Respect, care, and collaboration are at the heart of everything we do: our people-first culture prioritises building long term personal relationships with colleagues, clients, and candidates alike.
We are “people people” and are passionate about bringing people together and making connections. That’s why we’ve introduced a series of podcasts to share stories, insights and experiences from across our network on a variety of different topics.
CFO Stories: In conversation with Keith Browner – successful sale of a PE backed business
Marcus Shah, Partner within the Private Equity Practice at Eton Bridge Partners, had the pleasure of being joined by Keith Browner, Group CFO at Elysium Healthcare to create the first vlog and podcast in the ‘CFO Stories’ series.
Eton Bridge Partners successfully helped Keith secure this initial engagement and subsequently built out his management team capability with a number of strategic hires.
Keith took the time to talk us through his journey from interim to permanent, and then how he went on to complete a successful business sale for Elysium Healthcare and their backers, BC Partners. He also provides advice to aspiring CFO’s and outlines his approach to success.
Kat Stewart, Partner within the HR Practice at Eton Bridge Partners is joined by Cecilie Soendergaard Nielsen, executive coach and founder of the leadership consultancy CN8, to promote confidence in the workplace for women, and to discuss a few of the main issues female leaders encounter in their rise to more senior positions in the workplace.
Cecilie has an impressive track record of working with senior leaders to identify and change the dynamics that stand in the way of delivery and progress. With a special interest in supporting women in senior leadership positions, Cecilie is an advocate for diversity in leadership, and has extensive experience with issues surrounding female leadership in traditionally male-dominated industries.
As an executive search, interim management and consulting firm, we are in a privileged position of being able to meet many senior leaders across lots of different organisations in the UK, as well as internationally. Through these conversations, we have identified that women in leadership roles struggle to change themselves to fit a ‘mould’ of what they feel is expected of them, often questioning themselves, pushing themselves harder and often never quite feeling ‘enough’. Despite the progress made in recent years, with females in senior leadership roles, there’s still work to do.
INCLUSION MATTERS: SHARING EXPERIENCES TO CREATE A MORE INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE
As an executive search, interim management and consulting firm, Eton Bridge Partners are in a genuinely privileged position, meeting people from all walks of life, across lots of different organisations.
Through these conversations, we constantly hear the importance of inclusivity and the distinct lack of diverse role models at the C-Suite level. So, we’ve invited people from our network to share their story and experiences in the workplace, how they became a C-Suite executive and what can we all do to help create more inclusive work places.
Nimesh Patel is an experienced Chief Financial Officer, currently at Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc. Before joining the Group in 2020, he was Chief Financial Officer of the De Beers Group and prior to that, he was Group Head of Corporate Finance at Anglo American plc, leading a team based in London and Johannesburg. Previously, Nimesh spent 14 years in investment banking at both JP Morgan and as a Managing Director at UBS.
Marcus Shah, Partner within the Interim Finance Practice, speaks to Nimesh about his story as the first generation of his family to be born in the UK, and the first in his family to have a career in finance and investment banking. His parents immigrated from India and East Africa and he grew up in Croydon with a modest upbringing where attitudes to open discrimination weren’t as rare as they are today.
Elaine Grell, Global HR Director and Chief People Officer, has worked in HR for over 20 years in organisations such as British Airways, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and The Collective.
Elaine is passionate about people and is a Trustee for The Springboard Charity – helping young people achieve their potential. She is a mentor for aspiring HRDs at the CIPD, as well as a mentor for WiHTL – Women in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure.
Elaine shares her experiences with Gavita Phull, Partner within our Executive Search Finance practice, of growing up in Preston, Lancashire to parents who came over from the Caribbean in the 1950s who were often in the ethnic minority. Elaine and her 4 siblings were raised solely by her mother, who shaped who she is today and is a huge inspiration to her. Elaine started her career at 16 in a Travel Agency straight from high school, then when she was 18, British Airways offered her a job in London which laid the foundation of her impressive career as a senior HR professional and mother of two.
*Since the recording of this interview, very sadly The Collective have gone into administration citing reduced occupancy levels caused by the pandemic.
Seema Talwar is a Senior Operational Executive with 20 years of global team leadership across all aspects of both a physical and digital business focused on supply chain through planning, procurement, manufacturing, logistics, vendor managed inventory, demand planning, P&L management and driving cost efficiencies.
Most recently, Seema was Senior Vice President International Operations for Twentieth Century Fox, a division of The Walt Disney Company. She started her career as a temporary administrator at Twentieth Century Fox and worked her way up to become the Global Lead for Operations and was a key sponsor and change agent, guiding the business through the acquisition by Walt Disney, and the subsequent merger.
Here she shares her journey with Ross Dawson, Partner within Operations, Procurement & Supply Chain at Eton Bridge Partners; from her family background to her impressive career spanning over 20 years as an Operational Executive and how her husband and family have enabled her to have the career and experience she has today.
ETON BRIDGE EVENT SERIES
Eton Bridge Partners host many events; from small roundtables, to large scale panel discussions where we invite our network to join us at these discussions.
Tackling Loneliness: How organisations can create belonging and inclusion
This year was the sixth in our series of our annual events and coincided with Mental Health Awareness Week driven by The Mental Health Foundation, whose key topic this year is tackling the epidemic of ‘loneliness.’ According to the Mental Health Foundation’s research, loneliness affects millions of people in the UK every year, is a key driver of poor mental health and has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic.
It’s more important than ever for senior leaders and organisations to prioritise employee wellbeing. The continuous change which we’re all living through, ‘the Great Resignation’ and the war for talent have all raised the profile of employee wellbeing across any business. As such, the insights from this paper are relevant for everyone – not just HR professionals.
Taking place on Tuesday 10th May at the RSA in London, our fantastic panel explored how employers can help tackle loneliness, keep people connected, and foster a sense of belonging and inclusion in the workplace.
Chaired by Elizabeth McGlone, Partner at Didlaw
Anushia Reddy, Global Talent Management Strategy, Exec and Leadership Capability, Coaching, Wellbeing
Bukola Bayo-Yusuf, Strategic Human Resources Business Partner, Global Finance & Corporate Functions at Experian & Co-founder of Excellerate Black Futures
Emma Rose, Chief Human Resources Officer at Travis Perkins Plc
Julius Cordell, Most recently a Global HR Director at the Emirates Group, and former senior psychologist in Police and Justice
Simon Clements, Talent & Workforce Transformation Specialist & Ambitious about Autism Ambassador
Purpose, Resilience & Connection: A Psychologically Healthy Workplace
It’s been five years since Eton Bridge Partners hosted its first external mental wellbeing discussion and we are proud to have played a part in driving the conversation forward.
Year on year this event brings evolving and more diverse perspectives on this subject to our network within the HR community and beyond. At Eton Bridge we have also been passionately working hard to build an internal culture where our people can thrive and be themselves.
Eton Bride Partners were delighted to be able to hold their 5th Annual Mental Wellbeing Event in person, where we discussed the role of leadership in mental wellbeing and its relationship with organisational performance in October at The RSA in London.
As always, we would like the thank our outstanding panel of industry leaders for sharing their insights and experiences, and to our host Olivia Sharp.
Chaired by Karen Jackson, Managing Director and Lawyer at Didlaw
Nathan Clements, Chief People Officer at SSP Group PLC
Lauren Chiren, Founder of Women of a Certain Stage
Jen Smith, Head of Inclusion at the British Film Institute (BFI)
Tom Cross, Chartered Performance Psychologist
Jay Muthu, Director of Organisation and People Capability at Entain Group
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https://etonbridgepartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Sarah-Sergeant-STEPPING-UP-TO-CFO-782x504-1.jpg504782Mark Craddockhttps://etonbridgepartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/faux-logo-large.pngMark Craddock2022-05-03 19:45:542022-05-26 10:24:15CFO Stories: In Conversation with Sarah Sergeant, Stepping up to CFO
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