Programme

Streams

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

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

Mujtaba Rahman Managing Director Eurasia Group

panellists

Wayne Close Managing Director Bupa
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 - 10:40

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.

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?

speakers

Niall O’Sullivan EMEA Finance Director Google

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
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

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 Rolf Sales Director UK Jedox
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
Robin Owen Senior Finance Director AstraZeneca
Natasha Laul Finance Director, Northern Europe General Mills
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.

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) – To Tie in with the 5 Year Business Strategy Theme

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
1:35 - 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

The 10 Year Strategic Plan – Myth or Reality?

Strategy & Business Partnering

Many organisations perform long-range planning. In particular, strategic financial plans of 5 or 10 years are commonplace. Are 5 or 10 year plans a valuable exercise in strategic decision-making? Or a resource-heavy processes with little real-world value? How do other organisations approach their strategic planning cycle? At what level in the organisation do they gain their insights? What is the balance between accuracy and scenario assessments? This session will explore how the value that a long-range plan can provide to strategic decision-making can be assured, with the right balance of effort and resources.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Is effort in long-range financial planning valuable foresight or wasteful folly?
  • How do organisations approach long-range planning to gain most valuable insight and decision-making?
  • Who should be involved? What tools and techniques are valuable? What should the outcomes of a long-range plan be?

speakers

Robin Owen Senior Finance Director AstraZeneca

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

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
3:50 - 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

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
5:15 - 5:45

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
5:45 - 5:50
6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 10:00

VIP Networking Dinner

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