Who will benefit
What you can gain
Focusing on the strategic side of ﬁnance, the two days will cover a variety of diﬀerent topics that will ensure senior executives are up-to-date with the skills and knowledge they need.
The academy will count towards your CPD requirements as well as provide networking opportunities.
Sessions will include:
9.20am Welcome and introduction
9.30am Financial reporting update - Professor Christopher Nobes
11.45am Oracle - TBC
2.00pm Leading beyond your expertise: The five critical elements that differentiate the outstanding senior leader from the rest - Olwyn Merritt
The skills that get experts to leadership positions aren’t necessarily the skills that make them successful at that level and beyond. You can accelerate your progression by learning some fundamental skills that will significantly increase your success as a leader. In this fast paced, highly practical and interactive workshop, we will tackle the key challenges that many Finance leaders currently face and Olwyn will introduce you to some strategies that are used by the most successful Finance Directors and VPs.
During the workshop, participants will:
4.00pm Networking reception
4.30pm Close of day one
9.30am Welcome back
9.40am Corporate culture - David Hackett and Claudia Chapman
Poor corporate culture and practices and a lack of challenge in the boardroom have been identified as a root cause in a number of recent corporate failings in banking and other sectors.
This session will cover the link between governance and culture for long-term success focusing on:
11.15am “People are our greatest assets.” Reality or rhetoric? - Peter Spence and Ed Houghton
Becoming more innovative is on the agenda of every business – if only because no-one wants to be regarded as ‘dull’. But actually becoming more innovative isn’t so easy, and many businesses struggle – and fail – to bring the aspiration into reality.
During this session you will:
1.30pm Business is an endurance sport, so stop FAFFing about and get on with what matters! - Mike Pagan
Business leaders are guilty of self-sabotage, continually following ill serving habits and resisting change. Long term relationships are built around mutual respect, the desire to work together and the ability to generate win-win profitable situations for both parties.
In this workshop, Mike will help you to:
3.30pm Close of day two
Claudia Chapman, Corporate Governance Policy Advisor, FRC
Claudia joined the corporate governance team at the FRC in 2015 to deliver a project on corporate culture and the role of the board. Before joining the FRC, Claudia spent nine years with the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in a number of roles from business development and marketing to learning and public policy. In her final role at ACCA, she led a global campaign to raise corporate governance standards in developing markets and promoted the value of bringing together finance and HR to address inclusion and diversity in organisations. Claudia grew up in Jamaica, before studying Marine Geography at Cardiff University.
David Hackett, Technical Policy Manager, CIMA
David Hackett joined CIMA as a policy specialist in corporate governance, risk and reporting in summer 2015. Previously he worked in a similar role at ACCA for a number of years and before that in high profile government and regulatory roles including with Ofwat and the department of health. Prior to this he spent some years working in Brussels at both the European Commission and on EU affairs for major corporates including Tesco plc, imperial tobacco and the Internet advertising bureau.
Edward Houghton, Research Advisor – Human Capital and Metrics, CIPD
Edward Houghton is the CIPD's Research Advisor for Human Capital Metrics and Standards. He is responsible for leading the organisation's human capital research work stream exploring various aspects of human capital management, theory and practice; including the measurement and evaluation of the skills and knowledge of the workforce. He has a particular interest in the role of human capital in driving economic productivity, innovation and corporate social responsibility.
Before joining the CIPD in 2013 Edward completed a number of research roles in government and higher education. Most recently he was a Knowledge Transfer Associate at the University of Bristol leading an innovative knowledge exchange programme between the university and Barclays bank. Over 3 years he managed research investigating business culture, corporate social responsibility and community investment. In this role he specialised in qualitative and quantitative social research techniques and strategic project design, developing metrics for the organisation's flagship community investment programme in the UK. Prior to this Edward held a number of research analyst roles in regional and local government as well as the private sector, including at the East Midlands Development Agency, Leicester City Council and the Transport Research Laboratory.
Olwyn Merritt, Director, Pure Potential
For 20 years, Olwyn Merritt led senior multi-disciplined teams in fast paced high tech environments. Under her leadership, BT’s Winback and Competitive Response teams generated £130 million in twelve months and a few years later, she created the renowned “Tiger teams” in Energis’s Sales Division and their highly successful Wholesale Division. In 1999, Olwyn set up her own leadership and team coaching consultancy Pure Potential which continues to focus on building leaders and their teams across the world.
For the last 16 years, Olwyn has coached expert professionals who having excelled in their discipline and now want to learn “how” to lead and develop the talent around them. Many of them have been like you – finance managers and directors in hospitals, pharma, high tech and global companies – from organisations such as Dell, Dow Jones, Strategic Health Authorities, Microsoft, AbbVie, Smith & Nephew, HSBC, Allianz Commercial, M&S and Novartis.
Olwyn was a Global Dragon’s Den coach working with top scientists and technologists from China, India, Germany, the UK and the US to bring their innovation to commercial reality and preparing their pitches to the Dragons. She also works in partnership with McKinsey and Wisdom8 on the Marketing Academy Fellows Programme supporting and coaching Chief Marketing Officers moving up into CEO positions. Many of her clients have successfully transitioned from Director to Executive Director, from VP to CFO and from SVP to President while being coached by her.
Professor Christopher Nobes - Professor of Accounting, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Chris Nobes is Professor of Accounting at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is also a professor of the University of Sydney, and an adjunct professor of the Norwegian Business School. He has held temporary posts at universities in San Diego and New York. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Venice, Nyenrode and Barcelona. He is author or co-author of fourteen books, including The Economics of Taxation (latest edition, 2012), An International Introduction to Financial Accounting (2013), Comparative International Accounting (2012). He was named the ‘Outstanding International Educator’ of the American Accounting Association in 2002. Dr Nobes was a member of the Accounting Standards Committee of the UK and Ireland from 1987 to 1990, and one of the two UK representatives on the Board of the International Accounting Standards Committee from 1993 to 2001. He is now a member of the ICAEW Financial Reporting Committee and of the Academic Panel of the Accounting Council.
Mike Pagan, Director, Mike Pagan
Mike is a high impact speaker, coach and trainer giving you more time, energy and purpose, making you more profit. With a background in the corporate and SME world Mike has real knowledge and skills that will assist your levels of success. Mikes’ niche includes professional and elite athletes approaching or already in retirement; working alone and in isolation will sabotage performance, desire and creativity. We all need the right PowerTeam around us to help us succeed. Listen to Mike, he makes sense, implement what you already know and stop Faffing About. You’ll feel inspired to use jargon-free, straightforward strategies; they may be simple – that doesn’t mean we do it.
Peter Spence, Head of Performance Management Research, CIMA
Peter is a Chartered Management Accountant and Head of Performance Management Research at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. His main interests in performance management are in cost-competitiveness management and strategy execution and, in particular, how an organisation’s culture, its people and management information can be organised to improve execution. Peter has worked with a range of organisations in both the public and private sector in financial leadership and consultancy roles and more recently in CIMA on projects to improve the valuation and measurement of the impact of people on organisational performance; and to develop global management accounting practice.