Clifford Thames’ Chief Financial Officer, Richard West picked up the title, Private Equity Backed FD of the Year at the 13th annual FDs’ Excellence Awards which took place on 17th May at the Royal College of Surgeons.  Other winners include Microsoft, KPMG, BDO, Sage and Lloyds Bank. 

Alongside collecting his award Richard sat on a panel of experts during a Working Capital Q&A session at the prestigious event in London.

Richard is part of a 3 man executive team that led a Management Buyout with Lloyds Development Capital in 2014. As a result of the MBO cited ‘Deal of the Year’ at the Thames Valley Deals Awards Richard’s role as CFO involves numerous instances of being responsible for raising finance to further invest in the development of the business and during the past year Richard was responsible for raising over £4m to invest in acquisition and product development for the business.  


CEO Calvin Barnett is delighted with Richards win and comments, “Taking a business through an MBO and then guiding it through transformational growth does not happen without a fantastic CFO. We’re so pleased that his work has also been recognised externally amongst fellow professionals. Well deserved, and huge congratulations!”

Richard West is currently Chief Financial Officer of Clifford Thames.  He joined the Group in 2013 as part of the management team that led a successful MBO backed by LDC in 2014. Richard’s responsibilities include overall management of the finance function within the Group and liaising with the Group’s investors and banks. Prior to joining Clifford Thames, Richard held a number of senior finance roles in the telecoms and technology sector including Mimecast and Interoute. He is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant, a member of IoD and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

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