ClearCourse, a leading provider of market-leading software for UK SMEs, has appointed Mark Grafton as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

Grafton brings a wealth of experience to the role, having held senior finance positions in publicly traded and privately held technology companies for over 20 years.

He will drive ClearCourse’s financial strategy, ensuring the company is well-positioned for value creation and future growth.

Grafton joins ClearCourse from Adarma Security, where he served as Group CFO. Before that, he was the Group CFO of Aimia Inc. and held senior roles in EY’s Transaction Services Team.

He said: “I am thrilled to join ClearCourse at such an exciting time for the company. The team has built an impressive portfolio of software and integrated payments solutions that help organisations to manage and grow their business more efficiently.

“I look forward to working closely with CEO Christina Hamilton  and the rest of the leadership team to help drive the company’s financial strategy and support its growth ambitions.”

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CEO Hamilton said: “We are delighted to welcome Mark Grafton to the ClearCourse team as our new CFO. Mark’s expertise and skillset will help drive the company’s continued success.

“His experience in finance and technology and track record of building high-performing teams will be invaluable as we pursue our ambitious growth plans.

“I do not doubt that Mark’s extensive experience in the technology sector, combined with his strong leadership skills, will help drive ClearCourse’s financial strategy and support its growth ambitions.

“We are excited to have him on board and look forward to working with him as we look ahead at this next exciting phase for our company.”

Founded in 2018, ClearCourse is a group of innovative technology companies investing in industry-specific and market-leading software businesses.

ClearCourse operates across business services, events and leisure, membership services and retail.

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ClearCourse is backed by Aquiline Capital Partners, a private investment firm based in New York and London with £7.5bn ($9.2bn) in assets under management that invests across financial services and technology.