Driving Finance Agility: Navigate, Predict & Lead in a World of Uncertainty and Disruption
9th May 2018
The CFO Agenda will welcome 200+ CFOs and senior finance professionals at Twickenham Stadium in London to discuss Strategy & Business Partnering, Transformation and Operational & Performance Agility.
A wealth of industry experts and finance professionals lead strategic discussions on supporting talent through disruption, enhancing organisational agility and the CFO as a relationship builder.
Wayne Close was appointed Managing Director for UK Health Services in October 2017. Prior to that he was Acting CEO of International Markets. He has 25 years experience at Bupa having joined in 1992. His roles include leading Bupa International (the precursor to Bupa Global), MD of Bupa Global North America, setting up and leading Bupa Saudi Arabia, and holding a number of CFO roles across Bupa including the former International Development Markets (IDM) MU. Wayne is a Qualified Accountant and a Chartered Director.
Robs specialism & passion is improving Finance functions, starting with 10 years in the Profession and then 15 years in industry (large complex multi-national FMCG & Telecoms/Media). He starts with a compelling vision for Finance, anchored in the business strategy, and translates that into practical improvement to systems, processes, data and performance management. But ultimately Rob feels it is about people – working through change, managing stakeholders, unleashing potential. He has been at Sky for 9 years, and looks after Finance Transformation whilst leading our Finance Shared Service.
Paul Harris is a Commercial Finance Director at Starbucks EMEA, based in London. In his role Paul is responsible for planning, forecasting and investment appraisals for the EMEA region.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Paul was EMEA Finance Director for Apple and before that a Commercial Finance Business Partner at Nike. Holding leadership positions in large global companies has made has developed his skills in working in fast paced, high growth matrix environments.
Paul has recently completed his Executive MBA at the London Business School and is a Professional Management Accountant.
Ben Kay has been the UK & Ireland CFO for Swissport since September 2017. Swissport has a turnover of €400m with operations at 29 stations in the UK & Ireland (part of Swissport International the largest provider of ground and cargo handling services in the aviation industry). He has a team of 84 finance people.
He joined Swissport after 22 years at NSG (formerly Pilkington Plc) where his last role was European Finance Director (business partnering at a European and Global basis as well as running the finance function of 220 people across 15 countries).
At Pilkington/NSG, Ben gained his CIMA qualification and performed a number of roles at different levels and completed secondments in Italy, Germany and Australia.
Outside of the office Ben spends much of his time doing sport (running, squash, cycling, yoga, gym..)
Jessica McDarren started her accounting career straight from secondary school when she joined a small Chartered Accounting firm in Ayrshire, Scotland as Trainee Accountant. She immediately realised that accountancy was to be her future. She moved on to larger organisations while continuing with her accountancy studies. In 2005 Jessica joined a rapidly growing digital media agency as Financial Controller. This was a part-time role as she now had a young toddler to care for as well as her CIMA studies to progress.
In March 2009 Jessica became a fully qualified CIMA member following four years of weekend and evening study and was promoted to the full-time role of Head of Finance. It was at this time that Jessica was awarded Young Accountant of the Year by Accountancy Age. The judges said “[she] made the role her own while showing great tenacity and determination to achieve many things at once”.
In 2010 Jessica joined L’Oréal as Commercial Controller. After two and half successful years in this role Jessica decided to broaden her knowledge of the business and joined Corporate Finance as Treasurer for L’Oréal UK and Ireland, featuring in Treasury Today in 2014. More recently, Jessica was promoted to Commercial Operations Finance Director for the Consumer Products Division where she specialises in retailer and channel strategy.
John Park became CFO for McDonald’s UK in 2016, and is responsible for finance, supply chain and legal oversight.
John joined McDonald’s UK in 2003 as an Assistant Operations Accountant. His progression through the company has included responsibilities as Regional Accounting Manager, Franchise Finance Manager and Head of Commercial Finance.
In his previous position as Finance Director, John was responsible for corporate and commercial finance in the UK, including supporting the organisation with commercial analysis and setting pricing strategy.
John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and prior to joining McDonald’s he worked for KPMG.
Wendy Smith is the Chief Financial Officer for Kellogg’s EMEA Region. She was appointed to this post in September, 2015. Prior to joining Kellogg’s, Wendy held senior finance positions in Johnson & Johnson and P&G. Most recently Wendy was the Chief Financial Officer for J&J’s Consumer Division in Asia Pacific Region. To date, she has held a range of senior positions in finance functions globally and in different regions across the world. She has industry experiences in Consumer Products, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceuticals.
As a finance professional, Wendy believes in the importance of Compliance, Business Partnering & People Development. Her primary focus and passion is in developing people, and being an active mentor and sponsor for many professionals in and outside of her company.
Married with three sons, Wendy values work life balance, diversity, and professional excellence. Her personal philosophy is to always push for breakthrough results and breakthrough thinking. She recently moved with her family to Ireland and enjoys traveling, music, photography, and spending time with her family.
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Barnett Waddingham is proud to be a leading independent UK consultancy at the forefront of risk, pensions, investment and insurance. We’re a team of over 900 people in eight offices, each delivering on our values and our promise to ensure the highest levels of trust, integrity and quality.
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Headquartered in Chiasso, Switzerland, and Boston, MA, BOARD International has branches in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Benelux, Nordics, UAE, Singapore, Australia, India, Japan, China, Mexico, Argentina and a worldwide network of distributors and certified partners.
Established in 2003, Cedar is a specialist recruitment consultancy operating in the finance, transformation and procurement arenas. Cedar offers highly effective bespoke recruitment solutions to clients in the private, public and not for profit markets in the UK and internationally. We manage an extensive range of permanent and interim opportunities from entry level through to senior executive. Cedar promotes a culture based around the concept of ‘Listen, Advise, Deliver’ – we listen to our clients and candidates, understand their key drivers and then advise them as to the best approach to ensure effective delivery.
Celonis is the world´s leading process mining company. The innovative big data technology applies machine learning across all company data to provide full, unbiased visibility into all business processes, uncover bottlenecks, and provide prescriptive recommendations on how to eliminate them effectively. Enterprises in over 25 countries trust Celonis to visualize, analyze and maximize the efficiency of their operations. Celonis is based in Munich with offices in the U.S. and the Netherlands.
FD Recruit is a leading recruiter of CFOs and Finance Directors operating across England, Scotland & Wales. FD Recruit specialise in a number of sectors working with SME’s to Plc’s and private equity backed businesses. Their expert recruiters source candidates for a variety of assignments including roles on a full-time, part-time or interim basis. By developing a niche focus FD Recruit have become industry leaders within their field.
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The Academy has been specifically designed to equip the future professional in the fast-changing business environment. With outstanding training specialists, coaches and mentors to leverage our knowledge and create engaging, practical training, which endows participants with applied skills and have a tangible impact on business performance.
Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) is one of Europe’s largest asset managers and a major global investor, with total assets under management of £951.1 billion *. We work with a wide range of global clients, including pension schemes, sovereign wealth funds, fund distributors and retail investors. Throughout the past 45 years we have built our business through understanding what matters most to our clients and transforming this insight into valuable, accessible investment products and solutions. We provide investment expertise across the full spectrum of asset classes including fixed income, equities, multi-asset, commercial property and cash. Our capabilities range from index-tracking and active strategies to liquidity management and liability-based risk management solutions.
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TPT Retirement Solutions is an award-winning specialist provider of defined benefit pensions with 70 years’ experience. As a not-for-profit organisation with c.£9 billion assets, TPT is run for the benefit of more than 2,400 employers.
Running defined benefit pension schemes can be costly and time consuming. With the burden of ever changing legislation, administration hassles and the other pitfalls of managing your own pension scheme. TPT’s DB Complete product saves time, money and gives peace of mind, by combining expert support and scheme services in one solution.
Trintech, Inc. pioneered the development of Financial Corporate Performance Management software to optimize the Record to Report process. From high volume transaction matching and streamlining daily operational reconciliations, to automating and managing balance sheet reconciliations, journal entries, treasury management and bank fee analysis, to governance, risk and compliance – Trintech’s portfolio of financial solutions, including Cadency®, ReconNET™ and Adra Suite, help manage all aspects of the financial close process. Over 3,100 clients worldwide – including the majority of the Fortune 100 – rely on our cloud-based software to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve governance and transparency across global financial organizations.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Trintech has offices located across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands, as well as strategic partners in South Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. To learn more about Trintech, visit www.trintech.com or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Zuora, powering the Subscription Economy®, provides the only SaaS platform that automates all subscription order-to-cash operations in real-time for any business. Companies in any industry can launch new businesses, shift products to subscription, implement new pay-as-you-go pricing and packaging models, gain new insights into subscriber behavior, and disrupt market segments to gain competitive advantage. Zuora serves more than 900 companies around the world in a wide range of industries, including Box, Komatsu, Rogers, Schneider Electric, Toshiba, Xplornet and Zendesk. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Zuora also operates offices in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, San Francisco, London, Paris, Beijing, Sydney, Chennai and Tokyo.