Hari Punchihewa

Chief Finance Officer

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“As a member of Executive Leadership Team and the Chief Finance Officer Hari is the guardian of our finances and advise ELT and the Board on all financial matters. This includes financial planning and business modelling, budgeting, liaising with Auditors, producing published accounts, managing cash flow, investments and debt, tax and pension. He is also responsible for Legal and Technology functions and driving the digital transformation. 

After qualifying as an Accountant Hari was working in the Corporate Finance and Investment Banking sectors leading mergers and acquisitions, integrations, improving dysfunctional companies and capital restructures etc. Later he became the Finance Director of Daimler Benz Group company and then moved to the University sector as the Deputy Chief Executive responsible for Finance, HR, IT, Estates, Procurement and Commercial in a large University to help transform its financial stability and grow it by doubling the turnover.

Hari attended Harvard Business School and competed a Leadership development programme.
In addition, Hari holds a MBA and is also qualified as a Chartered Banker and a Chartered Director.
He also held number of non-executive director posts in Housing, Sports and Insurance sectors.

Hari is a keen rugby fan supporting Northampton Saints as a season ticket holder. He also enjoys watching cricket and takes pride in completing the Rubik’s cube in less than 8 minutes.”