Were you at the Digital Finance Function Awards 2023?

Last week, we spent an evening with the industry’s finest, celebrating the third iteration of the Digital Finance Function Awards.

London lit up with CFOs, their teams and everyone in between as we all came together at the iconic Ham Yard Hotel.  It was an incredible night, with some well deserved wins - if you didn't manage to secure a ticket before they sold out, here's your guide to the best bits!

How did it start?

The evening kicked off with a vibrant cocktail reception. Nominees, guests and sponsors alike arrived in their finest outfits, greeting each other and sharing excited smiles before the ceremony began. 

The guests took their seats. A performance began from the Mirror Men dancers. The lights went down and the introduction video started.


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It showed all of the incredible categories, the big brands whose finance professionals were nominated, and the sponsors and partners who made the event possible, including the headline sponsors Planful and ACCA, and our other sponsors CA ANZ, Michael Page, Sage, Vantage Point, Documation, Advanced.

One by one, the individuals, teams and companies that the judges selected were announced. It's hard to describe the huge applause and celebration from the crowd! Relive the announcements here with my complete list of winners:

2023 Digital Finance Awards Winners

Rising Hero In Finance | SME

Samantha Knight, Head of Finance, The Fold

Rising Hero In Finance | Enterprise - Sponsored by CAANZ

Joanna Mandat, Project Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

Social Media of the Year - Sponsored by Sage

Rebekah Glover, Director of Finance, VNC Automotive

Finance Leader of the Year | SME

Graeme Gorthy, Finance Controller, Solid State plc

Finance Leader of the Year | Enterprise - Sponsored by Planful

Elizabeth Coffey, Accounts Payable Manager, Weetabix LTD

Learning Event of the Year

Finance Transformation Live by ITAS Solutions

Finance Team of the Year | SME - Sponsored by Michael Page

Space and Time Finance

Finance Team of the Year | Enterprise -Sponsored by  ACCA

NHS Shared Business Services

Training Provider of the Year

University of Lincoln - James Wright

Resource of the Year

ACCA - Professional accountants - the future

GENCFO Pioneer Award

Claire Hipkiss, Engagement Lead, Jaguar Land Rover

GENCFO Pioneer Award

Andi Lonnen, Financial Trainer, speaker and author, FBP

GENCFO Pioneer Award

Sylvia Ionita, CFO, Waterdrop

Influential Woman of the Year - Sponsored by Vantage Point

Billie O'Connor, CFO, Milk&More

International Rising Hero In Finance | SME - Sponsored by Advanced

Christian Martinez, Finance Manager, Kraft Heinz

International Finance Leader of the Year | Enterprise

Cédric Assaouloff, Finance Leader, Roche

Rising CFO Tech of the Year


CFO Tech of the Year -Sponsored by Documation


Technology Partner of the Year


The special honours

We wanted to extend a special invitation to winners of DFF Awards 2021, as they were unable to accept physical trophies due to the pandemic. So, one of the winners joined Chris on the stage to receive his - and it was a long time coming!

Transformer of the Year (2021)

Tanbir Jasimuddin, Finance Transformation Expert, DWF


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After the ceremony

The names were announced, cheers were raised and then it was time for canapes, drinks and connections.

Past winners mixed with new, and community members from all over the globe were finally meeting in person. 

Our photographer captured some great moments, including me, Becky Glover (one of this year's winners) and ACCA's Amanda Thurlow shown below.


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As the night continued, we saw networks grow and loved that the community was coming together to celebrate the achievements of the year - they really deserved to. Now, the team, community and supporters are all looking forward to 2024. It'll be even bigger and better (if that's possible!). 

See you then!

If you would like to join us at the Digital Finance Function Awards 2024, please register your interest here.



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Olivia Wing, Customer Success Manager, GENCFO

Olivia is an author at GENCFO as well as being the Community Success Manager. Read her articles on everything from events, agility, hot topics in finance and interviews with key finance and accounting industry figures.

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