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09:00 - 09:05

Introduction to virtual FRO 2021

09:05 - 09:20


Gavin Esler, Conference Moderator
Alan Millings, Global Capital Markets Leader, EY

Gavin EslerAlan Millings
09:20 - 09:50

Opening remarks

Hywel Ball, UK&I Regional Managing Partner and UK Chair, EY

09:50 - 10:30

Plenary - Corporate Reform

Lord Callanan, Minister for Business, Energy and Corporate Responsibility

Discussion of the Government’s consultation paper Restoring Trust in Audit & Corporate Governance, which marks a significant step towards a stronger UK corporate governance and audit ecosystem. Its proposals have the potential to ensure the UK remains an attractive and competitive place to do business, helping to create the stable and well-regulated environment which long-term investors seek.

Lord Callanan
10:30 - 11:15

Breakout 1


Economic Outlook

Hear insights from the EY ITEM Club forecasting economic activity for the period ahead and discuss how the economy is placed for a post-pandemic recovery.

Peter Arnold, UK Chief Economist, EY

Peter Arnold

Putting the UK Government’s reform into practice - practical implications for boards

Join this session to hear first-hand from an esteemed panel of leaders, discussing the practical implications and opportunities for Boards stemming from the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). The UK is leading by example by putting the world’s most ambitious climate-change targets into law and setting out policies to kick-start a green industrial revolution. Ensuring the financial sector is equipped to play its part is vital - aligning the financial system with a sustainable future will bring real benefits for the environment and society.

Jessica Fries, Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)
Mark Manning, FCA
Russell Picot, Universities Superannuation Scheme
Julie Carlyle, EY
Loree Gorley, EY

Julie CarlyleJessica FriesLoree GourleyMark ManningRussell Picot

Mental resilience and adapting to the workplace of the future

We consider what modern, values-driven, inclusive organisations should look like and how they should operate. Touching on work-life balance, workplace culture, 'hybrid work', management and mental health, this session will examine the new challenges to old ways of doing business. From remote working to diversity strategies, our speaker will point out the misleading assumptions and the challenge for organisations to think differently about what they do, how and where they do it.

Christine Armstrong, Researcher and author

Christine Armstrong

International tax reform

Following the backing by G7 Finance Ministers of proposals for international tax reform to implement minimum taxation rates and shift the allocation of taxing rights, this session will explore the new frameworks that are being negotiated and their potential impact on multinationals.

James Taylor, EY

James Taylor
11:15 - 11:25


11:25 - 12:10

Breakout 2


UK Corporate Reform: what will my internal controls compliance journey look like?

The UK Government has proposed changes to reporting and attestation requirements on internal controls to ensure that the UK remains a world-class investment destination. This session looks at what you need to consider when implementing a framework for internal controls over financial reporting.

Dan Feather, EY

Dan Feather

US financial reporting developments

Always popular! From our US Capital Markets practice, our Washington based Partner and London based Associate Partner will discuss developments and points of focus of the key US standard setters and regulators, including the SEC, FASB, and PCAOB, they have seen in the last year. The discussion will cover current standard setting and rulemaking, trends in SEC staff comments, as well as emerging rulemaking areas.

Steven C. Jacobs, EY
Adam Dufour, EY

Adam DufourSteven C. Jacobs

Towards TCFD compliance

Concrete action is needed in the next few months by management and boards of premium listed companies to understand and address the impact of climate change risks and opportunities before they can fully report against FCA’s recent requirments on the Task Force for Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) And the mometum is building – the UK  Government’s intention is that other companies e.g.. AIM and large private companies will follow suite in the not too distant future. Join this session to here from Mala and Maria on  
  • Emerging observations from December 2020 FTSE 350 companies to provide insight into developing practice. 
  • Considerations for underpinning processes to support reporting against the TCFD recommendations. 
  • Tips for reporting, including in respect of the integration of information across the ARA.

Mala Shah-Coulon, EY
Maria Kepa, EY

Maria KepaMala Shah-Coulon

Seven Deadly Sins of Transactions: the UK disputes landscape

With the pandemic contributing to a boom in transaction disputes, hear from Maggie Stilwell, Partner in Claims & Disputes, on insights from a busy year for her team and the implications for the finance team in protecting deal value.

Maggie Stilwell, EY

Maggie Stilwell
12:10 - 12:50

Plenary - Social mobility: does class still matter?

Trevor Phillips OBE, Broadcaster and Campaigner
David Lammy, Campaigner and Shadow Lord Chancellor

In a world of increasing inequality, helping to improve social mobility is hugely important. (UK having the poorest rate in the developed world). Our speakers discuss how everyone, irrespective of their background, should be able to achieve their full potential.

David LammyTrevor Phillips OBE
12:50 - 13:00

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