Key Sessions

Dr. Noel Tagoe

Accounting in extraordinary times: roadmap to modern finance

Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Stuart Pemble

Augmented Intelligence, time to think before we act

Thomson Reuters

Andy Burrows

DNA of the future CFO

Supercharged Finance

Sep 03
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08:00 - 09:00 60 mins
Registration and morning coffee
09:00 - 09:05 5 mins
Chairman’s opening remarks
09:05 - 09:35 30 mins
Accounting in extraordinary times: roadmap to modern finance
  • Dr. Noel Tagoe - EVP Management Accounting, Research and Curricula, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
  • What’s happening in the world and the impact this is having on businesses globally
  • How technology is revolutionising the way business is done
  • The necessary evolution of finance to keep pace with the modern world
  • The role of the CFO and the Finance function in supporting and driving the business forward in tomorrow’s world
09:35 - 10:05 30 mins
Augmented Intelligence, time to think before we act
  • Stuart Pemble - VP Global Finance, Thomson Reuters
  • Automation, robotics, real-time data, predictive modeling and machine learning – where is it all naturally leading us to?
  • In a world of great uncertainty through generational shifts in social, political and economical landscape – what can we do to steer a safe course?
  • As CFO’s what lens do we need to bring? How do we need to act and how do we need our organizations to behave?
  • In this session, Stuart will walk us through a pragmatic discussion of the key topics at hand to set our minds thinking of today’s world of “Augmented Intelligence”.
10:05 - 10:35 30 mins
Defining tomorrow’s business DNA
  • How business is reinventing itself in the age of digital
  • Emerging business models for a sustainable, profitable future
  • Opportunities, challenges, labour and more
  • Working with customers to provide innovative experiences
  • Creating a more connected organisation
10:35 - 11:05 30 mins
DNA of the future CFO
  • Andy Burrows - CEO and Founder, Supercharged Finance
  • Today’s CFO vs. tomorrow’s CFO
  • Why CFOs need to think more strategically
  • Identifying the resources, tools and training required to drive change
  • Harnessing the finance function to drive business performance
11:05 - 11:35 30 mins
Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall
11:35 - 12:15 40 mins
Reskilling the finance workforce to embrace the future mandate
  • Will James - Head of Finance Transformation, AmTrust International
  • Shane Balzan - Senior Director, Syllabus – Management Accounting, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
  • James Bull - Head of Accounting Shared Services, ESCADA
  • František Rožďalovský - Finance Transformation Lead, UCB
  • Carol Holmes-Pearce - Head of Finance Transformation, Secure Trust Bank
  • How strategic thinking, relationship management and communication are as important as technical finance skills and data utilisation
  • Working across multiple groups and multiple functions to collaborate on business planning
  • Exploring new roles for the finance professional:
    • Business Partner, Financial and Regulatory Accountants, Innovation and Investment Strategists, and Business Solution Architects who will leverage threats and opportunities into strategic direction
  • How CFOs must look beyond their traditional recruitment strategies to source multi-disciplinary talent
  • Establishing a winning mix of skills and expertise to support future business requirements
12:15 - 12:45 30 mins
Adopting the Cloud to drive step-change in performance and capability
  • Will James - Head of Finance Transformation, AmTrust International
  • How Cloud is modernising the finance operating model
  • Pinpointing value-add and how finance can embrace and drive the transformation
    • scalability
    • removing legacy
    • increased security
    • agility
  • Mobilizing all lines of business:
    • engaging key stakeholders to deliver the programme
  • Action steps on Cloud transformation:
    • design, launch and execution
12:45 - 13:15 30 mins
How to access and analyse Big Data for greater decision-making and performance management
  • Mining Big Data to identify performance improvements and profitable opportunities
  • The requirement of rich internal and external data to solve future questions / scenarios
  • Using data and analytics to understand and wield potential disruptors – both financial and non-financial data
  • How to lead strategy by using data to drive deeper prescriptive insights
  • Employing advanced analytic tools to greatly improve the effectiveness of planning and forecasting:
    • how this leads to deeper business insight and better predictive modelling of business outcomes
  • Finance’s role in joining the dots of big data and analytics across the business
  • Managing new risks:
    • cybersecurity
  • Blurring the boundaries between data scientist and management accountant
  • Equipping finance teams with the right tools, skills and capabilities to provide leading insights and analytics:
    • moving beyond descriptive and diagnostic analysis to predictive and prescriptive analysis
  • Becoming a data-driven decision-centre, able to quickly derive insights from large volumes of data and communicate those insights to internal and external stakeholders
13:15 - 14:15 60 mins
14:15 - 14:45 30 mins
The art of visualisation: embrace data visualisation to support and augment business decision-making
  • How data visualisation helps finance tell better stories:
    • turning traditional spreadsheet metrics into pictures and infographics for easier understanding for the wider business
  • Using technology to turn increasing amounts of raw data into accessible insight
  • Speeding up processes when using data and exploring for prototyping and scenario planning
  • The role of visualization in data exploration:
    • identifying potential correlations
14:45 - 15:30 45 mins
Rolling out next generation cognitive to accelerate process and efficiencies
  • Chris Garner Smith - SSC Europe Operations Director, Essilor
  • Armand Angeli - President, EMEA, IAFEI
  • Philip Green - CFO & NED, former CFO, Deliveroo

Hear three case examples of the application of the latest cognitive tools in business and gain a better understanding of how finance can benefit from cognitive implementation. The Short, sharp case studies will be followed by an informative Q&A session where delegates are invited to ask questions and share experiences.

  • RPA / AI
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
Speed dating
16:00 - 16:30 30 mins
Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall
16:30 - 17:00 30 mins
Why finance must take a leading role in enhancing resilience to risk
17:00 - 17:45 45 mins
CFOs/Finance must spend more time looking at business transformation. Discuss.
  • Nigel Beck - Managing Director, Optimum Value Solutions
  • Transforming the CFO from gatekeeper to business guide and integral part of the Board
    • how to be relevant
    • how to make the right business choices
    • how to become a true business partner
  • Leapfrog from efficient to radical thinking: do you optimize existing function or blow up and start afresh?
  • Latest thinking on how to move the finance function into the 21st century
17:45 - 17:50 5 mins
Chairman’s close of day one
17:50 - 18:50 60 mins
AICPA & CIMA drinks reception