Director of Finance and IT
With 66% of UK CFOs saying that 2018 was a year they would substantially increase the amount of time they
spent managing technology, it is undeniable that Finance leaders will need to be more interactive with their
“technology” counterparts than ever before. However, there can often be a perception (be it myth or reality) that
Finance’s sole interaction with IT is to hold the purse strings.
In this session, led by Paula, Finance and IT Director of Wateraid, understand how she has challenged this perception
and earned the right to be a leader in an functional area which she does not have a background in. Hear how Wateraid
have successfully updated their systems to include various aspects of AI, and are now an organisation that is
benchmarked against within the sector, and how she navigated stakeholder relations through this transformation.
Paula Laird, Finance & IT Director, Wateraid