Programme

Streams

  • Strategy & Business Partnering
  • Technology Transformation
  • Performance Efficiency & Talent
8:00 - 8:50
8:00 - 8:50
8:50 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:20

2020 VISION IN A NEW MARKET

Opening Keynote Address

A creative problem solver and guardian of knowledge, the CFO sits in a unique power position within the corporate machine to harness the continuous delivery of data and insights and to unleash a new vision that will see their business through the next decade. The modern CFO needs the ability to look beyond the numbers, understand where their business sits within the broader context of their industry and take proactive steps in anticipating the coming market changes, whether political, financial or consumer driven, and ensuring their business is agile enough to survive and thrive in the new landscape.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Which industry sector will be the core driver of growth?
  • Key political changes that will impact your business.
  • Investment opportunities – M&A with other countries and companies.
9:20 - 10:00

SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN A NEW DECADE

Keynote Panel Discussion

In a complex global economy, ensure your business stays agile and responsive enough to meet the changing needs of your market, your customers and at the speed in which they need to be met. Looking beyond the 2019 general election and Brexit; how can the UK finally move on from constant scenario planning and take back control of their business planning for a new decade and beyond? Join our panel of speakers as they share insights from their own strategies in preparing for the next decade as well as their predictions on what the future holds.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Focus on growth opportunities: How to increase sales and profit after the ‘Brexit – austerity’ with a new government in place.
  • What do we need to regain our UK Business strength?
  • Predicting the changes and leading your business to success.

speakers

Byron Flores Head of Digital Finance, Data and Tools Novartis
Faisel Mathew CFO Subsea Production System & Productivity Leader Baker Hughes
10:00 - 10:30

ORGANISATION AGILITY AND DIGITAL GROWTH

What is organisational agility and how can it drive digital revenue growth? How does it impact finance leaders? We conducted a global survey to find out.Tim Wakeford, Vice President, Product Strategy at Workday, will share the key findings and explain how your organisations can stay ahead in the age of continuous innovation.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Enable continuous planning: Dynamic planning helps organisations react quickly to changing market conditions and potential threats to the business. The main obstacles to real-time planning are inflexible legacy technologies and bureaucratic organisational culture
  • Build agile structures and processes: A change in business plans often forces changes to organisation structures or business processes. Leaders build flexible structures and processes to adapt to changing business plans, including having the systems in place to understand skills gaps in their business,
  • Embrace measurement and control: Agility and speed are dependent on robust, accurate and timely measurement and control.

speakers

Tim Wakeford Vice President, Financials Product Strategy, EMEA Workday
10:30 - 10:50

THE RISE OF THE ENTREPRENEURIAL CFO – VISIONARY AND CREATOR OF OPPORTUNITIES

Keynote Address

Historically the Finance function has been seen as a “back office” and a non-changing function. Shifting mindsets from that of merely survival after the 2008 financial crisis, the modern CFO is facing an unprecedented era of change which has been further escalated by advances in exponential technologies such as AI, machine learning, robotics, blockchain and use of big data. In particular, the rise of predictive technologies will bring fundamental change in the capabilities, and as a result the expectations, of the Finance function and CFO.

Advances in exponential technologies allows us to derive key insights from data which are vital to the future of the business. However, data collection will only get you so far and it is up to the CFO to demonstrate an exceptional strategic mindset, leadership skills and ability to translate the data to actionable steps as part of the broader business strategy.

How can the CFO further grow the influence and mandate of Finance and show leadership in the business wide digital transformation to achieve a competitive advantage?

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How do you develop a digital strategy which aligns with the business strategy and the business model?
  • Transforming the finance function with minimum disruption.
  • The steps required to unlocking the true potential of technology
10:50 - 11:20
11:20 - 11:50

YOUR CONSUMER: DECODING THE DATA, ACHIEVING GROWTH AND STAYING RELEVANT IN THE NEW WORLD

Strategy & Business Partnering

Panel Discussion

A changing market means changing consumers. Ensure your business remains relevant to your customers and is proactive and responsive to adapt to the key drivers that will determine your future growth and industry relevance.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How to improve our ability to harness the data available.
  • Analysing data and customer needs in order to stay relevant.
  • Translating data to actionable business insights.

speakers

Guillaume de Pommereau (former) CFO Hitachi Europe

THE CIO PERSPECTIVE

Technology Transformation

Panel Discussion

As the Finance function is beginning to build momentum in digital transformation, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Finance and IT function need to collaborate more closely together in order to drive automation forward and achieve further business growth.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Understand the CIO mandate.
  • How to deliver a strong business case for technology investment in finance to the CEO and Board.
  • Risk considerations and how to avoid common mistakes in procurement.

panellists

Carolina Soto Global Head of IT Delivery Allianz Global Investors
Liv Watson Senior Director of Strategic Customer Initiatives Workiva

TALENT ACQUISITION, DEVELOPMENT, RETENTION AND DIVERSITY

Performance Efficiency & Talent

Panel Discussion

With the skills requirement for finance professionals continuously evolving to meet the needs of a changing market, how do you attract and retain the key skills needed in your business?

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Staying competitive and attractive to millennials –What does the next generation of finance professionals look for in their employer?
  • How to best nurture and develop the talent in your team to see through your vision.
  • Maintaining strong engagement from your team in an increasingly automated function.
11:50 - 12:20

CFO 3.0 – DELIVERING IMPACT, DRIVING VALUE AND ACHIEVING LASTING CHANGE

Strategy & Business Partnering

95% of CFO’s have said that their roles have changed dramatically in the last 5 years.

The remit of the CFO has expanded to oversee and sponsor Digital Transformation in an organisation. With a responsibility to bring all areas of an organisation together to deliver value with short term investment, driving to deliver long term change.

Navigating unchartered territory and an unprecedented skills gap puts the pressure on the finance function to deliver transformation in an ever-changing landscape.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Key concerns that are top of mind and keeping Finance Leaders up at night
  • How like-minded CFOs are setting the pace for digitalisation in their industry
  • How to identify your transformation goals and align skills to execute effectively
  • Discover what are your quickest wins? People, Technology or both
  • Plan to implement for tomorrow, what do you need to ask of your organisation

speakers

Sabby Gill UK MD Sage (UK) Ltd

REVITALISE YOUR ERP AND EPM STRATEGY – HOW TO AVOID DROWNING IN DATA, ENABLING YOU TO SAIL PAST YOUR COMPETITORS

Technology Transformation

speakers

Mike Lipps CEO insightsoftware

THE HAPPY EMPLOYEE – FROM CULTURE TO WORK ENVIRONMENT

Performance Efficiency & Talent
12:20 - 12:45

RISK MANAGEMENT – IDENTIFYING EXPOSURES AND ACHIEVING EFFICIENT COMMUNICATION

Strategy & Business Partnering

speakers

Ian MacTavish Finance Director Save the Children

Finance Transformation In An Ever Changing World

Technology Transformation

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 and Takeaways:

  • Finance functions – Journey to Transformation
  • The Changing World of Technology in Finance
  • People, Skills and diversity and inclusion are all key to the finance function of the future

speakers

Daniel Willoughby Director of Finance Transformation Coca-Cola European Partners

DELIVERING SUCCESS IN A NEW DECADE - HOW THE CFO CAN DRIVE COMMERCIAL GROWTH

Performance Efficiency & Talent

speakers

Anna Walsh Commercial Leader HFS GE Healthcare
12:45 - 1:45
12:45 - 1:45

DOING GOOD AND DOING WELL. HOW FINANCE PROFESSIONALS ARE SUPPORTING BOTH SUSTAINABILITY AND COST OPTIMISATION

Strategy & Business Partnering

Lunch Discussion

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

Sustainability is big news in 2019 and will continue to be high on the board agenda for 2020. Quite simply, it is time to act, but who owns sustainability and should finance play a lead role? As the guardians of what an organisation spends, undoubtedly yes. But since suppliers typically represent 80% of the cost base, a lot of accountability and risk is centred outside of the organisation. How and where you spend your money is at least as important as internal strategy and behaviours.

In this session we explore what CFO’s should be asking of their organisation and their suppliers when it comes to sustainability. We will look at how to set up a sustainability programme, discuss what others do well (or badly) and consider the emerging role of procurement as organisations may need to balance doing good with doing well in uncertain economic times.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How to set up a sustainability programme.
  • Which organisations to look up to.
  • Balancing doing good with doing well.

speakers

Simon Geale Senior Vice President of Client Solutions Proxima Group

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION – DELIVERING THE FUTURE OF FINANCE

Technology Transformation

Lunch Discussion

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

The path to the Future of Finance is paved with a set of technologies that have been developed with integration and automation in mind. The finance function will connect to other departments in a way we can’t even imagine now.

How do you make the right decisions as a finance leader to invest in the right tech at the right time to deliver the most seamless transformation and fastest ROI.

Talk candidly with your peers and industry experts to avoid the common mistakes that can lead to failed or over budget projects.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Communicate transformation internally, as a long-term project that delivers in the short and medium term
  • Prioritise transformation technologies, implement a strategy that gets you ready for Blockchain and AI
  • What doesn’t work, how do you avoid failed projects

speakers

Sabby Gill UK MD Sage (UK) Ltd

USING AI TO TRANSFORM SPEND AUDIT, REDUCE COSTS AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS

Performance Efficiency & Talent

Lunch Discussion

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

Large multinational companies are breaking ground using Artificial Intelligence to automate manual, error-prone spend auditing. They are making cost savings by eliminating mistakes, waste and fraudulent activities, and enabling growth through the smarter use of resources that automation allows. With the right AI solution, organisations are discovering high risk transactions before payments are made, reducing the need to claw back money once it’s left the bank account.

In this session we will discuss the challenges of manual spend auditing and describe the transformation initiatives that companies such as Airbus, Amazon and Smith & Nephew are achieving with AI. We’ll address the perceived challenges in adopting an AI based spend audit strategy, and illustrate the very real benefits in reducing spend, complying with policy and streamlining process.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Why auditing 100% of spend is critical for growth.
  • How AI is used to comply with corporate policy and regulations, reducing the risk of costly breaches and fines.
  • How to move away from recovery audits by discovering errors and spend leakage before payment is made.

speakers

Anant Kale Co-Founder and CEO AppZen
1:45 - 2:45

CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO, INSPIRE AND INNOVATE

Thought Exchange Roundtables

Take the opportunity to directly engage, network and collaborate with senior colleagues on a topic of your choice. The CFO Agenda’s Thought Exchange Roundtables offer attendees the opportunity to directly interact with the programme and drive the conversation forward on their chosen debate. Co-developed with our audience, the roundtable debates have been chosen by our attendees through a pre-event vote.

Delegates will be able to select a discussion to join from carefully identified topics such as:

  • Getting ready for exponential technology.
  • Bridging the skills gap in technology implementation – What solutions does your business need?
  • M&A – The CFO’s role in strategy business growth.
  • Talent acquisition and team development.
  • The future role of the CFO.
  • Cashflow forecasting in uncertain times – Affording growth.
  • Industry specific debates for CFOs within (for example):
    • Healthcare
    • Automotive
    • Retail
    • Pharmacy
    • Financial Services
    • Energy
1:45 - 2:45

Chatham House Roundtable: BUSINESS GROWTH AND THE CFOs ROLE IN THE NEW CORPORATE STRUCTURE

Strategy & Business Partnering

Chatham House Roundtable: AI IMPLEMENTATION – WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

Technology Transformation

Chatham House Roundtable: THE FUTURE OF THE FINANCE FUNCTION – THE PEOPLE, THE RESPONSIBILTIES AND THE SKILLS

Performance Efficiency & Talent
2:45 - 3:15

THE NEXT REVOLUTION IN FINANCE: THE RISE OF EXPONENTIAL TECHNOLOGY

Keynote Panel Discussion

Digitatisation will change your market, business, skills requirements and customer engagement regardless of whether you, your team and your business are ready for those changes or not – those who don’t adapt will get left behind. Join our panel of speaker to explore how you can take full advantage of the technological tools available (big data, AI, machine learning, robotics etc.) to create a lean Finance function that will help you meet your business objectives and how to best implement them for optimised ROI.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • The world is shrinking in terms of strategic alliances – How do we increase our connectivity?
  • Transitioning from legacy systems to the future with minimum disruption to the business.
  • Understanding which technologies/solutions best suit your business needs and how to implement them with minimum disruption to the business.
  • How to prepare for the accelerating pace of disruption.

speakers

Bruce Burrows SVP Finance, Supplier Management & Business Transformation Tetra Pak Group
Robert Smith Head of Finance Fujitsu
Ian MacTavish Finance Director Save the Children
Robin Owen Senior Finance Director AstraZeneca
Martin Sigel Chief Financial Officer DHL
3:15 - 3:45
3:45 - 4:10

LEADING FINANCE IN CHALLENGING TIMES/ADVERSITY

Strategy & Business Partnering

speakers

Christopher Corner (former) Deputy Group Treasurer Thomas Cook

FINANCE TRANSFORMATION

Technology Transformation

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Effective use of capital (people and financial).
  • The role of the CFO in driving value across the business.
  • Staying in front of the next wave of exponential technology (Ai, machine learning, robotics, blockchain and use of big data).

speakers

Bruce Burrows SVP Finance, Supplier Management & Business Transformation Tetra Pak Group

BUILDING A SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

Performance Efficiency & Talent

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Sustainability – How well is your business doing?
  • The role of the CFO as an essential driver to the business sustainability plan.
  • Achieving business success through increased focus on sustainability.
4:10 - 4:40

INCREASE THE VALUE OF THE FINANCE FUNCTION TO THE CEO AND BOARD

Strategy & Business Partnering

Closing Keynote Panel Discussion

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.

RISK MANAGEMENT AND HOW TO ANTICIPATE CHANGE

Technology Transformation

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How to identify and proactively prevent exposures to risk.
  • The human risk factor – Dealing with intentional and unintentional security breaches.
  • Risk to your capital – FX management in uncertain times.

HOW WELL IS YOUR MONEY WORKING FOR YOU: OPTIMISING YOUR ASSETS

Performance Efficiency & Talent

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Affording change and growth – maximising your cashflow and liquidity.
  • FX management in a changing world.
  • Best practice in cashflow forecasting.
4:40 - 5:10

Panel Discussion: Leadership - The future of Finance and what is the CFO’s agenda for your business?

As the Finance function undergoes a complete transformation in terms of its role within the business, how do CFOs increase their influence and raise their agenda to the Board and CEO? Ensure you are the right person to lead the changes required in your business by building the key skills that are essential to lead and build your agile Finance function, equipped with the right skills and tools to meet the coming changes ahead. Challenge, be challenged and build influence in your space to drive growth and meet the future with confidence and certainty. Join our panel of speakers as we ask them to look to the future of the Finance function and share their thoughts on the how the role of the CFO will change in the next decade.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • The next decade will bring more challenges but also endless opportunities for the proactive CFO – how to harness the potential?
  • How to translate the finance mandate to non-finance people
  • What will the finance function look like in 2030?

speakers

Henrietta Boulton Head of Transformation British Airways

panellists

Paul Venables Group Finance Director Hays Plc
5:10 - 5:30

People - Creating the agile Finance team to drive performance and business growth

Closing Keynote Address

Is your team ready for the next wave of change? From increased reliability on automation, incorporation of new technologies, continuous changes in consumer behaviour and an unstable geopolitical landscape – How do you further educate and train your team to bridge the skills gap and help and foster the agile and entrepreneurial Finance function your business needs to succeed in 2030 and beyond?

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • The importance of aligning team mission with that of the enterprise.
  • The importance of people, process and technology in organisational development.
  • Giving your team a purpose.
  • How to inspire change.
  • Leadership style: Authenticity & Leadership.
5:30 - 5:35
5:35 - 7:00

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