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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 specifically to help current and aspiring CFOs to unlock their full potential. Registration is now open for 2021 cohort. Book your place today to begin your transformational journey.

Transformative Benefits

  • Increase your impact and influence with stakeholders and communicate business news with confidence and credibility.
  • Conquer any specific or personal issues with mentor and peer support.
  • Become a reflective, well-rounded authentic and inspiring leader, with a deep understanding of your unique style.
  • Join a network of like-minded ambitious finance professionals.
  • Understand the role, responsibilities and dynamics of the boardroom.
  • Exclusive access to high-profile NEDs, CEOs and CFOs.

Alumni journey, in their own words – watch the video

Key Details 

Who is F-TEN® for  Ambitious senior finance professionals who are one or two career stages away from a group CFO or equivalent-level role.
Duration 6 months
Location Online
Start date April 2021

Programme Overview

Why F-TEN®?

Today’s CFOs sell complex strategies to stakeholders, motivate organisations through financial crises, and inspire teams to drive business forward. To excel, you have to combine strong analytical ability and inspiring leadership.

With a combination of purpose-built peer groups, stimulating workshops and acute and insightful input from your own coach or mentor, you are given the time and space to focus, reflect, and practise new leadership skills. Learn to inspire teams and direct boardrooms. Evolve your own personal brand of leadership. And reach the pinnacle of your career.

The F-TEN® Journey

F-TEN® is an accelerated learning journey with a blended approach. It consists of experiential exercises, scenario learning and reflective peer learning groups, and each workshop focuses on a vital aspect of your role as a CFO. Augment your skills through intensive discussions and simulations, guided by expert facilitators. Gain immediately applicable insights.

F-TEN® is a journey of self-discovery, creating powerful shifts in mindset that impact all aspects of professional and personal life.


‘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 sessions’

Andre Doyle, Senior Head of Financial Reporting, BT Group.

‘The unique nature of the peer learning groups provided a safe environment to discuss challenges and receive practical advice.’

Andrew Clark, Finance Director, Costa Enterprises.

‘I would highly 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 in that team. And there is more to come: that’s the F-TEN®’s legacy.’

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


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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Financial Talent Executive Network Mentors

  • Meen Adams Meen Adams Group Financial Controller, Barclays

    With over ten years at Barclays, Meen was appointed Barclays Group Financial Controller in 2016 and is responsible for Barclays Group Financial Control, Business planning and analytics, cost and change management, head office and infrastructure finance.

  • Vivek Ahuja Vivek Ahuja Deputy Group CFO, Standard Chartered PLC

    Vivek has over 25 years of international financial services experience in senior leadership roles across Finance, Strategy and Corporate and Institutional Banking with leading global financial institutions.

  • Teuta Bakalli Teuta Bakalli Entrepreneur and Trustee, Financial services, M&A and Fin Tech

    Teuta is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants with over 20 years’ experience in the regulated financial markets covering investment banking, insurance and asset management and Fin Tech.

  • Bob Beveridge Bob Beveridge Non-Executive Director and Former plc Finance Director

    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.

  • Leon Daniels Leon Daniels Managing Director, Surface Transport, Transport for London

    Leon served at the Department for the Environment, mostly on highways legislation, bringing forward what is now the Highways Act 1980. He then worked in shipping and publishing before working in a specialised business providing unique vehicles for promotion, TV, film, and tourist work.

  • Talita Ferreira Talita Ferreira CFO, Automotive and Financial Services

    Talita has over 22 years of corporate experience working for globally established brands like BMW, KPMG and Investec Bank. She has been an executive board director and CFO for over 10 years.

  • Alexander Filshie Alexander Filshie CFO at World First, NED and various Boards and Advisory roles

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