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Anthesis appoints Charlie Nicholson as Global Chief Financial Officer

Anthesis, the largest group of dedicated sustainability professionals globally and one of the UK’s fastest-growing private companies, has appointed Charlie Nicholson as Global Chief Financial Officer. Charlie joins Anthesis’ Global Leadership Council and Board to collectively deliver on the ambitions of the business to activate the power of enterprise to build a living world for all.

A financial leader with a proven track record of accelerating profitable growth, operational efficiencies, and enterprise value, Charlie brings 30 years of experience in fast-paced global Professional Services and Pharmaceutical Supply Chain organisations. Most recently, as CFO and Board member at Softbox Systems, Charlie led the Finance and IT teams at the US Private Equity backed global packaging company, overseeing revenue and EBITDA growth of over 300% in his two-year tenure.

Prior to Softbox Systems, Charlie spent six years as CFO and a Board member of Premier Research Group, an international Contract Research Organisation, where he was responsible for the Finance, IT and Corporate Administration teams globally and led the financial aspects for two acquisitions.

Reporting to Anthesis CEO Stuart McLachlan, Charlie will work closely with Anthesis’ Global Leadership Council to navigate the financial health of the 1,100+ sustainability expert firm. With extensive international experience in Board, management and financial roles across private equity-backed businesses, Charlie will join Anthesis’ Board alongside Stuart McLachlan, Malcolm Paul (Chairman) and non-executive directors Beth Houghton and Tristan Craddock from Anthesis’ private equity partner, Palatine.

As Global CFO and supported by an established and high-performing team, Charlie will be responsible for the company’s financial, IT and data capabilities and performance as it continues its ambitious growth strategy and amplifies its impact in tackling the world’s climate emergency. In addition, Charlie will be a crucial player in Anthesis’ acquisition integration programmes with a foreseeable continuation of its buy-and-build strategy through 2023, adding to the 16 businesses that have successfully united to provide an unrivalled breadth and depth of sustainability solutions.

Stuart McLachlan, CEO of Anthesis, commented, “We are at an inflexion point in history – we’re leaving one era behind and reimagining the next. One where businesses and society must operate differently and within planetary boundaries. During the last ten years, we’ve been assembling the right talent armed with the digital tools for this moment. As a result, Anthesis is uniquely positioned to navigate clients into this next era and to maximise positive impact during this decisive decade. As we continue our growth plans to support more clients in achieving sustainable performance, Charlie’s financial and business acumen and focus on corporate governance will be invaluable. On behalf of the Board, I’m delighted to welcome Charlie to Anthesis and look forward to his contributions as part of our leadership team.”

Charlie Nicholson, Global CFO of Anthesis, also commented, “I am delighted to join Stuart, Malcolm and the Anthesis team as we scale the organisation to serve our global clients in making an impact, building long-term sustainable performance for them and the benefit of wider society.”

Entering its tenth year, Anthesis continues to be recognised as a market leader and an impact authority. After receiving three Consultancy of the Year accolades in 2022, Anthesis has been shortlisted for Edie’s 2023 Consultancy of the Year in its upcoming industry awards, and Stuart McLachlan has been shortlisted for Sustainability Leader of the Year. This month, Anthesis has also been recognised by Real Leaders magazine as a company solving existential problems through innovative and sustainable market-based solutions and awarded an Impact Award based on our revenue and B-Corp assessment score.

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