Wednesday 17th Feb, 2021 - Conference Day Two

11:00 am - 11:05 am FUTURE OF FINANCE WELCOME

11:05 am - 11:45 am REDEFINING THE FINANCIAL CLOSE: FROM EVOLUTION TO REVOLUTION - HOW AUTOMATION DRIVES TRANSFORMATION

David Woodall - Director of Partner Enablement, Trintech

The last 12 months have emphasised the urgent need for process improvement around the financial close. 90% of the finance and IT leaders surveyed in a recent Forrester research report highlighted risks associated with manual errors, and under-supported and time-consuming processes as being the main obstacles to ensuring the delivery of reliable financial statements.  

 

However, there are lessons to be learnt from organisations who have implemented initiatives that utilise automation as an enabler for standardisation and process optimisation, increasing both the effectiveness and efficiency of the Record to Report (R2R) process as a whole. 


With experience driving finance transformation in Large Enterprise organisations, David Woodall, will outline the journey from standardisation to world class and how revolution is needed to drive this forward. 

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David Woodall

Director of Partner Enablement
Trintech

  • Does an agile, resilient, profitable and proactive finance function designed to keep up with the continual pace of change, require a complete overhaul?
  • Why is strategic business partnering so critical for today’s finance leader?
  • Re-educating both the business and finance – how to instil a “partner-first” approach?
  • Should finance business partners be detached providers of analysis?
  • Should Finance SSCs be re-purposed and used as innovation hubs, centres of excellence and advanced operations?
  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders – language, asking the right questions and managing expectations
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Diane Albano

Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer
Globalization Partners

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Donal Corbett

Chief Financial Officer
Revolut Ireland

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Wojciech Wieroński

CFO - Tesco One Europe
Tesco PLC

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Kathryn Jones

(Former) Vice President, Finance
Hasbro

12:45 pm - 1:25 pm ELIMINATE BARRIERS TO GLOBAL EXPANSION: HOW TO SET YOUR FINANCE TEAM UP FOR SUCCESS

Bob Cahill - Chief Financial Officer, Globalization Partners

The advent of the global pandemic has forced companies worldwide to take up a remote-first approach. As a result of a constant tug of war between the complex dynamics of the international marketplace and changing policies, many companies are facing burning questions: How can we pursue international expansion without major hurdles? How can we navigate the legal and financial minefields that come with international hiring?  


Companies are considering downsizing city offices, as employees have started relocating to different locations due to the pandemic. This opens a huge opportunity for companies — they can now hire employees no matter where they live. Recruiting top global talent before your competition can help your business grow internationally. 


However, it is important to ensure that your company’s overall business infrastructure is optimised to support expansion in the international marketplace. This involves a catalogue of new filings, activities, and procedures for your finance and legal staff. Does this mean your team should devote time and attention to gaining a deep understanding of the regulatory, operational, and financial laws of each country you wish to hire in?  


Fortunately, an Employer of Record offers an easier, faster, and compliant solution. In this keynote, Bob Cahill, Chief Financial Offer at Globalization Partners, explains how an Employer of Record can help companies navigate the disruption to overcome the obstacles of international expansion.

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Bob Cahill

Chief Financial Officer
Globalization Partners

1:25 pm - 1:50 pm SHORT CONTENT BREAK

  • Creating courageous conversations: What steps must be taken to overcome bias?
  • How do we address both diversity AND inclusion in finance?
  • What benefits can be won by encouraging a broader view on the role of diversity and inclusion in finance?
  • How do we measure diversity and employee engagement effectively? Is it as simple as establishing a balance of gender, race, and the LGBTQI+ community in your workforce?
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Andrew Codd

Founder
Strength in the Numbers

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Erica Ingham

Group CFO
NCC Software Resilience

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Nima Motazed

Managing Director, Head of Global Services Bratislava
Swiss Re

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Kate Bohn

LBG Innovation and Strategy - Incubator & Accelerator lead
Lloyds Banking Group

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Ranu Sharma

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

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Jenny Okonkwo MBA FCMA(UK), CGMA, FPAC CPA, CMA

Founder and President
Black Female Accountants Network

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm WHY DAVID NO LONGER NEEDS THE STONE – A VIEW OF HOW THE PUBLIC SECTOR HAS SURPASSED THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO BECOME THE GOLIATH OF DIGITALISATION

Matt Hammond - Managing Director, Western Europe, Pagero

The Private Sector were pathfinders in strategies towards digitalisation, outsourcing and shared services. Though initially successful, early adopters have been unable to retain the success of their initial deployments, seeing their results diminish over time. Those Private Sector companies attempting to replicate the strategies of predecessors have seen limited success with weakened return on investment. The Public Sector has adapted its approach, invested less and achieved far more; future-proofing its strategy to ensure continued success and growth. 


  • Why the current strategy in the Private Sector will continue to fail
  • How the current strategy within the Private Sector will negatively impact compliance and profitability
  • How to become ‘open’ to a new strategy in digitalisation
  • Learning from the Public Sector approach
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Matt Hammond

Managing Director, Western Europe
Pagero

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

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm MOVING FROM GOOD TO GREAT: THE POWER OF AR AUTOMATION

Anthony Venus - CEO, Yaypay


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Anthony Venus

CEO
Yaypay

  • Is the future of finance new technology or new people?
  • Why are so many finance leaders struggling to find top digital talent?
  • Supporting the wave – does finance need a completely new skillset to adapt to new ways of working, and if so, how can you help your team transition and ensure they have the skills and competencies to be successful in the future?
  • How do we transform how finance is talent is recruited, retained and developed to meet the need for new skills?
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Nathalie Jakimowicz

Senior Director, Global Process Owner P2P
Philips

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Parag Ved

Finance Senior Director, Global Audit and Transformation
Dell

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Julie Oey

Finance Director
WeGift

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Will James

Regional Shared Service Centre Lead
Aveva

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Gustavo Porporato Daher

Professor of Finance
European School of Economics

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