Programme

Streams

  • Strategy & Business Partnering
  • Technology Transformation
  • Performance Efficiency
  • Talent Acquisition & Development
7:45 - 8:30
8:55 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:20

Opening Keynote Address: Finance in the “New World”

“Your Market”

As Geopolitical conditions have become more volatile, businesses worldwide are doing their utmost to prepare for the pace and extent of change. In addition to the unprecedented speed in which changes in the market, politics and consumer behaviour take place; companies are now also faced with a world of automation and Big Data, adding even more pressure on a company’s ability to remain agile, competitive and successful.  It is imperative for Finance to become more agile to help the business respond to the changes and new demands quickly and efficiently to achieve continued growth.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Find out the key developments impacting Finance today.
  • Learn about latest regulatory changes and updates that will impact your business.
  • Future forecasting: The trends to look out for in 2020 and beyond.
9:20 - 9:50

Keynote Panel Discussion: Beyond Scenario Planning – Getting to a Reality After Brexit

“Your Market”

After more than 2 years of planning, it’s finally here: Brexit. Whether it’s a no-deal, deal, or a no-go; the scenario planning will be over and businesses in the UK and worldwide will know where they stand. Since the referendum in 2016, companies have been trying to prepare for the changes in different ways without really knowing how their business will be impacted by Brexit. From stockpiling products at Dover to moving HQs abroad, join our panel of speakers as they share their Brexit strategies and thoughts on the road ahead.

Key Challenges to be Addressed:

  • From scenario planning into practice: The road ahead.
  • Border logistics: Ensuring a smooth supply chain post-Brexit and preparing for changes in boarder control.
  • Human capital: How will Brexit impact the availability of skilled professionals and workforce.

panellists

Wayne Close Managing Director Bupa
Michael Kreeft CFO BMW Group UK
Kate Curnow Deputy CFO Honda Motor Europe
9:50 - 10:20

Keynote: Thriving in the Future

“Your Business”

The finance leader, who can provide powerful insights from data, is best placed to make the key judgements that can ensure their organisation not only survives, but thrives in a fast-changing environment. They can ensure their organisation can continue delivering profit in the short term, while positioning it to capture value in new forms in the long run. Those organisations that are fit for purpose- that know how to win market share in this environment and understand how to innovate and apply the right risk weighting will be the winners- and those that can’t will be the losers.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • What is the new normal in the age of Brexit and closed borders?
  • How do we apply a risk-opportunity lens on all areas of the business?
  • Why are finance leaders key to delivering this and how can they navigate their organisations through difficult times?
10:20 - 10:40

Keynote: Confidence & Resilience - Your Performance Edge

“You”

What could you achieve with even 5% more self-confidence?  How much more energy and focus would you have, if you were just a little bit more resilient to the constant pressures, we all experience, as we strive to succeed in our careers?

Sally Fisher (a former lawyer with Linklaters and Consulting Partner with Deloitte, who now runs her own international leadership development practise, Ah-Ha Moments) will lead an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining exploration into how we can build more confidence and develop our ability to more consistently deliver peak performance under pressure.   Get ready to achieve your most audacious ambitions!

In this thought-provoking and entertaining session, Sally draws on her personal experiences and the latest insights from neuroscience and business psychology, as she shares inspiring stories, ideas and top tips to help you thrive as you succeed.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Inspiration to be bold.
  • Top tips for managing self-doubt.
  • Techniques to build confidence rapidly.

speakers

Sally Fisher International Leadership Facilitator and Career Coach AH-HA
10:40 - 11:10
11:10 - 11:35

The 5-year Business Strategy: Planning for an Uncertain Future

Strategy & Business Partnering

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • How to develop a 5-year plan in the current political climate.
  • How to best manage strategy development for the finance function.
  • Decoupling the strategy planning from the annual budget process to ensure it is continuously developed and reviewed throughout the year to remain relevant.

speakers

Tamsin Stewart CFO Jamie Oliver Restaurants

Delivering Digital Transformation in Finance

Technology Transformation

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • What is the new tech? (new products and services).
  • How to integrate new tech into the organisation?
  • How to truly get value?

Creating the Agile Finance Team to Drive Performance and Business Growth

Performance Efficiency

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Giving your team a purpose.
  • How to inspire change.
  • Leadership style: Authenticity & Leadership.

speakers

Talita Ferreira Former CFO, BMW Authentic Change Solutions
11:35 - 12:05

From Cost Centre to Strategic Insight Provider: The 3 Analytics Every CFO Needs

Strategy & Business Partnering

In today’s organisations, expectations of the role of finance have changed dramatically. To meet these demands, CFOs are transforming their department from a report generating cost centre into a provider of strategic insight and an enabler of change.

During this session, we’ll investigate how organisations have been successful (or not) at adapting to this new reality by reviewing the latest surveys and research.

Learn about the building blocks other organisations have put in place—including standardised processes and control, and automation—and which have proved the most effective at saving time and cost, reducing human errors, and improving data quality. Discover three common metrics and visualisations used by successful CFOs to share insights with other business areas and see how your organisation compares.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • How other organisations have been flipping the reporting paradigm to become more analysis lead
  • Where you can achieve some quick wins to kick-start the transformation of your department
  • The 3 analytics every modern CFO should be using to drive business insights

Real-Time Insights for Predictable and Sustainable Growth

Technology Transformation

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Unleash the opportunities that exponential technologies (AI, machine learning, robotics etc.) bring.
  • Moving out of the pilot stage to full scale roll-out.
  • Understand how to best translate Big Data to continually shape business strategy and make market predictions.

New Corporate Cultures

Performance Efficiency

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • How should finance teams be developed to provide new ways of thinking, having taken the human out of mundane processes.
  • How can finance and HR develop effective measurement techniques to ensure the most effective processes are being developed in harness with technology for maximum value capture and retention.
12:10 - 12:40

Keynote Panel Discussion: Optimising Your Digital Transformation Journey

“Your Tools”

As technology implementation doesn’t fit in with traditional business strategy models, where does that leave the Finance function and what’s the future for IT and Finance? How can Finance drive digitisation across the organisation to achieve further business growth? Join our panel of speakers as they share insights into their digital transformation strategies and lessons learnt on the way of their respective automation journeys.

Key challenges to be addressed:

  • When and how do you move away from a legacy system to achieve the least disruption to the business?
  • Where does Finance sit within the broader business technology transformation process?
  • How to translate Big Data to big growth?
  • Ethics around Big Data – Who owns it, how should it be used?
  • What to invest in for the next 5 years?

panellists

Guillaume de Pommereau CFO Hitachi Europe
12:40 - 1:35

Lunch

LUNCH DISCUSSION: A 5-year strategy: Preparing for the expected and unexpected

Join this by-invitation-only lunch to network, share your perspective and gain unique insights from colleagues that you can transfer to your business.

LUNCH DISCUSSION: Acquiring and holding on to the talent to enable business growth

Join this by-invitation-only lunch to network, share your perspective and gain unique insights from colleagues that you can transfer to your business.

1:35 - 2:55

Thought Exchange: Creating Powerful Connections through Meaningful Conversations

Experiences and knowledge, are our biggest asset. With this in mind, we have created a new and exciting opportunity for our network to collaborate and learn from each other. We have provided a platform for you to have a voice – to challenge the status quo, inspire and innovate. In the lead up to the event you drive the conversation by nominating or voting on a hot topic or key challenge facing the profession.

Delegates will be able to select two 40 min discussions to join from carefully identified topics such as:

  • Using technology to create innovation and efficiency.
  • Acquisition, development and retention of talent.
  • Industry specific conversations within healthcare, automotive, retail, travel etc.
  • The future of finance and how the landscape will evolve over the next 5 years.
  • What is next for the CFO and how the profession is developing?

Among many more!!!

2:55 - 3:25
3:25 - 3:50

Translating Big Data into a Business Strategy

Strategy & Business Partnering

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • How to collect, analyse and translate data to actual strategies.
  • Understand the key disruptive technologies for the CFO and the new business models being utilised for success.

The future of automation in Finance: A look at a pilot project in robotics

Technology Transformation

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Robotics in Finance: How to find the balance between where human interaction ends and automation begins.
  • Lessons learnt to date from the pilot project
  • Ensuring staff engagement.

speakers

Wendy Smith Vice President & CFO Kellogg's

Skills Development and Engagement

Talent Acquisition & Development

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Securing the talent you need to see through your business strategy.
  • Ensuring your team is engaged with the business’ digital transformation and automation journey.
  • Skills vs. experience: How to further educate and develop the skills the company needs from the pool of talent that you already have.

speakers

Michael Clark VP Finance & CFO Coca-Cola European Partners
3:50 - 4:15

Finance Transformation Thanks to Lean Teams and Technology

Strategy & Business Partnering

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • How much should a Finance team cost?
  • How do you use Shared Services?
  • Which Technology makes a difference?

speakers

Guillaume de Pommereau CFO Hitachi Europe

From Big Data to Big Growth

Technology Transformation

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How do we generate the speed required to meet the pace of change in the market and with consumers?
  • How to build in agility within the decision-making framework to really take advantage to achieve growth.
  • “Pilot fast, fail fast – scale quickly”.

speakers

Grant Power Finance Director Enterprise Unilever

The Corporate Popularity Contest: How to Attract and Retain the Key Skills for your Business

Talent Acquisition & Development

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • How to attract the new skills (millennials) you need.
  • How to hold on to that talent.
  • How to stay competitive with FinTechs and start-ups for the best skills.
4:15 - 4:45

Increase the Value of the Finance function to the Business through the GBS Model

Strategy & Business Partnering

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Delivering measurable business value.
  • How to develop impact at a global scale across the business.
  • Mitigate risk, drive process excellence and optimise your agility.

Success: How to Plan and Forecast for Growth in 2019 and Beyond

Technology Transformation

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Future planning in unprecedented speed of change.
  • Ensuring that forecasts are in tune with market changes.
  • Reduce cycle time and improve accuracy.

The Lean Team: Achieving More with Less

Talent Acquisition & Development

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • How to develop a responsive, insightful and efficient Finance function.
  • Applying a lean approach to increase value.
  • Identifying the things that machines can’t do that people have to do and ensuring that staff are continuously trained and engaged with corporate strategy.
4:45 - 5:15

Keynote Panel Discussion: Diversity and Talent Acquisition

“Your People”

The radical changes the Finance function faces directly impacts the skills required to deliver the service well. In particular, the increasing use of technology is changing the way we work and changing the skills requirements traditionally needed within Finance. In addition, the increasing focus on diversity are leaving companies in an unprecedented competitive market for the key skills required to achieve business growth. Join our panel of speakers as they share their own best practice and key challenges in the ongoing struggle of acquiring the diverse talent they need for success.

Key Challenges:

  • With the imminent implementation of new technology, how do you ensure you have the right skillset to manage it?
  • Meeting the gender-pay gap requirements for 2019: What’s next?
  • Reviewing how we learn, upskilling and developing staff.
  • How to reward and engage your team to ensure they choose to stay?

panellists

Tom Smethers Finance Director TUI Group
Emma Connell Finance Director, Field Operations Centrica
Markus Kobler Global CFO Allianz Global Investors
Michael Clark VP Finance & CFO Coca-Cola European Partners
5:15 - 5:45

Closing Keynote: What You Can Learn from the UK’s Most Connected Brands

“Your Customers”

In an era of expanding customer expectations and constant competitive disruption, brands must continually find new ways to connect with consumers in order to thrive and grow. Find out how the most connected brands in the UK engage with their consumers and how you can improve your business reach.

speakers

Peter Williams Chairman Boohoo.com
5:45 - 5:50
6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 10:00

VIP Networking Dinner

By Invitation only

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