Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Paul Hooper-Keeley added to Jeremy Paxman, Justin Urquhart Stewart & Roz Savage MBE for 2015 Finance Directors' Forum


7 - 10 October 2015, Arcadia

OPENING ADDRESS (WEDNESDAY): THE UK POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: Jeremy Paxman, Award-Winning Journalist, Author And Television Presenter

We are excited to announce that the award-winning journalist, author and television presenter Jeremy Paxman will headline this year’s Finance Directors’ Forum. In the wake of the general election, Jeremy Paxman, who has been at the sharp-end of political commentating for over 30 years, will share his views on what lies ahead for the UK. Jeremy Paxman has worked for the BBC since 1977 and has been the presenter of Newsnight, University Challenge and many BBC documentaries. He even completed a sell-out one-man show PAXO at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014. He writes widely for newspapers and magazines and has recently become a contributing editor at the Financial Times. Jeremy Paxman will be hosting Channel 4’s coverage of the May 2015 General Election. 

CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN: Justin Urquhart Stewart, Economic Commentator & Co-Founder, Seven Investment Management

Having trained as a barrister, Justin took up corporate finance, working in both Africa and Singapore. He then returned to the UK and helped in the developments towards Big Bang in 1986 in London which led to him helping to found Broker Services in 1986. Broker Services went on to become Barclays Stockbrokers, where Justin was Corporate Development Director. In early 2001, he co-founded Seven Investment Management, an investment management business that innovated the UK investment market with the introduction of the first Sterling Investment Wrap Account. Seven Investment Management now manages and administers around £5.8 billion on behalf of professional financial wealth managers and intermediaries. 

Justin has a keen interest in developing the investment market to break down as many of the traditional barriers as possible for both private investors and smaller companies. As part of this he was involved in the original development of the AIM market and the investor educational company, Proshare. He writes regularly for national magazines and newspapers, and is a frequent commentator on television and radio, both in the UK and abroad. In March 2014, Justin won the ‘Best Industry Commentator 2012’ from the City of London Wealth Management awards, as voted for by professionals and consumers. 

Justin will also be delivering an Economic Outlook seminar - further information to follow.  

KEYNOTE ADDRESS (THURSDAY): Roz Savage MBE, World Record Holding Transatlantic Rower

There is no better way to acquire advanced expertise on self-mastery, resilience, and stress management than to be alone on a 23-foot rowboat, thousands of miles from land, at the mercy of winds, waves and currents. Since 2005 Roz has been the world’s foremost female ocean rower, having rowed – solo – across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oar-strokes, and spent cumulatively 520 days alone at sea. Prior to this radical undertaking, she spent eleven years working as a management consultant, which gave her a relevant and practical understanding of business and commercial organisations, both experiences of which she will draw upon during her keynote address. 

Roz applies a psychological and neuro-scientific approach to mind management, to develop greater resilience in individuals, teams and corporations in times of rapid and often unpredictable change. In challenging circumstances, an understanding of human stress-response mechanisms and how to control them is crucial to smart decision-making, accurate risk assessment and creative problem- solving. 

Roz will also be running an associated workshop session.  


BEING AN INTERIM FD: SHOULD THIS BE YOUR NEXT CAREER MOVE?: Paul Hooper-Keeley, Interim FD & Managing Director, Intervallum Limited

This workshop session, being run by a seasoned Interim Finance Professional, will explore: - 

        The practicalities of setting up as an Interim FD/CFO.

        The process of being an interim – why become one, what value will you be expected to add and types of work you will encounter: -

-        Turnaround & transformation – adding value to an organisation to include case-study examples.

-        Transactional work & leading companies through M&A.

-        Being a safe pair of hands – bridging the gap during times of recruitment / succession.

        The benefits being an interim – making it work for you and as a tool for enhancing your CV. 

Plenty of time will be made for interactive Q&A during the session.  

Paul Hooper-Keeley has 31-years industry experience, 19 as a Board level FD, the last 11 in an Interim capacity across multiple sectors. He has significant experience of PE, MBO, re-financing turnarounds, M&A and building high performing teams. He is a direct Fellow of CIMA, has just completed 3-years as Branch President of the NW Midlands and has now been elected CIMA Chairman for the whole of the West Midlands. In addition, as the IoD’s 25th Chartered Director, he is an Institute of Directors’ West Midlands Ambassador. 

The Finance Directors' Forum qualifies for CPD credits. All delegate attendees will receive a CPD certificate after the event. 

For further information please visit or contact: - 

Joe Rutter, Delegate Manager: 020 8487 2277,

James Walker, Delegate Manager, 020 8487 2299,

Victoria Coles, Conference Manager: 020 8487 2266,  

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