Programme

Streams

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

8:00 - 8:50
8:50 - 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
10:30 - 10:45

Keynote Presentation: Sustainable Finance: The latest trend or a Treasury must do?

Sustainable Finance is a topic we’re hearing about more and more often. But is it something we need to take note of from a Treasury perspective? This session is designed to help define Sustainable Finance, examine why it’s more than just a passing trend, and focus on the important role that Treasury professionals can play in balancing financial imperatives with environmental, social and governance priorities.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

• What is Sustainable Finance?
• Why does Sustainable Finance matter?
• What can you do to support Sustainable Finance?

speakers

Adrian Sargent Treasury Operating Officer Virgin Money
10:45 - 11:40

MATCH Meetings & 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’

11:40 - 12:10

Finance Transformation In An Ever Changing World

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 and Takeaways:

  • Finance functions – Journey to Transformation
  • The Changing World of Technology in Finance
  • People, Skills and diversity and inclusion are all key to the finance function of the future

speakers

Daniel Willoughby Director of Finance Transformation Coca-Cola European Partners

Finance Transformation Thanks to Lean Teams and Technology

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Key Outcomes and 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
12:10 - 12:40

Transforming Banking, Payments… and Treasury?

Strategy and Business Partnering

John Lynch, Head of ERP Solutions at FEXCO, will deliver his 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. John will not only provide an insight into the issue of PSD2, its background and its evolution through time, he 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

John Lynch Head of ERP Solutions 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 centralise 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
12:40 - 1:40

Lunch

VIP Lunch

speakers

Darren Masters Partner, Head of Covenant Consulting Group Mercer
Tim Penning Director Mercer
John Gething Principal and Actuary Mercer
1:40 - 2:40

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!!!

speakers

Ben Walters Deputy Treasurer Compass Group PLC
Ion Sclifos Head of Treasury & Finance Risk Orange
Winny Li Executive Director – Finance & Treasury PPD
Catherine Porter EMEA Treasury Director CBRE
Fionn O’Brien FX Sales UK and Ireland, Global Payments Division INTL FCStone
Kevin Cook CEO & Co-Founder Treasury Spring
Philip Wielenga Director Sales International Trinity Management Systems GMBH
Peter Ellemann Managing Director, Loan Markets ABN AMRO Bank
Sally King Head of Group FP&A and Treasury Whitbread
2:40 - 3:10

Keynote Panel Discussion: The Future of Treasury Automation

Strategy and Business Partnering

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.

chair

Kevin Grant Chief International Sales Officer Serrala

panellists

Felix Meyer Corporate Treasury IT Manager, Treasury Technology Expert - Zurich Branch ABB
Bert Heirbaut Treasury Manager IHG PLC
Brenda Schreuder Treasury Manager Amgen
3:10 - 4:00

MATCH Meetings & 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’

4:00 - 4:30

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

Strategy and Business Partnering

“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

Treasury Digital Transformation

Treasury Transformation and Technology

Fast and accurate data attainment is of vital importance to an accurate global cash position. The available technology to get there is vast and we should benefit from it to optimize our cash forecasting and working capital and to further focus on the knowledge of our treasury talent as opposed to our process execution.

How do we select the correct technology for our processes and get buy-in and funding for it?  How do we ensure key stakeholders are involved during the transformation and help us achieve the end goal, optimization of our cash flow and release our talented staff from inefficient processes.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • How do we get management support, buy-in and funding to transform treasury digitally?
  • Which technology do we select for which process and why?
  • Timing and skill set required for a best-in-class digital transformation

speakers

Brenda Schreuder Treasury Manager Amgen
4:30 - 5:00

Managing Counterparty Risks & Generating Reward in an End of Cycle Environment

Strategy and Business Partnering

2008 Lehman’s crisis showed most institutions were unaware of their counterparty risk exposure…… has anything really changed?

As we enter heightened uncertainty caused by end of cycle conditions it’s time to look at what might be different next time round and what you can do TODAY to understand and manage your known and unknown exposures.

With McKinsey 2019 banking review forecasting over 40% of current sector leaders being unlikely to remain in place at the end of the next cycle it’s time to ask what do you really know of your counterparties, their networks and the Risks (& Opportunities) that they represent?

Looking beyond traditional credit methodologies, which give ratings but no insight into networks of risk and their potential impact on your business, we will explore the current market conditions, new impact forces at play and tools to plan tomorrow and manage your risk and returns today.

Key Outcomes & Takeaways:

  • Understand the importance of networks and positional awareness within them.
  • Importance of looking beyond individual institutions to identify better Risk
  • How to spot early warnings of systemic change; positive and negative
  • Importance of Dynamic modelling of individual and network risks

speakers

Nick Bullman Founder & Chairman CheckRisk

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
5:00 - 5:30
5:30 - 5:35
8:30 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:35

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?

chair

Terry Dennis EMEA Cash Management Sales Head, Treasury and Trade Solutions Citi

panellists

Christof Nelischer (Former) Global Group Treasurer Willis Towers Watson
Prabha Viswanathan Assistant Group Treasurer Diageo
Joanna Fanthorpe Treasury Manager Save the Children International
9:35 - 10:05
10:05 - 11:00

MATCH Meetings & 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

Developing the Next-Generation of Accounting & Legal Services in an AI Enabled World

Strategy and Business Partnering

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 Takeaway:

  • 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.

panellists

Hilary Allen Stakeholder Engagement University of Sheffield

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

Treasury Transformation and Technology

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 optimisation 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

chair

Yemi Jackson CEO and Founder Engage Transform Consultancy
11:30 - 12:00

Transforming Treasury – what does the future look like and why getting the right technology stack isn’t your main challenge.

Strategy and Business Partnering

Technology is a fundamental element of the treasury transformation challenge. In order to improve the visibility of funds, proactively manage risk and optimise operational efficiencies, Treasurers need to invest in the right tools. The eco-system of vendors, applications and innovators solving these problems is growing at a faster rate than ever before.

But we ask – ‘what is the treasury technology stack of the future and how will treasurers take advantage of the breadth of services available to them without creating an ever more complex operating model?’ – we’ve gathered an expert panel of fintechs, banks and treasurers from across the eco-system to explain what the future will look like for treasurers and shed some light on this conundrum.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Why integrations between corporates, banks and fintechs remains an unsolved problem and left unsolved will inhibit treasury transformation and growth
  • How treasury operations can be transformed through better connectivity
  • How connectivity will reduce the friction in your treasury technology stack

chair

James Higgins Product Director AccessPay

panellists

Kevin Cook CEO & Co-Founder Treasury Spring
Dan Greenall Marketing Director AccessPay
Carmel Mesquita Director B2B Partnerships Mastercard
Brendan Reilly Head of Product Management – EMEA Silicon Valley Bank

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

speakers

Andrew Nicholson Group Director of Finance Graff Diamonds
12:00 - 12:30

Challenges and Role Transformation of the Corporate Treasurer in a Risk Driven World

The approach is focused on the treasurer’s role metamorphosis from transactional based role to a value creating corporate risk manager and related undertaken challenges on both dimensions of professional activity (endogenous and exogenous).

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • A world of unexpected opportunities … and risk
    • From geopolitics to markets pressure
  • Value erosion as risks rise
  • A shift in the Treasurer’s role paradigm a jump from  transactional management to value creation – managing the risks and whilst grasping the opportunities
  • Expect the unexpected
    • Set the fundamental structures to support the company face the dynamic risk challenges

speakers

Ion Sclifos Head of Treasury & Finance Risk Orange

Our Digital Treasury Technology Transformation

Since over 150 years, ABB has been a proven global leader in the power distribution and automation sectors. This was only possible through among other things a strong focus on investment in research and innovating technology. Its ABB ABILITY platform is one example of its continued investment in bringing enhanced value to customers. Within the treasury sphere, ABB has also pushed the importance of ensuring a technological edge to drive the automation of its processes in changing market conditions. WallStreetSystems  Suite (the former Trema FinanceKit product) , for example, was incubated on ABB’s Treasury premises in the 1990s. Transformation, however, is not only about going forward: it is a journey with leaps and setbacks. This session will provide you an overview of where ABB treasury has come from, its digital strategy, a temperature gauge of digital areas based on existing initiatives and lessons learned from its transformation process.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Overview of our technology journey, including what we have learned and where we have fallen short
  • Presentation of ABB’s digital thermometer and where we are engaging our focus
  • Be aware of green digital bananas

speakers

Felix Meyer Corporate Treasury IT Manager, Treasury Technology Expert - Zurich Branch ABB
12:30 - 1:00

Bank Connectivity in Practice: How to Upgrade your Global Payment Process?

Life as a treasurer in today‘s uncertain business world can be really demanding. Liquidity, operations and risks often have to be handled with small teams. To gain efficiency and speed, treasurers should harness the power of new technologies. When it comes to payments, solutions to simplify the bank connectivity seem promising. The idea of only ONE central electronic banking tool and fully automated payments even sounds alluring.

In this session Sascha Uhlmann, Senior Manager Treasury at HUGO BOSS AG will focus on the questions, how he and his team did the setup of a project to streamline their payment process and how the central treasury of HUGO BOSS AG manages the rollout in a decentralized, global sales organization since 2 years.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Motivation to streamline the corporate payment process
  • Challenges during the project setup and supplier selection
  • Success factors for a global treasury project at HUGO BOSS AG

speakers

Sascha Uhlmann Treasury Manager Hugo Boss
1:00 - 2:00
2:00 - 2:30

Closing Keynote 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 areas

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
2:30 - 3:00
3:00 - 3:05
3:00 - 3:30

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