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 - 9:30

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 Schacknies SVP & Treasurer Hilton Worldwide
9:30 - 10:30

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

Join our cross-party debate as we explore what the “new normal” will be for the UK post 31st October. Whether it’s a no-deal, deal, or a no-go; scenario planning will be over and businesses in the UK and worldwide will know where they stand. Since the referendum in 2016, companies have been trying to prepare for the changes in different ways without really knowing how their business will be impacted by Brexit. From stockpiling products at Dover to moving HQs abroad, join our panel of speakers as they review the results and share their thoughts about the road ahead.

chair

Rohitesh Dhawan Director of Global Strategy Eurasia Group

panellists

Lord Dr Michael Hastings CBE Independent Peer House of Lords
Lord Malloch-Brown Former Deputy Secretary General United Nations
Lord Peter Lilley (Former) Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party House of Lords
10:35 - 11:30

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’

11:30 - 12:00

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

Martin Hoad Deputy Treasurer Centrica
12:00 - 12:30

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
12:30 - 1:00

Transforming Banking, Payments… and Treasury?

Strategy and Business Partnering

Ruth McCarthy, CEO of FEXCO Corporate Payments and a Non-Executive Director of Goodbody stockbrokers will deliver her in-depth and thought-provoking presentation on the Second Public Services Directive and Open Banking which includes the compulsory introduction of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) by banks. Ruth will not only provide an insight into the issue of PSD2, its background and its evolution through time, she will also clarify the fundamentals of PSD2 and arguments for replacement of PSD. The presentation will provide space for discussion of its impacts on normal business processes as well as benefits and risks for treasury which are associated with PSD2.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • PSD history & the need for change
  • PSD2 fundamentals & arguments for replacement of PSD
  • Open-banking implementation and PSD2 & business processes

speakers

Ruth McCarthy CEO FEXCO Corporate Payments

Bank Connectivity: SWIFT, EBICS, H2H or API – What’s Best for your Treasury?

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Communicating with your bank is still a full-time job, but certain tools are changing the game. How to find the right connection and tool within today’s connectivity jungle to solve the challenge and which one is the best fit for your treasury operation at current stage? Fides will take a look!

If you are only using one connectivity channel, you are limiting your reach. Some banks are on the SWIFT network, but not SCORE-ready. You may currently have to access one bank through their online portal. Another bank requires EBICS. Expanding into emerging markets often means working with small banks or payment providers that may have to send statements via email. Last but not least if you do not have a TMS in place yet but want to get rid of Excel Spreadsheets or at least start to centralize all bank data in one place will Fides provide insights where to start.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Available and best bank connectivity channels
  • Where to start the automation and why
  • TMS, ERP or a simple reporting and payment platform to start with

speakers

Simon Kaufmann Vice President Head Client Relations & Marketing Fides
1:00 - 1:50
1:50 - 2:50

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:

  • Optimising cashflow forecasting
  • Adoption of exponential technology (AI, machine learning, robotics, blockchain etc) in treasury
  • The treasurer’s role in the broader business
  • Treasury as a business partner
  • How Brexit will impact treasury
  • Developing strong communication lines with your CFO
  • The treasurer’s role in business growth – M&A and beyond

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.

2:50 - 3:40

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’

3:40 - 4:10

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.

Cash Management in the Age of Digital Transformation

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Cash is king and data is the new gold. When the world is getting flat and the business landscape is changing almost real-time, what are the challenges and opportunities for CFOs and Treasurers? How do you keep your finger on the pulse of the global cash flow? How can you orchestrate thousands of domestic and cross-border payments worth millions while staying informed and compliant? Or even more relevant: how can all these data be leveraged for better business decisions and enable you to play a leading role as change agent in your company’s digital transformation?

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Learn how you stay up to date and compliant in the fast-pace world of digital transformation.
  • Experience how orchestrating domestic and cross-border payments becomes easy and feasible
  • Get insights in new ways of managing your enterprise payments

speakers

Jörg Wiemer CEO Treasury Intelligence Solutions
4:10 - 4:35

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.
4:35 - 5:05
5:05 - 5:15
8:30 - 9:00
9:30 - 10:00

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
Steve Elms EMEA Region Head, Corporate & Public Sector Sales, Treasury and Trade Solutions Citi
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: PSD2 and the Future of FinTechs in Finance

Treasury Transformation and Technology

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
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.

Treasury in the age of Open Banking: transformation today or tomorrow?

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Stick or twist? We know treasury transformation is a priority for most corporates, however, the landscape is evolving and complexity does nothing to help decision making. We explore the strides made, the access available now and whether we have yet reach a tipping point for investment. Our session will delve into the questions to be asked of the industry and whether the environment is ripe enough to convince a treasurer to make the business case for transformation.

Key Takeaways and Outcomes:

  • What’s available now – tools you didn’t know you had access to
  • Transformative treasury: the ROI for the corporate
12:00 - 12:25

Working Capital Management at FrieslandCampina: Treasury Evolving as a Business Partner

Strategy and Business Partnering

The main goal of FrieslandCampina’s treasury transformation is to become the ultimate business partner. Working capital management is a major area of business interest. This session describes how treasury evolved from analysis to a concrete portfolio of instruments including supplier and receivables finance. Finding the balance between stakeholders’ interests, accounting and rating elements, as well as interest and operational costs considerations. Essential to understand is that this optimization journey is based on in-depth collaboration with business units, as well as corporate procurement and financial shared service centers. E.g. the success of supplier finance has been clearly depending on procurement understanding and embracing the instrument, followed up by joint governance.

Key outcomes and takeaways

  • Working capital management is a major area for treasury to demonstrate its added value as a business partner
  • For each company finding the right approach is essentially a balancing act
  • Mastering the art of collaboration with other business entities is the critical capability

speakers

Klaas Springer Director of Corporate Treasury Royal FrieslandCampina

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
12:25 - 1:15
1:15 - 1:45

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.

Take Control & Save Your Soul - The Road to Faster Payments

Treasury Transformation and Technology

As payment transactions increase in volume and value, an estimated 80% of organisations face fraud attempts every year; while disparate systems and insecure processes are challenging corporates of all size and type amid regulatory changes and rapidly evolving technology.

In this session, panelists will discuss how to approach a payment factory project using secure bank connectivity while streamlining controls through real-time fraud detection and prevention.

Key Takeaways and Outcomes:

  • Challenging your payments landscape – what needs to change?
  • Understanding the security risks
  • How to approach a payment factory project
  • Quantifying the benefits
1:45 - 2:10

The Treasurer is Becoming More “Strategic”. Everyone says so. But What Does that Really Mean?

“Strategy is a high-level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty “

The Treasurer’s role has always been strategic. In the aftermath of 2008 it’s clear that the profile of the Treasurer has increased with Treasurer’s themselves reporting more Board exposure. But can the profession lay claim that this is evidence the profession is becoming more strategic?

Treasurers have an enviable skill set and unique perspective of both the internal workings of the firm and the external perception of it. This skill set focuses on cash and risk, the components of value. The key to becoming more “strategic” is to apply this focus to the wider business to measure value to challenge and support the corporate strategy. Traditional treasury areas such as FX and interest rate risk management can also be challenged to determine if policy truly aligns to the corporate strategy.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Do you really know where and how the corporate strategy is creating or destroying value within your business?
  • Do your policies in traditional areas such as FX risk management truly align to the strategic objectives of the firm?
  • Treasurers are uniquely placed to answer the above questions and lead a charge into new and innovative areas of finance in support of the firm’s overall strategy.

speakers

Ben Walters Deputy Treasurer Compass Group PLC

Global Ledgers: Achieving more Transparency and Efficiency through Blockchain

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.
2:10 - 2:40

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

  • 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.
2:40 - 3:10
3:10 - 3:15

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