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F-TEN™ case studies

Get a real sense for the F-TEN™ experience through a series of short interviews with some of our participants and mentors. Hear how the participants have progressed, the benefits of working with a FTSE mentor and how the F-TEN™ network can support your long term career development.

Nicola Brenchley

Head of External Reporting at BT

Nicola Brenchley

My role at BT includes managing the quarterly and annual accounts process as well as leading BT’s annual Sarbanes-Oxley compliance programme and the group’s treasury accounting department. The F-TEN programme has helped me to identify practical ways to flex my leadership style to address different challenges in each area of my role and to be a more effective leader.

It’s also given me valuable insight into my key strengths and development areas, and the mentoring process in particular has provided greater clarity about my career goals and what I need to do to achieve them.

When you have been with an organisation for some time, you can become a bit insular. The peer learning group and main events provide a fantastic opportunity for networking with fellow finance professionals and for sharing experiences, issues and challenges. It has been great to get insight into how my peers at other organisations have different approaches and ways of working to solve common or shared issues.

Paul Gallacher

Director of Finance, Reporting and Control, RBS Insurance

Paul Gallacher

I’m responsible for managing a team of 65 staff and a budget of approximately £3m. My main responsibility is to ensure that the financial reporting for RBS Insurance remains accurate and robust at all times.

The F-TEN programme is a great opportunity to share experiences not only with current chief executives and FDs who take part in the programme, but with other senior finance staff on the programme from different industries. So many people face or have faced the same issues that I’m currently seeing in my role and it is really useful learning about and sharing the different approaches that can be used to solve them.

The greatest benefit for me to-date from the programme has been gained from my mentoring sessions. By focusing on the skills/approaches needed to address current work related issues in these sessions, I have been able to deal with them more confidently once back in the office. What has also been useful is to tailor each session to a particular issue that has cropped up from the last session so that it all feels very real-time.