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We are proud to announce that Peach Technologies and Taylor Made Computer Solutions’ Chief Financial Officer, Joe Jeffers has been awarded the Top Finance Director of the Year at the BDO and CMA’s Central South Mid Market Gala Dinner.

Joe has been identified as the top highest achieving and most talented FD in the region due to his exceptional performance in the following areas:

  • Leadership and management skills
  • Contribution to the performance and growth of the business
  • Demonstrable financial accountability
  • Effective contribution to the strategic direction
  • A passion for the business and making a wider contribution to the community

Joe Jeffers “I am absolutely delighted to be recognised as a top performing FD! The last 12 months or so have been a rollercoaster, so I am very pleased that the judges appreciated all the hard work that has been put in. In many cases, it is the subtle elements of what I do, such as showing empathy and clear communication, which have made some of the biggest differences. The numbers are important for sure – but FD’s in businesses today need to have so much more in their armoury – and this accolade is a testament to that.”

The role of the Finance Director continues to evolve, becoming ever more strategic, value-driven and future-focused. As part of the Central South Mid Market Campaign, BDO and CMA Recruitment Group came together to discover what it takes to be a successful finance director and to identify the most talented and highest-achieving among those working in privately owned companies based in the Central South.

Malcolm Thixton, Lead Partner in Southampton: “Joe has had an exceptional year. Initially FD at Taylor Made Computer Solutions, where he played a key role in their growth and making the business an attractive acquisition target for Peach Technologies. He was then instrumental in the success of that transaction.”

Richard Dibden, Commercial Director at CMA Recruitment Group added “The quality of our finalists made it an exceedingly difficult to choose a winner, but Joe is an excellent example of a modern FD, delivering on projects previously outside of the traditional remit. He has displayed tremendous leadership qualities and demonstrated the ability to deliver on cost pressure initiatives, identifying inefficiencies and finding new investment opportunities.”

After interviewing the top 10 performing finance directors named below, BDO and CMA Recruitment Group shortlisted the following finalists for the Central South Mid Market FD of the Year award:

  • Joe Jeffers,  Peach Technologies Limited – WINNER
  • Luca Contardo, 23.5 Degrees Limited
  • James Oliver, BOFA International Limited
  • Jason Williams, RoyaleLife Group
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