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Day 1

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

De Beers present their recent application of blockchain technology

De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond producer by the value of its gems, has led industry efforts to verify the authenticity of diamonds and ensure they are not from conflict zones where gems may be used to finance violence. Nimesh will present on the recent application of blockchain technology (an immutable and secure digital trail) to track diamonds through their value chain..

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

Workshop hour: Choice of 2 interactive sessions hosted by Prevero and Sage

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

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.

Tricia 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

Day 2

Registration and Breakfast

Chairperson Introduction

Cyber security breach - live simulation!

CFO's increasingly multi faceted role now includes understanding cyber security threats, how they’re managed and the costs involved. This session will give an insightful overview to our CFO audience around how to lead business recovery after defences have failed, addressing what exactly CFOs should be doing today, to protect themselves from the attacks of tomorrow.

Dyann Heward-Mills Founder HewardMills

Hedging the risk of disruptive technology

Nathan Coe CFO & COO AutoTrader

Networking coffee break

Standardization and RPA in a diverse conglomerate

Guillaume de Pommereau CFO Hitachi Europe

Case Study: Business Strategy & Leadership at European Tour

Jo Fletcher CFO European Tour

Commercial Finance as the Enabler of Business Growth

Erica Ingham CFO, Mediacom North Mediacom, North

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

Career Corner: Discussing the benefits of cross-sector experience

Join us for a 'fireside chat' style discussion between Russell and David.

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

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 coffee break