The FD Surgery London

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Royal College of Physicians, London

Back for the third year

FD Surgery London 2018 will once again bring together over 250 entrepreneurial finance directors for a day of debate, learning and networking.

New for 2018

  • How technology is shaking up the finance function – and your business
  • Revolutionise your business’s approach to sales and marketing
  • A cost-effective take on protecting your business from cyber attack
  • Easy steps to ensuring you are GDPR ready come May 25th
  • The FD’s role in innovation culture
  • Learn from the mistakes of others – former Superdry CFO reveals what can and did go wrong

Old favourites

  • Making sure cash flow is everyone’s business
  • Where next? Understanding your career options from private equity to a non-exec portfolio
  • Have your say….live audience voting reveals what the UK’s entrepreneurial finance directors really think
  • Sector and topic-based roundtable discussions
  • The FDs’ Excellence Awards – hosted over a three-course networking lunch

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2018 Programme

08:45  Registration and refreshments

09:20  Welcome

09:30  What can and did go wrong

The former CFO of Superdry charts the journey from a market town clothing stall to a £750m global super brand.

10:00  Will tomorrow’s finance function be led by people or technology?

How emerging technology is shaking up the finance function

  • Andy Blackstone

    finance director, M&C Saatchi World Services

  • Philip Boxall

    Finance Director, BRITA Water Filter Systems

  • Gareth James

    Assurance Partner, EY

10:40  Where to place your bets: The future of sales and marketing

A finance director’s guide to technology investment decisions.

11:00  Coffee Break

Networking and coffee break.

11:20  Cash flow is everyone’s business

Instilling a cash culture in your company.

11:50  The true cost of cyber crime

How to protect your business from a punitive attack.

  • Paul Beechinor

    Finance & Operations Director, CYFOR

12:10  Patient history interview

Charting the career of an exceptional finance director.

  • Talita Ferreira

    CEO/Founder, Authentic Change Solutions, former CFO of BMW UK

12:30  Three-course seated lunch featuring the FDs’ Excellence Awards

14:30  The FD and innovation culture

Be a supportive voice of reason not a sceptical blocker.

  • Helen Gammons

    Financial Director (co-owner), Rotolight

  • Simon Gretton

    Chief Financial Officer, A Gomez

  • Henry Pepperall

    Chief Financial Officer, Exponential-e

15:00  A Finance Director’s guide to GDPR

The deadline is less than a month away. Are you ready?

  • Ardi Kolah

    Director, GDPR Transition Programme, Henley Business School

15:20  Where next?

How to make the move into private equity, interim work or a non-exec portfolio.

15:50  Have your say

An interactive voting session reveals what the UK’s FDs really think.

  • Richard Barley

    FD, New World Trading Company

  • Andrew Elsby-Smith

    Group Finance Director, Amtico International

  • Jeremy Hoare

    Group Finance Director, Oakland International

16:20  Drinks reception and champagne roundtables

2018 attendees included

Ainscough Industrial Services Ltd
Barstone Ltd
Global Metcorp Limited
New World Trading Company

A Gomez Ltd
Africa Express Line
Brita Water Filter Systems Ltd
Britannia Row Productions Limited
Caldwell Hardware UK Ltd
Callen-Lenz Associates Ltd
Carter Jonas LLP
Cashflow Positive Limited
Cenkos Securities Plc
Christian Action (Enfield) Housing association Ltd.
Christie Group plc
Clifford Thames
Cresta World Travel Limited
Dana Axle
Daxbourne – last role
Distil Plc
EIP Europe LLP
Engage Partners
Extra Energy
FDX limited
Finance Director
Foam & Substance/Beauty Pie
Futerra Sustainability Communications Ltd
Hamilton &Hamilton Ltd
Housingand Care 21
I.C.T.S. (U.K.) Ltd
Ignata Limited
Intelligent Office UK
Kann Consulting Ltd
Kelvin Hughes
Lindsell Business Solutions Ltd
Livingstone Partners
London First
Magdalene Limited
Magdalene Ltd
Oakland International
ONI plc
online business applications
Pickwick Holdings Limited
Quotatis Limited
Shaylor Group plc
Sigma Precision Components Group
Sparkler Limited
T.H.Clements & Son Limited
Tax Systems plc
The Collective
TTC Group
Ultrasoc Technologies Ltd
United Talent Agency
V Westbrook
Wakostco Limited
YO! Sushi

…and many more

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2017 highlights

Our 2017 event saw 200+ FDs come together for a packed day of education debate and networking.

We ended the day with an interactive voting session which revealed what UK FDs really think. View the results here.

  • "Perfect for the SME FD - interesting speakers and valuable networking with other FDs.  A day well spent"

    Paul WilliamsDesyncra Technologies Limited, CFO 
  • "The FD surgery is a fantastic forum for FD’s and other finance professionals to come together and talk about hot topics that impact our day-to-day jobs"

    Bruce MartinLivingstone Partners, Finance Director
  • “The FD Surgery is a great event for learning from the experience of other FDs in presentations and panel discussions”

    Tim ParfittLoaf, Financial Director
  • "Worth taking a day out of a busy schedule to benefit from the knowledge and experiences of senior financial professionals"

    Caroline BillingBarstone Ltd, Group Finance Director
  • "I found the day both informative and thought provoking which made it very worthwhile. It all seemed to work like clockwork"

    Steve Jenkins STA Travel, CFO

2018 Sponsors and Partners