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Registration and Breakfast

Chairperson Introduction

Introductory Session: Macro Economic Outlook on the Global Economy

Ben will give an overview of the global economy, big driving forces for the year ahead such as trade wars, interest rate rises and growth metrics.

Ben Chu Economics Editor The Independent

Innovation and the role of the CFO - Blockchain case study

As the speed of industry disruption accelerates, the innovation drive within businesses must keep pace, or risk obsolescence. But the challenges faced in imagining and implementing change for businesses with established market positions need to be navigated. The De Beers Group, a leader in the diamond industry, has recently launched ‘Tracr’, a new diamond blockchain, and ‘Lightbox’, a new laboratory grown diamond jewellery business. Nimesh Patel, CFO of the De Beers Group, provides his perspective on the role of Finance in Innovation.

Nimesh Patel CFO De Beers

How Artificial Intelligence will impact the role of the CFO

The drivers pushing AI forward are common across industries: eliminating manual processes, making business more nimble and responsive, and supplying insights in real-time for data-driven decision making. It’s the first and last on that list that makes AI so compelling for finance.
Matthias Thurner, CTO of Unit4 prevero will discuss real case application within financial performance management.

Matthias Thurner CTO Prevero

Soldo, Turning Expense Management on its Head

Recent PSD2 and open banking initiatives have created a new opportunity for businesses to utilise tech innovations to reshape the finance function. Stuart will explain how Soldo, the London based fintech, is turning expense management on its head, creating more efficiencies, insights, and value over the long term.

Stuart Gammon Chief Revenue Officer Soldo

Networking coffee break

Prevero workshop: Digitalisation of the Office of Finance: How New Technology is Impacting FP&A

In this workshop we will discuss how digital technologies are impacting the role of Finance Professionals. We will discuss benefits of going digital, including:

• Deeper insights. Digital tools such as predictive analytics, dashboards and AI can surface information about how the business can improve results or lower costs. Given the rising demand for CFOs to become proactive advisors to the business, this is arguably the area where going digital will have the greatest impact.
• Improved planning, budgeting and forecasting. In a shifting business and geopolitical environment, plans and forecasts can be obsolete as soon as they’re approved. Digital tools can provide the flexibility and responsiveness needed to revise and make course corrections as soon as new information arises.
• Error-free data entry. Machines are less error-prone than humans and they don’t need sleep. Automation and machine learning can reduce error rates associated with rules-based tasks, and reduce the amount of manual work required.
• Data-driven decision making. With access to real-time data, finance teams can analyse patterns and respond more quickly to changes in the marketplace. Predictive analytics and machine learning can reveal new or unexpected drivers affecting business performance.

Matthias Thurner CTO Prevero

Developing a finance team talent strategy - Maximising team engagement and impact

Nicki Deeson Finance Director (CFO) Amnesty International

Networking Lunch Break

The Finance Talent Gap

To set the scene according to McKinsey, robots could replace 800 million jobs by 2030, with WEF states a ‘skills revolution’ could open a raft of new opportunities, with a focus on independent thinking, values and team work as the repetitive/routine is replaced by automation. In the future, ‘soft skills’, creative skills, the ability to find information, synthesise it and make something of it will become increasing vital. In terms of the synopsis:

“I will explore the gap finance professionals both experience and create when dealing with others. There are many skills which are essential to the future finance professional, and I will focus on interactive effectiveness, rapport and building a strong foundation of trust.

High level inter-personal skills are becoming rare as the stereotypical millennial shifts quickly from human contact towards technological interaction; socially, culturally and professionally.

In a world over run by data and the rising influence of AI, the personal relationship is more unique, powerful and essential than ever.

Kathryn Sherratt CFO Financial Services Compensation Scheme

The future finance function: session hosted by Accenture

Steve Culp Senior Managing Director, Accenture CFO & Enterprise Value Function Accenture

Panel: Finance Transformation – Perspectives and challenges

Tony Ellingham CFO Starling Bank
Magdalena Markiewicz CFO 1Rebel
Rachel Lawrence CFO AIB Group (UK)

Networking coffee break

Megatrends and Disruptors Impacting Business Strategy

From Data analytics to Geopolitical uncertainty to growing connectivity, businesses are experiencing disruptive developments. Tricia and Gill will work with our audience to decipher which trends will most impact their long-term business strategy and what can be done about them. Join this session to learn how to mitigate risk to your business and take advantage of the future.

Patricia Lustig Author Author & Future Strategist
Gill Ringland Author Author & Scenario Planning Specialist

Visionary CFOs are Changing Mindset

Learn about how Visionary CFOs and their CFO departments are moving away from being ”application driven” towards becoming ”data driven”.
In today’s business environment – with constantly increasing requests for making timely decisions – data is Key.
Data has always been Key, but with Digitalization and increasing requirements from both internal and external stakeholders for Details, Speed as well as Cost efficient solutions, then a Mindset change is required, if the CFO department shall have a Chance to Deliver.

Michael Ingemann Practice Partner Teradata

Networking Drinks Reception


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Sage workshop: From transaction to submission - The UK CFO’s accountability for MTD

Local and global compliance is ever changing, MTD is the biggest change in tax regulation in recent years.
Learn about the practicalities and implications to your organisation of:
• Data governance; requirements and acceptable practices
• Understanding what the law details
• Keeping a digital record with the appropriate Government processes
Join Adam Prince VP of Product at Sage in understanding what it means for your organisation and mapping out your organisations MTD roadmap.

Andrew Spence Presales Director Sage
Ben Woodfield Tax and Strategy Director PwC
Adam Prince VP of Product Management - Compliance and Migration Sage

Registration and Breakfast


Registration and Breakfast

Chairperson Introduction

Career Corner: Discussing the benefits of cross-sector experience

Join us for a 'fireside chat' style discussion between Russell and David. As CFOs and Finance Directors we are told at various points in our careers that financial management skills are transferable, making us valuable as executives able to switch from sector to sector at will and bring new viewpoints to different situations. We also use this as a motivational tool to young aspiring accountants, and are told the same by many within the recruitment industry. Yet the fact is that sector-switches are rare and many industries seem to specifically steer away from them. Having undertaken two sector switches in the recent past, Russell can attest to the favourable aspects of such changes but also suggest that most companies and the recruitment industry are set up to prevent such cross-sector movement. David will present the challenges of such moves from the perspective of the recruitment industry and his many clients.

Russell Hoare CFO Byron
David Bailey Head of Financial Officers Sheffield Haworth

Deep-dive session/walkthrough around how to manage the breach process.

Dyann will tackle the fundamentals such as

The Who, How and What of assembling your incident team – understanding who the key decision makers are. How information should be assembled and cascaded in the throes of a breach? What should be communicated when and by whom.
Internal and external communications in handling a breach – from DPOs, investor relations and cyber insurers to external forensic teams, counsel, call centres and regulators – the session will explore how to navigate investigating, decision making and notice following a breach.
International dimension – news travels fast and it is increasingly important to be cognisant of global requirements and the increasing coordination between regulators and customers in relation to breaches. The role of social media and the added time pressures it brings will also be considered.
Lessons learnt ­ - the session will conclude with practical lessons learnt from past breaches and the top 5 practical steps a CFO can take to mitigate the impact of a breach on the balance sheet.

Dyann Heward-Mills Data Protection Officer HewardMills

Networking coffee break

3 Key Issues Impacting the Modern CFO

The role of the CFO is changing. CFOs are being chartered with more strategic responsibilities within organisations that go beyond traditional finance functions. 40% percent of CFOs now spend the majority of their time on non-finance issues. However, along with this broadening role, CFOs also face fundamental technology and industry shifts that affect all levels and aspects of the business.

To strengthen credibility, modern CFOs must understand the potential impact of these transitions on their brand, operations, and profitability. In order to do so and stay on the forefront in evolving times, today’s CFOs need insights into three critical areas:
- Big Data
- Changing Regulatory Requirements
- Cyber Security

Noel Paton Regional Sales Manager EMEA Xactly

Inside a digital disruption

Many people in the UK are familiar with Auto Trader and have fond memories of flicking through the pages of the magazine searching for that perfect next car or bargain. However, less people are aware that we have been a pure internet business since 2013 and are now a £4Bn+ market cap business listed on the London Stock Exchange. This session will provide an inside view of how we transitioned from a leading traditional media player to the leading digital player, something which is relatively rare in the age of digital disruption

Nathan Coe CFO & COO AutoTrader

Standardization and RPA in a diverse conglomerate

Guillaume de Pommereau CFO Hitachi Europe

The changing role of the CEO in a PE backed firm

In PE-backed companies, the CFO is often viewed as the common link between the portfolio company and the financial sponsor – communicating financial results, working through capital structure issues or M&A opportunities, and generally speaking the common language of finance.

As PE firms look to maximize value from their investments, it is critical to ensure the CFOs employed are able to drive operating excellence and support strategic decisions as the company scales.

Emil will discuss the changing role of the CFO in a PE backed firm and the challenges that come with it.

Emil Stoica International CFO Antenna

Networking Lunch Break

A lesson in organisational revitalisation

Declan will draw from his extensive experience as a CFO to his current role as a Chief Restructuring Officer to explore the various challenges that need to be met in order to improve the organisational health of a business.

Declan Guerlin CFO Rolls-Royce

The cybersecurity baseline

In this engaging session, Mark describes the landscape and explains the top security requirements for business in the era of Artificial Intelligence, Machine-to-Machine transactions, the App model, cryptocurrencies, the Darknet and big data, going online to find stolen financial services data, allowing the audience to hack his iPhone and demonstrating the workings of the Darknet..

Mark Johnson Cyber Security Expert TRMG

Networking coffee break