Tuesday 16th Feb, 2021 - Conference Day One

11:00 am - 11:10 am FUTURE OF FINANCE WELCOME

The intersection between technology and human interaction has created an opportunity for leaders to re-imagine business. The nature of business is fundamentally evolving in all manner of ways; end users are changing, employees are changing, and the availability of tools is changing. All impact the way work happens and how we construct, organise, and operate companies.


CFOs have, in the past, used their gut to interpret the figures and understand what it means for their business by verifying what has already happened. They had no more to go on other than their intuition and experience. But data has changed that and altered the dynamics of decision making. CFOs are making a move from historians of the past to visionaries of the future. 


In this session we take a look at what the future of financial management looks like and what role will AI play, exploring:


  • The shift in periodic closes to continuous audits 
  • How AI can extend finance teams and build continuous trust 
  • How to apply these changes to become a strategic advisor to your business
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Sam Morrison

Product Marketing Manager
Sage Intacct

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Ian Rose

Solution Consultant
Sage Intacct

  • What has really changed in our day-to-day roles?
  • Which markets do we think will recover in the short, mid and long-term? Subsequently, what recovery models should we be exploring?
  • As data science becomes more prevalent and we move further away from old-fashioned accounting, do we expect culture of integrity and a lack of expertise in controls to create new challenges for us to overcome?
  • What opportunities have opened up in the last 12 months, that could you never have done culturally, structurally or digitally had the world not been forced to adapt? 
  • Economy, Talent, Cyber or Something Else: Where do our greatest future risks lie and how prepared are we for them?
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Niall O’Sullivan

Group CFO
Datalex

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Kate McNuff

Chief Financial Officer
Mindful Chef

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Akrati Johari

Co-Head of North American Digital Innovation
J.P. Morgan & Co.

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Tim Hammonds

Director GBS Finance
Groupe PSA

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Malcolm Finn

Director of Finance Operations
Johnson Matthey

As organisations begin to undertake digital transformation efforts within accounting and finance, it can be difficult to understand the implications of such efforts for end-state financial, regulatory, and managerial reporting.


Organisations that take the time to review their underlying data infrastructure, ERP or chart of accounts design, automation approach, and technology solutions typically find greater success in achieving desired end-state reporting post-transformation.


During this session, experts from Workiva and Deloitte will discuss:


  • How to create an effective reporting automation strategy
  • Identifying opportunities for financial close, consolidation, and reporting automation
  • Data design and system integration for efficient reporting
  • The types of reporting that can be improved utilising a reporting automation tool
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Andromeda Wood

Senior Director of Data Modelling
Workiva

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Simon Atherton

Director, Risk Advisory
Deloitte LLP

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Daniel Lister

Senior Manager, Risk Advisory
Deloitte LLP

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm SHORT CONTENT BREAK

  • As finance leaders, how best do we extend our footprint in to the digital world?
  • How do we address bigger modernisation issues such as legacy processes, technological limitations and talent?
  • How do we provide our people with the right training and resources, whilst adapting to a rapidly changing external business environment and to the internal demands made of the finance function?
  • Is outsourcing the right decision? If so, which model (captive, hybrid, or outsourced) will work best for your business?
  • What are the wider impacts of digital transformation on neighbouring functions such as shared services, cash & liquidity and risk?
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Dan Quinn

General Manager, Middle East & Africa
Tradeshift

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Michael van der Steen MBA

Global Vice President, Order to Cash
Adidas

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Jigisha Lock

Head of Global Products, Core Compliance Services Technology
Credit Suisse

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Ari Suokas

Director - Financial Control
UPM

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm THE VALUE OF AGILITY: HOW TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO ADD FLEXIBILITY WHILST TRANSFORMING YOUR OPERATIONS

Toby Hayles - European Director, Enterprise, Nintex

The automation market space is booming as a result of the potential to make fast, easy gains in efficiency and predictability, in particular around repetitive, mundane data entry type tasks. As such finance functions have been early adopters of this capability and some are now looking at the impact on low cost shared service models and the skills needed.  


However the deployment at scale has led to new challenges in many organisations and highlighted issues with change, compliance and process alignment. The impact of factors such as Brexit and Covid have put a spot light on the need to be both digital and agile which has long been a challenge when so many processes are dictated through the ERP platform(s) being used.


This session will look at these challenges and examples of why a technology first mind set needs to be challenged and how the experience with new technology skills can add to the innovation for the business from the finance function.

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Toby Hayles

European Director, Enterprise
Nintex

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm SHORT CONTENT BREAK

In this interview, we will discuss how organisations can move away from the traditional workstyles that have worked for them in the past, and embrace a digital, data driven culture. We'll cover tools and technologies that can help with this, but we'll also look at the bigger picture of how to make digital transformation a success. We'll discuss the need to approach transformation not as a project but as an opportunity and a journey, and how to think through and manage the positive disruption for people, mindsets, functions and processes.

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Byron Flores

Global Head of Digital Finance
Novartis

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Charlie Warne

Senior Solutions Consultant, EMEA
AppZen

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Sue Goltyakova

Marketing Director, EMEA
AppZen

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm WHY DOES DATA CULTURE MATTER IN FINANCE? INFUSING ANALYTICS, AUTOMATION AND AI IN TO THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS AND INSTILLING A ‘DATA-FIRST’ MENTALITY

Nicole Dwyer - VP of Customer Strategy, BPA, Quadient
Harsh Amarasuriya - Global Head of FP&A, Clyde&Co
Anwar Mirza - Head of Data Strategy & Governance, FedEx Express
Chris Argent - Managing Director, Generation CFO
  • As finance leaders, what do we actually expect from analytics, AI and intelligent automation? Are we staring at something truly new, or just a bit more of ‘better, faster, and cheaper’?
  • How do we enable these tools to not only manage and improve finance processes, but to accelerate business decisions on a wider scale
  • How do we select the right use cases for experimentation and scaling successful proofs of concept
  • Should you develop and govern an internal centre of excellence to help drive innovation and make better use of advanced technologies?
  • What are the dangers involved with embedding analytics into processes and placing more reliance on data insight and machine learning?
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Nicole Dwyer

VP of Customer Strategy, BPA
Quadient

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Harsh Amarasuriya

Global Head of FP&A
Clyde&Co

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Anwar Mirza

Head of Data Strategy & Governance
FedEx Express

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Chris Argent

Managing Director
Generation CFO

5:30 pm - 5:30 pm CHAIR’S CLOSING THOUGHTS