Programme

Streams

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

Breakfast Briefing - Cash Management in the Age of Digital Transformation

Cash is king and data is the new gold. When the world is getting flat and the business landscape is changing almost real-time, what are the challenges and opportunities for CFOs and Treasurers? How do you keep your finger on the pulse of the global cash flow? How can you orchestrate thousands of domestic and cross-border payments worth millions while staying informed and compliant? Or even more relevant: how can all these data be leveraged for better business decisions and enable you to play a leading role as change agent in your company’s digital transformation? Jörg Wiemer, CEO of Treasury Intelligence Solutions and previous as SVP, Head of Global Treasury in SAP, will share his view in this breakfast briefing. Meanwhile you are warmly welcome to share yours in an inspiring round table discussion with all your peers.

speakers

Jörg Wiemer CEO TIS

Breakfast Briefing – Finance Transformation and the Role of the CFO in 2019

speakers

Tim Wakeford Vice President, Financials Product Strategy, EMEA Workday
Lord Michael Hastings CBE Independent Peer House of Lords
8:55 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:20

Opening Keynote Address: Finance: A Tool for Transformation

“Your Market”

What will be your legacy as a CFO? A world-class finance function, well-resourced business plan, sustained earnings and cost discipline are all hallmarks of a successful tenure. However, as the heartbeat of the business, what really sets visionary CFOs apart is their ability to channel capital to purposes that transform and impact societies whilst delivering top-notch business results. The symbiotic relationship between healthy returns and healthy societies is undisputed. Significant CFO’s are guided by a strong personal mission and organisational purpose, and they craft compelling business cases for taking action that matters – for people, the planet, and for profit. This opening session will be a personal call to action – for each one of us to recognise the responsibility and the opportunity to build better businesses whilst creating a better world. Lord Hastings has dedicated his career to leveraging the power of business and finance for impactful change and will share his insights from working with global CFOs on growing their own careers and organisations from success to significance.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Transformational CFOs connect their business objectives to the development of societies – the SDG roadmap is the route.
  • Solving global development challenges represents an enormous revenue opportunity – vibrant business builds economy and secures society.
  • We each need to make an individual commitment to move ourselves and our organisations from success to significance – managing by values makes leadership valuable.

speakers

Lord Michael Hastings CBE Independent Peer House of Lords
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 border control.
  • Human capital: How will Brexit impact the availability of skilled professionals and workforce.

chair

Wayne Fitzgibbon Partner Mercer

panellists

Michael Kreeft CFO BMW Group UK
Kate Curnow Deputy CFO Honda Motor Europe
Adrian Burrows Director of Finance Best Western Hotels & resorts - Great Britain
Paul Venables Group Finance Director Hays Plc
9:50 - 10:20

Keynote: Shaping Tomorrow’s Finance Function

“Your Business”

By redefining their approach to resilience, intelligence, leadership and talent, CFOs can show the finance function is determined to change – and play its part in transforming the enterprise for the digital age.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Intelligence:  Transform finance into a strategic business partner by delivering data-driven insights to all business leaders.
  • Leadership:  Drive collaboration to enable effective partnerships, resulting in improved decision making, performance and responsiveness to change
  • Talent: Enable a collaborative partnership between the CFO and CHRO to find, attract and retain top talent.

speakers

Tim Wakeford Vice President, Financials Product Strategy, EMEA Workday
10:20 - 10:50
10:50 - 11:20
11:20 - 11:45

Finance Transformation Begins with Simplification

Technology Transformation

Why are we expensive vs benchmarks but our employees are overworked?

Why are we yet to see the full benefits of centralisation, outsourcing and Tech investments?

How can we create a platform for less disruptive continuous improvement and facilitate the adoption of current and future technology for Finance?

These are the questions GSK is answering through its Finance Transformation. At the heart of all the solutions is simplification. Simplification through standardisation, simplification through clear accountabilities, simplification of internal bureaucracy and finance siloes.

GSK operates 2 divisions in over 90 geographies, and Finance is present in most of them. Designing simplification is the easy part, delivering it and sustaining it in the face of complexity and autonomy is the real challenge. But achieving it allows real transformation that delivers both efficiency and effectiveness improvements.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • 3 short bullet points (focusing on takeaways i.e. what will delegates learn/takeaways)
  • How driving for simplification helps achieve today’s goals and sets Finance up for future success
  • The challenges in driving simplification in complex organisation

speakers

William Benson VP Head Finance Transformation GSK

chair

Martin Sanders Chief Audit Executive Honda Motor Europe

Finance Transformation Thanks to Lean Teams and Technology

Technology Transformation

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

chair

Markus Kobler Global CFO Allianz Global Investors

Technology vs. People in the Race to Drive Performance and Business Growth

Performance Efficiency

With challenges such as Bitcoin, Blockchain, machine learning, super computing power, and interconnected devices it would be very easy for our intellectual, financial, analytical minds to focus on the technological challenges in our near future. However, the challenges from the ‘People dimension’ in the Fourth industrial Revolution will be just as far reaching and might require more sustained, continuous effort to drive the desired outcomes. Futurists predict anything that is uniquely human will become very valuable and everything will become experienced based. Current research proves that organisations that focus on people and purpose are set to dominate future growth and engagement. The Fourth Industrial Revolution requires leaders who are mentally agile, creative and relate well to other people. They understand themselves and how to unlock their own awareness and connected, collaborative relationships; before they drive change and inspire.

Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Essential leadership and team dynamics tips to survive and thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
  • The secrets to inspiring lasting change.

How to increase and foster collaboration and innovation.

speakers

Talita Ferreira Former CFO, BMW Authentic Change Solutions

chair

Yemi Jackson CEO & Founder Engage Transform Consultancy
11:45 - 12:15

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

speakers

Mike Lipps CEO insightsoftware

Building and Integrating a Digital Workforce

Technology Transformation

54% of businesses in a recent PwC Digital IQ survey revealed that they are already investing heavily in AI, with 63% looking to do so in the next 3 years.

Over 75% of business execs seeing the potential in AI reliving repetitive tasks such as Paperwork, scheduling and timesheets.  The back office of the future is augmented between the human and digital worker, with 62% of business execs thinking this will lead to more effective decision making.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

This session will explore what is possible today and how to apply it to your organisation and prepare for the augmented C-suite of the future.

speakers

Sultan Mahmood Partner PwC

Anticipate the Market Changes, Remain Agile and Maintain your Competitive Edge in a New World through Business and Digital Transformation and Scenario Modelling

Performance Efficiency

Business and Digital Transformation is having such a huge impact on the Office of the CFO. However, while enabling significant opportunities to increase Finance’s influence throughout an organisation, it also challenges CFOs and their teams to optimise key transactional processes, improve their reporting, build out key analytical processes and have the right planning, reporting and analytics systems in place for today’s demanding business environment.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

In this session we’ll be covering:

  • How modern CFOs and business leaders are taking advantage of digital technologies.
  • How you can move past automation and deliver on best practices and partnering.
  • How predictive analytics and scenario modelling additionally support you in your transformation journey.
  • We’ll also be sharing a snapshot of the results of the global Business & Digital Transformation Survey* that was run with the ACCA.

*Survey Highlights

In the Jedox/ACCA survey we found that 80% of organisations are still reliant on Excel; 75% stated that Excel is the major skillset in their organisation; 34% overlooked Sales input and 29% aren’t involving Operations. According to the survey, 56% of Finance teams also don’t support the business with the right dashboards, 44% aren’t in a position to leverage historical data, 64% don’t empower other parts of the business to make decisions using predictive analytics and only 36% support decision-making utilising Big Data.

speakers

Mark Rolfe Sales Director UK Jedox
12:15 - 12:45

Keynote Panel Discussion: Optimising Your Digital Transformation Journey

“Your Tools”

Digital transformation is fundamental to business strategy and business model development. CFOs have a key role to play. From strategy formulation through to execution, CFOs have to work with the rest of the business in working out how to manage digitisation to achieve business growth. Join our panel of speakers as they discuss their digital transformation journeys and the lessons they learnt along the way.

Key Challenges to be Addressed:

  • What role does finance play in business-wide digital transformation?
  • How do you develop a digital strategy which aligns with the business strategy and the business model?
  • How do you transform your technology with the minimum of disruption?
  • What new technologies should the business and finance prioritise in the next 5 years?

panellists

Guillaume de Pommereau CFO Hitachi Europe
Natasha Laul Finance Director, Northern Europe General Mills
Spence Knudson Non-Executive Director Clear Review
12:45 - 1:45

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.

Build tomorrow’s finance function, today

Finance admin as we know it has a shelf life, the reality is the finance function of tomorrow will be automated.

This transformation won’t happen overnight, any inefficiencies in your current processes will slow you down your transformation or potentially stop you in your tracks.

Navigating your way through this unchartered technology and in the face of unprecedented changes in compliance and legalisation needs your digital transformation objectives to be clear and focused.

Join Sage and PwC in a practical working lunch to identify and map out your digital transformation.

Key outcomes and takeaways:

  • Strategy: Achieve business insight, efficiency, compliance and controls from your organisation’s operating model, by your people powered by technology.
  • Approach: Where is your organisation today, where would you like to get to, by when and how will you get there
  • Execution: Map out your digital transformation milestones

speakers

David Dougan Senior Manager PwC

LUNCH DISCUSSION: Finance and Procurement Working Together to Deliver Business Strategy (And agility)

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

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

For the average business more than 70% of revenues are spend on third party suppliers. Not only are they your biggest cost line, they are also your biggest source of innovation and risk, and, your strategy depends upon them.

The best procurement functions are working in partnership with finance to support cost management, embed agility and drive growth through finding the right suppliers and managing them well to your strategy. But what does good procurement look like and how do you know if you’ve got a good procurement function? In this round table we discuss these questions and give examples of how finance and procurement working together has produced transformative results.

speakers

Guy Strafford EVP Market Engagement Proxima Group
1:45 - 2:45

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 one 60 min discussion 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!!!

speakers

Bob Rehill CEO & Founder Bob Rehill & Associates
Nick Jackson Director, Finance and Performance Innovation Oracle
Nonie Dalton Director of Product Management ACL
Ian Preston VP Sales, EMEA Vena
Peter Cook Director of Customer Advocacy, EMEA & APAC PrimeRevenue
Tim Hammonds GBS Finance Director, Opel/Vauxhall Groupe PSA
Yemi Jackson CEO & Founder Engage Transform Consultancy
Lawrie Holmes Managing Editor Financial Director

Chatham House Roundtable: BOARD

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The amount of data now readily available has radically changed how business can and should operate. There is no longer any excuse for company strategy to not be heavily informed by data.

The problem now is that there are many platforms providing anything from data visualisation to machine learning and AI services and everything in between. The danger is that businesses suddenly become inundated with various platforms and decision-makers are no longer able to operate effectively.

Due to the unique position that finance departments sit within most companies, they are now being asked to contribute more to the analysis of future strategy and direction. With the rise in advanced and predictive analytics, this has become a critical activity for organisations and getting it right carries great consequences.

This is new ground for most finance teams and it’s hard to know what the right strategy is and how to navigate this new data-rich world. Join our roundtable to discuss the challenges fellow finance leaders are facing when it comes to:

Key outcomes and takeaways

  • Effectively analysing data to understand historical trends and their impact future business plans
  • Understanding how businesses are performing against their current corporate strategic & operational goals
  • Utilising historical & current trends to enable better decision-making in your budgeting, planning and forecasting processes

If you’re interested in understanding how people are addressing these challenges and how the finance department can be turned into an advanced decision-making unit, make sure you attend.

speakers

Gavin Fallon General Manager (UK, Nordics and South Africa) BOARD

Chatham House Roundtable: The future of performance measurement and reporting in a Finance 4.0 world

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The role of the CFO is rapidly shifting towards that of Chief Value Officer. Data, technology and automation now require Finance to drive and protect value as well as perform its traditional activities. Welcome to Finance 4.0!  In this new world, the boundaries of performance measurement and reporting are swiftly changing in response to stakeholder demands for increased transparency and pending regulatory requirements for enhanced reporting.  CFOs need to be prepared to report on financial and non-financial drivers of value and performance including intangible assets and levers such as sustainability, culture and trust. Yet, EY’s work with the Embankment Project for Inclusive Capitalism also highlights an empirical correlation between long term value creation and the performance of non-financial metrics.

In a period of unprecedented uncertainty and complexity – are you ready?

Key outcomes and takeaways

  • Case studies of organisations already preparing for the future of performance management and reporting by investing in data, processes, capability and technology
  • The potential future of compulsory reporting based on in-progress regulatory reviews

speakers

David Santoro Partner - Financial Accounting Advisory Services, UK & Ireland EY
2:45 - 3:15
3:15 - 3:40

Geopolitical Risks and Opportunities: Navigating from Trump to Brexit

Strategy & Business Partnering

speakers

Rohitesh Dhawan Director of Global Strategy Eurasia Group

Adoption of AI in Mid-Term Firms

Technology Transformation

Finance – Ever Changing, Ever the Same?

Talent Acquisition & Development

Finance functions are facing new and ever-changing challenges and their approach to these needs to be different from the past. We see more change, and more swirl than ever before, yet at the same time the fundamentals of a good finance function remain the same. This includes both what finance functions are doing, their use of technology and the skills required by finance professionals of the future. Now, more than ever, Finance needs to be ‘In the Business’! A changing landscape also highlights the need for a more inclusive and diverse finance function with the breadth of skills and viewpoints critical to succeeding in the future world.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Finance functions are facing new and ever changing challenges
  • A more agile approach is required to financial management
  • Skills, technology and diversity and inclusion are all key to the finance function of the future

speakers

Michael Clark VP Finance & CFO Coca-Cola European Partners
3:40 - 4:10

OP&A: Overcoming the Organisational Planning Blind Spot in Finance

Strategy & Business Partnering

Disruption is a buzzword that’s here to stay, and how your organization responds to change can be the difference between success or distress. Introducing organisational planning and analysis (OP&A), the natural partner to FP&A in managing the businesses’ most expensive, yet most valuable asset: its workforce.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How to partner with your HR colleagues to manage the workforce plan and budget
  • How to cut cost in the organisation without reducing value
  • How to transition from reactive to proactive change initiatives through improved organisational planning

speakers

Rupert Morrison CEO Concentra
Roger Ellison Organization Strategy Director Accenture

chair

Pavey Purewal Chief Marketing Officer Concentra

How Agile Technology Enables Continuous Financial Process Improvement

Technology Transformation

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • The importance of standardising before automating
  • Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the reconciliation process
  • How automation led to greater visibility and control of the financial close process
  • The internal and external benefits of a clear and complete audit trail

IFRS 16 Leases: Keys to Success in Year One

Talent Acquisition & Development

On 1 January 2019, the new set of lease accounting standards began to take effect, requiring companies to transfer an estimated $3 trillion of operating leases onto corporate balance sheets as right-of-use assets and corresponding lease liabilities. Under the new IFRS 16 standards, companies must now add new line items to the balance sheet for these operating leases. As a result, key financial metrics, such as return on assets, EBITDA and the quick ratio will be impacted by these accounting changes.

In this session, John Kuett, who led one of the first early adoption projects for IFRS 16 at a multinational company, examines the strategies CFOs can put in place to collect and account for the detailed changes in the portfolio and how they can communicate these balance sheet changes to their investor communities. He looks at the ways they can automate the day-to-day manual steps required to update lease data and generate compliant financial reporting, whilst achieving time efficiency, cost savings and streamlining operations.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Developing a long-term, sustainable approach to lease accounting
  • Key audit risks during Year 1 post-adoption
  • Considerations for closing the books under IFRS 16

speakers

John Kuett Vice President - European Lease Accounting Lease Accelerator
4:10 - 4:40

Keynote Address: Financial Transformation and Leading in the Energy Transition

Strategy & Business Partnering

In this session, an overview will be given of Shell’s financial transformation over the last 4 years, including the role of M&A.

Furthermore an outline will be given on how Royal Dutch Shell is using long term scenario planning  to navigate the energy transition, supported by active portfolio management.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways: 

  • Overview of Shell’s strategy and the financial transformation since 2015
  • Insight into the scenario planning in Shell, including an overview of Shell’s Sky scenario on climate change, guiding the company in the Energy Transition
  • Shell’s strategy to become a World Class Investment Case

speakers

Bernard Bos VP Global Head M&A and Commercial Finance Royal Dutch Shell
4:40 - 5:10

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?

chair

Yemi Jackson CEO & Founder Engage Transform Consultancy

panellists

Emma Connell Finance Director, Field Operations Centrica
Markus Kobler Global CFO Allianz Global Investors
Michael Clark VP Finance & CFO Coca-Cola European Partners
Neil Herbert Global CFO Salary Finance
Apostolos Piaras Finance Director UK&I Duracell
Caroline Hudson Head of CFO Practice Pure Recruitment Group Ltd
5:10 - 5:40

Closing Keynote: Why is Communication so Important?

“Your Customers”

In a world where we are drowning in information and messages, how do you help your business stand out from the crowd? In a workplace brimming with talented people, how do you stand out so that you progress your career and achieve your aims in life? Peter Williams who has spent his career in a variety of successful businesses including Selfridges, ASOS, boohoo and Cineworld will provide an insight into what he believes are the essential ingredients for both your business proposition and you as an individual. Communicating the business brand and your personal brand are key. He has also worked for some unsuccessful businesses, where the learnings are just as important.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • The importance of a defined strategy and focus
  • Take some risks, be brave, learn from failure
  • The need for an outgoing personality

speakers

Peter Williams Chairman Boohoo.com
5:40 - 5:45
5:45 - 7:00

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