RGCF Senior manager Rhiannon Nightingale goes under the spotlight!

What is your role within RG?

I am a Corporate Finance Senior Manager advising companies, entrepreneurs and investors on all types of transactions throughout all stages of the business lifecycle, including M&A, fundraising and the provision of business and strategic advice.

Tell me about your career to date…

I graduated from Bristol University with a First in Music and, although I really loved my degree, I decided that I wanted to pursue a different path. I was fortunate enough to join KPMG on their Audit Graduate Programme immediately following my graduation. Through KPMG I gained my chartered accountancy qualification (ACA) and shortly afterwards joined KPMG’s Corporate Finance team in Bristol working on sector agnostic, mid-market transactions.

I moved to Newcastle in 2017 with my now husband, and joined KPMG’s Power & Utilities M&A team working on multi-billion pound infrastructure transactions globally.

I then joined a large business in the North East to help lead their M&A strategy: Mayborn Group (better known as Tommee Tippee to those with children). Here I worked on a wide variety of acquisition opportunities from very small Mum & Dad owned businesses through to major players in the juvenile space worldwide.

I joined RG on 1 April 2020 mid-lockdown, which in itself has been an interesting experience, attracted by its entrepreneurial spirit and award winning team. My first few months with the firm have been brilliant and I have already learned a great deal from the team here.

What does your current role involve?

My role is hugely varied which is actually what I enjoy most about Corporate Finance. Every day brings something different and a new challenge.

As a CF Senior Manager a lot of my role is in leading the day to day activity on our ongoing transactions and making sure that we as a team are delivering the best results possible for our client. I also have a role in our business development activity in building relationships, preparing and attending pitches and winning new work.

What makes RG different?

What most attracted me to RG was the brilliant people and the entrepreneurial spirit. Our team is led by two fantastic partners who know their craft exceptionally well and who I have already, in my short time with the firm, learned a great deal from.

We are flexible in our approach and can therefore be quick to act, always putting ourselves on the front foot for our clients. This is what underpins our value of creative thinking and is truly the case in our approach to our day to day work.

My 3 most notable achievements to date would be….

I am extremely proud of my First Class Honours degree having worked very hard to achieve it. I also enjoy the fact that it was in something completely different to what I do now allowing me to bring a different perspective to the way that we do our work.

In sport I have pushed myself through a number of challenges including a half marathon and triathlon however I think my greatest achievement would be a 24 hour relay race which very much took me to my limits mentally and physically.

Finally, I have been very fortunate in my opportunities outside of work and when I lived in Bristol, I played as goalkeeper for the City of Bristol Ladies Lacrosse First Team (Bristol Bombers). I picked up the sport at University having never played it at school and I played for the team through our first undefeated season..

Tell us about your day so far….

Quite varied actually. I woke up at 06:15 and went straight downstairs to do an at-home workout. I’m an active gym goer so I’m trying to be creative throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to keep my fitness levels up.

My work day typically starts at 08:00 as it did today with clearing down some emails which I needed to respond to and organising my to do list for the rest of the day.

Throughout the day, I’ve been working with two of our current clients helping them through the due diligence process which is always a tough stage of a deal but also the most rewarding once you’ve got through it. I’ve also been doing some market research for another client and have had a number of client and internal calls.

At lunchtime I took a short break to walk our lovely dog, Winston, which I always find is a great time for me to get some headspace and take the opportunity to plan ahead for what needs to be done for the remainder of the day for each of my clients.

Tonight, I hope to finish my work around 6:30pm so that I can make some dinner with my husband and relax with a glass of prosecco, or maybe two!

What do you enjoy outside of work?

Firstly I really enjoy cooking and good food. We’ve recently got into Indian cooking having been introduced to a fantastic cookbook by one of my team mates, Connor.

I do appreciate however that good food isn’t always what’s best for you, so I do a lot of exercise and really love doing so. I like to keep my routine quite varied and enjoy weight lifting at the gym, yoga and running. Though I will be the first to admit that I’m not amazing at any of them, I try my best.

Finally, at weekends, my husband and I spend a lot of time in the Northumberland countryside with our golden retriever exploring new places and spending time in the fresh air.

And finally, leave us with one interesting fact about yourself…

I am a qualified rescue diver and I hope to dive the Farne Islands later this year, when the waters up here are a little warmer!

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