IFT Next - The IFT

IFT Next

If you are looking to develop your career in turnaround, IFT Next is your professional network, bringing together leading advisory, banking, legal and investment professionals active in the marketplace. IFT Next provides a platform for you to build your own profile and network as you progress both in your career and your relationship with the IFT.

IFT Next is aimed at professionals who have identified turnaround and business support as their long-term career pathway. Typically, these professionals will have established themselves at a management level within turnaround and restructuring and are now looking to build upon their profile and network. The IFT Next events and network is typically suitable for those with the following titles:

Manager, Senior Manager, Director

Senior Solicitor/Relationship Manager/Director, Business Support Manager

IFT Next is also suitable for those taking their first step into independent advisory.

Those who are looking to be promoted to these titles in the near future and IFT Next would benefit this transition.

IFT Next offers:

  • A focused community for those developing their career at a senior level in turnaround, whether as an adviser, lawyer, banker or investor
  • Events covering business development, market updates and soft skills
  • Regular networking
  • Pathway to IFT accreditation

IFT Next seminars, workshops and networking events are free of charge.

In order to join the IFT Next distribution list sign up by filling in the form below or to express your interest please send an email to info@the-ift.com.


Meet the IFT Next Committee

Our committee draws on the expertise and insights from across the world of turnaround, with members drawn from the advisory, legal, and banking professions active in the marketplace. We have representatives from each region and together the committee steers and gets involved in organising the IFT Next programme in terms of learning, sharing market knowledge, networking and thought leadership.

Ali White of PwC

Ali White is Co-lead for IFT Next nationally and works PwCs Operational Restructuring Team in London.  PwC’s Corporate Operational Restructuring team sit within the Value Creation and Realisation business unit of Deals, and specialise in advisory and implementation support for companies facing financial and operational challenges. Ali is an experienced project manager with exceptional analytical and change management skills. Ali has 10 years-experience working with and advising local and international clients on their transformation and cost reduction programmes.


Khalil Malik of Teneo

Khalil Malik is Co-lead for IFT Next nationally and is a Manager with Teneo’s Financial Advisory in Newcastle. He joined Teneo as part of its purchase of Deloitte’s UK restructuring business. Khalil has experience in working on both insolvency and advisory engagements, focussing on business turnaround and restructuring.


Charlotte Doyle of Shoosmiths

Charlotte is a committee member for IFT Next covering the Midlands Region. Charlotte is a Principal Associate solicitor in the Corporate Restructuring & Advisory department at Shoosmiths LLP.  She advises a range of clients including insolvency practitioners, directors, creditors and banks on all contentious and non contentious matters arising out of corporate insolvencies.

Charlotte’s expertise include; advising on the sale and purchase of businesses and assets in an insolvency context, conducting security reviews and advising on the enforceability of security, as well as advising insolvency practitioners in relation to antecedent transactions.


Hayley O’Driscoll of NatWest

Hayley O’Driscoll is a committee member for IFT Next covering the South West Region. Hayley is an Associate Director at NatWest within the Restructuring team, supporting customers who are experiencing financial distress and navigating a challenging period for their business. Hayley has 14 years banking experience, working in both Restructuring and business development roles, supporting customers operating in healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, leisure and the real estate sector. She is currently undergoing the 10 month IFT academy accreditation.


Dominic Spiers of FRP Advisory

Dominic is a committee member for IFT Next covering the London & South Region. Dominic joined FRP in 2018 and is a Manager in the corporate advisory team within our Restructuring Advisory department, based in our London office. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2016 and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Dominic has worked in restructuring advisory since 2018, and performs business and short-term cashflow reviews for companies in various stages of the corporate life cycle throughout a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, retail and professional services.


Lizzy Wood of Hill Dickinson LLP

Lizzy is a committee member for IFT Next covering the North East Region. Lizzy is a Legal Director at Hill Dickinson. She acts for corporates, private equity investors, financial institutions and office holders with advice centering on turnaround and directors’ duties, contingency planning and options analysis and delivering both informal and formal restructuring solutions encompassing AMA transactions and CVA’s to ensure the best outcome for stakeholders.  She has extensive experience across the retail and hospitality and leisure sectors.


Lisa Handley of Kroll

Lisa is a committee member for IFT Next covering the North West region. Lisa is a Director at Kroll where she works in the UK Advisory practice. Lisa has spent several years providing advisory services to a variety of businesses in different industries. Prior to joining Kroll in July 2019, Lisa worked for over seven years within the financial services industry, most recently working within the Treasury Team of Together Financial Services Limited. Lisa primarily focusses on both advisory and debt advisory assignments in her role at Kroll, including both debt raising and refinancing assignments across various sectors, involving working closely alongside management teams and lenders to achieve the optimal outcome for the client. More recently, Lisa has been focused on assignments within the financial services and technology sectors.


Doug Cecil of BDO UK LLP

Doug is a committee member for IFT Next covering the South West region. Doug is a CPA qualified accountant with over 10 years experience specialising in Insolvency/Restructuring/Turnaround services.

Working within the various teams, his focus has been on distressed businesses over a diverse range of industries including, mining, mining services, hospitality, transport and retail.


Amy Walker of Macfarlanes

Amy is a committee member for IFT Next covering London. Amy advises on a broad range of financial transactions, with a focus on restructurings and insolvency. Her experience includes advising on administrations, liquidations, schemes of arrangement and other formal insolvency processes, as well as leveraged finance and real estate finance.

Her clients include insolvency practitioners, companies in financial difficulties and their directors and shareholders, banks, alternative finance providers and corporate borrowers. Amy is also holds the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency with distinction.


Octavia Tenga of Grant Thornton UK LLP

Octavia is a committee member for IFT Next covering the London area. Octavia has worked at Grant Thornton for over 6 years’ having experience working in Audit and now Restructuring. She has worked with a wide range of clients in a restructuring capacity including charities and international businesses.

With an undergraduate degree in Economics, she is interested in understanding how economical events impact businesses and where opportunities lie for turnaround practitioners.


Sophie Newcome of FTI Consulting 

Sophie is a Senior Consultant in FTI Consulting’s Corporate Finance & Restructuring team. Based in Manchester, Sophie primarily focuses on company side advisory and value creation engagements across a wide range of sectors including hospitality, retail and technology.


Claire Marsden of Grant Thornton UK LLP

Claire is a committee member for IFT Next covering the North West region. Claire is a Manager within the North West Restructuring team for Grant Thornton UK LLP.

Claire is both qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant and CPI, focusing her work on advisory and formal restructuring assignments. Her experience includes delivering work in a number of industries and across the entire business lifecycle from pre-lend and independent business reviews, options assessments and contingency planning as well as formal restructuring solutions.

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