11 - 13 February, 2019 | The Hurlingham Club, London, United Kingdom

Future of Finance & CFO Summit, Tuesday - Conference Day 1

8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration & Welcome Coffee Break

8:30 am - 8:35 am Welcome to Future of Finance & CFO Summit from IQPC

8:35 am - 8:40 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:45 am - 8:50 am Audience Live Polling – What are your core challenges for 2019?

8:50 am - 9:10 am Innovating Finance for the Future – FTSE 100 Case Study

In this opening keynote, hear from Ian Brimicombe, Senior VP for Group Finance from iconic FTSE 100-listed British fashion label, Burberry, about their finance transformation strategy and how finance is supporting a business-wide transformation.
  • How the organisation has chosen to reorganise its operations, setting up a Shared Service Operation
  • How this movement ties into a cohesive strategy for broader-scale finance   transformation, surrounding the transformation of the organisation’s forecasting, technology and people
  • The importance to control the “bigger picture” when it comes to finance transformation, and to link this back to the wider strategic vision – how will this transformation enable Burberry to deliver greater support back to its business?
Ian Brimicombe, Senior Vice President Group Finance at Burberry

Ian Brimicombe

Senior Vice President Group Finance

9:10 am - 9:30 am Teeing Finance Up For Success

In this session, hear from the CFO of the European Tour on how finance has supported a business-wide transformation programme. Discover how she has facilitated a move towards   “value-orientated” finance, overhauling and transforming process and people in order to facilitate a move towards finance modernisation and commerciality. 
  • How does the role of finance need to respond to changing demands?
  • How to influence the company agenda in a meaningful way
  • How to address legacy processes and outmoded methods
Jo Fletcher, CFO at European Tour

Jo Fletcher

European Tour

9:30 am - 10:05 am Power Insight Drive in Exhibition Hall – visit all to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

According to some studies, two thirds of Finance leaders plan to substantially increase the time they spend managing technology in the next year. Given this, what are the challenges associated with digitalisation that finance leaders need to be most aware of?
In this interactive panel session:
  • Understand how “digitalisation” has changed the expectations on finance
  • How can finance leaders support a wider business-wide transformation strategy?
  • Robotics, AI and machine learning – what are the key skills finance leaders of the   future will need to succeed in the digital age?
  • Understanding the role of Business Intelligence and Analytics
Chris Argent, CFO Advisory and Analytics Consultant at Generation CFO

Chris Argent

CFO Advisory and Analytics Consultant
Generation CFO

Eleanor Hampson, Director Financial Transparency at British Council

Eleanor Hampson

Director Financial Transparency
British Council

Phil Green, CFO at Reach Robotics

Phil Green

Reach Robotics

Sally Matthews, CFO at Gousto

Sally Matthews


10:25 am - 10:30 am Industry Bingo!

10:30 am - 11:00 am Talking About Talent: The Link Between A Strong Company Culture and Strong Company Performance

In this inspirational keynote session, hear from Erica Ingham (Winner of Future Finance Leader of the Year 2018) about why   there is such a strong correlation between company culture and company performance, and why finance leaders need to be considering business-wide   training and employee engagement as an integral part of their role. 
In this session:
  • Why focusing on people is not just an HR issue, but a finance one
  • Mentoring, business outreach, and addressing health issues within the workplace
  • Find out why Erica wants to see an empty office when she walks into finance 
  • Inclusion and diversity makes financial sense 
Erica Ingham, CFO at Mediacom

Erica Ingham


11:00 am - 11:30 am Networking Coffee Break


11:30 am - 1:25 pm Zero-Based Budgeting – Time to Predict the Future?
  • Establishing a ZBB framework
  • Stakeholder buy-in: overcoming objections to ZBB
  • Tangible benefits of ZBB


11:30 am - 1:25 pm Finance Transformation 101
  • Establishing your transformation aims
  • Outsourcing or setting up SSC?
  • Do your current systems support an enterprise-wide transformation?
Alexandre Pinheiro, Corporate Controlling & Finance Development Manager at Maxam

Alexandre Pinheiro

Corporate Controlling & Finance Development Manager


11:30 am - 1:25 pm Automated Accountants - Harmonising your Human and Bot Workforce
  • Establishing your automation strategy – what to automate first?
  • Process optimisation – a necessary precursor to RPA?
  • Keeping your project on track – what to do if you aren’t seeing   those “easy wins”


11:30 am - 1:25 pm Artificial Intelligence and Finance – Getting Ahead of the Game
  • The differences between AI and RPA – what to tackle first?
  • What does a successful AI programme look like?
  • Stakeholder engagement – tackling the “automation fear”


11:30 am - 1:25 pm Security on top of the agenda for Finance Professionals
Risk Tech is primed to de-risk the finance function whilst freeing up finance professionals to focus on serving the wider organisation. 
- A combination of Artificial Intelligence and Human Behaviour Modelling can now keep your organisation ahead of the fraudster
- Robotic process automation moves your staff from data gathering to exception analysis and review of more advanced KRI sets
- So why aren’t more finance teams adopting the above technologies?
  • What barriers have you experienced in driving change through technology?
  • Is technology a key element in delivering control mechanisms around payments and cash movements?
  • How have your peers evaluated and or delivered risk technology?
Anish Kapoor, CEO at AccessPay

Anish Kapoor



11:30 am - 1:25 pm P2P Process Excellence Roundtable
  • Liaise with other Procure-to-Pay experts to understand their key challenges
  • Process transition and transformation – tips and tricks


11:30 am - 1:25 pm R2R Process Excellence Roundtable
  • Liaise with other Record-to-Report experts to understand their key challenges 
  • Process transition and transformation – tips and tricks
  • Technological innovations – staying ahead of the curve
David Boothman, Head of Record to Report at Kier Group

David Boothman

Head of Record to Report
Kier Group


11:30 am - 1:25 pm Blockchain and the Future of Finance
  • Exploring the impact of Blockchain
  • Collaborative Payment Transformation
  • Risks associated with Blockchain


11:30 am - 1:25 pm Shared Service Centre 101: Creating a SSC Equipped for Success from the Start
  • Captive, hybrid or outsourced? Which model works best for your business?
  • Cost-cutting or value add? Establishing the focus of your operations


11:30 am - 1:25 pm Moving up the Value- Curve – Developing a Centre of Excellence Model for Complex Finance Operations
  • Establishing when and where to set up a centre of excellence
  • Training and redeploying your existing staff
  • Knowledge transfer – ensuring a seamless transformation


11:30 am - 1:25 pm Numbers, Numbers, Numbers – Making the Most of the Wealth of Data at Your Fingertips!
  • What are you doing with your data (and what should you be doing?)
  • The three V’s of big data: volume, velocity and variety 
  • The true value-add: providing business insight


11:30 am - 1:25 pm Accomplishing Process Excellence within Finance
  • Process mapping and streaming
  • End-to-end process optimisation, where should your processes sit?

1:25 pm - 2:20 pm Networking Lunch

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm Robot VS. Human or Robot FOR Human? The Changing Workforce in the Finance Function.

  • The adoption of Robotic Process Automation: is RPA about humans or robots?
  • Realising the ROI of RPA through more than just cost saving
  • Going back to basics and starting your RPA journey

Track A - Finance Skills & Future Planning

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm 5 Steps to CFO
With the role of finance transforming – what are the key skills future finance leaders need to master to get to CFO?
In this session:
  • It’s not all about the numbers – soft skills needed for the finance professional of the future
  • Adding (and showcasing) your value
  • Taking time “out” of finance – why a secondment or a NED role can be a useful addition to your toolkit 
Phil Green, CFO at Reach Robotics

Phil Green

Reach Robotics

Track B - Expanding and Elevating the Scope of Finance

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm From Accountant to Psychic – How Zero-Based-Budgeting Can Transform your Forecasting – And Your Results!
For the modern finance function, and indeed, for the modern business, agility is king. ZBB initiatives have the potential to not only cut costs, but to instill a culture of continuous improvement and process excellence into every area of the business. 

In this session, hear from companies who are on different stages of their ZBB journey, and examine:

  • What are the pre-requisites for ZBB?
  • Mindset transformation – how to create a culture of accountability 
  • Finding the time to re-evaluate costs 
  • Looking at your own operations: “if you could start over, would you want to do it this way?”

Track C - Finance Operations & Shared Services

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Creating a Target Operating Model (TOM) for your Finance Operations
Growth through acquisition, rapid international expansion, or the need to address cost base can all be reasons cited for re-addressing your finance operations. 
In this session, establish:

  • What TOM is suitable for your current and future operations?
  • Is Shared Services right for you? If so, which model best fits your organisation?
  • Programme management – setting up a finance shared services operation 

3:20 pm - 3:25 pm 5 minute change over

3:25 pm - 3:45 pm Communication, Stakeholder Management and Transparency

In this session, explore the key skill sets a successful finance business partner needs to add real tangible value back into their business.

Learn how:

  • To demonstrate your value
  • To communicate the numbers to “non-finance” people
  • How to re-educate your business about the benefits of finance business partnering
Ben Kent, Former CFO at Simplyhealth

Ben Kent

Former CFO

3:25 pm - 3:45 pm Finance and Analytics – Where the Real Value Lies

Possibly the most historically untapped asset finance has access to, companies are now starting to wake up to the power of predictive analytics.
Finance leaders who are able to coherently show senior decision-makers where value lies are able to add considerable value to their stakeholders and to impact the bottom line of their business. 
This session will be hosted by individuals from companies who have successfully deployed their data analytics programme, and who are now seeing results.

Anwar Mirza

Head of Global Data Governance

3:25 pm - 3:45 pm Value-Add Shared Services – Setting up Finance Centres of Excellence

Robotics, tax, treasury…there are now so many operations that can be an accepted part of shared services.

  • Setting up advanced operations – proving to your business that you are ready
  • Establishing talent – do you have the people you need?

3:45 pm - 3:50 pm Track sessions resume

3:50 pm - 4:15 pm Exploring the Different Types of Finance Professional – Which are you?

In this interactive panel session, get tailored advice and insight from our finance panel, all of whom have taken very different career paths. Hear from them about their own career trajectories and challenges, the skills they needed to hone in order to become “the full package” and what they would do differently with the benefit of hindsight.
Walk away with:

  • A clearer idea of the options open to you in your career
  • An understanding of the core skills required in senior finance roles
Ali Barker, EMEA Finance Training and Development Director at Johnson & Johnson

Ali Barker

EMEA Finance Training and Development Director
Johnson & Johnson

3:50 pm - 4:15 pm “Leap Finance!” – Creating the Conditions to Leverage Value Creation, Efficiency and Control

In this case-study, discover how global company MAXAM is transforming its finance function to be the “Driving force for Change” as an integral part of a wider business transformation programme. 

Discover how finance strategy has transformed to raise the bar within finance, driving value creation initiatives by becoming a true business partner.

Understand how they have adopted a new continuous improvement mind-set within finance, and the implications that this will have on the business operations of 2019 and beyond…
Alexandre Pinheiro, Corporate Controlling & Finance Development Manager at Maxam

Alexandre Pinheiro

Corporate Controlling & Finance Development Manager

Historically seen as a low-cost, low skilled base for transactional activities, many Finance SSCs are now hubs of innovation and advanced operations.

In this session:

  • Proving to your business that you have the capability for advanced service
  • Re-positioning your service to become more customercentric
  • Harnessing technology to establish SSC success
  • Retraining and reskilling your “transactional” staff
Lawrence Lynch, Finance Director, Process & Controls EU at Takeda Group

Lawrence Lynch

Finance Director, Process & Controls EU
Takeda Group

George Connell, Vice President Strategy, Finance Operations at Shell

George Connell

Vice President Strategy, Finance Operations

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm Networking Coffee Break

4:50 pm - 5:10 pm Facing the Future Finance Function – A Hybrid of Accountants, Analysts, and Machines…

In Q1 of 2018, Facebook made revenues of $11.97bn (up nearly 50% on 2017) and it is against this backdrop of rapid and sustained growth that you will hear from Majella about how her team are pushing the boundaries of finance in order to further support and drive this expansion.

In this session:

  • Hear from a Director of one of the world’s most powerful brands about how they are utilising technological innovations within Finance
  • How Finance is mastering and owning Deep Analytics and Machine Learning to make business critical decisions
  • The challenges and opportunities posed by adopting an automation strategy within finance – hiring analysts, driving robotics, and educating and reassuring “traditional finance” teams about this change
Majella Mungovan, Director Global Credit & Collections & EMEA Financial Operations at Facebook

Majella Mungovan

Director Global Credit & Collections & EMEA Financial Operations

5:10 pm - 5:50 pm Big Ideas Speaker…

This year, hear from Kyran Bracken MBE, Rugby World Cup-Winner, and Dancing on Ice Champion. In his inspirational keynote, learn how his team had several leaders, each responsible for their discipline but following a single game plan. As in business, they fought hard to deliver results and to leave the opposition in their wake. As the closing keynote of Day 1, the Dancing on Ice champion will tell how his team transformed their mentality to become the best in the world - and describes the journey from turnovers to toe loops.

5:50 pm - 6:00 pm Chairman’s Closing Remarks Day One

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Future of Finance Drinks