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

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration & Welcome Coffee Break


Armand Angeli

Chairman of the RPA, Intelligent Automation, Shared Services & Outsourcing Committee

9:00 am - 9:30 am CASE STUDY: Establishing a worldwide team of strategic CFO business partners across 45 countries

Claude Laruelle - Chief Financial Officer, Veolia
●● Why is strategic business partnering becoming more important? What tangible benefits can be ascertained?
●● Discussing the finance activities which were re-evaluated in the adoption of a new business partnering approach at Veolia
●● Moving beyond the delivery of numbers and enabling a culture of value-creation and proactivity across 11 zones worldwide
●● Improving the quality and availability of business information and aligning finance business partnering roles to organisational structure

Claude Laruelle

Chief Financial Officer

9:30 am - 9:45 am Future of Finance Networking Breakout Session

Delegates will find a small coloured card on the tables in front of them. The objective is simple – find another person with the same coloured card and get to know them! Do they work in the same industry? Are their day-to-day responsibilities and challenges similar? What are they hoping to get out of the event? Use this as an opportunity to meet your finance peers and expand your professional network.
Technological development from personal computing to cognitive computing: what has the evolution from hindsight to insight enabled for the finance function?
o Knowing when tradition doesn’t work - migrating away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach in the adoption of new technologies
o Ensuring that the rise of technology brings proactivity, not reactivity, to changes in the external market and to changes in disruption


Andrew Codd

Senior Finance Consultant, Support & Deploy Services


Eleanor Hampson

Director Financial Transparency
British Council

Nathalie Jakimowicz

Senior Director, Global Process Owner P2P


Eoin O'Liathain

Sales Director

10:30 am - 11:00 am A Fireside Chat with Knotel & Turo: Flexible Workspace as a Competitive Advantage

Xavier Collins - Managing Director, Turo
Frank Zorn - Head of European Expansion, Knotel


Xavier Collins

Managing Director


Frank Zorn

Head of European Expansion

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Refreshments -- grab a coffee and get to know your finance peers

11:30 am - 12:00 pm CASE STUDY: Transforming finance at GSK: creating a global network of regional finance hubs

William Benson - Vice President Finance Transformation, GlaxoSmithKline


William Benson

Vice President Finance Transformation

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Introducing AI and Automation to the Finance Department – a case study

Mark Raddan - Partner, KPMG
A leading UK-based international company describes how it implemented AI-driven SaaS technology from Sidetrade to automate Order to Cash - typically a highly manual process characterised by poor visibility and lack of analytic capabilities. As well as improving Working Capital the project accelerated cash collection, increased customer satisfaction, reduced provisions and led to improved efficiency and bottom line. 


Mark Raddan


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm The blueprint for the future of finance – developing a hybrid of accountants, analysts, and machines

Lizi Hills - Strategic Finance Director, Burger King
o Conducting a finance strategy and operating model assessment to help define the best course of action for creating value with teams enhanced by analytics and bots
o What does it take to balance cost and control, and how do we embed control across business processes?
o 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

Lizi Hills

Strategic Finance Director
Burger King

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch

- What is driving the need for transformation in corporate and financial reporting?
- How to look beyond transforming the systems of record and identify areas for improvement in the reporting process
- How to make data and reporting systems work together and maintain data integrity

Andromeda Wood

Senior Director of Data Modelling

TRACK A: Redefining finance: from evolution to revolution and digital

2:00 pm - 2:25 pm Utilizing Continuous Improvement to do better with less
Jennifer Sturch - GBS Finance Leader, McDonalds
·         Focus on the customer experience, expectation, and value
·         Understanding your customers to optimise their experience
·         Emphasis on employee experience and development 

Jennifer Sturch

GBS Finance Leader

TRACK B: Finance Transformation

2:00 pm - 2:25 pm Migrating processes to shared service centres
Tim Hammonds - Director GBS Finance, Groupe PSA
o Agreeing a timed and resourced roll-out sequence and managing expectations
o Defining, standardising and harmonise systems and processes including master data management
o Managing business constraints and competing with other initiatives
o Technology as a key process enabler

Tim Hammonds

Director GBS Finance
Groupe PSA

2:25 pm - 2:30 pm 5 minute changeover

TRACK A: Redefining finance: from evolution to revolution

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm How finance teams need to engage with the rest of the business
Andrew Codd - Senior Finance Consultant, Support & Deploy Services, Dell
- Finance and HR: how do we use metrics that speak the same language so value can be shared?
- Finance and IT: how do we facilitate an ongoing collaboration on the various initiatives funneled down from senior management?
- Should we be encouraging rotations between finance and the business to provide functions with greater insight into their respective issues? Is this worth our time?

Andrew Codd

Senior Finance Consultant, Support & Deploy Services

TRACK B: Finance Transformation

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm Enabling vertical expansion of SSCs to offer higher value services such as FP&A
Pete Judd - Director Finance Transformation, Hilton Hotels & Resorts
o What’s the best way to increase the value your organisation delivers through shared service centres?
o Determining alignment with strategy, resource, and service level impact and the ability to leverage the service across all customer groups Leveraging the benefits and realizing value

Pete Judd

Director Finance Transformation
Hilton Hotels & Resorts

2:55 pm - 3:00 pm 5 minute changeover

TRACK A: Redefining finance: from evolution to revolution

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm Secrets of Rockstar CFO's
Jack McCullough - President, CFO Leadership Council
In this session, Jack will talk you through the common traits & practices that make worldclass CFOs.

Jack McCullough

CFO Leadership Council

TRACK B: Finance Transformation

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm What makes an effective Finance Business Partner: Bridging the gap and breaking the "Accountant" stereotype
Ranu Sharma - Head of International O&T Finance, Vocalink, a Mastercard company


Ranu Sharma

Head of International O&T Finance
Vocalink, a Mastercard company

3:30 pm - 3:55 pm Finance Technology Demonstration - Meet with some of the leading finance solution-providers by way of this fun and informative speed-dating activity!

3:55 pm - 4:10 pm Afternoon Refreshments – grab a coffee and network with your finance peers!


4:10 pm - 5:10 pm Bringing data-driven innovation to finance
Harshana Amarasuriya - Global Head of FP&A, Clyde&Co
o Making the move away from data silos and establishing a single source of financial truth that’s accessible and insightful
o Avoiding ‘analysis paralysis’ by educating your workforce on how to make the best out of data
o Finding the right data suppliers for you

Harshana Amarasuriya

Global Head of FP&A


4:10 pm - 5:10 pm A memo from the CFO: communication and financial story-telling
Jack McCullough - President, CFO Leadership Council
- Conveying the key messages that influence stakeholders
- How do you convey financial information with impact – speaking the language of business or stakeholder
- Boiling strategy down to business levers and direction

Jack McCullough

CFO Leadership Council

- Will technology ever move the business to self-service?
- In what circumstances is this possible?
- Exploring the biggest challenges in intelligent automation implementation

Armand Angeli

Chairman of the RPA, Intelligent Automation, Shared Services & Outsourcing Committee


4:10 pm - 5:10 pm Steps to RPA success
Adam Crocker - Account Executive, Signavio
- Approaching the topic of RPA when leadership isn’t as digitally literate as desired
- Setting up a proof of concept to get everyone comfortable
- Starting small and failing fast: the importance of scaling over time
- Should we establish a centre of excellence?

Adam Crocker

Account Executive


4:10 pm - 5:10 pm Is finance technology truly positioned to deliver the finance value agenda?
Simba Mupfumira - Global Head of Finance, WiseEnergy
- As finance leaders, what do we actually expect from technology?
- Are we staring at something truly new, or just a bit more of ‘better, faster, cheaper’?
- Should we be asking whether business rules define technology, or whether technology can put a new light on the relevance of the rules?’
- Should we establish a centre of excellence?

Simba Mupfumira

Global Head of Finance

4:10 pm - 5:10 pm Putting metrics and KPIs place that inform on long-term value creation in finance

Andrew Codd - Senior Finance Consultant, Support & Deploy Services, Dell
- How do we ensuring these are not just available, but also correctly interpreted and actioned?
- How to choose metrics that bring value to the business?
- What are the biggest mistakes finance functions can make with their KPIs?
- How many is enough?

Andrew Codd

Senior Finance Consultant, Support & Deploy Services

Flying a multi-million pound fighter jet in hostile territory is not an everyday career, and comes with a high degree of pressure and responsibility. It’s a dream job that takes years of ambition, training and commitment. But for Mandy Hickson, this was a dream that became reality. Mandy served in the RAF for 17 years as a pilot flying Tornado GR4s. In this inspiring session, hear Mandy’s incredible journey to becoming one of the UK’s first female fast-jet pilots, and how she overcame many obstacles to develop the skills to succeed in such a demanding career.

Mandy Hickson

Former Royal Air Force Fast Jet Pilot & Motivational Speaker

5:55 pm - 6:00 pm Chairman’s Closing Remarks Day One

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm End of conference day one! Join us for the networking drinks and awards!

Announcing the winners across four finance categories!
Finance Team of the Year
Woman in Finance of the Year
Finance Leader of the Year
Vendor/Client finance transformation of the Year