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Reading finance professionals discuss effective leadership


Last week, over 35 of Reading's leading finance professionals met to discuss the concept of leadership in the current climate, in a forum hosted by Hays Senior Finance, the leading recruiting expert. The event was held at The Business Centre in Green Park and representatives from leading local and global businesses were in attendance.

Speakers included Paul Venables, Group Financial Director at Hays, the FTSE 250 global business; Venables shared his expert insight into how to maximise your impact as a finance director. Gary McArdle, ex-Finance Director of Hanson Aggregates, spoke about leadership in turbulent times. In addition, Robert Holland and Alex Peal, from Reading-based practice James Cowper, shared their thoughts on the leadership challenges facing the practice sector.

Chris Goulding, Regional Director at Hays Senior Finance, comments: "We were pleased to host this forum for the local finance community as it enables professionals to meet and discuss relevant local business issues. We hope to encourage even more people to come to the next one."

Matthew Salmon, Finance Director at Reading-based Infotec UK Limited, an integrated printing solutions provider, comments: "I found the opportunity to discuss issues with my peers and to hear relevant presentations from people who have experienced the issues at the highest levels invaluable. I look forward to the next one."

For further information contact Hays Senior Finance in Reading on 0118 959 1751 or visit

About Hays:

Hays Senior Finance is part of Hays plc (the "Group") the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

For the year ended 30 June 2009:

  • the Group had revenues of £2.4 billion, net fees of £670.8 million and operating profit of £158.0 million;
  • the Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 300,000 people into temporary assignments;
  • the temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% of net fees;
  • Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and United Kingdom.

For further press information please contact:

Alexandra TuckerHays T. 020 7259 8821E.