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Our conference programmes aim to give senior finance professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovations to help take their departments and companies forward. The agenda is pitched at a high level and we endeavour to present new case studies and new thinkers on the programme each year.

The programme will be delivered in a variety of ways, ranging from large theatre-style keynotes through to small participant-led roundtables. Delegates select which sessions to attend pre-event, meaning that they can focus on their primary issues and don't miss out on popular sessions.

CPD Certified

The 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 email Teresa Zargouni or call on +44 (0) 20 8487 2266.
  • A 4.5 million to one year: After 2016, what are the risks and opportunities for Britain?

    Mark Littlewood, Director General, the Institute of Economic Affairs

    In 2016, betting on the three great shocks of the year (Leicester City, Brexit and Trump) would have netted you odds of 4.5 million to one. While 2017 will (hopefully) be a little more predictable, Mark will discuss the big takeaways from what was an unprecedented year and what the risks and o...


  • Closing keynote: Matt Dawson, Rugby World Cup winner, British and Irish Lion and media celebrity

    Matt Dawson

    Matt spent a successful rugby career playing for the Northampton Saints and London Wasps between 1991 and 2006. Matt toured three times with the British and Irish Lions as well as being part of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side.

    Since retiring from Rugby, Matt has forge...


Industry session
Industry session
  • Robots and artificial intelligence: the great IT opportunity FDs need to know about

    Andrew Burgess, Leading Thinker on robotics and AI

    Artificial intelligence is here. Not just in driverless cars and high-frequency trading on stock markets but in customer service tools, supply chain risk mapping and finance processes. Cognitive technologies such as natural language processing and machine learning are transforming the way busi...


  • The FD Interview: What every finance director can learn from an interim FD

    Liz Collins, Interim CFO National Car Parks (NCP), interviewed by Andrew Sawers

    Interim finance directors see the world differently. They have to quickly grasp the technicalities and the politics of a business situation without having to buy into the corporate culture. The result, as Liz Collins has experienced, is that the perspective of an interim FD enables them to ide...


  • New accounting standards: What every finance person needs to know

    Vivek Mehan, Product Head – Technical and Financial Reporting, ICAEW
    New accounting standards are coming down the tracks and they will have wide-ranging impact across the business. Not only will they impact on the financial statements prepared by group head office, they will also affect operational decisions in which finance business partners will be involved.

  • FD Knowledge Exchange – PANEL SESSION:

    Moderator: Andrew Sawers, Freelance Financial Journalist Panalists: Fiona Ryder, Finance and Strategy Director, BP Patrice Mantey, Finance Director – New Markets and Digital, Royal Mail Stuart Bird, Deputy Director of Finance, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

    Senior finance professionals all too rarely get the opportunity to seek out the views and experiences of fellow finance professionals – particularly those from very different career or industry backgrounds. Getting help with technical questions from your auditor is easy enough – bu...


  • The human finance director in the midst of change - PANEL SESSION

    Moderator: Andrew Sawers, Freelance Financial Journalist Panelists: Roger Young, Director, Financial Reporting and Operations, Legal & General Group Plc Liz Collins, Interim CFO National Car Parks (NCP) Peter Wallace, HR Service Director, Capita HR solutions

    In a world where every business function is going through rapid change it’s no surprise to see people issues rising up the agenda – even in non-HR functions such as finance. Commercially-focussed, strategic FDs need to be fully engaged with the people aspects of large-scale project...


  • Lessons from BHS and the never-ending pensions crisis – SESSION

    Moderator: John Stepek, Executive Editor, MoneyWeek Panelists: David Rae, Managing Director, Head of Client Strategy & Research at Russell Investments Andy Wadley, Director/Trustee Representative, AAATrustee Ltd Hymans Robertson (speaker TBC)

    The pensions crisis rumbles on. Retailer BHS wasn’t exceptional in terms of the state of the scheme and that of the company – but it was yet another example of how pension deficits can inflict damage on company balance sheets, impede the disposal of businesses and harm corporate re...


  • Finance functions: When standardisation is anything but standard

    Jon Fenwick, Solution Architect, Bluefin Solutions; formerly Director Outsourcing - GBS EU Zone Lead, The Kraft Heinz Company

    Finance function transformation can save costs, improve financial controls, speed up reporting times and enhance information transparency. More than this, the creation of centres of excellence can create the opportunity to get key information out to management teams and, indeed, everyone else ...


  • The Value of Privacy & Everything you wanted to know about the GDPR

    Nader Henein, Regional Director, Advanced Cyber Resilience, BlackBerry

    Over the course of the last decade a new economy has come to dominate global markets; similar to coal and oil at the dawn of the industrial revolution, personal information is the new currency defining our digital existence; with one glaring exception, this commodity never seems to diminish in...


Discussion Groups
Discussion Groups
  • Tough talk: Dealing with difficult conversations

    Alice Deakin, Product Head – Leadership and Management, ICAEW

    Finance professionals across the business often have to get involved in difficult conversations that take them well outside their usual comfort zone. These tough talk situations may involve having to negotiate hard with boardroom peers, defusing conflict with operational people, dealing one-on...


  • Ready for Brexit? Preparing for the VAT and customs ramifications

    Giles Parsons, Director, European tax policy, Caterpillar Inc

    With the Brexit Article 50 process only just getting underway, there is still so much uncertainty. So how should companies prepare?

    By starting to think of the worst-case scenarios. The implications for cross-border supply chains are huge, including duties, VAT cash flow, and a...


Professional Development
Professional Development
  • How to manage people in increasingly demanding times

    David MacLeod OBE, Co-Founder, Engage for Success

    In a time when our organisations are facing an increasing number of external challenges, it is ever more important to ensure all our people are willingly offering their full capabilities and potential so that we can fully implement our strategies and drive results.

    David will briefly t...


  • How to Survive and Thrive in Changing Times

    Paul McGee, International Speaker, Author and Creator of the SUMO concept‎

    In this practical and pragmatic session, Paul McGee will explore ways to develop our resilience, remain positive under pressure, and be both inspired and inspiring.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Understand the impact and importance of our mindset
    • Identify men...


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