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 will give his perspective on how business must have a sense of purpose and in the modern age prioritise sustainability and stakeholder engagement rather than merely emphasising shareholder primacy and short-term profit taking. 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 BFP FCA, Director for Business and Industrial Strategy, ICAEW
Opening Address from the President of the CBI
John, one of Britain’s senior and most respected business leaders, and chairman of several FTSE 100 listed companies, will give his perspective on how business must have a sense of purpose and in the modern age prioritise sustainability and stakeholder engagement rather than merely emphasising shareholder primacy and short-term profit taking.
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, Chairman, MSAmlin plc
John Hitchins, 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
Economic update & BREXIT
Paul Johnson will explore the latest trends and issues affecting the UK economy.
Paul Johnson, Director, IFS
Keynote Speech: Simon Jack, Financial Journalist and Broadcaster
Given the current economic and political climate, Simon will provide an authoritative and impartial view on the impact for business.
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 Finance Can Drive Revenue with a Continuous Approach to Sales Planning
This is a must-attend session for Finance leaders from companies that have salespeople. Attrition, market changes, and client churn are a shortlist of factors that can render your sales plan ineffective and no longer reflective of your business reality. We will share methodologies that Finance & Sales Leaders can adopt together to create a more agile planning environment that drives revenue and mitigates risk.
Andrew Widdison, Enterprise Accounts, Xactly
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
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
Is Financial Transformation right for me?
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 FCA, Finance Direction Programme, ICAEW
Panellists: Ian West, Director of Advisory Services, Blue Prism
Irina Kuzina, BlackLine
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
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
Refreshment break, exhibition viewing and Leadership 121s
From CFO to COO
Elona joined IRIS in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2018, responsible for a wide range of functions including all revenue generation, as well as customer service, IT, Facilities, Group Transformation, M&A integration, Legal and HR. During her time at IRIS, the business has doubled in size, acquired 12 companies and was successfully sold for £1.3bn in 2018, making it the UK’s largest privately-owned software company.
In this session, Elona will talk about the key skills required when making the move from CFO to COO, and the highlights of operating at a much broader level as well as the challenges.
Elona Mortimer-Zhika, 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: 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
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
Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunitiesTo partner with us at the 2019 CFO Conference please contact Simon.Edie@icaew.com for further information and pricing.
Simon Jack, BroadcasterSimon Jack was appointed the new BBC Business Editor in February 2016. Previously the Business and Economics Presenter on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today Programme, Simon is a financial journalist and broadcaster and has also presented business news on BBC Breakfast, as well as the One O’Clock, Six O’Clock and Ten O’Clock News. During the banking crisis in September 2006 he covered the Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the bailout of AIG and the Lloyds TSB takeover of HBOS. Prior to entering the world of news-casting, Simon spent ten years in commercial and investment banking in London, New York and Bermuda. He has a degree in Politics Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. Simon filmed a special edition of Panorama, in which he investigated the circumstances surrounding his father’s death in order to explore why more middle-aged men kill themselves than any other group. The programme aired on BBC One in April 2015.
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.
John Hitchins, 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, MacquarieLouise 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 focused on risk assurance and process improvement engagements.
Shonaid Jemmett-Page, Chairman, MSAmlin plc, SID and Chair of the audit and remuneration committees, ClearBank Ltd, Chair of the audit committee, Greencoat UK Wind plc, Chair of Remco at Caledonia Investments plc, Board member, ACCIF (Audit committee chairs independent forum)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. Shonaid was appointed a non-executive director of Caledonia in July 2015, Shonaid is a member of the Audit, Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Since then, Shonaid has focused on a variety of non-executive appointments.
Irina Kuzina, BlackLine
Irina Kuzina has been working at BlackLine for almost a year and prior to that within Philips for 18 years. She possesses a breadth of experience in all areas of accounting, business partnering, internal audit, finance analysis, transformation, projects and change management. After establishing and being a leader of Regional Shared Finance Service for Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia region in Moscow, Irina knows what truly drives the success of Shared Service supporting and continues improvement team attitude. In addition to her finance experience, she has a passion for in coaching and talent development.
Irina led a rollout of BlackLine solution for 350 Philips organisations in 82 countries, 3 finance partner delivery centres for 1000 finance specialists. She established new operation activities, support model, internal controls and KPI’s for GL reconciliation and automated SAP journals for BlackLine system.
Massimo Laudato, Technical Manager, MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Massimo joined MHA MacIntryre 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 GAPP and in providing IFRS training.
Elona Mortimer-Zhika, Chief Operating Officer, IRIS Software GroupElona was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer from 1 September 2019. Elona joined IRIS in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2018, responsible for a wide range of functions including all revenue generation, as well as customer service, IT, Facilities, Group Transformation, M&A integration, Legal and HR. During her time at IRIS, the business has doubled in size, acquired 12 companies and was successfully sold for £1.3bn in 2018, making it the UK’s largest privately-owned software company. 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 HudsonCarlison 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 FCA, 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 BFP FCA, Director for Business and Industrial StrategyIain started his career as a chartered accountant with Deloitte before moving to One North East 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, Enterprise Accounts, 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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