THE CFO AGENDA

Bringing Chief Financial Officers and Finance Directors up to speed on the emerging finance trajectory for the next 12 months.

2016 Conference Highlights

Held in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the CFO Agenda saw top CFOs and senior finance professionals gather at the Waldorf Hilton in London to discuss the result of the referendum, corporate culture, change management and, of course, Brexit. Formulating strategies around pensions, tax and technology were also key topic discussions.

A wealth of industry experts and finance professionals led insightful panel discussions and keynote speakers included Rugby World Cup-winning Head Coach, Sir Clive Woodward and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling.

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Sir Clive Woodward

England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup Winning Head Coach


A former England International and British & Irish Lion himself, Sir Clive Woodward led England’s rugby players to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003. During his tenure as Head Coach, England moved from 6th in the world to being the number one ranked team, winning every trophy an England team can win. In 2006, Clive joined the British Olympic Association as Team GB’s Director of Sport, where he worked in close partnership with key stakeholders in British sport to support the national coaches and athletes at the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics, and to deliver Team GB’s most successful Olympic Games in the modern era at London 2012.

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2016 KEYNOTE

Alistair Darling

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer


Alistair Darling served as Chancellor of the Exchequer during the most turbulent and far reaching economic crisis the world had seen. By introducing the measures required to deter the complete bankruptcy of the international banking system, he became a lauded and respected leader whose name has become synonymous with the forces that repaired the balance in the global financial markets.

Agenda

The CFO Agenda 2016
Culture. Strategy. Change.


Waldorf Hilton, London

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Delegate registration and refreshments

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Chairman's welcome and opening remarks

Richard Crump, Editor, Financial Director

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Keynote: Sir Clive Woodward

The Rugby World Cup-winning head coach and Team GB director of sport will provide rare insight into people management and driving culture, while setting out your own path to success.

He will also share his experiences on the front-line in the upper echelons of both sport and business.

Followed by Q&A with the audience

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How to instil effective change management culture

Finance Directors increasingly act as arbiters of organisational change. Working closely with CEO to devise change strategy, it is often the CFO and finance function that is responsible for making the numbers add up. Increasingly, CFOs are charged with managing the ‘change teams’ and monitoring the relevant KPIs. This panel will discuss how they instil change culture throughout their organisations.


Panellists:

Tim Pullen, Finance Director, Technology and Digital, O2 UK

Talita Ferreira, Chief Financial Officer, BMW Group UK Ltd.

David Tilston, former Chief Financial Officer, Innovia Group


Followed by Q&A with the audience

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Morning networking break

Clinic: Improving employee financial health for free with SalaryFinance

Clinic: The Apprenticeship Levy with Arch Apprentices

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Pensions – taking control

Company pension schemes may have been set up in the past, but they affect the future. This session will provide the latest thinking on how you, as FD, can help to control your pension scheme rather than it dominating the agenda. Our expert panel will outline how to approach pensions risk management, setting an appropriate governance structure in place, and the latest funding options available. They will also outline the government’s direction of travel on pensions.

Chair:

Gareth Tancred Gareth Tancred, Chief Executive, Pensions Management Institute

Panellists:

Stefan Lundbergh Stefan Lundbergh, Head of Insights, Cardano

Bina Mistry Bina Mistry, Head of UK Corporate Pensions Consulting, Willis Towers Watson

Owain Thomas, Editor, HRD Connect

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Corporate culture – an abstract concept for CFOs

A failure in culture invariably lies at the heart of corporate scandal – from dodgy accounting figures to fake emissions data and any number of notable governance failings. But what does a healthy corporate culture look like and how can it be assessed. What role does CFO and internal audit-type functions play in its creation and assessment.

Panellists:

Gilly Lord Gilly Lord, Head of Regulatory Affairs, PwC

David Styles David Styles, Director of Corporate Governance, Financial Reporting Council

Mel Wombwell, Partner and Head of the Leadership, People and Culture practice, Grant Thornton UK LLP

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The Apprenticeship Levy – transform a cost into growth

Implementing the Apprenticeship Levy will run into millions of pounds for large employers and substantial sums even for medium sized businesses. But those taking a strategic approach can not only neutralise that cost but transform it into an opportunity to dramatically upskill existing staff and turbo-charge the recruitment of talent for now and the future. This session provides practical examples, and case study material, to best manage your approach to the levy.

Panellists:

Ben Rowland Ben Rowland, Managing Director BC Accelerate, & Co-founder and adviser, Arch Apprentices.

John Pritchard John Pritchard, Director of Learning and Development, Arch Apprentices

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Networking lunch

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The Digital Finance Function

CFOs and their finance teams are increasingly expected to drive new digitally enabled business models. This session will explore how finance teams can expand their knowledge of technology, analytics and business partnering to capture, develop and analyse new performance metrics to understand the value created by new intangible drivers using the latest cloud-based tools and technologies.

Chair:

Peter Cochrane, Former Chief Technology officer, BT

Panellists:

Lena Shishkina Lena Shishkina, EMEA CFO, Workday

Faye Chua Faye Chua, Head of Future Research, ACCA

Followed by Q&A with the audience

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Do companies have a duty to avoid tax?

Attitudes to aggressive tax planning are changing. The public, investors and stakeholders expect higher standards of tax compliance and more transparency from large businesses about the way they approach taxation. But is it the duty of Finance Directors to minimise tax exposure within the labyrinthine tax system created by politicians.

This discussion examines latest attitudes to tax planning and the impact of greater international harmonisation of tax rules and increased reporting of taxation policy by large corporates.

Panellists:

Jolyon Maugham, QC Barrister, Devereux Chambers

Stephen Herring, Head of Taxation, Institute of Directors

Meg Hillier, Chair, Public Accounts Committee

Simon Henry Simon Henry, Chief Financial Officer, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Martin McEwen Martin McEwen, Head of Tax, SSE Plc


Followed by Q&A with the audience

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Afternoon networking break

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The business of deciding on EU membership

The UK public has decided. Their vote on whether to stay, or leave, the EU will have a fundamental impact on the direction of business. Can corporates rise above the fallout of the decision, or do they need to rethink their approach to dealing with Europe?

This panel examines the economic, commercial and regulatory impact post EU Referendum.

Panellists:

George Buckley, Chief UK Economist, Deutsche Bank

Vernon Bogdanor, Research Professor, Institute for Contemporary British History

Stephen Herring, Head of Taxation, Institute of Directors


Followed by Q&A with the audience

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Keynote: Alistair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer

Alistair Darling will talk about his experiences as chancellor, and his thoughts on the impact upon business of the UK’s EU Referendum.

Followed by Q&A with the audience

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Chairman's closing remarks

Richard Crump, Editor, Financial Director

Drinks reception hosted by Aon

Please note: The programme and timings are subject to change