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.


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.


Hayley O’Driscoll of NatWest

Hayley O’Driscoll is co-lead of the IFT Next committee and covers 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.


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.


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.


Doug Cecil of BDO UK LLP

Doug is a committee member for IFT Next covering the South West region. Doug is a Director in BDO’s Business Restructuring team and is most effective working company-side in stressed circumstances, supporting boards of directors to take a more active approach to managing trading whilst remaining mindful of potential insolvency risks. Prior to joining BDO, in January 2020, he spent ten years developing his advisory and restructuring skills in South West Australia.

In recent years Doug has directed assignments where hundreds of jobs have been saved across a wide range of sectors, including technology, engineering and community interest. Job preservation is always at the forefront of Doug’s thinking, in part due to his prior experience working with industries, and in geographic locations (including Australia), where it can be a painful and extended process to recreate a sustainable employment base. In addition to having a wealth of experience in multiple sectors, Doug’s main passion lies in the technology sector and he has become a key member of BDO’s national TMT sector team. He observes that funding technology business post pandemic has become notably harder as market positioning and prospects are less certain.


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.


Sophie Newcombe 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.

Thomas Birt of DLA Piper

Thomas is an associate in the restructuring and insolvency group at Macfarlanes LLP. He advises on a range of financial transactions, with a focus on restructurings, insolvency and real estate finance. His experience includes consensual debt restructurings and formal insolvency processes, as well as real estate finance and other debt finance transactions. His clients include insolvency practitioners, companies in financial difficulties and their directors and shareholders, banks, corporate trustees, alternative finance providers and corporate borrowers.


Aino Miles of DLA Piper

Aino Miles is a Senior Associate at DLA Piper, based in Birmingham. Aino’s practice focuses on financial restructuring and insolvency, advising stakeholders on both domestic and cross-border mandates. Aino also regularly works on non-distressed leveraged finance, venture finance and asset based lending transactions.

NEXT EVENT - 23.05.2024

We are excited to announce our first funding conference on 23rd May, at Marfarlanes London. Please email info@the-ift.com to purchase your ticket.   Please note that tickets are non-refundable two weeks



  • Date: 05.06.2024
  • Name: West & Wales Summer Drinks Reception

Join us on 11th July on 6pm at Teneo, London for our regional summer social! This event is reserved for IFT members, corporate partners, and IFT Next.

  • Date: 11.06.2024
  • Name: Restructuring Plans Webinar: Case Law and Practical Update

Join us on 11th June for a restructuring plans webinar!

  • Date: 12.06.2024
  • Name: Insolvency and Restructuring Summer Soiree

The IFT are delighted to be partnering with The Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA) Associates’ Network, IWIRC and TMA. The four networks are collaborating for the first time to bring you the ultimate networking

  • Date: 18.06.2024
  • Name: North West Summer Drinks Social

Join us on 18th June17 on 6pm at Gateley, Manchester for our regional summer social! This event is reserved for IFT members, corporate partners, and IFT Next.

  • Date: 25.06.2024
  • Name: Women in Turnaround Exclusive Dinner with Svana Gisla

  • Date: 04.07.2024
  • Name: IFT Next West & Wales Summer Social

Join us on 4th July at 4pm in Bristol for our IFT Next Summer Social!

  • Date: 11.07.2024
  • Name: London & South Summer Drinks Reception

Join us on 11th July on 6pm at Teneo, London for our regional summer social!

  • Date: 13.09.2024
  • Name: National Conference 2024

Join us on 13th September for our annual National Conference in London! Please email info@the-ift.com to purchase a ticket. Please note that tickets are non-refundable two weeks prior to the event.

  • Date: 17.10.2024
  • Name: IFT Annual Awards 2024

Ticket sales and submissions are now open for The IFT Annual Awards 2024! This year's ceremony will take place on Thursday 17th October at Pan Pacific London. Join us to celebrate turnaround excellence at the leading


Ift Academy

The IFT Academy is a 10-month modular programme designed for the Next Generation of leaders in the turnaround, transformation and restructuring community. Open to professionals with working knowledge of turnaround and transformation, it gives participants a structured grounding and insight into organisational restructuring.