Catherine Birkett



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Catherine GoCardless joined in 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. GoCardless is a payment company that makes collecting payments by direct debit easy for everyone.

Previously, she was a Chief Financial Officer at Interoute and before that an Assistant Manager Transaction Services at KPMG.

She graduated from University of Durham with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics & Economics.



  1. Software Report Nomination Catherine Birkett, CFO, GoCardless Catherine is CFO for GoCardless, a global leader in recurring payments. Catherine is an expert at supporting companies as they scale into industry-dominating businesses.Before joining GoCardless in 2018, Catherine was CFO for one of Europe’s fastest growing telecoms providers, Interoute, where she took the business from $20m to $800m in turnover over 16 years and from a loss making business to one which generated strong EBITDA and free cash-flow. She also lead equity and debt raises and completed several M&A transactions. Her time at Interoute concluded with the sale to GTT for $2bn. A seasoned fintech executive, Catherine has steered organisations through several recessions and has more than 20 years as CFO under her belt. Catherine has taken global fintech GoCardless from start-up to scale-up, with revenues continuing to grow by 46% despite COVID and has helped to drive the international expansion including the company’s US launch of its ACH bank debit service which has taken several years of planning and negotiations with regulators. GoCardless supports companies that want to expand internationally and currently processes $15bn in annual transactions for 55,000 clients worldwide. Catherine is guiding GoCardless through the Covid-19 pandemic as the company moved swiftly to remote working across London, Melbourne, Munich, Paris and San Francisco. Catherine has crafted new financial models, adjusted forecasts and tightened spending. She sees the pandemic as an opportunity to implement spending controls to preserve long-term ambitions and continuing to show growth to future investors.

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