Programme

Streams

  • Strategy and Business Partnering
  • Treasury Transformation and Technology
  • Strategy and Business Partnering
  • Treasury Transformation and Technology

8:00 - 8:50
8:55 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:20

Opening Keynote: Treasury Transformation: People, Process and Technology

Fred Schacknies, SVP & Treasurer of Hilton, will share the story of rebuilding Hilton’s Treasury function over the last decade, set against the background of the company’s transformative journey through the relocation of its corporate headquarters, an initial public offering and two spin-offs. The session will focus on the development of the three interdependent pillars of people, process and technology, essential for any organization, and highlight principles for aligning the mission of the Treasury team with the corporate objectives of the company. Lastly, having described the growth of Hilton’s Treasury to date, Mr. Schacknies will outline expectations for the road ahead.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • The importance of aligning team mission with that of the enterprise
  • The importance of people, process and technology in organizational development
  • Strategic direction within a Treasury organization

speakers

Fred Shacknies SVP & Treasurer Hilton Worldwide
9:20 - 10:00

Keynote Panel Discussion: The Big Debate – Finance in a New World: Beyond Scenario Planning

As Geopolitical conditions have become more volatile, businesses worldwide are doing their utmost to prepare for the pace and extent of change. In addition to the unprecedented speed in which changes in the market, politics and consumer behaviour take place; companies are now also faced with a world of automation and Big Data, adding even more pressure on a company’s ability to remain agile, competitive and successful.  It is imperative for Treasury to become more agile to help the business respond to the changes and new demands quickly and efficiently to achieve continued growth.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Find out the key developments impacting treasury today.
  • Learn about latest regulatory changes and updates that will impact your business.
  • Future forecasting: The trends to look out for in 2020 and beyond.
  • Brexit: From scenario planning into practice: The road ahead.

chair

Rohitesh Dhawan Director of Global Strategy Eurasia Group

panellists

Lord Dr Michael Hastings CBE Independent Peer House of Lords
10:05 - 11:00

MATCH Meetings and Refreshments

MATCH meetings are designed to help you with the challenges you’re experiencing in your work place.

We talk to you extensively about your current challenges and then MATCH you up with our solution industry experts. Not to mention, you also have full control over your schedule and access to exclusive MATCH benefits on site’

11:00 - 11:30

Panel Discussion: The CFO Perspective – Developing a strong partnership with your CFO

Strategy and Business Partnering

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Understand the CFO priorities for 2020 and beyond
  • See how the Treasury function is a key pillar in driving holistic business transformation
  • Delivering value across the finance function

Panel Discussion: The Future of Treasury Automation

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How information technology can enhance transparency across the organisation and optimise cash positioning.
  • Achieve improved control through increased automation of treasury systems.
  • Getting the right organisational setup to ensure optimised ROI.

panellists

Frank Rust Head of Group Treasury Bucher
11:30 - 11:55

Finance: Ever Changing, Ever the Same?

Strategy and Business Partnering

Finance functions are facing new and ever-changing challenges and their approach to these needs to be different from the past. We see more change, and more swirl than ever before, yet at the same time the fundamentals of a good finance function remain the same. This includes both what finance functions are doing, their use of technology and the skills required by finance professionals of the future. Now, more than ever, Finance needs to be ‘In the Business’! A changing landscape also highlights the need for a more inclusive and diverse finance function with the breadth of skills and viewpoints critical to succeeding in the future world.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Finance functions are facing new and ever-changing challenges
  • A more agile approach is required to financial management
  • Skills, technology and diversity and inclusion are all key to the finance function of the future

speakers

Michael Clark Vice President Finance & CFO Coca-Cola European Partners

Finance Transformation Thanks to Lean Teams and Technology

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • How much should a Finance team cost?
  • How do you use Shared Services?
  • Which Technology makes a difference?

speakers

Guillaume de Pommereau Chief Financial Officer Hitachi Europe Ltd
11:55 - 12:25

Treasury Regulation: Staying Compliant and Agile in Uncertain Times - PSD2

Strategy and Business Partnering

Optimising Bank Communication

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Best practice in managing multiple banks and bank accounts
  • Achieving increased visibility on balances and transactions
  • What is the impact of bank-independent communication platforms
12:25 - 1:20
1:20 - 2:10

Thought Exchange: Creating Powerful Connections through Meaningful Conversations

Experiences and knowledge, are our biggest asset. With this in mind, we have created a new and exciting opportunity for our network to collaborate and learn from each other. We have provided a platform for you to have a voice – to challenge the status quo, inspire and innovate. In the lead up to the event you drive the conversation by nominating or voting on a hot topic or key challenge facing the profession. On the day join the conversation on topics such as:

 

  • Using technology to create innovation and efficiency
  • Bridging the gap between finance and creative
  • The future of finance and how the landscape will evolve over the next 5 years
  • What is next for the CFO and how the profession is developing?

Among many more!!!

Chatham House Roundtable: Technology Implementation: Best Practice and Lessons Learnt

It’s easy to celebrate the successes of those with the budgets, vision and willingness to be pioneers in corporate treasury management.

However, what is often forgotten are the challenges and problems that proceeded the success stories. Even more importantly, we forget to share the problem-solving, team work, process and ingenuity that it took to achieve success.

Set under Chatham House Rules, join our panel of senior treasury professionals who will share their best practice and valuable lessons learnt from implementation of new technology, systems and transformation projects.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from those who have been there before you, identify the most common hurdles and have your questions answered in a safe and anonyms setting.

2:10 - 3:05

MATCH Meetings and Refreshments

MATCH meetings are designed to help you with the challenges you’re experiencing in your work place.

We talk to you extensively about your current challenges and then MATCH you up with our solution industry experts. Not to mention, you also have full control over your schedule and access to exclusive MATCH benefits on site’

3:05 - 3:30

Finance Transformation Begins with Simplification

Strategy and Business Partnering

Why are we expensive vs benchmarks but our employees are overworked?

Why are we yet to see the full benefits of centralisation, outsourcing and Tech investments?

How can we create a platform for less disruptive continuous improvement and facilitate the adoption of current and future technology for Finance?

These are the questions GSK is answering through its Finance Transformation. At the heart of all the solutions is simplification. Simplification through standardisation, simplification through clear accountabilities, simplification of internal bureaucracy and finance siloes.

GSK operates 2 divisions in over 90 geographies, and Finance is present in most of them. Designing simplification is the easy part, delivering it and sustaining it in the face of complexity and autonomy is the real challenge. But achieving it allows real transformation that delivers both efficiency and effectiveness improvements.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • How driving for simplification helps achieve today’s goals and sets Finance up for future success
  • The challenges in driving simplification in complex organisation

speakers

William Benson VP Head Finance Transformation GSK

Robotics in Treasury

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Robotics in Finance: How to find the balance between where human interaction ends and automation begins.
  • Lessons learnt to date from the pilot project
  • Ensuring staff engagement.
3:30 - 4:00

Risk Management and Funding: Securing and Optimising Liquidity in Uncertain Times

Strategy and Business Partnering

As a key performance indicator for any corporate treasurer, the ability to successfully invest available funds whilst ensuring continued liquidity and cashflow has never been more difficult. Today’s rapidly changing political landscape has certainly had an immense impact on treasurers’ ability to gather reliable intelligence and assess the level of risk with certainty and confidence.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Best practice in liquidity risk management.
  • Learn about cash repatriation and liquidity management
  • How treasury can become custodian of the liquidity and financial risk of their organisations.

Working Capital Management

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Working Capital has become increasingly important following the financial crisis. Ensuring your business has sufficient working capital whilst ensuring there is enough capital available for investments, unforeseen challenges and continued business growth is an ongoing struggle for all treasurers.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How to step change working capital management
  • Key enablers to working capital improvements
  • Key learnings from working capital projects
4:00 - 4:25

The Strategic Treasurer: What Does it Mean?

Strategy and Business Partnering

Key Takeaways and Outcomes:

  • The treasurer as a business partner.
  • FX risk at the group-wide level.
  • Capital allocation.

speakers

Ben Walters Deputy Treasurer Compass Group PLC

Global Ledgers: Achieving more Transparency and Efficiency through Blockchain

Treasury Transformation and Technology

How can this technology impact corporate treasury business in respect of new payment processes, virtual accounts, documentation of trade finance business and debt financing?

Key Takeaways and Outcomes:

  • Who is driving this technology – Fintechs, banks, others?
  • Current applications and possible developments.
  • Need for regulation – Making innovation safe and secure.
4:25 - 4:55

The Business Case for Digitization

Strategy and Business Partnering

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How to develop a compelling and tailored business case for the usage of new technologies.
  • Showcasing the value of treasury technology investment and impact on the bottom line.
  • What you need to know before you go to your CFO.

The Future of Treasury Automation

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How information technology can enhance transparency across the organisation and optimise cash positioning.
  • Achieve improved control through increased automation of treasury systems.
  • Getting the right organisational setup to ensure optimised ROI.
5:00 - 5:30

Keynote Panel Discussion: PSD2 and the Future of FinTechs in Finance

PSD2 obliges banks to grant access to payment accounts, paving the way for a new category of FinTech service provider. But what does the next generation of 3rd party providers hold for treasury?

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • PSD2 simplified: The pros and cons
  • The new services entering the market
  • Increased security in cash management
  • Better cashflow forecasting and instant corporate payments

panellists

David Everett Head of Treasury Flybe
5:30 - 5:35
8:30 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:30

Opening Keynote Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation in Finance

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • What role does treasury play in business-wide digital transformation?
  • How do you develop a digital strategy which aligns with the business strategy and the business model?
  • How do you transform the treasury function with minimum disruption?
  • What new technologies should the business and finance prioritise in the next 5 years?

panellists

Christof Nelischer (Former) Global Group Treasurer Willis Towers Watson
9:30 - 10:00

Keynote Panel Discussion: Diversity and Talent Acquisition

The radical changes the treasury function faces directly impacts the skills required to deliver the service well. In particular, the increasing use of technology is changing the way we work and changing the skills requirements traditionally needed within treasury. In addition, the increasing focus on diversity are leaving companies in an unprecedented competitive market for the key skills required to achieve business growth. Join our panel of speakers as they share their own best practice and key challenges in the ongoing struggle of acquiring the diverse talent they need for success.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • With the imminent implementation of new technology, how do you ensure you have the right skillset to manage it?
  • Meeting the gender-pay gap requirements for 2020: What’s next?
  • Reviewing how we learn, upskilling and developing staff.
  • How to reward and engage your team to ensure they choose to stay?
10:05 - 11:00

MATCH Meetings and Refreshments

MATCH meetings are designed to help you with the challenges you’re experiencing in your work place.

We talk to you extensively about your current challenges and then MATCH you up with our solution industry experts. Not to mention, you also have full control over your schedule and access to exclusive MATCH benefits on site’

11:00 - 11:30

Panel Discussion: Treasury as a Strategic Business Partner

Strategy and Business Partnering

As the treasury function continues to becoming increasingly strategically focused and driven by CFO mandate; it is imperative that treasurers remain agile to strategically address and respond to disruptions impacting their business and broader industry.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • A shift in the Treasurer’s role paradigm
  • Understand how to challenge business models
  • Learn the importance of how to network with other corporates to increase awareness of key Treasury

panellists

Ion Sclifos Head of Treasury & Finance Risk Orange
Ian Kirkpatrick Treasurer for Group Funding and Risk London Stock Exchange Group
Auna Dunlevy Head of Liquidity & Investments Royal Mail

Panel Discussion: Cyber Security: Everyone’s Problems

Treasury Transformation and Technology

The addition and adoption of new technologies may revolutionize businesses worldwide, however, with increased reliability on technology the exposure to risk and threats also become greater. Machine on machine crimes will only be the start of it. How do we ensure we keep our people, businesses and data safe?

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How to develop full staff and business engagement on cyber security.
  • Best practice in protecting the business against cyber attacks and payment fraud.
  • Treasury as a steward for risk management within the organisation.
11:30 - 12:00

IFRS16: Staying Compliant and Optimising Efficiency

Strategy and Business Partnering

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Achieving regulatory compliance as a global company.
  • Audit risks and key considerations
  • The key challenges and opportunities for your business.

The Future of Treasury Automation

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How information technology can enhance transparency across the organisation and optimise cash positioning.
  • Achieve improved control through increased automation of treasury systems.
  • Getting the right organisational setup to ensure optimised ROI.
12:00 - 12:30

Risk Management Strategies when Entering New and Emerging Markets

Strategy and Business Partnering

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Best practice within:
    • Risk policies & procedures
    • Risk mitigation strategies
    • Exposure quantification
    • Hedging strategies & execution
  • How to remain vigilant in safeguarding financial assets.
  • Developing strategies for full control of payment infrastructures and bank communications.

Developing the Next-Generation of accounting & legal services in an AI enabled world

Treasury Transformation and Technology

The UK is a leading global centre for business, founded on a strong legal and accounting services sector. As technologies such as AI and machine learning develop at rapid pace, how do we ensure that these sectors evolve into ‘next-gen’ services to meet clients’ needs and maintain global competitiveness? This presentation will provide insight into one of the projects funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to address this pressing challenge.

Key outcomes and takeaways

  • How Government is trying to support the development of services to enable wider business growth as part of industrial strategy
  • Overview of challenges and opportunities relating to next-gen services and ways CFOs can influence that debate
  • Introduction to innovation capacity building methods applicable to in-house finance teams, as well as service providers.

speakers

Hilary Allen Stakeholder Engagement University of Sheffield
12:30 - 1:00

Centralised Cash Management

Strategy and Business Partnering

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How to optimise and deliver efficiencies throughout the financial value chain.
  • Understand best practice in cash pooling and netting structures.
  • Understand the benefits of new operating models such as in-house banks and payment factories.

Proactive Cashflow Forecasting

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How to deliver accuracy of data collection, data accuracy, data mapping, analysis methodology and reporting.
  • Finding scalable, flexible solutions that are tailored to meet specific requirements and fit for purpose.
  • Ensuring treasury receives timely and reliable predictive and scenario analysis
1:00 - 2:00
2:00 - 2:30

Keynote Panel Discussion: The Future Role of the Treasurer: Building the Next Generation

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Understanding the drivers of change.
  • How to leverage key Treasury competencies in a broader company and value chain perspective.
  • What are the skills we are going to need in order to meet the change?
  • How to keep treasury relevant and make sure it continues to deliver value.
2:30 - 3:00

Closing Keynote: How Lead, Engage and Drive Your Team to Success

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Delivering the most impact within your budget.
  • How to influence and engage your team and drive progress.
  • Leading change in uncertain times.
3:00 - 3:05

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