10 - 12 February, 2020 | Hilton Syon Park, London, United Kingdom

Future of Finance - Conference Day 2

7:50 am - 8:50 am Women in Finance Networking Breakfast

Join and network with your female finance peers at this exclusive hour-long breakfast! Be inspired by your colleagues, join a vibrant and talented community and help push towards a diverse and inclusive future of finance.

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration & Welcome Refreshments


Armand Angeli

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

o Exploring the challenge: what actually creates the gender bias in finance?
o What damage can limiting beliefs on gender have from both a managerial and operational perspective in finance?
o What benefits can be won by encouraging a broader view on the role of men and women in finance?
o Overcoming bias and creating courageous conversations: what steps must be taken?

Erica Ingham

Chief Financial Officer
MediaCom North Ltd.


Harriett Gray

Director Finance
Phaidon International


Susanne Liepmann


Paula Laird

Director Finance & IT

9:45 am - 10:15 am CASE STUDY: Coordinating a global move away from legacy systems in finance

Nick Jackson - Deputy President, Chartered Institute of Accountants (CIMA)
o Setting a clear strategy and taking control to ensure a seamless migration
o Some of your business processes may need to be amended to match the capabilities of your new platform – where to start?
o There IS life after legacy! Overcoming resistance and driving the cultural change agenda

Nick Jackson

Deputy President
Chartered Institute of Accountants (CIMA)

10:15 am - 10:45 am Understanding the role of the CFO in a private equity-backed business

Edward Knighton - Chief Financial Officer, YO! Sushi
 What it takes to build strategic, business-wide relationships: supporting the CEO, Board, PE House and wider finance team
 Pivoting strategy in response to Brexit challenges
 Managing expectations, finding balance and identifying opportunities for value-add
 Identifying the key risks & identifying value in time for exit

Edward Knighton

Chief Financial Officer
YO! Sushi

10:45 am - 11:15 am Morning Refreshments - grab a coffee and network with your finance peers!

TRACK D: Strategic advantage through people

11:15 am - 11:45 am Enabling your junior finance teams to become change agents
Susanne Liepmann - President, FiPlus
o Training, development & upskilling: getting it right
o Continuous improvement – empowering people to share their knowledge
o Driving organizational results and outcomes by engaging employees and inspiring their adoption of a new way of working

Susanne Liepmann


TRACK E: Unlocking business potential through data & analytics

11:15 am - 11:45 am Data governance and literacy – educating the workforce
Anwar Mirza - Head of Data Governance, TNT Express
o What data knowledge is imperative for your finance team to understand?
o Growing a business-driven data culture that people are actually invested in

Anwar Mirza

Head of Data Governance
TNT Express

11:45 am - 11:50 am 5 minute changeover - opportunity to change tracks

TRACK D: Strategic advantage through people

11:50 am - 12:20 pm Must-have leadership skills for developing successful cross-functional finance teams
Jules Radford - Vice President Finance Operations, Inmarsat
o Strategic finance: do cross-functional teams lead to greater project success?
o Identifying the desired skills & expertise and clarifying the project schedules
o Establishing the lines of communication and clarifying each team member’s individual purpose within the project

Jules Radford

Vice President Finance Operations

TRACK E: Unlocking business potential through data & analytics

11:50 am - 12:20 pm Finding value through advanced analytics
o How could analytics help us to identify drivers of data variance or draw insights we might have missed
o Embedding analytics into processes and leveraging machine learning
o Leveraging analytics to extend FP&A
o Enabling analytics to not only manage and improve finance processes, but to accelerate business decisions on a wider scale

12:20 pm - 12:25 pm 5 minute changeover - opportunity to change tracks

TRACK D: Strategic advantage through people

12:25 pm - 12:55 pm How CFOs can have more active role in talent acquisition and development for finance and beyond
Ali Barker - Director Finance EMEA, Johnson & Johnson
o Setting incentives that are linked with company strategy
o Leveraging the CEO-CHRO-CFO trifecta to attract, retain and drive talent
o Getting your finance teams out of their comfort zone: exposing them to new skills and creating a curriculum for development
o Outside-in value: upscaling the non-finance workforce to free up finance’s time & resources the most high-value activities

Ali Barker

Director Finance EMEA
Johnson & Johnson

TRACK E: Unlocking business potential through data & analytics

12:25 pm - 12:55 pm Becoming a data-driven CFO
Patric Somlo - Chief Financial Officer - PMO, Lonza
- Setting the right short-term and long-term goals and objectives
- Best practices for ensuring data analytics becomes engrained in the routine decision-making of the workforce
- Working towards strong data governance
- Continually seeking feedback – where and how?

Patric Somlo

Chief Financial Officer - PMO

12:55 pm - 1:55 pm Networking Lunch - enjoy a delicious meal and some lively finance conversations!


1:55 pm - 2:45 pm Towards a “data democracy”: improving organisational performance through data visualisation
- Giving end-users access to real-time financial information… how do we start?
- What’s the best approach for collaborating with IT?
- What processes will we need to rethink and rebuild to make this possible?


1:55 pm - 2:45 pm Rethinking your approach to enterprise reporting
Iain Dewson - Former Head of Finance, Tui
o Creating create data and expertise as a service from guiding managers to make financially informed decisions
o Delivering value: continuous, integrated processes and flexible support from calendar-based processes

Iain Dewson

Former Head of Finance


1:55 pm - 2:45 pm How to get the most out of centralized business models?
Kathryn Jones - Vice President Finance, HASBRO Europe
- What are the key advantages of a centralised business model?
- Automating procure-to-pay processes, allowing for additional benefits including improved control over spend, faster invoice processing times, and enhanced employee productivity
- Ensuring sound governance and oversight, and managing the change

Kathryn Jones

Vice President Finance

- Assessing our feasibility – do we have a clear vision of what we want to achieve?
- The design phase: building a detailed picture of what our future processes will be, who will do what, where they will do it and how
- Defining the technologies to be implemented
- What are the risks involved?

Paul Bryanhill

Vice President Finance Operations
NBCUniversal Media


1:55 pm - 2:45 pm Encouraging CFO ownership of cybersecurity risk management
o Addressing cyber security risks at board level and create an effective cyber security strategy for your organisation
o Appreciating the full array of risks associated with cyber-crime and get acquainted with the cyber-attack techniques for systemic risk
o Determine how to make the best possible adjustments to your systems and operations to meet the challenges data reforms


1:55 pm - 2:45 pm The future of finance shared services
Will James - Director Global Business Services, Ultra Electronics
o Is the shared services/outsourcing model a stop-gap until finance functions master new technologies?
o What does the future of shared services & outsourcing look like?

Will James

Director Global Business Services
Ultra Electronics


1:55 pm - 2:45 pm All aboard the chain train! Blockchain and the future of finance
- Can blockchain benefit me? Where will it fit?
- How do you come up with a business model where leaders agree on common standards and operate together?
- Navigating regulatory uncertainty: how do we stay agile to meet regulations as they evolve?


1:55 pm - 2:45 pm Creating a target operating model for FinOps – design and delivery
- What Target Operating Model is suitable for our current and future operations?
- Is shared services right for us? If so, which model would best fit our organisation?


1:55 pm - 2:45 pm Finance in the cloud
o Cloud implementation to support your finance transformation - what benefits can cloud bring?
o What to look for in a cloud-based solution for finance
o Avoiding the pitfalls of cloud implementation

2:45 pm - 3:05 pm Afternoon Refreshments - grab a coffee and network with your finance peers!

3:05 pm - 3:50 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: BREXIT: Finding opportunities to grow amidst chaos

Adeel Ahmad - Chief Financial Officer, Advanz Pharma
David Guppy - Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Beano
o 2020 Status Update
o Recognising the risks and managing through difficult times
o Business beyond Brexit: understanding how you set yourself up for success

Adeel Ahmad

Chief Financial Officer
Advanz Pharma


David Guppy

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm What does the operating model of the future look like?

o Perceiving digital disruption as both an opportunity for growth and a challenge for change
o Will analytics be housed within finance or be a companywide function?
o Technology vs. people… build vs. buy… getting the balance right
o How will changes in the workforce affect the finance operating model and how will the operating model affect finance talent requirements?

4:20 pm - 4:30 pm Chairperson's closing remarks

4:30 pm - 4:30 pm End of Conference