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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, Britain’s Most Decorated Female Olympian

    Katherine Grainger is the most decorated female Olympian of all time.  Hers is a story of hard work, holding firm, pursuing the dream over two decades and achieving glorious success!

    She is the only female athlete in any sport to gain medals in five consecutive Olympic Games, in 2...


  • 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, recently 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 ...


  • 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? ...


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

    Andy Gifford, recently 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...


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 Peter Lachecki, 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!


  • Speak So Your Audience Will Listen

    Robin Kermode, Founder, Zone2

    Build your personal impact so that you appear confident and comfortable when speaking and presenting in public. Robin will look at how best to structure what you say and how best to say it - from 1-1 meetings, through to networking events and speaking to larger groups.

    Learn how to:


  • 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?


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