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DNA of a Finance Director
What does it take to succeed?


We asked over 800 financial directors across the UK to see how they got to where they are today. Download DNA of a Finance Director and see what qualifications and experience is required, how important is commercial awareness, top tips for the next generation and what they do in their spare time.



Caroline Hudson, Specsavers

caroline_hudson_120Caroline Hudson trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. She has since worked with the University of Nottingham before joining Boots Opticians. She moved to Specsavers as Director of Retail Finance in April 2013.

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Elizabeth Lake, Hugo Boss

elizabeth_lake_120During her career, Elizabeth has worked for Superdrug, the Guardian Media Group and Marks & Spencer. She has been UK & Ireland Finance Director of Hugo Boss since 2012.

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Tony Roberts, Mercedes-Benz World

tony_roberts_120Tony joined Mercedes-Benz in 1989 and has held his current position as General Manager – Finance Controlling at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge since 2006.

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Paul Venables, Hays

paul_venables_120“Nobody’s going to hire you simply for your ability to add up the numbers. Clearly you’re responsible for all aspects of finance, but you’re here to add commercial value and support the Chief Executive in running the business”

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