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There are many benefits to running an event on board a cruise ship, not least the the extensive facilities and time available which allow us to focus on a wide range of issues through a variety of formats. 

Keynote and seminar sessions give a high-level view of the finance industry, offering predictions and insights to help delegates form their future finance strategies.

The interactive workshops and discussion groups further drill down into specific issues, allowing delegates to share their collective experiences and to learn how their peers are dealing with similar situations.

We are currently researching the content and speakers for the 2016 programme. If you would like to share any ideas or speaker recommendations, please contact Meryl Lockton.


CPD Certified

cpd_certified_rgb.pngThe Finance Directors' Forum qualifies for CPD credits. All delegate attendees will receive a CPD certificate after the event.

For further information on CPD accreditation please visit : http://www.cpduk.co.uk

Take part in the programme

If you would like to participate in the programme or recommend any speakers or topics please Teresa Zargouni- or call 020 8487 2266.
2017 Keynotes / Entertainment
2017 Keynotes / Entertainment
  • Wednesday Keynote: Inspiring those around you and motivating your team: lessons business can learn

    Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, Chair of UK Sport and Britain’s Most Decorated Female Olympian’

    Dame Katherine Grainger is Britain’s Most Decorated female Olympian of all time. 

    A peerless leader both on and off the water, Katherine is the newly appointed Chair of UK Sport – one of the most powerful positions in UK sport.  In this role, she will focus on sus...

     

  • Thursday Keynote Address: “Understand your mind, change your world.”

    Dr. Tim O’Brien, psychologist, performance consultant and author
    This keynote is about you. Tim proposes that you have two stories inside your head: one is about your life and the other is controlling your life. The one that is controlling your life is your Inner Story. This keynote will be about how your mind creates your Inner Story and how changing it can b...
     

  • Friday Keynote Address: Mars One -It’s out of this world!

    Bas Lansdorp M.Sc., Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mars One

    Mars One invites you to learn more about the next giant leap for humankind!

    The mission goal is to establish a human settlement on Mars as the stepping stone for the human race on its voyage into the universe!  As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire...

     

2017 Industry Sessions
2017 Industry Sessions
  • Business partnering: The Kama Sutra guide to breaking down corporate silos

    Christopher Barrat, International Speaker & Author, The Greystone Partnership

    Do you feel people in your organisation really recognise the value your department adds? Do they understand the things you do just to keep the boat stable? Do they give your ideas and suggestions the real attention they deserve?

    Functional silos were great when businesses first needed ...

     

  • Lessons from going into and out of Chapter 11

    Andy Gifford, formerly Senior Director of Treasury at Level 3 Communications

    Andy Gifford was in the treasury team when Global Crossing embarked on an extensive capital plan to build a global optic fibre network, to meet anticipated bandwidth requirements. Telecommunication services demand lagged behind expectations leaving the industry in an over capitalised position....

     

  • Cyber-security breach: Why you’re more vulnerable in more places than you thought

    Phil Cracknell, global chief information security officer at HomeServe plc, and Tom Berry, director of ClubCISO, the Association of Chief Information Security Officers

    Time and again we see companies having to admit that they and their customers have been the victim of a cyber-attack, with vast amounts of customer data put at risk.

    This session, co-presented by a chief information security officer, gives an entertaining and horrifying overview of the...

     

  • The changing world of geopolitics: Failing institutions in a post-Bretton Woods world

    Tim Marshall, former diplomatic editor of Sky News

    This big picture view of the global geopolitical scene provides a fascinating insight into some of the most important but often overlooked seismic shifts in the world. Marshall argues that long-serving Western institutions such as the World Bank, IMF, Nato, EU and the UN are all struggling in ...

     

    The politics of flags in an age of renewed nationalism

    Tim Marshall, former Diplomatic Editor of Sky News

    Tim Marshall draws on his best-selling book Worth Dying For to explain the history of national symbols and why they still matter as the nation state makes a comeback. The talk also features the symbolism of non-state flags such as Hezbollah and ISIS and explains why the images on them are so p...

     

  • How FDs can make every business a ‘people business’

    Neil Morling, Chief Financial Officer, Olswang LLP

    Businesses such as law firms, consultancies and accountancy practices are the sort of ‘people business’ where the assets really do go home at night. Partners and other fee-earners have a real vested interest in how their firm is run and how it’s financially-managed. Communica...

     

  • Betting on Blockchain – stick or twist?

    Chris Weston, IT Strategist & Leader, 2016 CIO 100

    It’s hard to miss the Blockchain hype in 2017.  Deloitte UK report that banks have invested $1bn in proving the concept, EY say the concept has ‘significant implications’ for the accounting and auditing professions.

    But what is Blockchain technology? ...

     

  • Turning things around: corporate rescue and strategic redirection

    Hugh Cawley, Group Finance Director, Driver Group plc
    When circumstances change, the strategy has to change. Shifting the strategic direction of a business can be like trying to turn around an oil tanker. But if it’s heading for the rocks, urgent action and specialist skills are needed.
     
    Hugh Cawley has built his career on...
     

  • Uncertain times for business - a political and economic update.

    Dr Jamie Whyte, Director of Research, The Institute of Economic Affairs.

    Recent events have shown us that anything can happen and we are now in an era of ‘surprise politics’ with knock-on effects for the economy.  Who knows what’s in store in the short term, never mind the next few years!

    Dr Jamie Whyte, Research Director at the Insti...

     

2017 Discussion Groups
2017 Discussion Groups
  • How to make working capital everyone’s business

    Andy Gifford, formerly Senior Director of Treasury at Level 3 Communications

    Finance directors and treasurers are paying ever greater attention to working capital these days. Even the most cash-rich companies with negative working capital are still on a quest to find ways to improve liquidity even more.

    This isn’t just a matter for FDs and treasurers, how...

     

  • You’ve had a security breach: now what?

    Phil Cracknell, global chief information security officer at HomeServe plc, and Tom Berry, director of ClubCISO, the Association of Chief Information Security Officers

    Despite all your best efforts and preparations, it’s probably only just a question of time before your organisation suffers a data protection breach. So what do you do about it? How bad is the problem? Can it be fixed before you have to go public? How quickly will this escalate? Can it b...

     

  • What are FDs not doing that we should be doing?

    Ken Sutherland – Director of finance and business services for The National Farmers Union

    This discussion group is an opportunity for FDs to share thoughts with their professional peers to discuss the big issues that we’re all too busy to start thinking about.
    You set the agenda. The discussion could include all, some or none of the following – but it works on t...

     

  • Tax strategy in a post-avoidance world

    Giles Parsons, Director, European Tax Policy, Caterpillar Inc

    The long-established ground rules for international tax planning are changing and will continue to change with the emergence of an international government consensus that the old laws are no longer fit for purpose. The BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit-Shifting) project, a G20 initiative managed b...

     

  • The company doctor will see you now

    Hugh Cawley, Group Finance Director, Driver Group plc
    What should you prioritise? What needs to be fixed first? How can you rely on colleagues who may have been part of the problem? All these are critical questions when faced with a struggling business, be it part of a larger corporation or a PLC in its own right.
     
    In this discu...
     

2017 One-to-one executive leadership coaching
2017 One-to-one executive leadership coaching
  • Executive Coaching

    Coaches: Stuart Pickles, Leadership coach, mentor, founder & director, AIM Higher Leadership John Welsh, Consultant Partner Tim Moody, Consultant Partner

    Having a dedicated coach is an invaluable pillar of support for any business leader. An executive coach helps individuals identify paths of professional & personal progress and act on the desire to learn & grow.

    Whilst the coach can only offer you a short one-on-one session, it...

     

2017 Professional development
2017 Professional development
  • Understanding the psychology of higher performing teams: what’s really going on?

    Dr. Tim O’Brien, psychologist, performance consultant and author

    Whereas Tim’s keynote address was focussed on individuals this session is all about teams. Every team that Tim has worked with - in business and in sport - identifies and develops its Inner Story as it is the most important lever for performance. In this practical session Tim will help y...

     

  • How your mind can make you more successful.

    Dr. Tim O’Brien, psychologist, performance consultant and author

    Defining what success means and looks like for you is critical if you want to succeed. However, controlling what is going on inside your head is even more critical in getting you to where you want to be. Successful people are focused – but do you know the one thing that everyone must foc...

     

  • How to launch your ‘impossible’ enterprise

    Bas Lansdorp M.Sc., Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mars One

    The power of persuasion is vital to launch any new endeavour, business or personal.

    How do you get the backing for your mission? Join Bas on an incredible journey and discover that ability within yourself!
     

     

  • How to make a great presentation every damn time!

    David McQueen, Founder and Managing Director, Narratively
    This workshop explores the core elements of memorable presentations and will examine:

    • Uncovering the big idea
    • The development of core messages and storytelling
    • Understanding the impact of your voice
    • Developing pla...
     

  • Fast Asleep - Wide Awake: the link between sleep, productivity and performance

    Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, Physiologist and Sleep Therapist

    This seminar will address stress, pressure, performance optimisation, burnout prevention and offer practical solutions to deal with 21st century insomnia.
    The following will be covered:

    • Sleep, productivity and performance – What’s so important?
    &bu...

     

  • The World’s Best Wines and Cheeses.

    Steve Parker, Founder, Cheese and Wine Tasting Events.

    To mark the occasion of Richmond Events’ last ever ship-based forums, we are bringing you a very special tasting event.

    For the past 5 years, Steve Parker has entertained our clients with his lively and entertaining ’talks with samples’.

    We have brought Steve ...

     

    Tour de France.

    Steve Parker, Founder, Cheese and Wine Tasting Events.

    To mark the occasion of Richmond Events’ last ever ship-based forums, we are bringing you a very special tasting event.

    For the past 5 years, Steve Parker has entertained our clients with his lively and entertaining ’talks with samples’.

    We have brought Steve ...

     

Evening Entertainment
Evening Entertainment
  • Geoff Miller: After dinner speaker (Thursday 5th October)

    Geoff Miller

    Geoff Miller spent 20 years on the professional cricket circuit representing Derbyshire, Essex, Natal and England. He travelled to all the major Test-playing countries and played with or against some of the greatest players in the game.

    Geoff played in 34 Test Matches; 25 One Day Inter...

     


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