The 11th CFO Conference has gathered the industry's best and brightest experts to share their knowledge, experience and expertise to provide senior finance professionals with the essential technical updates, thought leadership and tips for effective business strategy.
The CFO plays a central role in driving a successful business strategy. This year's CFO Conference is all about the transformational leader.
"The CFO Conference was enjoyable and provided a wide range of topics. One of the best conferences I have attended..." - 2017 Delegate
The day will begin with Alan Stewart, CFO of Tesco talk about the the role of finance transformation and the future at work as seen through the lens of the CFO. The day continues with speakers from KPMG, Easyjet, RBS and BlackRock to name but a few, and ends with a keynote address exploring the transition from CFO to CEO by David Thomas, CEO at Barrett Developments. David features in September's edition of economia here.
So join us at this year's annual conference and:
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Optional Boardroom Breakfast - Robotics & AI - Hype or Reality for CFOs
Join us for breakfast to discuss how Robotics and AI can fit into a Finance Department, and discuss what actually bringing to the table.
Sit down breakfast will be served. Places are limited and on a first come first served basis.
Optional Boardroom Breakfast - Data-driven Decision Making – Can We Really Trust Our Spreadsheets?
For finance professionals involved in board room decision-making, having access to data you can trust is essential.
Registration, refreshments and exhibition viewing
Chair's Welcome and introduction to the dayMatthew Rideout, Director of Business, ICAEW
Opening Keynote Address: The future at work seen through the lens of the CFO – The role of finance in business transformation
Alan Stewart, CFO, Tesco
Alan features in October's edition of economia here.
Plenary presentation - Finance in a Digital World
Joe Thomas, Global Evangelist, Analytics, FinancialForce Nick Wakefield, VP FO Operational Excellence, ShellRachel Neaman, Digital Transformation Specialist Rick Payne RCA, Finance Direction Programme, ICAEW
Refreshments, exhibition viewing and leadership 1-1s
Keynote Address: Brexit and the Economy
We will explore the latest trends and issues affecting the UK economy.Speaker tbc
PANEL: The changing business landscapeWhat skills and capabilities do finance leaders need for success in the future? High profile CFOs from different types of business discuss the impact, the challenges and the changing talent and skills needed in these turbulent times.
Chair: Naomi Connell, CFO, VolkerWesselsRob Whittick, Finance Director, Commercial and Private Banking at RBSPaul Ablin, Finance Director, EasyJet
Lunch, exhibition viewing and leadership 1-1s
Optional lunch session - Are accounting standards helping or undermining trust with investors?
We have heard from many investors that their trust is undermined by surprises, by the questionable appropriateness of Alternative Performance Measures, and by flexibility in accounting standards resulting in opacity of reported results and cash flows. We’ll ask:
Michelle Hinchliffe, Head of Audit, KPMGTony Cates, Vice Chair, KPMG
Sit down lunch will be served. Places are limited and on a first come first served basis.
Optional lunch session - Bridging the gap between Sales and Finance
The relationship between the sales and finance function and solutions to improve efficiency, performance of incentives, and accuracy of finances and payments. This session will explore the key areas in ensuring departmental unity between both functions and the ways in which both functions can work together towards organisational growth.
Noel Paton, Regional Sales Manager, Xactly,
BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Places on these sessions are limited
1B. PERSONAL/TEAM DEVELOPMENT
A comphrehensive update on everything tax.
Rebecca Bennyworth, Director, Bennyworth Training
Leading a diverse team
Details to follow
Thriving in a digital era
Finance is shifting from traditional, rigid, and manual accounting processes to more automated, flexible and agile operations. In this presentation you will hear how shifts in technology and trends have enabled the finance team at PRA Health Sciences to break the mould and thrive in this new era of continual change and automation.
Josh May, Solution Consultant, BlacklineRobert Leftwich, VP - Finance & Accounting EAPA, PRA Health Sciences
Financial Reporting Update
We now have to some of the biggest changes to IFRS since it was EU adopted in 2005. As a leader in finance it is essential that we keep abreast of these changes even if we’re able to delegate the mechanics! Vivek with his unique style will explain the impact of these changes in a lively and engaging manner which is most certainly not your typical FR update!
Vivek Mehan, Trainer, ICAEW Academy of Professional Development
Good cyber security is like ‘grabbing a tiger by the tail’. Cyber criminals take £5bn a year from the UK economy, including your businesses. Wendy and Adrian have both held senior executive positions in the public and private sector. They have performed the role of Senior Information Risk Officer in large organisations and now deliver GCHQ accredited cyber security training to Boards and Executive Teams. They will highlight the scale and nature of the cyber security threat facing businesses today and will outline what good organisations are doing to address this, focusing on governance, risk assessment and Board engagement.
Adrian Leppard CBE, Director, Templar Executives and Wendy J Barnes, Director, Templar Executives
Brexit and Risk Management
With Brexit scheduled for 29 March 2019, UK businesses face the daunting task of scrutinising their business and preparing for the customs cliff edge… and the clock is ticking.Join MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s experts as they take you through what you can do now from a Customs Duty, VAT and human capital standpoint.
David Wignall, PartnerLucy Sutcliff, Senior Customs Duty Manager andAlison Horner, Indirect Tax Partner, MHA McIntyre Hudson
Refreshment Break, Exhibition viewing and leadership 1-1s
Keynote Address: The transition from CFO to CEO
David Thomas, CEO, Barrett Developments
David features in September's edition of economia here.
PANEL SESSION: What is Good Corporate Governance?
In light of the Carillion Corporation and other corporate failures, this panel will explore what should good cooperate governance look like and with that the role and responsibilities of the investor, auditor, non-executive director and executive directors should be.
Amra Balic, Managing Director, Head of EMEA, BlackRock Investment Stewardship
Iain Wright, our Director of Corporate and Regional Engagement at ICAEW has written What is good Corporate Governance here.
Chair's Closing RemarksMatthew Rideout, Director of Business, ICAEW
NB. Programme may be subject to change
Adrian Leppard CBE QPM (Rtd Commissioner), Director, Templar ExecutivesAdrian Leppard CBE QPM, served 32 years as a police officer completing his career in 2016 after five years in the role of Commissioner of the City of London Police. In his early career Adrian spent the majority of his service as a Detective, investigating a broad range of criminality with specialist expertise in hostage negotiation, intelligence, covert operations, firearms and counter terrorism command. As a Senior Investigating Officer he has investigated complex and serious crimes, including contract killings and the world’s largest cash robbery of £53m. As Commissioner for the City of London Police he was the national UK policing lead for economic crime and worked closely with the private sector and other agencies across Government to provide an effective UK response to the cyber threat, countering both state capability and organised crime. The force hosts the UK National Cyber Reporting & Intelligence Centre, an International Fraud Academy and a four hundred strong specialist Economic Crime Directorate that investigates the most serious fraud and cyber-crime affecting the UK.
Adrian has helped shape the UK Government’s Organised Crime and Cyber Strategy and has provided evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees. He continues to be regular speaker at industry forums focussing on the cyber threat and effective business responses.
Since retiring in 2016, Adrian has remained committed to helping society combat the cyber threat. He is a Director for Templar Executives, a London based Cyber Security Company specialising in providing corporate advisory services and he is also an advisor to the Global Cyber Alliance, a ‘not for profit’ organisation funded by the New York District Attorney, focussed on helping to eradicate systemic cyber threats.He completed an MBA with City University in 2000. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List and on his retirement in 2016 was made a Commander of the British Empire CBE for his services to the prevention of economic crime in the UK.
Alan Stewart, CFO, TescoAlan joined Tesco PLC on 23 September 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer. Alan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in South Africa and moved to the UK in 1985. He has extensive financial experience in retail having been CFO at Marks & Spencer and WH Smith. He started his career in the UK in investment banking with HSBC. He became CFO at Thomas Cook Holdings in 1998 and was appointed UK CEO in 2001. From there he moved to WH Smith as Group CFO. In 2008 he was appointed CFO at AWAS, a leading aircraft leasing business, before moving to M&S in 2010. Alan is also a NED with Diageo & Tesco Financial Services Ltd (Tesco Bank).
Alan features in October's edition of economia here.
Alison Horner, Indirect Tax Partner, MHA MacIntyre HudsonAlison is a Chartered Tax Adviser who works closely with her clients across the firm to manage the complexities of VAT and to identify VAT savings and opportunities.As VAT Partner she has worked with the firm for 15 years and previously worked for Reuters, Deloitte and started her VAT career with HMRC. Alison and her team aim to provide commercial solutions to the issues facing our clients, who are from all types of sectors. In particular Alison enjoys advising on property and construction matters and international trade. Amra Balic, Managing Director, Head of BlackRock's EMEA Investment StewardshipAmra is responsible for leading BlackRock's investment stewardship efforts in London, covering company engagement including voting in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on behalf of BlackRock's clients globally and integration of extra-financial issues in the investment process. Amra is an active participant in the public corporate governance, stewardship and responsible investment debate and as such regularly speaks on the importance of these issues for company performance and investment decisions. Amra represents BlackRock on a number of industry bodies including the UK Investment Association Corporate Governance and Engagement Committee and the National Association of Pension Funds (UK) Stewardship Advisory Group. Amra is also a board member of Eumedion, the leading Dutch association representing institutional investors' interests in the field of corporate governance and sustainability.Prior to joining BlackRock, Amra spent 14 years working on issues surrounding investors and investment decisions ranging from analysis of financial and extra-financial issues, deal origination, investment appraisal and management. Amra joined BlackRock after 11 years with Standard & Poor's (now S&P Global), where she was a Director in European Corporate Credit Ratings. Amra started her career in 1997 in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Amra holds a B.A. (Hons) Economics and MSc Accounting and Finance from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
David Thomas, CEO, Barratt DevelopmentsDavid Thomas has been Group Chief Executive Officer of Barratt Developments plc since July 1, 2015. Mr. Thomas served as a Group Finance Director at Barratt Developments plc from July 21, 2009 to June 30, 2015. He served as an Interim Chief Financial Officer of Barratt Developments plc since January 24, 2017 until June 22, 2017. Mr. Thomas served as Group Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of GAME Group plc. Before joining GAME in March 2004, he served as Group Finance Director at Millennium and Copthorne Hotels plc. Prior to this, he held senior financial roles with House of Fraser plc and Forte plc. He serves as Executive Director since July 21, 2009 for Barratt Developments plc. He serves as Director for Ward Homes Ltd.
David features in September's edition of economia here.David Wignall, Partner, MHA MacIntyre HudsonDavid joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2018. Prior to this he had nearly 30 years working in the Big 4, the last 15 of which he was a Partner in two of the Big 4 firms.David specialises in advising clients in the field of Human Capital – his deep specialism is in the area of global mobility but he has also advised on employment tax issues, global share plan due diligence and human resources strategy. He has led large multinational client relationships as well as advising many non-domiciled private clients in complex tax planning arrangements.
Joe Thomas, Global Evangelist, Analytics, FinancialForceJoe is the Analytics Evangelist for FinancialForce, where he is focused on the benefits of the Einstein Analytics and Artificial Intelligence platform to augment human insight. Joe has implemented and marketed Analytics, AI technology, Business Intelligence and Reporting tools for over 20 years at global organizations such as Oracle, Apple, Autonomy and Merrill Lynch, and has been a frequent speaker at events such as the Argyle Forums, the Economist Intelligence Unit and with CFO.com.
Josh May, Solution Consultant, BlacklineJosh is an experienced Senior Solutions Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. With 21 years of accounting experience with strong Financial Reporting, Cash Flow, Budgeting, and Analytical Skills. Prior to joining BlackLine Josh was the Group Financial Reporting Manager at Camelot.
Lucy Sutcliff, Senior Customs Duty Manager, MHA MacIntyre HudsonLucy advises clients on customs and excise duty issues, assisting them to understand and utilise the various and often complex customs and excise regimes and procedures. Lucy helps firms identify streamlining solutions and business efficiencies when importing and exporting goods, and advises on real-world potential solutions to help firms prepare for the advent of Brexit.
Matthew Rideout, Director of Business, ICAEWPrior to joining ICAEW Matthew was a CFO and corporate development professional, specialising in working with entrepreneurial businesses. Before moving into industry, Matthew worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in their corporate finance lead advisory practice specialising in private equity transactions. Roles in commerce have ranged from start-up to global business and included private equity investment for 3i plc, setting up and running a corporate development team for a global outsourcing business and CFO of an equity and debt funded support services group, leading growth from concept to £45m turnover in three years.
Naomi Connell, Chief Finance Officer, VolkerWessels UKNaomi is the Chief Finance Officer of VolkerWessels UK, Chair of the audit committee for the National College for High Speed Rail and has recently completed professional training as an Executive Coach. Prior to joining VolkerWessels UK, Naomi was Finance Director of London Underground where she led major transformation and change programmes across Transport for London including systems implementations and the integration of Metronet.
She joined VolkerWessels UK in 2010 with a mandate to enable the development of VolkerWessels UK as a significant player in the UK infrastructure market, bringing together a number of subsidiaries to work together as a united group. She has delivered finance transformation and been instrumental in developing a broader business focussed shared services centre with c200 employees where she leads a number of support activities for the UK based businesses, including Finance, IT, HR and Learning and Development.
In her earlier career, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the early 1990s with Deloitte in the UK, Naomi moved to France and led international engagements for Ernst & Young Lyon in audit, consulting and transaction support. In 1999, on returning to the UK she set up and provided back office support to c.80 regional offices of an energy company across Europe and Asia.
Noel Paton, Head of Regional Sales, Xactly CorporationWith over 30 years of experience in software sales at enterprise level, Noel Paton is extremely well-versed in helping companies achieve outstanding sales behaviour. As a Member of the Chartered Institution of Marketing with an MBA from the Open University, he is a valuable and influential member of the Xactly team. Having spent the last 10 years in the Incentive Compensation Management (ICM) space, Noel has in-depth knowledge of all the major market vendors, and even set up his own specialist consultancy business. A Belfast-born family man, Noel has been happily married 33 years and has four children.Rachel Neaman, Digitial Transformation SpecialistRachel is a digital leader specialising in digital transformation, skills and inclusion. She has extensive senior leadership experience in the public, private and not-for- profit sectors in the UK and internationally. Passionate about harnessing technology for positive social outcomes and ensuring technology works for everyone, she has held CEO positions in the not-for-profit sector, and was the first Head of Profession for Digital at the UK Department of Health. She now runs her own consultancy, Neaman Consulting.
Rachel holds a number of non-executive roles. From 2013–16, she was Chair of the Digital Leaders network, and is now a non-executive member of the Digital Leaders, DigitalHealth.London and UKCloud Health Advisory Boards. In February 2018, she was appointed to the Board of the Campaign for Social Science. A strong advocate of the importance of diversity and gender equality, she mentors and supports girls and women interested in a career in technology.
Rachel speaks regularly at conferences, is a frequent judge of digital awards, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). She has featured in Computer Weekly’s list of Most Influential Women in IT in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Rebecca Benneyworth MBE BSc FCA Rebecca is well known nationally for her enthusiastic and down to earth approach to tax. She has been a lecturer for in excess of 20 years, winning Tax Lecturer of the Year at the 2007 Taxation awards. Rebecca is also a tax writer and Editor of a number of tax publications. She was Chairman of the Tax Faculty from 2013-2015.
Robert Leftwich VP - Finance & Accounting EAPA, PRA Health Sciences InternationalRobert is a seasoned F&A professional and a fellow member of ICAEW. He has responsibility to deliver the F&A function of over 70 entities across 44 countries in the EMEA & AsiaPac regions. With a highly dispersed team across UK, Spain, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and Australia the team deliver Financial Reporting under US GAAP, tax reporting in US and local territories and ensure compliance across all of the various financial close processes.
Rob Whittick, Finance Director, Commercial and Private Banking at RBSRob Whittick is Finance Director for Commercial & Private Banking franchise, reporting to the Group. serves commercial and high net worth customers in the UK, the latter through the Coutts and Adam brands.
Rob is responsible for partnering with the franchise CEO and Executive Committee to develop and deliver the strategy for CPB. Under a functionalised model, he is the primary interface with Finance, and has focussed his business facing team on creating sustainable, economic value for the franchise.
Rob is executive sponsor for the RBS Finance People agenda, through which he aims to ensure that all colleagues are developing for the future, in a diverse and inclusive culture where they feel valued and welcome when being themselves. Rob is also responsible for defining the wider strategy for Finance within RBS.
Rob joined RBS in 1997 from Grant Thornton, where he qualified as an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).He has enjoyed a varied career at RBS, beginning with 8 years in the Group Treasury finance function, ultimately as Finance Director. He has also served as CFO for Banking in Global Banking and Markets, interim CFO for Asia Pacific and Head of Executive Decision Support for Markets and International Banking.
In 2012, he left Finance to take up the role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in RBS International Banking, supporting the day to day running of that division with a particular focus on Business Strategy, Risk & Control, upstream regulation, managing the global CAO community together with the Marketing and Communications team.
Vivek Mehan, Trainer, ICAEW Academy of Professional Development Vivek graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University in 1999. He then joined Deloitte in their Assurance department working with FTSE 100 clients. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2002, Vivek decided to follow his passion and pursued a highly successful career in professional training and development with some of the UK's leading professional training organisations. In this capacity he has provided training to a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sector. Vivek is an expert in Financial Reporting and in particular IFRS, US and UK GAAP, having delivered courses to thousands of delegates from a variety of industries over his career. Vivek is passionate about training and is a strong believer in how effective training has numerous advantages for organisations, such as performance improvement, enhanced communication and staff morale. Vivek has delivered training at all levels of organisations ranging from coaching main board directors to new graduate starters.
Wendy J Barnes, Director, Templar ExecutivesA portfolio non-executive and an independent consultant in cyber security, has wide experience in utilities, security and defence sectors. Formerly a Mathematical Services Manager at BNFL and Customer Services Director in United Utilities, Wendy has been a Director General (DG) in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and a non-executive director in the MOD, government security departments, Met Office, Ofwat and the National Crime Agency. She is currently a non-executive director at the Southern Water Services, OCS Group, BMT Group and Scottish Power Networks and an Associate Director of Templar Executives. Wendy has chaired and been a member of several Audit and Remuneration Committees and has a particular focus on developing risk management and good governance, as well as helping organisations take on change in challenging environments. Wendy also advises Boards on cyber resilience and information risk management.
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