exceptional pool of mentors and coaches, with direct experience as NEDs, Chairmen, CEOs and CFOs offer an unique opportunity for current or future finance leaders to receive guidance from senior professionals.
We provide finance professionals at all levels with:
We believe mentoring and coaching to be essential for senior management development.
Many of our mentors work with CFOs to develop the skills for success in the boardroom and to bridge the gap between finance manager and business leader.
CFO’s benefit from:
After a consultation with our leadership team, you will be asked to select your top three mentor preferences and to provide us with your CV and development objectives. Following that, a stringent matching process is undertaken to ensure a good fit in terms of chemistry, experience and development needs.
Each session with your personal mentor/coach lasts 90 minutes. Sessions are booked directly between the mentor/coach and the delegate. Typically delegates use 8–10 sessions over a year.
To find out more about Mentoring please contact Leadership@icaew.com
Teuta is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants with over 18 years’ experience in the regulated financial markets covering investment banking, insurance and asset management and Fin Tech.
Currently at Colas Rail UK, Chris's specialities cover strategic and detailed business objectives, operational finance and administration, cost control, procurement, IT and systems implementation and finance team improvement and development.
Paul trained as a coach with CTI in 2010 and completed the ICAEW NFL course in 2013. He is actively involved in leadership and coaching, both in and out of work. His goal is to work with individuals and businesses to help them achieve their potential.
Alice is a freelance Executive and Career Coach who works with leaders and emerging leaders across a wide range of businesses. Alice has a particular focus on clients from the financial and professional services sectors, where she brings a great deal of credibility, and her own commercial experience, to bear. Alice also writes on topical people and governance issues for the financial sector, and has a particular interest in the emerging area where the two overlap, including Board Effectiveness.
Bob used his accountancy qualification as the foundation to a career in financial management, starting with 12 years at Mars Inc. and 5 years at United Biscuits plc. He then moved to Cable & Wireless Communications plc where he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer followed by three other public company CFO roles.
Bruce is an Assurance, Risk and Accounting Executive with over 30 years of extensive international experience. Bruce has held roles at various levels in both internal and external audit, as well as finance management, with global responsibilities. Most recently, Bruce served for five years in a Senior Executive role at InterContinental Hotels Group plc as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Internal Audit.
Before starting his own business supporting the development of leaders, Ray was a CFO in many large international businesses and worked overseas for several years helping to build those business. He has worked in pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, FMCG and consumer-durable sectors in his long career.
After qualifying as a chartered accountant, working as a partner in EY and a career in internal audit and risk, Mary is now a non-executive director. She is on the Board of the Royal Navy and chairs its Audit Committee and is a member of the Defence Audit Committee at the MOD. She is on the Board of Glasgow 2014 Limited and is a member of the Audit Committees of the ICAEW and HM Treasury.