ICAEW's 12th CFO Conference, focuses on empowering the strategic leader with thought-provoking sessions by the industry's best and brightest experts to share their knowledge, experience and effective business strategy.
“An insightful and well-paced day which delivered an invaluable update on emerging topics in the world of finance and business whilst also providing the necessary "challenge" to help mould the way forward from a personal viewpoint. ” - Past Delegate
"A stand-out event. It was my first CFO conference which left me inspired, motivated and energised. Speakers were candid, audience interaction with Slido technology was excellent. Overall a day well spent out of the office" - Past Delegate
The event will open with with a keynote address from John Allan, CBE, President, CBI, Chair, Barratt Developments plc & Chairman, Tescos plc with his views on the economic environment and an insight in what finance teams should be thinking about in 2020 and beyond. The day continues with speakers from IRIS Software Group, Purplebricks Group plc, the IFS and Deloitte to name but a few, and ends with a keynote address from Olympian, Major Heather Stanning OBE about developing a winning team.
Attending CFO 2019 will give you the chance to takeaway:
We have been short listed in The Association of Excellence Awards 2019
Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities
To partner with us at the 2019 CFO Conference please contact Simon.Edie@icaew.com for further information and pricing.
08:15 - 09:00
Optional Boardroom Breakfast: The CFO Guide to Cloud Computing, Nutanix
Cloud Computing is moving up the Corporate Agenda reflecting its importance in supporting the Digital Enterprise. Today’s CFO therefore must have a firm handle on the benefits and risks associated with Cloud Computing.
Sit down breakfast will be served. Places are limited and on a first come first served basis.
Optional Boardroom Breakfast: How to plan better and improve efficiency with Planning Analytics, Spitfire Analytics.
Join Spitfire Analytics and Phil Talbot from Robertson Construction for this complimentary breakfast session, where they will discuss how Planning Analytics can help deliver the following benefits to your business:
Registration, refreshments and exhibition viewing
Chair's Opening Remarks
Iain Wright, Director for Business and Industrial Strategy, ICAEW
Opening Keynote Address from the President of the CBI
What should your finance team be thinking about heading into 2020 and beyond?
John will be sharing his perspectives on the current issues impacting the business environment.
John Allan CBE, President, CBI, Chair, Barratt Developments plc and Tesco plc
Panel Session: What do stakeholders look for in a CFO
Mike Wroe, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair, Purplebricks Group plc & former Group CFO, Just Eat plc
Shonaid Jemmett-Page, NED, Calendonia
John Hitchin, Chair of the Audit Committee of Aldermore PLC, NED of Societe Generale International Ltd, and Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel at the FRC
Refreshment break and exhibition viewing
Keynote Address: Economic update & BREXIT
Paul Johnson will explore the latest trends and issues affecting the UK economy.
Paul Johnson, Director, IFS
Session to be announced
Lunch and Exhibition
Optional Lunch Session: Increasing productivity securely with the modern workplace
The modern workplace is driven by the need for employees to work and collaborate seamlessly and efficiently, regardless of device or location. In this session, based on our experiences of working with companies of varying sizes and the tools available today, we’ll show you the benefits of the modern workplace and how the application of cloud technologies enables you to improve employee productivity, increase return on your current IT spend and protect your business against the costly consequences of rapidly evolving cyberthreats.
Quorum Network Solutions
Sit down lunch will be served. Places are limited and on a first come first served basis.
Optional Lunch Session: How Sales Pay & Performance Data Can Empower Finance Leaders toward Better Business Decisions
Financial Reporting Update
Carlison Morris and Massimo Laudato will provide a Financial Reporting Update for users of both IFRS and UK GAAP. They will address topical issues in UKGAAP reporting such as:
In addition, they will also provide a round-up of the most significant developments in IFRS over the last 12 months including:
Carlison Morris MBA, FCCA, Technical Manager & Massimo Laudato, Technical Manager, MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Finance in a Digital World
ICAEW 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.
David Anderson, UK Strategy and Operation Finance Leader, Partner, Deloitte
Cyber Crime, the Internet and Big Data - will your business be victorious or a victim?
Rapid technological shifts are revolutionising the way we conduct business, for better and for worse. This session will navigate the potential cyber security vulnerabilities and threats that your business faces in the hyper-connected world we operate in today. You will learn tips and tricks on how to optimise your current digital output to safeguard your business’ future. This will enable you to:
This session will also explore the opportunities of using the World Wide Web for due diligence purposes and provide security solutions to ensure you and your business does not leave digital footprints online.
Dr Hill will showcase these techniques live including;
Dr Stephen Hill, BSc (Hons), MLPI, CIIP, PhD, Managing Director, Hill Bingham Ltd
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT / LEADERSHIP
Automating the finance function: tips, tricks and traps
This panel session is designed to help you achieve greater automation in the finance function. We will provide practical advice across the automation cycle - from building a business case through implementation to continuous improvement. We will also consider the role of the CFO in ensuring success.
Chair: Rick Payne, Finance Direction Programme, ICAEW
Panellists: details to follow
Leading Change in the Finance Function
In this interactive session, Gordon will set out the six fundamentals of leading people in change, how people react to change and the most effective strategies. You will leave with some practical steps you can implement back at the workplace and feel more confident and better equipped to lead change.
Gordon Barker, ICAEW Academy of Professional Development and Great with Talent
Refreshment break, exhibition viewing and Leadership 121s
From CFO to COO
Elona is the Chief Operating Officer of IRIS Software Group, responsible for a wide range of functions, including Revenue, IT, HR, Facilities and Legal. She joined in November 2016 as Chief Financial Officer, bringing 15 years of business leadership, operational change and profit growth experience. Before joining IRIS, Elona spent seven years in senior leadership roles across both operational and commercial finance at Acision/Xura, a private equity backed leading digital communications services provider. Her last role there was Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, in charge of key strategic projects and operational initiatives. In this session, Elona will talk about the key skills required when making the move from CFO to COO, the highlights of operating at a much broader level as well as the challenges.
Elona Mortimer-Zhiko, CEO, IRIS Software Group
The Future Workforce - The 5 Generational Workforce
In 2017 Generation Z entered the workplace and for the very first time in history, there were 5 generations working side by side. When this is done successfully it means multi-generational teams sharing a diverse set of skills and strengths but when it doesn't, it can result in fractured and demoralised teams steeped in miscommunication and stereotyping. Join in the debate with our panellists who will discuss the challenges and opportunities this poses and how you and your business can adapt to the generational differences.
Chair: Nick Parker, Partner, Tax, RSM & former President, ICAEW
Panellists: David Gibbens, Head of HR Consultants, RSM
Louise Jack, Chief Operating Officer, Macquarie
Eve Tomlinson, Communications Expert and Academy Trainer
Keynote Closing Speech: How to develop an award winning team
Heather Stanning OBE won Olympic Gold in rowing at the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Olympic Games. Heather was one half of one of the world’s most successful female rowing crews which she uniquely combined with being a Captain in the Royal Regiment of Artillery in the British Army.
Major Heather Stanning brings a stunning mix of success in both sport and on the battlefield at the very highest levels. Few Olympic champions have first hand, front line experience of working in hostile environments like Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
Heather extols the virtues of what it takes to be successful in sport but also the reality that success although of a different kind can also be achieved in other places. She is a great example and clear speaker on the importance of teamwork, focus, planning and setting realistic achievable goals.
Major Heather Stanning OBE, Double Olympic Rowing Champion
Chair's Closing Remarks
Iain Wright, Director, Corporate and Regional Engagement, ICAEW
Drinks Reception and networking
Please join us after the conference to network and raise a glass.
Hosted by Xactly
Watch our 2018 video to see a glimpse of what you can expect on the day.
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The 2018 CFO Conference: The Transformational Leader has been short listed in The Association of Excellence Awards 2019
John Allan CBE, President, CBI, Chairman, Tesco plc and Barratt Developments plcPreviously, amongst other senior roles, John was non-executive director at Worldpay where he was formerly Chairman. John was Chairman of Dixons Retail and later Co-Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of the enlarged Dixons Carphone. He was Chief Financial Officer and a Board Member of Deutsche Post DHL, and Chief Executive of Exel, the supply chain logistics company. He was also previously Chairman of Care UK Health & Social Care and a non-executive director of the Home Office Supervisory Board. John has been a non-executive director at: Royal Mail, PHS Group, National Grid, Wolseley, Hamleys, 3i and Connell. His early career was spent with Lever Brothers, Bristol-Myers Company and Fine Fare. John is a graduate and now a Regent of the University of Edinburgh.
Paul Johnson, Director, IFSPaul has been Director of the IFS since January 2011. He is also currently visiting professor in the Department of Economics at University College London. Paul has worked and published extensively on the economics of public policy, with a particular focus on income distribution, public finances, pensions, tax, social security, education and climate change. He was awarded a CBE for services to the social sciences and economics in 2018. As well as a previous period of work at the IFS his career has included spells at HM Treasury, the Department for Education and the FSA. Between 2004 and 2007 he was deputy head of the Government Economic Service. Paul is currently also a member of the committee on climate change and the Banking Standards Board. He was an editor of the Mirrlees Review of the UK tax system.
Major Heather Stanning OBE Heather Stanning is double Olympic, and previously World and European Champion in the Women’s Pair for rowing and also uniquely a serving Major in the Royal Regiment of Artillery within the British Army.
Heather took up rowing at the University of Bath, and by the time she graduated had become U23 World Champion in the Women’s Pair. The next year she attended Sandhurst, and commissioned into the Royal Artillery in August 2008. In 2010 Heather attended trials for the GB senior rowing squad and together with Helen Glover (her rowing partner, who only took up the sport in 2008!) was selected for the team and spent the following 2 years training full time with the goal of competing in London 2012.
Heather and Helen won Britain’s first ever Olympic Gold in women’s rowing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Proving that work and elite sport can be combined she returned to work with the Army a month after the Games, and completed an operational tour of Afghanistan during the summer of 2013. Just before Christmas in 2013 Heather returned to rowing, and in August 2014 became World Champion with Helen in the Pair, breaking a 12 year record to claim a World Best Time.
In 2015 Heather joined Helen in holding all major rowing championship titles, by winning the European Championships. That year they also defended their World Championship title in what was described by GB Rowing Team Performance Director Sir David Tanner as “one of the best GB performances of all time”.
2016 saw Heather and Helen again become European Champions, but more significantly become the first GB women rowers to defend an Olympic title, when they won in Rio.
The duo remained unbeaten in the Pair since 2011, spanning 39 races, winning 10 World Cup regattas as well as the European, World and Olympic titles, until in November 2016 Heather retired from international rowing to concentrate on her military career. At that time both Heather and Helen were ranked as the top female rowers in the World.
David Andersen, UK Strategy & Operation Finance Leader, Partner, DeloitteDavid leads Deloitte’s Finance practice and Deloitte’s FTSE 100 Next Gen CFO Leadership Programme. David has spent his career working with the CFOs and Business leaders on Transformation programmes including business strategy alignment, target operating model definition, growth strategies, cost reduction and business process and technology transformation.
Gordon Barker, ICAEW Academy of Professional Development & Great with TalentGordon’s client experience includes Twitter, LinkedIn, VMware, SAP, Informatica, Criteo, Johnson and Johnson, BMW, ServiceSource, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Barclaycard, BCD Travel and Fulham Football Club. Whilst working with leaders across all Functions, Gordon’s style and approach typically lends itself best to working with leaders in C level, Sales, Marketing and Finance roles.
His facilitation and coaching approach places an emphasis on using practical psychological principles to enhance performance and support leadership development. He has worked with C Level Executives, VPs and those at different management levels across all sectors in the UK and in countries including France, Ireland, Germany, Israel, Bulgaria, Canada, USA, China and Australia.
He holds a First-Class Degree in Social Psychology and an MSc in Occupational Psychology, is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and is qualified to use a wide range of psychometric tools. He has presented at numerous international conferences on topics such on leading change and coaching.
Dr Stephen Hill, BSc (Hons), MLPI, CIIP, PhD, Managing Director, Hill Bingham LtdDr Hill has spoken at conferences in the UK, Europe, UAE and SE Asia aimed at both corporate and regulatory sectors. He has recently returned from a tour of Australia and New Zealand visiting the major cities and speaking to audiences on the risks of cyber-crime and the importance of open source intelligence. In addition, he has trained UK and European police forces (including Operation Podium in the buildup to the 2012 Olympics), the Lithuania’s Cyber Crime Unit, SOCA, private-sector fraud units, not-for-profit organisations, and major world banks, telecommunication companies and retailers.
He has written for several well-known publications, including The Sunday Times, Accountancy Magazine, FS Focus, Recovery Journal, Charity Finance, and the Solicitors Journal, and commented on Radio 5 and the BBC's Real Story. Stephen has contributed to many fraud and risk management publications, including CIMA's Fraud Risk Management: A Guide to Good Practice.
John Hitchin, Chair of the Audit Committee of Aldermore PLC, NED of Societe Generale International Ltd, and Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel at the FRCJohn Hitchin is currently Chair of the Audit Committee at Aldemore Group PLC, NED of Soc Gen Int, and was appointed Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel (FRRP) on 1 June 2016. He is also a trustee and member of the Governing Council of the Centre for the Study of Finance Innovation, a not-for-profit City-based think tank.
John was a partner with PwC for 26 years until he retired in 2014. During this time, he specialised in bank auditing and advisory services and led the PwC network’s global IFRS technical group. John has also carried out a wide variety of advisory work for other banks and on behalf of the regulators covering corporate governance, high-level controls and other regulatory issues.
Additionally, he served as a member of the FCA Practitioner and Markets Practitioner Panels and as Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Banking Committee.
Louise Jack, Chief Operating Officer, Macquarie
Louise Jack is Chief Operating Officer for Macquarie’s infrastructure debt business, based in London. She has worked for Macquarie for 10 years in a variety of roles, including performing business acquisitions/ integrations, and COO for the leasing business. During her career she has also worked in other UK offices, Sydney and the US. Louise trained as a chartered accountant at PwC where she focussed on risk assurance and process improvement engagements.
Shonaid Jemmett-Page, NED, CaledoniaShonaid was appointed a non-executive director of Caledonia in July 2015, Shonaid is a member of the Audit, Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Shonaid spent the first twenty years of her career at KPMG in London and Tokyo, rising to the position of Partner, Financial Services. In 2001, she moved to Unilever, where she was Senior Vice President, Finance and Information for Asia, based in Singapore, before returning to the UK as Finance Director for Unilever's global non-food business. In 2009, Shonaid joined CDC Group as Chief Operating Officer, a position she held until 2012. Since then, Shonaid has focussed on non-executive appointments and is currently Chairman of MS Amlin and non-executive director of Greencoat UK Wind plc.
Massimo Laudato, Technical Manager, MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Massimo joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s Technical Department in November 2015 where he has been particularly involved in providing support to the audit of international groups, advising in group reorganisations, developing uniform firm-wide practices in the application of the New UK GAAP and in providing IFRS training.
Massimo qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in a boutique firm in the West End of London, where he dealt with a varied and international client base, before joining the ACCA Technical Advisory department in 2007. In his time at the ACCA, Massimo gained experience in financial reporting, auditing, professional standards, and dealing with both the development of new and revised standards and in providing practical support to ACCA members with their implementation.
Elona Mortimer-Zhika, Chief Operating Officer, IRIS Software GroupElona is the Chief Operating Officer of IRIS Software Group, responsible for a wide range of functions, including Revenue, IT, HR, Facilities and Legal. She joined in November 2016 as Chief Financial Officer, bringing 15 years of business leadership, operational change and profit growth experience.
Before joining IRIS, Elona spent seven years in senior leadership roles across both operational and commercial finance at Acision/Xura, a private equity backed leading digital communications services provider. Her last role there was Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, in charge of key strategic projects and operational initiatives. Prior to that, Elona spent more than eight years at Arthur Andersen and then Deloitte, leading high profile audit, advisory and corporate finance engagements across a portfolio of listed and PE backed businesses.
Elona graduated with First Class Honours Degree in Accounting and Economics. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of England & Wales and won National Finance Professional of the Year 2018 at the Venues Awards.
Carlison Morris MBA, FCCA, Technical Manager, MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Carlison has over twenty years of audit and business advisory service experience including over five years of experience in the Caribbean and Latin America region.
Carlison’s specialisms include; accounting in the Information Technology and Communications sector, accounting for intangible assets and goodwill, impairment of financial and non-financial assets, advising on complex group accounting issues including mergers and acquisitions accounting and lecturing and presenting on both financial accounting and auditing issues.
Carlison has extensive experience with both IFRS and UK GAAP and has presented to audiences on the use and first-time application of IFRS, FRS 101 and FRS 102.
Carlison leads and co-ordinates MHA’s IFRS Group is a member of the Baker Tilly International IFRS experts group and is involved with the preparation and delivery of the firm’s CPD update courses.
Nick Parker, Partner, Tax, RSM & past President, ICAEWNick is a tax partner who specialises in providing advice to owner managed businesses and international groups. Nick has over 35 years of experience and has successfully headed up tax practices in the South and Scotland. Nick is an accomplished speaker at client seminars and contributes regularly to the local press. He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Rick Payne, Finance Direction Programme, ICAEWRick 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.
Iain Wright, Director, Corporate and Regional Engagement, ICAEW and former chair to the House of Commons’ Business Select CommitteeIain 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.
Mike Wroe, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair, Purplebricks Group plc & former Group CFO, Just Eat plcMike is the former Group CFO of Just Eat plc where, over 8 years, he lead the transformation from a 40-person, venture-backed start-up, through a highly successful IPO and rapid, profitable growth to the cusp of the FTSE 100. During this time the business completed multiple UK and international acquisitions, with now 2500+ staff in 13 countries. Mike, a Chartered Accountant, has over 20 years senior leadership experience across a range of services and technology businesses. He is currently an active Angel Investor, provides mentoring and advice to a range of UK high growth businesses and is Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Purplebricks Group plc.
Ian West, Director of Advisory Services, Blue PrismIan has over 30 years’ experience in the Analytics, Information Management, Data Governance, Privacy & Security market, from the earliest generations of Enterprise Information Systems, to current expertise in every aspect of the increasingly complex and ever changing Information market.
Ian has led Information Management, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence businesses for major IT Solutions and Consulting companies, plus smaller niche IM solution providers with a common focus on superior execution and delighting clients with professional innovation, which develops into long term mutually beneficial business relationships.
Ian has worked with clients from all industry sectors at UK, European and Global levels. He combines a detailed knowledge of the specific requirements of each market segment with the ability to share best practices across industry sectors to deliver new and innovative propositions which resolve complex business challenges to maximise organisational value.
Ian has a degree in Design & Technology from Loughborough University which explains many of his sporting passions.
Andrew Widdison, EMEA Account Manager, XactlyAfter starting his career as a professional squash player then moving onto run a business supplies company, Andrew spent the following six years at best-practice advisory firm CEB (now Gartner), advising heads of Sales & Marketing in London and San Francisco. Today, Andrew is responsible for Xactly's larger European accounts, working with heads of Finance & Sales on sales commission management and use of AI-powered data analytics.
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