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, Shell, the National Crime Agency and Blackline 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
Plenary presentation - Finance in a Digital World
Jo Thomas, Global Evanelist, Analytics, Financial Force 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.
Panel to be announced
Lunch, exhibition viewing and leadership 1-1s
Optional lunch session - places on this session are limited
Details to follow
Michelle Hinchliffe, Head of Audit, KPMG
Sit down lunch will be served. Places are limited and on a first come first served basis.
The relationship between the sales and finance function and solutions to improve efficiency and performance of incentives, and accuracy of finances and payments
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
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 allow Accounting teams to break the mould and thrive in this new era of continual change and automation.
Josh May, Solution Consultant, Blackline
Financial Reporting Update
Your annual round-up of technical financial reporting updates.
Vivek Mehan, Trainer, ICAEW Academy of Professional Development
Wendy Evans, National Crime Agency
Brexit and Risk Management
MHA McIntyre Hudson
Refreshment Break, Exhibition viewing and leadership 1-1s
Keynote Address: The transition from CFO to CEO
David Thomas, CEO, Barrett Developments
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
Chair's Closing RemarksMatthew Rideout, Director of Business, ICAEW
NB. Programme may be subject to change
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).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.
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.
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.
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 SpecialistA specialist in digital transformation, leadership, skills and inclusion, Rachel was previously Director of Skills and Partnerships at Doteveryone, the organisation founded by Baroness Martha Lane Fox to make the internet work for everyone. Before that, she was Chief Executive of the digital skills charity Go ON UK, which merged with Doteveryone in April 2016.
Prior to this, Rachel was Digital Leader and Head of Profession for digital at the Department of Health, responsible for digital strategy, policy, and transformation. From 2013–16, Rachel was Chair of Digital Leaders, a global initiative for senior leaders promoting effective, long-term digital transformation. She is now a non-executive member of the Advisory Board. Rachel is also a non-executive member of the UKCloud Health Advisory Board.
Rachel has extensive senior leadership experience in the public, private and not-for- profit sectors in the UK and internationally. She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, a frequent judge of digital awards and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Rachel was voted 20th in Computer Weekly’s list of 50 Most Influential Women in IT 2016.
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.
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.
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"A well put together update and CFO briefing with engaging speakers."
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"A well thought out programme with something for everyone."
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'There was a wide range of inspirational speakers.'
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