Our Circle event, Planning for the Future – Exit and Successful Planning will be held on 7th February, 22nd March, 17th April 2018.

We are very grateful for our mentors on the Exit Seminar series.

  • Adrian Bradbury, M+A / Private Equity
  • Richard Bates, Partner, Kennedys
  • Sylvene Fong, Partner, KPMG
  • Trevor Blatchford, Principal, and Martin Lew, Regional Director, CFO Centre Hong Kong
  • Elizabeth L Thomson, Former Owner, ICS TRUST and Chairwoman, The Amber Foundation
  • Mary Covatta, Founder and Managing Director, Covatta Communications


CFO Centre

Whether you are looking to sell or not, making your business understandable to yourself and the outside world is critical to success. You understand how to drive the business, but do you really know how you are performing day-day, month-month and year-year? Most smaller SMEs tend to run a lean accounting process with a bookkeeper or outsource this to the auditors. This is great for keeping expenses to a minimum but not for having information at your fingertips.

A buyer will want to see solid accounting data supporting the performance of the business over the last 3-5 years. This is also what the business owner needs to have a stable platform in order to plan and drive the business forward with confidence and in the right direction.

This session will be led by Trevor Blatchford and Martin Lew of The CFO Centre.

To ensure your questions are addressed, we’ll break into small groups of 2 WEN members with one of The CFO Centre’s team of CFOs. These sessions are small and confidential, this is the perfect opportunity for you to discuss and ask about issues related to your business, whether you are preparing to sell, bring on a partner or looking for investors.

The CFO Centre provides the skill sets of experienced Finance Directors and Chief Financial Officers of large corporations to the SME sector, allowing smaller organisations to benefit from the expertise of a highly experienced CFO without incurring the expense of hiring someone full-time. Over the last 15 years the CFO Centre Group has become the largest and most respected provider of part-time CFO services in the world.


Trevor Blatchford, CFO Centre Hong Kong

Trevor has 35 years of experience at senior executive/board level and has worked on 4 continents and in a variety of industries including import/export, high tech manufacturing, distribution, software development and retail. The companies Trevor has worked with were both public NASDAQ listed companies and private companies and ranged in size from tens of millions to billions of Pounds turnover.

Trevor’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevor-blatchford-785234154/

Martin Lew, CFO Centre Hong Kong

Martin had 25 years of experience in the hotel industry with Hyatt International and The Peninsula Hotel Group before joining The CFO Centre in August 2016. Martin now works as CFO for seven clients in addition to his role as Regional Director, meeting with prospective clients.  His clients include a start-up, businesses that are scaling up, companies seeking new investment or seeking new trade financing and one that recently sold to a NASDAQ listed company.

Martin’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-lew/