Emma Connell is responsible for ensuring that Centrica’s 13k strong engineering field force provides optimal customer service and efficiency through transformational programs that digitize and improve services.
As well as services she has worked in FMCG (Unilever and Pepsi) and the highlights of her 20+ years in Finance Partnering include:
Her passion is in bringing teams together to support each other and achieve things that they previously only dreamt they could.
She was born in London, has worked around the globe, and currently lives on the river Thames, where she enjoys open water swimming, surfing in the Atlantic and entertaining family and friends.
A global leader in Finance, Guillaume de Pommereau excels in driving business value at enterprise level and leading financial organizations across complex multinational environments.
In leadership roles with Hitachi Europe, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Europe, Newell, and Dell Computer, he has delivered significant value while developing strong business partnership and maintaining the highest standards of compliance.
Leading a team of 70 finance experts at Hitachi Europe, he focuses as much on the revenue side as on the cost side, with a view that Finance is at the heart of a company’s performance ability.
Guillaume started his career in audit in PwC in Paris 26 years ago. He worked in France, Germany and is now based in the UK. His experience covers the technology sector at Dell and KPNQwest, the consumer goods sector with Parker Pen, Waterman, Papermate, the health sector with Takeda Pharma and Alliance Healthcare and the industry sector with Hitachi.
Guillaume is a graduate from EM Lyon Business School and holds a Master in Econometrics from Paris University. In 2009, he graduated from TRIUM, a Global Executive MBA delivered by NYU Stern School of Business, HEC Paris and London School of Economics.
Lord Dr (Michael) Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, began his career as a teacher moving into government service in 1986 supporting policy initiatives to bring employment and development to Britain’s inner cities.
In 1990 he started working for TVAM on education programming and then GMTV as its Chief Political Correspondent. In 1994 Michael moved to the BBC as a presenter on the weekly Around Westminster programme before joining its Corporate Affairs division. In 1996 he became the BBC’s head of Public Affairs and then its first head of Corporate Social Responsibility in 2003.
Michael is a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and a Vice President of UNICEF UK and Tearfund. He is also a Patron of Free the Children and a Director of Junior Achievement Worldwide. In 2014, Michael was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury in recognition for his leadership and for his work in international development and corporate responsibility. In 2017 Michael was installed as the Chancellor of Regent’s University London.
Markus Kobler is Global Chief Financial Officer for Allianz Global Investors and a member of its Global Executive Committee.
Markus joined Allianz Global Investors in 2013 from Bank Julius Baer & Co where he was Global Head of Onboarding and responsible for the transfer of clients and staff in the integration of Merrill Lynch International Wealth Management into Julius Baer.
Prior to this, Markus was COO Asia and Deputy CEO Bank Julius Baer, Singapore. Based in Singapore for more than six years, he was part of a team that set up Julius Baer’s operations in Asia, namely Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Jakarta. He was responsible for building the bank’s platform with two booking centres and oversaw the support functions including IT, Operations, Finance, Legal & Risk and HR.
Before moving to Asia, Markus helped to coordinate the integration of SBC Wealth Management into the Julius Baer Group in 2005 and was in charge of the Business Line
Management function of Julius Baer’s Asset Management division.
Before joining Julius Baer in 2003, Markus was a senior consultant at McKinsey in Zurich where he managed client merger initiatives and strategic redesign projects in the areas of performance and product management for a number of asset managers and private banks.
Markus holds a PHD in Economics from the University of Basel in Switzerland.
A Chartered Accountant and also USA qualified, Paul started his career at Deloitte & Touche where he was a Senior manager in its USA practice. This was followed by a 13 year career at Exel plc where he held a number of senior finance and operational roles including Deputy Group Finance Director and was a member of the executive board of Exel plc and Chairman of their Acquisitions and Project Review Board. Paul was appointed Group Finance Director of Hays plc in 2006 and has helped transform the business into the preeminent global specialist recruitment business with operations in 33 countries.
Peter is Chairman of 2 online retailers – boohoo.com plc, a UK quoted company selling young fashion; and Mister Spex, selling eyewear from its base in Berlin. He is also Chairman at U and I Group PLC, the leading property regeneration company; Senior Independent Director at Rightmove plc, the UK’s largest property portal and Chairman at DP Eurasia, owner of the Domino’s Pizza franchise in Turkey and Russia.
During his executive career he was Chief Executive at both Selfridges plc and Alpha Airports plc. He has also served on the boards of ASOS plc, Cineworld Group plc, Sportech plc, Jaeger, Blacks Leisure Group plc, JJB Sports plc, the EMI group, Silverstone, OfficeTeam, Erno Laszlo, Capital Radio plc and GCap Media plc.
Robin Owen is the Senior Finance Director, Global Business Services and Global Procurement, at AstraZenenca, a role he has held for the last 4 years. AstraZeneca is a FTSE 100, global science-led bio-pharmaceutical business with revenues of $25b and 50,000 employees. AstraZeneca’s purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-saving medicines.
Robin has a broad experience within pharma, having worked in Operations, IT and R&D prior to his current role, and a varied industry background, partnering business leaders in automotive, banking, consultancy and pharma.
Following an international career as a lawyer with Linklaters in London, New York and Hong Kong and then as a management consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Andersen and Deloitte, including many years as a Partner with Deloitte as the Head of Financial Services Human Capital, Sally now runs her own leadership development practise (www.ahhamoments.co.uk), working with clients around the world.
Sally works with clients’ leadership teams and in particular the current and next generation of female leaders, to develop the skills and resilience that will help them lead successfully into the next decade.
Sally brings a passion for the pursuit of excellence and a deep personal experience of the rewards and challenges of leadership, to her work as a coach and facilitator. She is a sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator, who inspires audiences with her honest, thought-provoking, humorous and pragmatic approach to top tips for positive career success.
Talita is an experienced C-Suite executive, entrepreneur, consultant and international speaker with more than 22 years of corporate experience with global brands, including: KPMG; Investec Bank; and BMW. She understands the financial language of business, strategy, and risk, as an experienced Chief Financial Officer and balances this with her experience as an Executive Board Director of human resources; helping organisations and leaders to transform. Talita is the former CFO and CHRO of BMW UK Ltd. and BMW Financial Services Ltd. and has led and implemented award-winning cultural transformation programmes in multiple industries. Talita has worked in four countries and in two different industries; Financial Services and Automotive. After leaving corporate life at the end of 2016, Talita published her first book, ‘The Authenticity Dilemma Resolved®’ and helped various organisations locally in the United Kingdom and internationally, to transform their leadership and cultural approaches. Talita’s passion is to help develop the next generation of finance business leaders to be inspired, transformational leaders who engage their teams for high performance and trust to unlock creativity, innovation and high levels of collaboration.
Tom joined Thomson Airways as Finance Director in 2015. Thomson Airways a member of the TUI Group, is the world’s largest charter airline. Previously Tom was Vice President of Finance for Jumeirah Group in Dubai between 2013 and 2015 and Group Financial Controller at easyJet plc between 2007 and 2013. Tom studied at Durham University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 with Deloitte. Married with three young children, Tom is a passionate supporter of Arsenal FC and enjoys travelling, the gym and running.
Wayne Close was appointed Managing Director for UK Health Services in October 2017. Prior to that he was Acting CEO of International Markets. He has 25 years experience at Bupa having joined in 1992. His roles include leading Bupa International (the precursor to Bupa Global), MD of Bupa Global North America, setting up and leading Bupa Saudi Arabia, and holding a number of CFO roles across Bupa including the former International Development Markets (IDM) MU. Wayne is a Qualified Accountant and a Chartered Director.
Wendy Smith is the Chief Financial Officer for Kellogg’s EMEA Region. She was appointed to this post in September, 2015. Prior to joining Kellogg’s, Wendy held senior finance positions in Johnson & Johnson and P&G. Most recently Wendy was the Chief Financial Officer for J&J’s Consumer Division in Asia Pacific Region. To date, she has held a range of senior positions in finance functions globally and in different regions across the world. She has industry experiences in Consumer Products, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceuticals.
As a finance professional, Wendy believes in the importance of Compliance, Business Partnering & People Development. Her primary focus and passion is in developing people, and being an active mentor and sponsor for many professionals in and outside of her company.
Married with three sons, Wendy values work life balance, diversity, and professional excellence. Her personal philosophy is to always push for breakthrough results and breakthrough thinking. She recently moved with her family to Ireland and enjoys traveling, music, photography, and spending time with her family.
A founding partner of Proxima, Guy is responsible for market-facing programs which help our clients and industry leaders bring context to the challenges procurement faces within their organisations. Guy is particularly interested in the future of the procurement industry, virtualisation of business and how companies can get more out of supplier relationships. Prior to training as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG, he studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University. He is a regular speaker at procurement and management conferences, and commentator on the procurement industry and the future of the audit market
Guy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Mark was VP of Finance & Operations or Finance Director for companies from blue-chip to start-ups for the first 20 years of his career. This included key roles managing performance at companies achieving exceptional growth – Nintendo during the early years, and Macromedia during the dot.com boom. He also ran a Games start-up 7th Level as European MD.
In 2008 he was persuaded to join IBM Cognos to build the Performance Management division in Europe. Having previously purchased/implemented many solutions from Oracle/Hyperion, Cognos, Applix (TM1) and others, combined with Finance and Operations experience, he was able to communicate and build confidence with C-Suite customers and prospects and thus drive business and substantial growth.
Mark went on to build the European business as Executive, Europe Performance Management, before joining Oracle as Sales Director for EPM in UKI leading a team of 14. He is now leading Jedox, (Simplifying Planning, Reporting and Analysis) in the UK and Ireland.
Mike Lipps has been Chief Executive Officer of insightsoftware since its inception in June 2018. Prior to insightsoftware, Lipps served as President and COO of MercuryGate, a leading transportation management software company, and as CEO of the Legal Software division of LexisNexis, a global legal technology and research company. Lipps spent the first 14 years of his career at Intuit Inc, where he ran multiple business lines including QuickBooks Financial Software, the leading financial and accounting software product in the United States.
Mujtaba (Mij) Rahman leads the firm’s analysis on Europe, helping clients navigate elections, Brexit, EU-Turkey dynamics, bailout politics in Greece, European Central Bank politics and policy and EU sanctions policy against Russia, to name a few recent issues.
Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Mujtaba worked at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs and at the UK Treasury. He is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern Business School and Sciences-Po in Paris, as well as a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and teaches political risk to graduate students at all three institutions. He is likewise a non-resident fellow at ESADE Business School’s Centre for Global Economy and Geopolitics and is regularly quoted in the Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Bloomberg and many other publications.
Mujtaba, who holds master’s degrees from Columbia University and the London School of Economics and Political Science, speaks French and Urdu. In his spare time, he loves to cook Pakistani food and believes his culinary skills hold serious promise.
Neil has recently been appointed Global Chief Financial Officer of Salary Finance, a fast-growing, award-winning fintech, with a desire to do social good by improving the financial well-being of working people in the UK and US.
Prior to joining Salary Finance, Neil spent 17 years at Capital One including 5 years as CFO, leading a multi-award winning Finance team. He was recognised as Director of Finance magazine’s ‘Global CFO of the Year’ in 2015.
Neil is also an Executive Coach and an Independent Governor on the Board of the University of Lincoln where he is Chair of Remuneration Committee.
Rick Payne is ICAEW’s expert on building effective finance functions, business partnering and the role of the CFO. He is particularly interested in the way new technologies will impact finance functions. Rick works in ICAEW’s Business and Management Faculty and contributes to ICAEW initiatives looking to support members with analytics. He is currently working on a project looking at the internet of things and management accounting. Having qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG he moved into wholesale financial services, undertaking senior roles through to divisional CFO. In addition Rick is a qualified trainer and executive coach and has an MSc in Organisational Behaviour. He presents regularly to audiences of finance professionals and academics in the UK and internationally.
Stuart runs the Enterprise sales team for Sage UKI. He brings over 20 years of experience in sales and business development to the Sage enterprise software business which he uses to lead his team and deliver award winning ERP solutions to both UK and global organisations.
Sultan leads PwC Intelligent Automation Services across EMEA focused on helping clients to transform their business through the use of AI, Cloud, RPA, Blockchain, Agile and other emerging technologies. He has led a diverse range of engagements across Financial Services and Consumer related business both in the UK and across the Globe and advised many company boards on the use of technology innovation as a key strategic lever.
Tim Wakeford is Vice President, Financials Product Strategy, EMEA at Workday, and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Workday’s financial products in EMEA.
Prior to joining Workday in 2017, Tim served as Finance Director on the UK Boards of Cushman & Wakefield, and previously, Willis Towers Watson. Tim has held executive level positions in the finance departments of both private and public sector organisations.
Tim is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and holds a BA in Politics and Government from the University of Kent.
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ACL delivers technology solutions that help governments and the world’s largest companies quantify risk, stamp out fraud and optimize performance.
Our integrated family of products—including our cloud-based governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) solution and flagship data analytics products—are used at all levels of the enterprise to help maximize growth opportunities by identifying and mitigating risk, protecting profits, and accelerating performance.
Thanks to 30 years of experience and our consultative approach, we implement flawlessly so customers realize concrete business results fast at low risk. Our actively engaged community of more than 7,100+ active customer organizations around the globe—including 60% of the Fortune 1000, 72% of S&P 500 and hundreds of governments—tells our story best. Here are just a few www.acl.com
BOARD International is a global provider of Business Intelligence and Performance Management software.
Founded in 1994, BOARD International has enabled over 3,000 companies worldwide to improve the effectiveness of their management decision making processes, unifying BI and CPM in a single integrated environment.
BOARD provides a seamless solution for the support, control and management of core processes such as:
Thanks to its programming-free toolkit approach, global organizations such as Coca-Cola, DHL, KPMG, Puma, Siemens, Toyota and ZF Group have rapidly deployed end-to end decision-making applications in a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions.
Headquartered in Chiasso, Switzerland, and Boston, MA, BOARD International has branches in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Benelux, Nordics, UAE, Singapore, Australia, India, Japan, China, Mexico, Argentina and a worldwide network of distributors and certified partners.
Established in 2003, Cedar is a specialist recruitment consultancy operating in the finance, transformation and procurement arenas. Cedar offers highly effective bespoke recruitment solutions to clients in the private, public and not for profit markets in the UK and internationally. We manage an extensive range of permanent and interim opportunities from entry level through to senior executive. Cedar promotes a culture based around the concept of ‘Listen, Advise, Deliver’ – we listen to our clients and candidates, understand their key drivers and then advise them as to the best approach to ensure effective delivery.
Founded in 1921, we’re one of the longest established independent firms of consultants and actuaries in the UK. We have unrivalled experience working with defined benefit (DB) pension schemes and build resilient strategies to create better, more certain futures for schemes, sponsors and their members. We’re a long-term partner and support our clients all the way through to the end of their DB journey.
We pride ourselves on finding the answers that deliver the right outcomes through fresh, innovative ideas. We believe everyone has a right to a better financial future – we help our clients ensure it’s not left to chance.
The ICAEW Academy of Professional Development offers a comprehensive curriculum of CPD courses, talent development programmes, bespoke in-house training and specialist qualifications. It reflects our commitment, as a world leader of the accountancy and finance profession, to high quality professional development, using our rigorous standards and leading edge content.
The Academy has been specifically designed to equip the future professional in the fast-changing business environment. With outstanding training specialists, coaches and mentors to leverage our knowledge and create engaging, practical training, which endows participants with applied skills and have a tangible impact on business performance.
LeaseAccelerator offers the market-leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for Enterprise Lease Accounting, enabling compliance with the current and new IFRS standards. Using LeaseAccelerator’s proprietary Global Lease Accounting Engine, customers can apply the new standards to all types of leases including real estate, fleet, IT, and other equipment at an asset-level as required by IASB. On average, LeaseAccelerator’s Sourcing and Management applications generate savings of 17 percent with smarter procurement and end-of-term management. Learn more at http://www.leaseaccelerator.com/.
Longview makes enterprise software that connects Finance and drives competitive advantages for organizations. Thousands of business leaders from Global 2000 companies worldwide leverage Longview to make strategic business decisions with confidence.
Our software drives speed, accuracy and productivity while delivering critical insights from vast and disparate data points. Longview elevates planning, budgeting, forecasting, tax reporting, analytics and financial close from data collection and validation to strategic business processes. Delivered out of box, advantages are realized quickly.
Longview’s 25+ years of domain knowledge and experience, combined with our state of the art on-premise and cloud-based platform, deliver the most robust and innovative performance management solution in the market place.
Longview is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices around the world. Please see www.longview.com for more info.
Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management is changing how enterprises compete and grow, by delivering faster, simpler and flexible business management, without the complexity of typical ERP systems.
Designed for the demanding enterprise users, it introduces a faster way to manage all business processes –from procurement to warehousing, production, sales, customer service and financial management– and offers real-time insight across the supply chain, on a global scale. Built on a flexible, Cloud and mobile technology platform, it is easy to configure and to extend with industry-specific applications, and is ready for innovation, offering a cohesive, simple solution for all enterprise management needs today, and well into the future.
Trintech, Inc. pioneered the development of Financial Corporate Performance Management software to optimize the Record to Report process. From high volume transaction matching and streamlining daily operational reconciliations, to automating and managing balance sheet reconciliations, journal entries, treasury management and bank fee analysis, to governance, risk and compliance – Trintech’s portfolio of financial solutions, including Cadency®, ReconNET™ and Adra Suite, help manage all aspects of the financial close process. Over 3,100 clients worldwide – including the majority of the Fortune 100 – rely on our cloud-based software to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve governance and transparency across global financial organizations.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Trintech has offices located across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands, as well as strategic partners in South Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. To learn more about Trintech, visit www.trintech.com or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. More than 1,000 organisations, ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises, have selected Workday.