The role of the FD and its power to influence the board

With every company comprising an executive team with different backgrounds, dynamics, cultures and strategies, it's fair to say the role of the financial director is unlikely to be the same at two businesses. As such, during our Real FD Live event, we looked at the position of the FD and the often underestimated power that comes with it, exploring how those in the role can bring out the best in their boards.

Do you need a company secretary

There is no legal obligation for your business to appoint a company secretary. But it’s a big job managing the administrative and corporate governance burdens of business. Should it be your FD's job, or do you need someone else

M&A deal values are up by 51% in 2014

Finance directors will be pleased: M&A markets are staging a strong recovery, with deal values in the first three quarters of the year already higher than for the whole of 2013.