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Agenda

I valued the mix of technical content and commentary on the wider business and political environment.

- FRO attendee

08:00
Registration
09:00
Welcome
Gavin Esler, Conference Moderator and Alan Millings, Global Capital Markets Leader, EY
09:15
Opening remarks
Hywel Ball, Assurance Managing Partner and Head of UK Audit, EY
09:45
Plenary
Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Economist and author
10:30
Plenary
Iain Mackay, Chief Financial Officer, GlaxoSmithKIine
11:15
Morning break
11:40
Breakout 1
 
Economic Outlook: coping with Disequilibrium Economics
Mark Gregory, EY

How can businesses make sense of an uncertain, ever changing and fragmented economic environment? Hear from Mark Gregory, EY's Chief Economist in the UK and sponsoring partner of the EY ITEM Club. 

The EY ITEM Club is a leading UK economic forecasting group, producing quarterly economic UK forecasts, special reports and forecasts. EY has been sole sponsor of the ITEM Club for 25 years. It is the only non-governmental forecasting group to use HM Treasury's model of the UK economy.
 
IFRS 16 – a positive or negative impact on business?
Emily Browne, EY

As the first year of implementation of the new leasing standard comes to a close, this session will share insights on the impact that IFRS 16 has had on key metrics, commercial decisions and finance functions within business in the past year. It will include both the positive and the more challenging aspects of implementing the standard.
 
All change in large private company governance
Mala Shah-Coulon, EY

To date governance has been the realm of listed companies. However under recent legislative changes under The Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 large private companies (including large UK subsidiaries of groups) will be required to make a statement on their corporate governance arrangements. This session will cover the practical aspects of the new regulations before boards put pen to paper, including a focus on the Wates Principles.

 
 
US GAAP & SEC developments
Steven C. Jacobs, EY and Adam Dufour, EY

Our US Partner will discuss developments and points of focus of the key US standard setters and regulators, including the SEC, FASB, and PCAOB, that he has seen in the last year. The discussion will cover current standard setting and rulemaking, the most frequent areas of SEC comment, as well as emerging areas.
 
Cybersecurity
Misha Glenny, award-winning writer and cybersecurity expert

When it comes to protecting your business from cyber threats, expensive digital security systems are only part of the solution. Misha identifies Communication as the biggest failure of the cyber security industry. In this session, he will explain how cyber security needs to be integrated into all aspects of business. By drawing on the many interviews he has undertaken with cyber criminals, he reveals surprising aspects to their motivation and characters, and how you can safeguard your business against them. 
 
Realising the true value of culture
Arun Batra, EY 

Organisational culture, diversity and inclusiveness can impact all aspects of business performance and strategy. This session will explore how organisations can define, shape and monitor culture. 
 
SOX compliance: remaining effective whilst reducing complexity
Stuart Reid, EY

This session will summarise the findings from our second foreign registrant SOX survey, including registrants’ views and approaches to SOX, the challenges, including the impact of a change in auditor, use of technology in SOX and what does "good" look like? 
 
The Tech Lounge
EYX and Maya Bankovich, EY

Our ever-popular Tech Lounge is back! In this more informal and interactive session, you will experience a pop-up WavespaceTM. You can meet our Finance 4.0 experts, who will bring you up to speed with what's new in Digital Finance, and use the technology to collaborate with your peers as you brainstorm what the Finance function of the future will look like.
 
12:30
Breakout 2
 
Economic Outlook: coping with Disequilibrium Economics
Mark Gregory, EY

How can businesses make sense of an uncertain, ever changing and fragmented economic environment? Hear from Mark Gregory, EY's Chief Economist in the UK and sponsoring partner of the EY ITEM Club. 

The EY ITEM Club is a leading UK economic forecasting group, producing quarterly economic UK forecasts, special reports and forecasts. EY has been sole sponsor of the ITEM Club for 25 years. It is the only non-governmental forecasting group to use HM Treasury's model of the UK economy.
 
IFRS developments
Gary Kabureck, IASB, Richard Moore, EY and Pieter Dekker, EY

Hear directly from the IASB and EY on the IASB agenda and developments in accounting standards. 
 
IFRS 16 – a positive or negative impact on business?
Emily Browne, EY

As the first year of implementation of the new leasing standard comes to a close, this session will share insights on the impact that IFRS 16 has had on key metrics, commercial decisions and finance functions within business in the past year. It will include both the positive and the more challenging aspects of implementing the standard.
 
Cybersecurity
Misha Glenny, award-winning writer and cybersecurity expert

When it comes to protecting your business from cyber threats, expensive digital security systems are only part of the solution. Misha identifies Communication as the biggest failure of the cyber security industry. In this session, he will explain how cyber security needs to be integrated into all aspects of business. By drawing on the many interviews he has undertaken with cyber criminals, he reveals surprising aspects to their motivation and characters, and how you can safeguard your business against them. 
 
Realising the true value of culture
Arun Batra, EY 

Organisational culture, diversity and inclusiveness can impact all aspects of business performance and strategy. This session will explore how organisations can define, shape and monitor culture. 
 
2nd Line of Defence over financial reporting
Dan Feather, EY, Gareth James, EY, Sonila Routsi, EY and Ioanna Antoniou, EY 
 
In this session, we will share insights in to what can result when the First Line of Defence over financial reporting fails. We will also give practical examples of how companies are building effective second lines of defence. The discussion will include examples of data analytics and other enabling technologies.
 
The Tech Lounge
EYX and Maya Bankovich, EY

Our ever-popular Tech Lounge is back! In this more informal and interactive session, you will experience a pop-up WavespaceTM. You can meet our Finance 4.0 experts, who will bring you up to speed with what's new in Digital Finance, and use the technology to collaborate with your peers as you brainstorm what the Finance function of the future will look like.
13:15
Lunch
14:15
Breakout 3
 
IFRS developments
Gary Kabureck, IASB, Richard Moore, EY and Pieter Dekker, EY

Hear directly from the IASB and EY on the IASB agenda and developments in accounting standards. 
 
IFRS 16 – a positive or negative impact on business?
Emily Browne, EY

As the first year of implementation of the new leasing standard comes to a close, this session will share insights on the impact that IFRS 16 has had on key metrics, commercial decisions and finance functions within business in the past year. It will include both the positive and the more challenging aspects of implementing the standard.
 
US GAAP & SEC developments
Steven C. Jacobs, EY and Adam Dufour, EY

Our US Partner will discuss developments and points of focus of the key US standard setters and regulators, including the SEC, FASB, and PCAOB, that he has seen in the last year. The discussion will cover current standard setting and rulemaking, the most frequent areas of SEC comment, as well as emerging areas.
 
Non-financial reporting
Doug Johnston, EY

Failure to monitor and report relevant, strategic, and reliable sustainability information can have a negative impact on business performance and reputation. Companies face mounting pressure to disclose their sustainability performance to stakeholders and investors. This session will cover the importance of disclosing non-financial matters such as climate change, climate risk and corporate responsibility and developments in recent years. 
 
2nd Line of Defence over financial reporting
Dan Feather, EY and Gareth James, EY, Sonila Routsi, EY and Ioanna Antoniou, EY 

In this session, we will share insights in to what can result when the First Line of Defence over financial reporting fails. We will also give practical examples of how companies are building effective second lines of defence. The discussion will include examples of data analytics and other enabling technologies.
 
The path to success: Entrepreneur of the Year
Simon Rogerson, CEO, Octopus Group

Hear from Simon Rogerson, CEO and co-founder of Octopus Group and  winner of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year. Simon’s purpose and vision for Octopus Group is truly inspiring and his passion for making the customer journey better speaks volumes about his entrepreneurial spirit. Simon will share his journey to entrepreneurial success, his experiences and what he has learnt along the way. 

(Since it first launched in the UK more than 20 years ago, the Entrepreneur Of The Year UK programme has been recognising successful entrepreneurs making a positive impact on their society and the economy, and the legacies they are building).
 
The Tech Lounge
EYX and Maya Bankovich, EY

Our ever-popular Tech Lounge is back! In this more informal and interactive session, you will experience a pop-up WavespaceTM. You can meet our Finance 4.0 experts, who will bring you up to speed with what's new in Digital Finance, and use the technology to collaborate with your peers as you brainstorm what the Finance function of the future will look like.
15:05
Breakout 4
 
IFRS developments
Gary Kabureck, IASB, Richard Moore, EY and Pieter Dekker, EY

Hear directly from the IASB and EY on the IASB agenda and developments in accounting standards. 
 
Changes in governance for listed companies
Ken Williamson, EY 

The revised 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code coupled with the new Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 are part of a suite of reforms aimed to build trust in business by encouraging boards to better consider their employees and broader stakeholders. AIM listed companies also have a new obligation to report against a recognised governance code. This session will cover the new governance requirements for listed companies and resulting issues and considerations, as well as practicalities of reporting.
 
 
US GAAP & SEC developments
Steven C. Jacobs, EY and Adam Dufour, EY

Our US Partner will discuss developments and points of focus of the key US standard setters and regulators, including the SEC, FASB, and PCAOB, that he has seen in the last year. The discussion will cover current standard setting and rulemaking, the most frequent areas of SEC comment, as well as emerging areas.
 
Non-financial reporting
Doug Johnston, EY

Failure to monitor and report relevant, strategic, and reliable sustainability information can have a negative impact on business performance and reputation. Companies face mounting pressure to disclose their sustainability performance to stakeholders and investors. This session will cover the importance of disclosing non-financial matters such as climate change, climate risk and corporate responsibility and developments in recent years. 
 
SOX compliance: remaining effective whilst reducing complexity
Stuart Reid, EY

This session will summarise the findings from our second foreign registrant SOX survey, including registrants’ views and approaches to SOX, the challenges, including the impact of a change in auditor, use of technology in SOX and what does "good" look like? 
 
The path to success: Entrepreneur of the Year
Simon Rogerson, CEO, Octopus Group

Hear from Simon Rogerson, CEO and co-founder of Octopus Group and  winner of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year. Simon’s purpose and vision for Octopus Group is truly inspiring and his passion for making the customer journey better speaks volumes about his entrepreneurial spirit. Simon will share his journey to entrepreneurial success, his experiences and what he has learnt along the way. 

(Since it first launched in the UK more than 20 years ago, the Entrepreneur Of The Year UK programme has been recognising successful entrepreneurs making a positive impact on their society and the economy, and the legacies they are building).
 
The Tech Lounge
EYX and Maya Bankovich, EY

Our ever-popular Tech Lounge is back! In this more informal and interactive session, you will experience a pop-up WavespaceTM. You can meet our Finance 4.0 experts, who will bring you up to speed with what's new in Digital Finance, and use the technology to collaborate with your peers as you brainstorm what the Finance function of the future will look like.
15:50
Afternoon break
16:15
Plenary
Andrew Marr, broadcaster and journalist
17:00
Plenary
Col. Dame Kelly Holmes DBE, Double Olympic Gold Medallist
17:45
Closing remarks
17:50
Drinks reception

Great to hear some real experiences in breakouts.

- Head of Group Financial Reporting, FRO attendee

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London — Monday, 4 November 2019

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