Rasmus Ankersen is an expert on the topic of talent and high performance cultures. In 2012 Rasmus published The Gold Mine Effect, in which he explores how some countries and cities develop a disproportionate amount of top talent. In 2016 Rasmus published Hunger in Paradise: a book about how successful organisations can remain successful by eliminating complacency.
Rasmus is also the chairman of FC Midtjylland, his childhood football club in Denmark, and a director of the English club Brentford FC. Both are known as some of the world’s most innovative football clubs, especially recognised for their use of big data to drive decision-making.
Over the past few years, Rasmus has been hired to share his research on high performance cultures by global brands like LEGO, Google, Boston Consulting Group, IKEA, Google, Facebook, Hitachi, Roche, Ernst & Young and many more.
Chris has held a number of diverse positions from accounting and audit to shaping commercial strategy as an influential business partner, managing finance during times of high growth and change, both from the ground up and refining an established model, along with leading integration and restructuring initiatives and in delivering M&A/contract modelling. As a qualified project manager, Chris has lead significant transformational projects both within finance and the business and is a proponent of process improvement and unlocking value.
As the founder of Think Forwards, Chris is bringing his experience of driving transformational change whilst ensuring profitable and sustainable growth, within both start-ups and listed multi-nationals, together with his passion for entrepreneurship and creating a dynamic advisory practice.
An established team leader with a passion for working with people across the business, with experience in coaching and mentoring, recruitment and performance management. Lead teams through difficult periods including redundancies, restructurings and mergers. Chris also has a passion for creating fun and rewarding workplaces with a focus on giving back to the local community, and has lead initiatives to improve the work environment and drive social and community engagement.
Chris is a judge for the British accountancy awards, a member of the advisory panel to the CFO agenda, guest lecturer at the Henley school of management on the MBA programme, and has presented at recent events such as the CFO agenda and the finance directors forum.
Helene graduated from the Lisbon School of Finance & Economics in 1998 with a degree in Economics. She also holds a Masters’ Degree in Management from the Catholic University of Lisbon and a Masters’ Degree in Digital Marketing from the IPAM – Lisbon School of Marketing.
After graduating, Helene held a number of Management positions in Finance with the French Supermarket chain ‘Intermarche’ and then joined the PSA Group, with its three world-renowned brands, Peugeot, Citroën and DS, in August 2000.
In the following years, Helene held a number of Senior Management positions with the PSA Group around Europe including Director of Finance for Peugeot Croatia and then Peugeot Portugal, Head of coordination B2B and Used Vehicle Sales for Peugeot and Citroën in Iberia and Peugeot Brand Director in Portugal. Since February 2016, Helene has been Director of Finance for the PSA Group in the UK based at its Headquarters in Coventry.
George Buckley is Deutsche Bank’s Chief UK Economist, also covering Scandinavia and Switzerland. He has 18 years experience as an analyst at Deutsche Bank having joined in 1998, following a PhD at the University of Bristol (housing & mortgage markets). While at Bristol, George lectured and taught tutorials in macroeconomics and econometrics. He holds an MSc in Economics and Finance, also from the University of Bristol, and a BA in Economics from the University of Wales, Bangor. George is a published author (What You Need to Know About Economics, Capstone, 2011) and won the Society of Business Economists’ annual essay prize on the topic of spare capacity.
Patrick Butcher joined The Go-Ahead Group as its Chief Financial Officer in March 2016. Previously he was Network Rail’s CFO and led capital raising activities in public markets for the organisation prior to its reclassification in 2014 as a public sector company.
Patrick has a wealth of CFO and transport industry experience acquired over 23 years having held CFO roles at English, Welsh and Scottish Railways (now DB Schenker), Mapeley Limited, London Underground and Kings College Hospital. His early career was spent at Deloitte & Touche as a management consultant and auditor.
Faye Chua is ACCA’s portfolio head – business focus, leading ACCA’s future research and its global research and insights programme with a focus on the future directions of business and the accountancy profession across a range of subjects and disciplines. Faye has over 10 years of experience in research across different sectors of the economy and has worked in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Peter is an internationally sought after guru who invests his time and money as an agent of change. Renowned for his out of the box thinking, he is an advisor and consultant to companies and governments, the author of blogs, articles and books on technology, business and managing rapid change.
With over 40 years of technology and operational experience, Peter has been involved in the creation and transformation of corporations. His BT career saw him progress to CTO with teams engaged in optical fiber, fixed and mobile networks, artificial life and healthcare, through to war gaming, eCommerce, and business modeling.
Peter has also spent time as an educator and was appointed Professor for the Public Understanding of Science & Technology at Bristol (1998). He received the Queen’s Award for Innovation & Export (1990), numerous Honorary Doctorates and was awarded an OBE (1999) for his contribution to international communications.
Philip de Klerk joined Flybe in August 2014 as Chief Financial Officer from SABMiller, where he was Global Head of Financial Planning & Analysis and Finance Director of the Business Capabilities Programme and Global Finance Business Partner for Technical, Marketing and IT. Prior to this, he was Chief Financial Offer of Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe and spent 16 years at Unilever in a variety of finance roles in various countries. Philip de Klerk manages the finance team and recently took over the roles of Head of IT
Danny is a Finance Director at Steelcase, where he’s the Business Partner for the EMEA Channel Development team as well as for the EMEA pricing team and other Sales Support Functions. Prior to this role, Danny was the Finance Director for the UK & Ireland market.
Before joining Steelcase, Danny worked in Management Consulting with Accenture and Deloitte, where he advised various Consumer Goods companies on the role of the Finance Function, ranging from Operating Model design to developing Business Partnering capabilities, delivering large ERP implementations and streamlining end-to-end processes.
Danny holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Business School and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA)
Steve has worked across FMCG and B2B with Unilever, retail with Sainsbury’s and private equity at Langholm Capital LLP. His experience spans developed and emerging markets ranging from the UK foods and ice cream businesses, global personal care and foods categories and CFO of Unilever Philippines. Consistently involved in change and transformation through making the complex simple, engaging and fun – he is now driving Unilever Finance ‘Horizons’ agenda to embrace technology to unlock more value. A physicist, accountant, foodie and geek with a passion for the potential of people and technology.
Founder and CEO of Authentic Change Solutions
Talita is a thought leader, author, entrepreneur and experienced CFO who has chosen to step out of 22 years in corporate business, to start an authenticity revolution. She values ethics and socially-responsible business and believes in:
Talita worked within globally established brands including KPMG, Investec and BMW, in England, Germany and South Africa. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Chartered Director and consultant with a career in the automotive and financial services industries. She became a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in 2015 and was nominated for the Business Leader of the Year 2016 awards, for the South African Chamber of Commerce in the UK.
Talita is a positive activist for transformational change and believes in creating business environments, which allows managers to be authentic, inspirational leaders.
Simon became Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc on May 1st, 2009. In addition to responsibility for all Financial activities of the company, Simon is responsible for Strategy, Planning and Information Technology. He also acts as Regional Executive Director for Asia Pacific with specific oversight of new business development in China.
Simon is a member of the Main Committee of the 100 Group of UK FTSE CFOs, Chair of the European Round Table CFO Taskforce and a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for European Reform, a UK based think tank. He is also a CIMA fellow (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), and has been a non-executive member of the Lloyds Banking Group Board since June 2014.
Stephen is Head of Taxation in the Institute of Directors’ Policy Unit. He graduated from Manchester University with an honours degree in Economics & Politics. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Stephen has specialised in taxation for over thirty years and, before joining the IoD in September 2013, he was a partner in three global accounting firms (Grant Thornton, Ernst & Young and BDO) for a total of twenty-eight years. He was appointed by the Exchequer Secretary as one of the (then) eight independent members of HM Treasury’s Tax Professionals Forum. He often speaks on taxation and related matters at conferences and regularly appears in both the national and tax technical press and on the broadcast media. He is a strong supporter of tax simplification and reduced tax rates for both businesses and individuals and believes that it is imperative that the misconceptions about tax planning which are regularly asserted by anti-business lobbyists are aggressively refuted.
Andrew Hicks is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Advanced, having joined the company in December 2015. He is responsible for leading the Group’s strategic and operational finance, legal and HR departments. He also drives strategic organic and inorganic initiatives across the group.
Andrew brings 15 years’ experience in the software sector, serving in senior finance roles in public and private equity backed firms both in the UK and USA. Most recently, he was CFO of Kewill, a global leader in multi-modal transportation software solutions, which he helped transition from a public company to private ownership. Prior to that, he worked for a number of Vista portfolio companies including Advanced’s sister company, financial services software provider Misys, and as CFO of Vista’s P2 Energy Solutions.
Jo is Head of Corporate Governance within the Professional Insights team of ACCA, Jo has published on a wide range of corporate governance topics, including governance principles, board responsibilities, and diversity. She has lectured in front of various audiences, including directors, academics, and students. A qualified accountant, she is trained in tax and audit. In addition to corporate governance, she also has extensive experience in auditing and assurance.
Mark Jarvis is the CFO of IBM Security Business Unit in UK & Ireland, providing overall financial strategy and management across the Services and Software portfolio. Mark joined IBM after graduating with a 2:1 in Mathematics from Durham University, and has spend 8 years in a variety of finance roles across IBM UKI. Mark is a Chartered Management Accountant, with a dynamic enthusiasm for strategic problem solving whilst maintaining the highest levels of integrity. Outside of IBM Mark is actively involved in his local church, and enjoys a game of tennis where possible.
As the CFO of IBM UK & Ireland, Vineet is responsible for driving results of a portfolio of businesses generating annual revenues of approximately GBP 3.7 billion. Additionally, as a key member of the UK and Ireland Leadership team his responsibilities also include supporting IBM’s transformation as a Cloud Platform and Cognitive Solutions company.
Prior to this role Vineet held the position of IBM Assistant Controller – Strategy & Budgets, based at Armonk, NY. His responsibilities included managing IBM’s long term financial model including driving the annual and the long term strategic plans.
Vineet has been with IBM for over 15 years and has held various finance roles of increasing responsibility across Europe and the USA.
He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Manipal Institute of Technology, India and a MBA degree from the Warwick Business School, UK.
Stuart has always had Rugby in his blood. A former full-time rugby player and until recently the Head Coach of the English national rugby union team, a position he held from 2011 until he stepped down on 11 November 2015. Admired for his work in developing young players, Stuart led England to a fourth consecutive second position in the Six Nations.
Known best for restoring a feel-good factor to English Rugby and leading an overhaul and reformation of England’s squad culture he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in leading through change and uncertainty. And try doing that under the watchful eye of millions. A lesson on embracing failure, reflecting and growing as a leader.
Graeme Leach is CEO & Chief Economist of Macronomics, a macroeconomic, geopolitical and future megatrends research consultancy launched in 2016. Graeme is a visiting professor of economic policy, and a member of the Shadow Monetary Policy Committee of high profile UK macroeconomists commenting on the Bank Of England’s conduct of monetary policy. He also has a weekly column in the City AM newspaper in London.
Over the past decade he has undertaken over 150 live television and radio interviews for BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, CNN, the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and BBC Radio 4 World at One.
Prior to forming Macronomics, Graeme was Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute, focused on the drivers of prosperity across the globe. Between 1997 and 2013 he worked as Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors (IoD), where he was also a Main Board Director. The IoD represents around 40,000 business leaders in the UK and overseas.
Graeme represented the IoD in discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and 10 Downing Street. Earlier in his career he was Chief UK Economist and Chief International Economist, at The Henley Centre for Forecasting. He was also Economic Adviser to the Scottish Provident Investment Group.
Jolyon Maugham QC has a predominantly litigation based practice in the fields of direct and indirect tax. He has particular expertise in avoidance, structured finance, intangible property, tax and judicial review, and employment taxation. In January 2016, The Lawyer featured him as one of only 10 members at the Bar in their ‘Hot 100 2016.’ He runs the hugely successful blog waitingfortax.com, attracting about 200,000 hits a year. In addition, Jolyon lectures and writes widely on tax policy matters. “He takes on board the commercial environment in which we’re operating, and his technical analysis is exceptional.
Tim is the Finance Director for Technology and Digital at O2, where he leads the finance and procurement teams partnering the business to optimise O2’s Network and IT investments and manage the P&L for O2’s high growth Digital business. Prior to this role, Tim was Head of Finance Operations for O2 with responsibility for Financial Control and Reporting, Treasury, Shared Services and Finance Systems for the UK business.
Tim qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with Ernst & Young and prior to joining O2 worked in a variety of financial roles within IT and outsourcing businesses including Fujitsu, Logica and Serco where he was the Finance Director for the Global Services UK & Europe Division.
Martin Sanders is General Manager, Business Administration at Honda Motor Europe Ltd. His role is for providing strategic financial, commercial, and operational leadership and good governance for the £5.2 billion European Business. Martin joined Honda (UK) in 1994 and held positions of Head of Sales & Marketing for Honda (UK) Cars, General Manger Honda (UK) and Europe Power Products. Prior to that he worked for Volvo Cars (UK) as Managing Director of Volvo Finance and before that worked as a world wide auditor for British Airways PLC.
Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales where he qualified with Deloitte in the UK. He graduated with a degree in Economics from the University College Cardiff. Martin is a Trustee and Chairman of Governance of Wooden Spoon which is the national rugby charity for children who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
Lena Shishkina has over ten years’ tenure in the software industry in senior finance roles across emerging and mature markets. Lena’s experience includes delivering value to organisations through transformation of their finance functions, which the modern technology enables, M&A, general management, professional services.
As a Vice President of Finance in Workday, Lena is responsible for EMEA & APJ regions, driving Workday’s profitable growth and international expansion. Lena’s current task is to build a strong finance business partnership with Sales, Product and Services organisations, as well as support Workday customers and prospects in their journey with Workday Financials & HR systems.
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.
David is a Chartered Accountant and qualified Treasurer who has been CFO of four listed PLCs (including Mouchel, SThree and Victrex) and Audit Committee Chairman of Sepura plc. He was most recently CFO of PE-backed Innovia Group. Whilst there he signed a supply contract with the Bank of England in respect of the forthcoming £5 and £10 polymer banknotes. David and his CEO received the BVCA Management Team of the year award in 2014. In the same year the Innovia finance team were named the Large Finance Team of the Year at the North West Finance Awards.
Andrew was appointed EMEA Finance Director at Zuora in August 2015 as part of the EMEA management team to drive strategy and commercial performance. Prior to this he has held senior finance roles in the TMT sector including IDT, EDS and AboveNet, where he has led international finance teams and worked as a strategic business partner to develop and execute business plans. Andrew started his career with Deloitte where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant having graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Business Economics.
Mark Wilson is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda. He joined the business in June 2015, and is a Board Member of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.
Before joining Aston Martin, Wilson spent 8 years as Finance Director of McLaren Automotive and latterly held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at GCube Underwriting. He has also held senior positions at Lotus and Aviva UK. Born in March 1974, Wilson is married and has two children. A keen golfer he also enjoys sailing and supporting Northampton Saints.
Wilson’s ambitions at Aston Martin include successful delivery of the luxury marque’s six year ‘Second Century’ plan, a comprehensive strategy for the transformation and growth of Aston Martin, alongside bringing stability and profitability to the brand.
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