Programme

Streams

  • Operational & Performance Efficiency
  • Transformation
  • Strategy & Business Partnering
  • Roundtable Discussion
7:00 - 8:30
8:00 - 8:45

Unit4 Breakfast Briefing

The Future at Work Seen Through the Lens of the CFO

Digital innovation is changing the world. It’s changing the way we create value, the way we deliver services, the way we are structured. It’s changing the way we differentiate in an increasingly competitive world.

For the CFO the core focus of balancing Compliance and Performance doesn’t really change. However what does change is the dynamics of managing these two conflicting areas of focus. Why? Simply look at recent research from McKinsey & company who stated 60% of all occupations have at least 30% technically automatable activities. One-third of the time spent in the workplace involves collecting and processing data and together there is a technical potential for automation exceeding 60 percent. Just think about the impact this can have on controlling, managing risk and compliance, data accuracy, …..

During this session we’ll address the future at work for the CFO:

  • How will technology reshape the finance function of the CFO
  • Which tasks will disappear, which will become more relevant
  • What are the top 5 actions you need to take to stay relevant in your role

speakers

Ton Dobbe Chief Evangelist Unit4
8:45 - 8:55
8:55 - 9:25

Economic Brief: The Commercial Landscape

With a rise in anti-globalisation and national protectionism there is an uncertain outlook for the UK and its partnering Nations. This session will uncover what you need to consider to navigate through a time of political uncertainty. Hear from a high-profile economist on what is the impact of an anti-globalisation sentiment on the business environment particularly in terms of transfer pricing, cross-border M&A, international trade, and immigration policy?

speakers

Graeme Leach CEO & Chief Economist Macronomics
9:25 - 10:10

THE BUSINESS RESPONSE: LEADERSHIP RESPONSE TO THE CHANGING BUSINESS LANDSCAPE

What skills and capabilities do finance leaders need to drive business success in the future? This executive panel of high profile CFOs will discuss the impact of technology and economic influence on business and their evolving roles as chief strategist and business adviser.

chair

Graeme Leach CEO & Chief Economist Macronomics

panellists

Mark Wilson CFO Aston Martin
Patrick Butcher Group CFO Go-Ahead Group
Vineet Khurana Vice President & CFO IBM
Mark Smedley Vice President – Financial Services Industry Solutions Group Oracle
10:10 - 10:40
10:40 - 11:10

Aston Martin: The turnaround of an iconic brand

Operational & Performance Efficiency

The 104 year old automotive has historically struggled to achieve financial stability. But the fortunes have turned for this iconic brand.

This session will explore the journey the company has taken, establishing rigorous processes across the business to achieve an increase in EBITDA for 2016 whilst investing strongly for future growth.

speakers

Mark Wilson CFO Aston Martin

HOW FINANCE CAN EMBRACE THE DIGITAL WORLD AND UNLOCK VALUE ACROSS THE BUSINESS

Transformation

True digital transformation is more than just putting technology in place. Investing in and applying digital transformation to your finance function creates huge opportunity to unlock value across the business. Technology, fuelled by data, removes common constraints whilst allowing finance to increase agility, improve performance and reduce costs.

Hear from Unilever’s Steve Dixon, about the digital transformation being undertaken in the company’s finance function. This session will explore the importance of setting a clearly defined and unified digital strategy and will identify best practice on how technology can strengthen the role of finance through digital transformation.

speakers

Steve Dixon VP Future Finance Unilever

Building your Finance Strategy – Providing Strategic Business Advice and Insight

Strategy & Business Partnering

Some of the best business aspirations and strategic imperatives fall short because organisations have failed to recognise that they don’t have the right organisational capabilities to make it possible. The CFO needs to be both revenue supporter and cost monitor, and effectively employ various tools to achieve this balance. This session will explore the key strategic drivers that drives strategic thinking and planning within an organisation and how to create value through your Finance strategy.

speakers

Helene Bouteleau CFO PSA Peugeot Citroën
11:15 - 11:45

What CFOs can learn from how Private Equity companies extract value from procurement whilst managing global uncertainty

Operational & Performance Efficiency

In the current climate of low interest rates, low growth and volatility companies are increasingly turning to their procurement function to improve corporate performance and manage uncertainty. The discussion will aim to highlight some of the key challenges and share transferable practices in which PE companies successfully maximise value from procurement and manage global uncertainty.

 

speakers

Toby Munyard Vice President Efficio

The Connected CFO – are you the silver bullet?

Transformation

Chief Financial Officers must embrace technology to future-proof their position and drive digital transformation in their organisation. Andrew Hicks, CFO at Advanced, will highlight how the role has evolved and taken on new dimensions in recent years, requiring new skills and capabilities making them the company’s new silver bullet.

speakers

Andrew Hicks CFO Advanced

The Cloud: Not IF but When, and Where Next?

Strategy & Business Partnering

The two biggest moves in technology currently are Mobility and Cloud. The Cloud in particular enables a new vision of the Finance Team for the future, easing the introduction of function changing technologies while maximising the value of our Systems of Record.

Join us to learn what we are seeing in the Marketplace and understand:

  • The journey from as-is to to-be and why make it.
  • Looking at the Journey: examine the options from private, through Hybrid, to Public.
  • The Impact on Cloud on the balance sheet and the reduction of Technical Debt.
  • Creating a competitive advantage: Flexibility and Agility the ease of adoption of new world business advantage through Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Predictive and Cognition using the Cloud.

speakers

Tony Redding Sales Director HAYNE Solutions
11:50 - 12:20

Cybersecurity: Planning for the unforeseen and securing our digital business

Operational & Performance Efficiency

This session looks to address the CFO response to cybersecurity over 3 main elements.

Why should you as the CFO be interested in cybersecurity?  From reporting line to financial impact, we look at why this is now a critical area for the CFO to be engaged in.

What trends are we seeing in the cybersecurity space?  The cybersecurity environment is constantly evolving, we review some of the key trends over time and where we are heading.

How can you reduce the impact and respond to these cybersecurity threats?  We examine some of the essential security practices to help protect your business.

speakers

Luke Kenny Senior Managing Security Consultant IBM
Mark Jarvis CFO, Security Business Unit, UKI IBM

Transformation: Leading the Charge on Change

Transformation

Responding to change isn’t just about implementing new technologies, but about changing the whole process and culture in the organisation. As technology improves certain transactional and administration tasks, time is created allowing for a more focused approach to the business. We as finance need to be driving through these changes in terms of allowing these technologies to do the transactional work so that our people can create more insights and improve decision making across the business. The impact on individuals is quite often underestimated. Thought through and well executed change management is critical for successful transformation. The people dimension can’t be ignored.

This session addresses change and transformation in organisations and how finance can, and should, lead the charge on change.

speakers

Philip de Klerk CFO flybe

Finance as a Business Partner: A Balancing Act

Strategy & Business Partnering

CFOs have the best role in an organisation, I am sure you will all agree. We have to cover so many areas of the business that every day is a varied and unique challenge requiring a fine balance of our skills and time.

Yet there is one hat in our collection that is not only is rewarding to wear but can also bring the most benefit to the organisation. Leading a great business partnering function is a challenge like no other.

How best to lead a best in class, high impact and effective team of business partners? Effective business partnering requires a rare and precious combination of interpersonal skills, business knowledge, technical skills, confidence, intellect.

This session addresses the tough challenge that CFOs face of balancing the role of business partner and that of controller and the many other hats of finance in order to remain an effective co-pilot to the CEO and contribute towards a sustainable and successful business operation.

speakers

Chris Astle CFO - International Allergan
12:20 - 1:25
12:20 - 1:25

Redwood Lunchtime Masterclass

Invitation Only

RoboFinance: Robots already trained for complex Financial operations

The latest robots know how to perform all the closing tasks, and controls, complete documentation and even maintain an audit trail. They interact with approvers and supervisors when needed and always provide a dynamic dashboard of global progress.

Learn how knowledgeable robots replace significant parts of the manual effort across your entire Finance function (AP, AR, FA, GL, R2R, Internal Controls & Reporting) and further into Supply Chain and HR.

We will be examining:

  • How robots with built-in process IP are assembled from library parts, and how they interact in an end-to-end business process across ERP and applications.
  • How this next-generation of knowledgeable robots can completely revolutionize Shared Services delivery capability
  • Real world customer examples of the application of robotics across complex global organizations

speakers

Shak Akhtar Global SVP Robotic Solutions Redwood

HAYNE Solutions Lunchtime Masterclass

Invitation Only

Making your finance team a success during uncertainty

We are entering a period of uncertainty where the role of the finance team will be critical to the success of your organisation. CFOs need to understand the challenges that their team will face and be confident that their team have the skills and the technology to deliver.

Join us to learn what we are seeing with our customers and discuss the challenges that you and your team will face in the next few years. The subjects that we will cover will include:

  • Setting the foundations: Efficient and effective core processes – close and consolidate, report and analyse
  • Looking to the future: Never has budgeting and planning been so important to respond to the organisations changing needs
  • Securing the right resource: Scarce skills will be in high demand
  • Creating a competitive advantage: Intelligent budgeting and forecasting using predictive analytics and decision optimisation

speakers

Mark Cracknell Director HAYNE Solutions

Zuora Lunchtime Masterclass

Invitation Only

Monetising Digital Transformation in the Subscription Economy

Digital disruption is creating a new breed of customers that want the freedom to consume services differently, from paying only for the outcome as and when it’s needed, to enjoying automated but tailored experiences delivered in real time.

This trend has created opportunities for companies like yours to generate new revenue streams, but seizing this opportunity requires a huge transformation that affects all departments of a business, not least Finance.

Join us as we explore the ways you can measure the ROI and monetise this investment in digitalisation.

speakers

Andrew Wedge EMEA Finance Director Zuora
1:25 - 1:55

Getting corporate culture right: the role of leadership

Operational & Performance Efficiency

For any business to succeed it requires everyone to ‘do the right thing’. We talk about culture frequently in this context, but often stumble because of its ambiguous nature. It is true that culture is made up of what we can see as well as what we can’t. So how do we trigger change? For doing so, corporate leaders must take ownership of the process, beyond just asking ‘do we have the right culture?‘ To help with this, ACCA has recently developed a practical tool based on a step by step review.

speakers

Jo Iwasaki Head of Corporate Governance ACCA

Reimagine finance in the cloud

Transformation

Delivering true business partnership while decreasing cost is the ultimate prize of finance transformation.

That transformation starts with the technology. By reimagining your finance in the cloud, you can reduce the burden of transaction processing and become a better business partner – all at a lower cost.

Join this session and discover how Workday enables you to:

  • Guide the business with insight
  • Consolidate and close with confidence
  • Plan and prepare for what’s next
  • Thrive on change

speakers

Mark Nittler VP Enterprise Strategy Workday

Strategic Decision Making for CFOs

Strategy & Business Partnering

In today’s hyper-competitive and volatile environment making effective decisions can demonstrate value and drive growth. Janhavi Dadarkar, expert on good governance and corporate advisory will explore the role of the CFO in the strategy of their organisation. The aim of this workshop is to equip CFO participants with an understanding of the ingredients of effective strategic decision-making and provide insight into the main challenges in strategic decision making.

speakers

Janhavi Dadarkar Lead Course Leader in Governance Institute of Directors
2:00 - 3:00

Process Improvement: Is digital transformation your key to success?

Roundtable Discussion

As technology and finance become more closely intertwined, CFOs must ensure that they have the technical skills and knowledge required for their new role.  Connecting systems and processes is the business imperative that seems to allude many organisations.  Join the round table to discuss practical ways on how to achieve this.

CYBERSECURITY: PLANNING FOR THE UNFORESEEN AND SECURING OUR DIGITAL BUSINESS

Roundtable Discussion

Follow up on this pivotal case study session by joining a group of your peers to discuss why should you as the CFO be interested in cybersecurity and how can you reduce the impact and respond to these cybersecurity threats?

speakers

Mark Jarvis CFO, Security Business Unit, UKI IBM

The CFO as a true strategic advisor

Roundtable Discussion

Deep dive into the changing role of the CFO and the future of the profession – how should we respond as a profession?

speakers

Martin Sanders CFO & GM Honda Motor Europe

Reimagine Finance in the Cloud

Roundtable Discussion

speakers

Mark Nittler VP Enterprise Strategy Workday
2:00 - 3:00

Scenario Planning

Roundtable Discussion

How finance can help guide the business through volatile times. We are currently in challenging times, with many factors beyond Brexit that can cause significant ups & downs for your business.  Scenario planning is not about predicting the future. It is about exploring the future and involves identifying trends and exploring the implications of them on your business. This round table will explore best practises for doing this and share experiences from your colleagues.

speakers

Rob Douglas VP UK and Ireland Adaptive Insights

Close with confidence - and achieve balance sheet integrity

Roundtable Discussion

An efficient and timely financial close cycle (beginning with the account reconciliation process) can create a foundation for: ensuring accurate financial statements, evaluating business performance, supporting organisational decisions, and satisfying external reporting requirements.

speakers

Martin Kotze Senior Solutions Consultant/ Product Expert Blackline

Changing political landscape: How should the CFO respond?

Roundtable Discussion

Challenge or opportunity? How should the CFO respond?

speakers

Rohit Shukla Director Eurasia Group

The CFOs Role in Building Staff Engagement

Roundtable Discussion

Partnering with your organisation – how to get the most out of your team?

speakers

Tom Smethers Finance Director Thomson Airways
2:00 - 3:00

Cracking the Code

Roundtable Discussion

How to develop Finance capabilities to contend with the changing world of work

speakers

Danny Deprez Finance Director UK Steelcase

How to deal with Growth in an Environment of Belt-Tightening and Risk Aversion

Roundtable Discussion

Deep dive into innovative growth strategies in an ever changing and complex market

speakers

Chris Astle CFO - International Allergan

The CFOs Role in Digital Transformation

Roundtable Discussion

How to Partner with your CIO to create a competitive and agile work environment

speakers

Doug Field Joint Chief Executive East of England Co-op
3:00 - 3:25
3:25 - 4:10

Guidance on Board Effectiveness: The Role of the CFO in Corporate Governance

Hear from our Executive Panel as they discuss the challenges and opportunities for the CFO sitting on a board in today’s volatile, unpredictable and data-centric market. What does the modern board look like and how can the CFO influence the Board and what should a Board expect from its Finance directorate?

chair

Myriam Madden Board Member CIMA

panellists

Gilly Lord Head of Regulatory Affairs PwC
Charles Tilley OBE Executive Chairman The CGMA Research Foundation
Talita Ferreira Former CFO, BMW Authentic Change Solutions
4:10 - 4:50

Leading Business Intelligence: The changing perspective of leadership

There are three main domains in the CFO role: finance, operations, and strategy; people leadership underpins all three. In today’s complex business environment leadership is not just about a title or a position of influence, it’s your mind-set and how to use it as a tool for success. This session will explore the need to shift our perspective from a ‘hero power dynamic’ leader to one which is ‘inclusive, authentic and empathic’.

speakers

Rasmus Ankersen Author, and Chairman of FC Midtjylland Rasmus
Stuart Lancaster Former England Rugby Head Coach England Rugby
4:50 - 5:00
5:00 - 6:30

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