Jo Haigh | Vistage UK
Speaker Bio

Jo Haigh

Jo is CEO of fds Group, with bases in London, Birmingham and Yorkshire.

An experienced dealmaker, Jo specialises in putting together the right deal at the right time and in the right format for growing businesses throughout the country. She has bought and sold over 400 companies in the last 26 years specialising in owner managed companies.

She is a regular presenter for the Institute of Directors on corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.

In addition to the corporate finance division of fds Jo also runs a highly successful training and consultancy organisation she founded at the start of the 90s, she has held circa 40 + non-executive roles over that period in companies across the country.

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Jo is also currently NED of 10 different companies.

She has helped numerous businesses through successful transactions and has sold three of her own companies and undertaken two personal MBOs.

She is a Visiting Fellow at The University of Leeds where she delivers the Corporate Governance development programme for all academic staff wishing to hive off new companies, in addition to training and developing non-executive directors appointed to University Companies whose role is to represent University interests.

Awards/Titles/Achievements

  • Winner of Most Innovative UK Deal Negotiator 2016 and The AI One to Watch in Corporate Finance, Acquisition International M&A Awards (2016)
  • Shortlisted for Mentor of the Year, First Women Awards (2016)
  • Finalist in the Women in Business Awards 2015, Inspiring Leader of the Year category
  • Winner of the First Women Award, CBI Business Service 2014
  • Fifth book published January 2014 “The Keys to the Boardroom; How to get there and how to stay there”
  • Commissioned to write “Doing Business Right, The Wrong Way” by Palgrave Macmillan
  • Finalist of the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards 2013
  • Finalist in the Wakefield Business District Awards 2013
  • Winner of The Sunday Times NED of the Year award in association with Peel Hunt
  • Winner of the Outperformance Award 2012 from Vistage
  • Special presenter on the Business Class TV special, filmed with James Caan of Dragons Den, which aired 24th October 2012
  • Finalist for the 2011 IoD Awards in the Business Advisor Category
  • Finalist in the 2011 Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards
  • Published a book for the FT called Finance for Non-Financial Managers
  • RealBusiness.co.uk columnist
  • On the advisory board of the Angelus Advisory Group
  • Part of the judging panel for the Growing Business Awards 2010
  • Finalist for the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2010 in the Corporate Leader category
  • Named in the Yorkshire Post top 100 entrepreneurs 2010
  • Finalist to final 3rd stage in the Women of the Future Awards – Mentor of the Year category 2009
  • Winner of IoD Business Advisor of the Year 2009 and 2006
  • Nominated for Financial News’ Top 100 Most Influential Women in Finance 2009
  • Entered into the 2008 edition of “Who’s Who of Britain’s Business Elite”
  • Finalist in the First Women CBI Awards 2007, in the Finance category
  • Voted ‘Star Speaker’ and ‘Outperforming Speaker’ at the Vistage Annual Speakers Awards 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Jo is an Ambassador of Huddersfield along with Joanne Harris
  • Selected as a ‘woman of achievement’ at the prestigious Women of the Year lunch, which brings together outstanding women from all walks of life. The ceremony was held in London on October 16, 2006
  • Recipient of a 2006 Woman of Achievement Award by the American Biographical Institute
  • Yorkshire Businesswoman of the Year 2005

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Role of the Non-Executive Director

You will leave this event with a profound understanding of the role of a non-executive director, how to secure the position and a first class understanding of how to hone your skill set and improve your knowledge.

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Role of the Non-Executive Director

Overview:

The role of the non-executive director course is aimed at experienced executive directors who are seeking a first post of a non-executive or someone who already holds such a post, who wants to build further on that experience to improve performance.

The course will also assist directors or shareholders who are looking to strengthen their board with a non-executive support in allowing then to better understand what skills and qualities are needed for people in that role.

You will leave this event with a profound understanding of the role of a non-executive director, how to secure the position and a first class understanding of how to hone your skill set and improve your knowledge.

Added February 2017.

The Board: A successful and effective team

The course will provide the delegates with the opportunity to understand the skills required to have a positive impact through their participation in board meetings. Jo will cover how to manage these meetings productively to create decisive results.

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The Board: A successful and effective team

Overview:

The course will provide the delegates with the opportunity to understand the skills required to have a positive impact through their participation in board meetings. Jo will cover how to manage these meetings productively to create decisive results which in turn will affect the company in a constructive way.

Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be better able to understand:

  • The purpose of the board
  • The importance of creating an agenda
  • How to understand the board meetings system
  • How to translate information in business terms
  • How to distribute relevant information
  • Using resources effectively
  • Communicating effectively using the De Bono Hat Technique
  • Appreciating the responsibilities of a chairman
  • Integrating board meetings with other methods of communication
  • Displaying and appreciating the feedback process
  • When and how to lead a discussion
  • What is the purpose of minute taking
  • What is an effective layout of the boardroom
  • Understanding the qualities of various directors and how to respond accordingly

Added February 2017.

Finance Demystified: Beginners

This workshop aims to provide an understanding of Management and Financial accounting on a day-to-day basis for those not from a finance background to better interpret their own and other's information.

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Finance Demystified: Beginners

Overview:

Finance Demystified will provide delegates with an understanding of financial accounts, the ideal course for those not from a finance background. Delegates will leave with the knowledge of how to better interpret their own and others information, a must for all business men and women.

Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be better able to understand:

  • The creation of a Balance Sheet
  • An introduction to Financial Analyses
  • The creation of a Profit & Loss Account
  • Interpretation of Accounts
  • Tricks of the Trade
  • Working Capital and how to operate it
  • Cash management

Meet the Gatekeeper!

In addition, at the event a further opportunity will be provided at the start of the event to ask further direct questions. The advantage of this event is that it allows you to have a very tailored event in a quite diverse range of subjects because of the subject matters Jo Haigh is able to cover.

Read more

Meet the Gatekeeper!

Overview:

This event will be run in the manner of a Q & A Session. Co-ordinators should, prior to the event, submit a question or a series of questions from delegates on subject matters from which Jo Haigh has expertise, including:

  • Corporate Governance matters
  • Corporate Finance issues
  • Financial and Accounting concerns
  • Legal Updates

Once submitted (preferably 1 week in advance) Jo Haigh will tailor the event directly to these issues.

In addition, at the event a further opportunity will be provided at the start of the event to ask further direct questions.

The advantage of this event is that it allows you to have a very tailored event in a quite diverse range of subjects because of the subject matters Jo Haigh is able to cover.

The pre-submitted questions, however, allow Jo Haigh to provide some take-away handouts therefore offering something more than a simple interview and to allow the benefit of spontaneity in a structured manner.

Q&A with Jo Haigh

This is a Question & Answer session with Jo Haigh and your questions will need to be sent to Jo in advance, via your Chairman, for her to prepare and discuss on the day.

Read more

Q&A with Jo Haigh

Overview:

This is a Question & Answer session with Jo Haigh and your questions will need to be sent to Jo in advance, via your Chairman, for her to prepare and discuss on the day.

The Confidence Cloak

Aimed at those who for whatever reason are not as confident as they could be and who find this is a barrier to professional and personal development. Delegates will leave with an ability to handle themselves far more confidently in the future, both personally and in the work place.

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The Confidence Cloak

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – what it really means to be a director.

Overview:

Aimed at the women and men who for whatever reason are not as confident as they could be and who find this is a barrier to professional and personal development.

  • Neutralise your negative thoughts
  • Find your voice and speak your mind
  • Find your role models
  • Fake it - adopting your role models behaviour
  • Dealing with bullies
  • Asking for it pay rise promotion a better deal whatever you want

The art of networking and conversation

  • Dress to impress
  • Believe in yourself

Outcomes:

Delegates will leave with an ability to handle themselves far more confidently in the future, both personally and in the work place.

Introduction to the Role of the Company Director

This workshop will provide participants with an overall understanding of the role and responsibilities of a director.

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Introduction to the Role of the Company Director

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – what it really means to be a director.

Overview:

This workshop will provide participants with an overall understanding of the role and responsibilities of a director. It will provide an insight into how to carry out the role effectively and to protect both the individual and the corporation, as far as practical, from potential liabilities.

Outline:

  • The company, the shareholders and the director
  • The officers of the board and their functions
  • Statutory books
  • Board meetings and how to run them
  • Corporate variety
  • The legal role of the director and its compliance
  • Companies act 2006
  • Directors guide to staying out of jail
  • Basic statutory and criminal liability
  • Health and safety and the director
  • Director and officers liability insurance

Finance Demystified: Intermediate

This course will provide the participants with an understanding of financial accounts. Jo will provide the delegates with an insight into financial documents that are used regularly in all types of business.

Read more

Finance Demystified: Intermediate

Overview:

This course will provide the participants with an understanding of financial accounts. The course is suitable for those with a basic understanding of finance within business. Jo will provide the delegates with an insight into financial documents that are used regularly in all types of business.

Outline:

  • How to create and understand the purpose of a balance sheet
  • An introduction to financial analyses
  • How to create profit and loss accounts
  • How to interpret a set of accounts
  • The tricks of the trade
  • What is working capital and how it should be operated
  • Cash management
  • The different types of financing options

Buying, Selling, Valuing Companies and Raising Finance

This workshop will help participants to understand the process of buying and selling companies from lots of situations.

Read more

Buying, Selling, Valuing Companies and Raising Finance

Outcomes:

To understand the process of buying and selling companies, either from a desire to grow business interests or to dispose of a company, either now or at some future date and to understand what funders want at the appropriate time in the approach for funding and how to help them present themselves and their company in the most favourable manner to secure the most equitable and suitable deal.

This workshop will examine four key areas:

Buying Companies:

  • Why buy or sell
  • Assessing what to buy and when to sell
  • Finding out what is available
  • Making contact with your targets – the buy and sell process
  • Negotiating the deal
  • Due diligence
  • Financing options
  • Getting your messages across
  • How to value a company

Selling your Company:  

  • Why and when to sell
  • Who to sell to
  • Third party - Bimbos
  • Trade sale
  • MBO
  • Finding the purchaser
  • Funding the deal
  • Negotiating the deal
  • Basic tax considerations
  • Then what

Valulation:

  • Methods of valuation
  • Exceptions to the norm
  • The impact of goodwill and intellectual property
  • Market changes
  • Dangers of incorrect valuation

Raising Finance:                

  • What funders are looking for in a business proposal    
  • Where to go and how to make the approach
  • What is available and from whom
  • What will the ‘legals’ entail
  • How long will it all take
  • What will it cost and what will you have to give up

Role of the Non-Executive Director

You will leave this event with a profound understanding of the role of a non-executive director, how to secure the position and a first class understanding of how to hone your skill set and improve your knowledge.

Read more

Role of the Non-Executive Director

Overview:

The role of the non-executive director course is aimed at experienced executive directors who are seeking a first post of a non-executive or someone who already holds such a post, who wants to build further on that experience to improve performance.

The course will also assist directors or shareholders who are looking to strengthen their board with a non-executive support in allowing then to better understand what skills and qualities are needed for people in that role.

You will leave this event with a profound understanding of the role of a non-executive director, how to secure the position and a first class understanding of how to hone your skill set and improve your knowledge.

Added February 2017.

The Board: A successful and effective team

The course will provide the delegates with the opportunity to understand the skills required to have a positive impact through their participation in board meetings. Jo will cover how to manage these meetings productively to create decisive results.

Read more

The Board: A successful and effective team

Overview:

The course will provide the delegates with the opportunity to understand the skills required to have a positive impact through their participation in board meetings. Jo will cover how to manage these meetings productively to create decisive results which in turn will affect the company in a constructive way.

Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be better able to understand:

  • The purpose of the board
  • The importance of creating an agenda
  • How to understand the board meetings system
  • How to translate information in business terms
  • How to distribute relevant information
  • Using resources effectively
  • Communicating effectively using the De Bono Hat Technique
  • Appreciating the responsibilities of a chairman
  • Integrating board meetings with other methods of communication
  • Displaying and appreciating the feedback process
  • When and how to lead a discussion
  • What is the purpose of minute taking
  • What is an effective layout of the boardroom
  • Understanding the qualities of various directors and how to respond accordingly

Added February 2017.

Finance Demystified: Beginners

This workshop aims to provide an understanding of Management and Financial accounting on a day-to-day basis for those not from a finance background to better interpret their own and other's information.

Read more

Finance Demystified: Beginners

Overview:

Finance Demystified will provide delegates with an understanding of financial accounts, the ideal course for those not from a finance background. Delegates will leave with the knowledge of how to better interpret their own and others information, a must for all business men and women.

Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be better able to understand:

  • The creation of a Balance Sheet
  • An introduction to Financial Analyses
  • The creation of a Profit & Loss Account
  • Interpretation of Accounts
  • Tricks of the Trade
  • Working Capital and how to operate it
  • Cash management

Meet the Gatekeeper!

In addition, at the event a further opportunity will be provided at the start of the event to ask further direct questions. The advantage of this event is that it allows you to have a very tailored event in a quite diverse range of subjects because of the subject matters Jo Haigh is able to cover.

Read more

Meet the Gatekeeper!

Overview:

This event will be run in the manner of a Q & A Session. Co-ordinators should, prior to the event, submit a question or a series of questions from delegates on subject matters from which Jo Haigh has expertise, including:

  • Corporate Governance matters
  • Corporate Finance issues
  • Financial and Accounting concerns
  • Legal Updates

Once submitted (preferably 1 week in advance) Jo Haigh will tailor the event directly to these issues.

In addition, at the event a further opportunity will be provided at the start of the event to ask further direct questions.

The advantage of this event is that it allows you to have a very tailored event in a quite diverse range of subjects because of the subject matters Jo Haigh is able to cover.

The pre-submitted questions, however, allow Jo Haigh to provide some take-away handouts therefore offering something more than a simple interview and to allow the benefit of spontaneity in a structured manner.

Q&A with Jo Haigh

This is a Question & Answer session with Jo Haigh and your questions will need to be sent to Jo in advance, via your Chairman, for her to prepare and discuss on the day.

Read more

Q&A with Jo Haigh

Overview:

This is a Question & Answer session with Jo Haigh and your questions will need to be sent to Jo in advance, via your Chairman, for her to prepare and discuss on the day.

The Confidence Cloak

Aimed at those who for whatever reason are not as confident as they could be and who find this is a barrier to professional and personal development. Delegates will leave with an ability to handle themselves far more confidently in the future, both personally and in the work place.

Read more

The Confidence Cloak

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – what it really means to be a director.

Overview:

Aimed at the women and men who for whatever reason are not as confident as they could be and who find this is a barrier to professional and personal development.

  • Neutralise your negative thoughts
  • Find your voice and speak your mind
  • Find your role models
  • Fake it - adopting your role models behaviour
  • Dealing with bullies
  • Asking for it pay rise promotion a better deal whatever you want

The art of networking and conversation

  • Dress to impress
  • Believe in yourself

Outcomes:

Delegates will leave with an ability to handle themselves far more confidently in the future, both personally and in the work place.

Introduction to the Role of the Company Director

This workshop will provide participants with an overall understanding of the role and responsibilities of a director.

Read more

Introduction to the Role of the Company Director

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – what it really means to be a director.

Overview:

This workshop will provide participants with an overall understanding of the role and responsibilities of a director. It will provide an insight into how to carry out the role effectively and to protect both the individual and the corporation, as far as practical, from potential liabilities.

Outline:

  • The company, the shareholders and the director
  • The officers of the board and their functions
  • Statutory books
  • Board meetings and how to run them
  • Corporate variety
  • The legal role of the director and its compliance
  • Companies act 2006
  • Directors guide to staying out of jail
  • Basic statutory and criminal liability
  • Health and safety and the director
  • Director and officers liability insurance

Finance Demystified: Intermediate

This course will provide the participants with an understanding of financial accounts. Jo will provide the delegates with an insight into financial documents that are used regularly in all types of business.

Read more

Finance Demystified: Intermediate

Overview:

This course will provide the participants with an understanding of financial accounts. The course is suitable for those with a basic understanding of finance within business. Jo will provide the delegates with an insight into financial documents that are used regularly in all types of business.

Outline:

  • How to create and understand the purpose of a balance sheet
  • An introduction to financial analyses
  • How to create profit and loss accounts
  • How to interpret a set of accounts
  • The tricks of the trade
  • What is working capital and how it should be operated
  • Cash management
  • The different types of financing options

Buying, Selling, Valuing Companies and Raising Finance

This workshop will help participants to understand the process of buying and selling companies from lots of situations.

Read more

Buying, Selling, Valuing Companies and Raising Finance

Outcomes:

To understand the process of buying and selling companies, either from a desire to grow business interests or to dispose of a company, either now or at some future date and to understand what funders want at the appropriate time in the approach for funding and how to help them present themselves and their company in the most favourable manner to secure the most equitable and suitable deal.

This workshop will examine four key areas:

Buying Companies:

  • Why buy or sell
  • Assessing what to buy and when to sell
  • Finding out what is available
  • Making contact with your targets – the buy and sell process
  • Negotiating the deal
  • Due diligence
  • Financing options
  • Getting your messages across
  • How to value a company

Selling your Company:  

  • Why and when to sell
  • Who to sell to
  • Third party - Bimbos
  • Trade sale
  • MBO
  • Finding the purchaser
  • Funding the deal
  • Negotiating the deal
  • Basic tax considerations
  • Then what

Valulation:

  • Methods of valuation
  • Exceptions to the norm
  • The impact of goodwill and intellectual property
  • Market changes
  • Dangers of incorrect valuation

Raising Finance:                

  • What funders are looking for in a business proposal    
  • Where to go and how to make the approach
  • What is available and from whom
  • What will the ‘legals’ entail
  • How long will it all take
  • What will it cost and what will you have to give up

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