Explore insights, innovative strategies and techniques that will prepare you with the skills to be a future leader of finance at ICAEW's annual sell-out Financial Controllers' Conference.
"The third year I have attended this conference and each year take away at least 2 or 3 lessons that I can immediately bring into my day to day job." - Past Delegate 2018
As a finance manager or financial controller, you are expected to have the technical skills to lead the finance function, but must also stay on top of the latest technological advancements which could drive change and provide the strategic edge.
This year's FC Conference brings together industry experts to bring you up to date and help you tackle the challenges in your day to day role. We will begin with an economic update from the IFS and will continue with a session on leading in a changing environment. The day will end with a keynote panel exploring the journey of technical expert to a strategic leader with CFO's from Debenhams and many more.
So join us at this year’s annual conference:
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Optional Breakfast Session - Exploring the future of decision-making in the finance functionThe amount of data now readily available has radically changed how business can and should operate. There is no longer any excuse for company strategy to not be heavily informed by data.
Due to the unique position that finance departments sit within most companies, they are now being asked to contribute more to the analysis of future strategy and direction. With the rise in advanced and predictive analytics, this has become a critical activity for organisations and getting it right carries great consequences. Join this breakfast to discuss the challenges fellow finance professionals are facing when it comes to:
Breakfast will be served. Places are limited and on a first come first served basis.
Optional Breakfast Session - How to automate your accounts payable process: Save time, control costs and navigate risk
Managing supplier invoices can be challenging. Manual processes can result in increased costs, poor visibility into company spend and inefficient use of time. But how can finance controllers get the control and visibility of spend they need from their accounts payable (AP) process?
In this breakfast session, SAP Concur will share best practice tips on how you can improve your AP process, to get the control and data you need with minimal resources.
Katie Brown, Regional Sales Director, SAP Concur
Registration, refreshments and exhibition viewing
Chair's Welcome and introduction to the dayDuncan Smith, ICAEW Member and facilitator
Opening keynote: Economic UpdateUK government borrowing is now below the level it was prior to the global financial crisis a year ago. But over the intervening period government debt has doubled relative to the size of the economy. Given this what is the outlook for the public finances over the next five years? What are the trade-offs confronting the Chancellor as he prepares for this year’s Spending Review? And what are the longer-term fiscal policy challenges that we face?
Carl Emmerson, Deputy Director, IFS
Using change as an opportunity to demonstrate your leadership, and elevate your profile
As finance professionals we are becoming more and more accustomed to having to manage change on a daily basis. Change is often unsettling and scary for a lot of people, especially when the end goal is not always clear from the outset. This often results in disengagement and loss of productivity for teams at a time where we often need to see more. Being able to navigate change successfully will transform talented managers into respected, visionary leaders as you take your team on the journey with you. This interactive session will explore the changes you and organisations are currently facing; the skills that great leaders display, and key actions to enable you to deliver not only to the ever changing business needs but also ensuring your team is fully behind you.
Chris Paterson, Trainer, ICAEW Academy of Professional Development
Refreshments and Exhibition viewing
Cyber Risk – what does it mean and how can I manage it without being an IT guru?
The vast majority of UK companies rely on digital technology to function. And with 3 million British companies hit with some sort of cyber-attack – costing more than £29 billion in 2017 it’s a risk no business can ignore. Many Finance professionals now find themselves accountable for their company’s cyber risk; phishing, spoofing, malware, ransomware, email-fraud there’s so much technical jargon - how do you take control when it’s so hard to understand and you’re not an IT guru?
In this session, Andy will show how you it is now possible to gain a simple understanding of the cyber risks that could affect your organisation, show live examples of how email fraud and spoofing works and give clear and simple guidance on how you can begin to manage these risks.
Andy Thomas, CEO, KYND
Finance in a digital world
This interactive session will explore the impact of digital change on the finance function. We will look at some of the key technologies and the impact on the skills, structure and work of the finance function. There will also be an opportunity to see the ‘Finance in a Digital World’ elearning platform which is available for free to all ICAEW members and students.
Rupert Alston, Partner, Deloitte
BREAKOUT SESSION I
Delegates can choose from one of the following workshops:
A comprehensive update on everything tax.
Rebecca Benneyworth, Director, Rebecca Benneyworth & Co.
The way you react to challenges and setbacks is a reflection of how resilient you are. Resilient people don't dwell on the fact that things don't always go quite as planned. They simply learn from their experiences and move forward. Our resilience sessions explore ways of boosting your self-confidence and coping more effectively with setbacks, both in and out of the workplace.
You’ll explore the tools you need to develop a resilient attitude and examine the differences between pressure (which can be positive and motivating) and stress (a natural reaction to too much pressure).
After completing this session you’ll be able to:
Lunch and exhibition viewing
Optional lunch session - Business and Digital Transformation
How Finance can Survive and Thrive with Integrated Planning, Reporting and Analytics Find out how to Think Big, Start Small and Deliver Quickly
Business and Digital Transformation is having such a huge impact on the Office of Finance. However, while enabling significant opportunities to increase Finance’s influence throughout an organisation, it also challenges Financial Controllers and their teams to optimise key transactional processes, improve their reporting, build out key analytical processes and have the right planning, reporting and analytics systems in place for today’s demanding business environment.
In this session we’ll be covering:
*In the survey we found that 80% of organisations are still reliant on Excel; 75% stated that Excel is the major skillset in their organisation; 34% overlooked Sales input and 29% aren’t involving Operations.
Lunch will be served. Places are limited and on a first come first served basis.
BREAKOUT SESSION IIDelegates can choose from one of the following workshops:
IR35 – From Public To Private
Advanced analytics – no PhD, no problem
This session will cover:
• A brief history of IR35• The Public Sector – lessons to be learned• The Private Sector – be prepared
Gordon Thrower, Senior Tax Manager, MHA MacIntyre Hudson
There is a lot of hype around using advanced analytics to help with business decision making. But there is also significant value to be harvested. In this session we will explore the realities of advanced analytics and the things financial controllers need to know. We will cover:
The advanced analytics techniques most important to finance departments;How financial controllers can develop their advanced analytics skills; and,The pitfalls to avoid.Rick Payne, Manager Finance Direction Programme, ICAEW
Chance to switch sessions
BREAKOUT SESSION III
Your annual round-up of technical accounting and reporting updates.
Vivek Mehan, Director, Mehan Training
A facilitated session led by Iain Wright, Director, Corporate and Regional Engagement, ICAEW and former chair to the House of Commons’ Business Select Committee, to discuss the latest issues impacting corporate governance.
Refreshments and exhibition viewing
Closing keynote panel: From FC to FD/CFOChair: Duncan Smith, ICAEW Member and facilitator Panel: Kate Castanho, Chief Financial Officer, Ozone CoffeeRachel Osborne, Chief Financial Officer, Debenhams plcRob Thompson, Interim Finance Director, Bank of England
Chair's closing remarks
Duncan Smith, ICAEW Member and facilitator
Drinks Reception at OMP Club
NB. Programme may be subject to change
Carl Emmerson, Deputy Director, IFSCarl is Deputy Director of the IFS. He is also a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee and the advisory panel of the Office for Budget Responsibility. His recent research has included analysis of the impact of the financial crisis and association recession, and the Government's response, on the UK's public finances. He has examined the effect of UK pension reforms on the public finances, retirement behaviour, labour market mobility, incentives to save and inequality, and has evaluated the large scale pilots of the Education Maintenance Allowance, the Pathways-to-Work reforms to incapacity benefits and the Saving Gateway matched savings vehicle. He previously served as a specialist advisor to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee.
Chris Paterson, Trainer, ICAEW Academy of Professional DevelopmentA senior leader with experience of developing and leading high performing teams in different countries and across different functions, Chris is an Executive Coach and Facilitator specialising in Leadership and Resilience. Chris works with leaders to develop their own authentic leadership style and increase their personal resilience. Chris has always been passionate about learning, spotting potential in others and supporting them in their growth and career development. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Chris spent 17 years at GSK in a variety of Finance, Marketing, Project Management, Corporate Development and Business Leadership roles. His career journey has taken him to work in Czech Republic and Romania as a Finance Director. He was a Business Unit Head (sales and marketing) in Romania and in the UK, leading teams of over 50 people. As a coach, Chris has a calm supportive presence coupled with the ability to challenge clients to grow into their potential as leaders. Chris is a member of the Association for Coaching and has been accredited as an Executive Coach. Chris is the founder of GivingTime, a charity which coaches young people to support their transition from education into the workplace. (www.givingtime.org.uk)
Andy Thomas, CEO, KYNDAndy has more than 20 years of experience leading start up and growth phase businesses within the global cyber security market. Andy was the Managing Director of Garlik, the UK’s first provider of consumer personal data protection services, through to its successful acquisition by Experian in 2011. Subsequently he became Managing Director, Europe for CSID, one of the leading providers of cyber protection. Now as the founder and CEO of KYND his aim is to make complex cyber risks simple to understand so organisations of any size can take action where necessary and be alerted to future risks as they arise.
Rachel Osborne, Chief Financial Officer, DebenhamsRachel has a strong retail and customer-facing background including previous roles at John Lewis plc and Kingfisher plc. Her prior position was Chief Financial Officer at Domino’s Pizza. She has also held senior finance positions at Sodexo and Vodafone. Rachel is a chartered accountant and has also worked for KPMG.
Rick Payne, Finance Direction Programme, ICAEW Rick Payne is ICAEW’s expert on building effective finance functions, business partnering and the role of the CFO. He is particularly interested in the way new technologies will impact finance functions. Rick works in ICAEW's Business and Management Faculty and contributes to ICAEW initiatives looking to support members with analytics. He is currently working on a project looking at the internet of things and management accounting. Having qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG he moved into wholesale financial services, undertaking senior roles through to divisional CFO. In addition Rick is a qualified trainer and executive coach and has an MSc in Organisational Behaviour. He presents regularly to audiences of finance professionals and academics in the UK and internationally.Duncan Smith, ICAEW member and facilitatorDuncan trained with Ernst and Whinney and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. After a 3 year spell at a small Australian Bank he has worked for Greenwich Natwest (7 years) and Barclays (18 years). His time at Greenwich Natwest was as a Product Controller in the Credit businesses. At Barclays he continued as a Product Controller for 2 years and then co-ran the Barclays Capital cost team before moving into the COO / Chief of staff space within the Barclays wider finance function. This included a 5 year spell as Chief of Staff for the Global Tax Function. Having taken a break for a year (well deserved after 18 years at Barclays) he is now exploring opportunities for the next stage of his career. He is passionate about developing and nurturing talent and oversaw the Barclays Finance graduate programme for many years. Outside work he spends time on his mountain bike, in the kitchen and walking the dogs.
Gordon Thrower, Senior Tax Manager, MHA MacIntyre HudsonAn employment tax specialist, Gordon started his tax career with HMRC spending 8 years as part of a special investigation unit before moving across the divide to PwC in 1997. He later moved into mid-tier, picking up a “Best Tax Team Award” in 2010 working alongside Chris Blundell at Mazars. More recently, Gordon has acted as an in-house consultant for a number of businesses, thus gaining experience from all three sides of the HMRC-Advisor-Business triangle. He has worked across a number of sectors, including education, property, IT, retail, banking, public sector and not-for-profit and has extensive experience of handling negotiations with HMRC.
Richard Jenkins, Trainer, CABARichard’s areas of expertise are stress and post trauma management, management and personal development, mediation and facilitation. He has over 20 years experience as a trainer, psychologist and counsellor. As well as numerous qualifications in counselling, hypnotherapy and an MSc in psychology, he is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the International Stress Management Association and an accredited counsellor with the National Counselling Society. He is also a long term member of the Chartered Management Institute.
Rebecca Benneyworth, Director, Benneyworth TrainingRebecca is a Chartered Accountant in practice, but is best known as a lecturer and author on a variety of tax matters. She was named Best Tax Lecturer at the Taxation awards in 2007, and is widely recognised for her down to earth, practical approach to tax issues. She lectures for a wide range of training providers and professional firms and has delivered lectures for HMRC and HM Treasury on the impact of tax changes for smaller businesses. She serves on the Administrative Burdens Advisory Board which challenges HMRC on the subject of business burdens, and is currently Chair of the Digital Advisory Group which is supporting HMRC in understanding the needs of small businesses and their professional advisers in the move to digital. She has won a number of awards, including HMRC's External engagement award in 2011 and was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list in 2012 for public service and services to the tax profession.
Vivek Mehan, Director, Mehan TrainingVivek is an chartered accountant and independent training and financial reporting consultant. He has nearly 20 years of experience in professional training and development. He has worked with a wide range of organisations both in practice and business (ranging from large FTSE 100 multinationals to owner managed companies). He also has extensive experience of working in the public sector. Vivek has particular expertise in financial reporting including UK GAAP, US GAAP and IFRS as well finance for non finance training. Vivek helped set up the ICAEW Academy of Professional Development and is the lead financial reporting trainer for it.
Iain Wright, Director for Business and Industrial Strategy, ICAEWHe started his career as a chartered accountant with Deloitte before moving to One NorthEast the regional development agency for the North East of England. In 2004 he became Labour Member of Parliament for Hartlepool, having succeeded Peter Mandelson in a by-election. During his time in Parliament Iain was a Minister in Gordon Brown’s Government, first as Minister for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government between 2007 and 2009 and then as Minister for Schools and Apprenticeships in the Department for Children, Schools and Families from 2009 until 2010. In opposition Iain was Shadow Minister for Industry between 2011 and 2015. Following the General Election of 2015, he was elected by the House of Commons to be Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, where he led high profile inquiries into the sale of BHS and working practices at Sports Direct. After deciding to stand down at the 2017 General Election, Iain became Chief Executive of NEPIC, a trade body in chemicals and processing industries in the North East of England. Iain is a Governor of Middlesbrough College and trustee of Kings College London’ Industrial Strategy Advisory Board. He also chairs the policy forum of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
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