Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The CFO Agenda 2016: Culture. Strategy. Change. on 28 June in London with Sir Clive Woodward & Alistair Darling presented by Financial Director

Tuesday 28th June 2016

Waldorf Hilton, London

8:30 - 9:00 

Delegate registration and refreshments

9:00 - 9:10 

Chairman's welcome and opening remarks

Richard Crump, Editor, Financial Director

9:10 - 10:10 

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

10:10 - 10:55 

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.


Mark Evans, Chief Financial Officer, 02 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

10:55 - 11:15 

Morning networking break

11:15 - 12:00 

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.


Gareth Tancred Gareth Tancred, Chief Executive, Pensions Management Institute


Richard Dowell, Head of Clients, Cardano

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

12:00 - 12:45 

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.


Ian Smith, CFO, Clydesdale Bank

Gilly Lord Gilly Lord, Head of Regulatory Affairs, PwC

12:45 - 13:45 

Networking lunch

13:45 - 14:15 

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.


Peter Cochrane, Former Chief Technology officer, BT


Mark Nittler, VP Enterprise Strategy, Workday

Followed by Q&A with the audience

14:15 - 15:00 

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.


Jolyon Maugham, QC Barrister, Devereux Chambers

Stephen Herring, Head of Taxation, Institute of Directors

Meg Hillier, Chair, Public Accounts Committee

Followed by Q&A with the audience

15:00 - 15:30 

Afternoon networking break

15:30 - 16:15 

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.


George Buckley, Chief UK Economist, Deutsche Bank

Vernon Bogdanor, Research Professor, Institute for Contemporary British History

Followed by Q&A with the audience

16:15 - 17:15 

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

17:15 - 17:20 

Chairman's closing remarks

Richard Crump, Editor, Financial Director


Drinks and canapés 

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