Finance directors are increasingly looking at new ways of using their role to energise and drive their organisations- through implementing more efficient and effective finance teams and harnessing data leading to powerful new insights that can drive strategy.

Vanessa Simms, the CFO of property group Grainger is doing just that through the use of powerful data sets she set up to get factual evidence of strong demand and growth prospects for the business.

Her approach reflects the changing role of the CFO- a positive way forward, as is the fact that she is part of an all-female leadership team, along with CEO Helen Gordon.