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The Future of Learning: EdTech’s Impact

23 Jun 2021
Tech, cyber, data & digital
CIO, information security, digital & data
CHRO, talent, learning & culture

Academia is expected to go through seismic changes over the next decade as the portability of credentials explodes and EdTech touches every aspect of learning. Will universities be overtaken by brands like BYJU (India), Yuanfudao (China) and VIPKid (China)? Or will the likes...
SPEAKER(S): Roy Hart, Chief Information Officer, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) | Susana Jurado Apruzzese, Head of Open Innovation with Academia, Telefonica | Chris Robinson, Director of Information Systems and Digital Services, Manchester Metropolitan University
CHAIR: Shuvo Saha, Director, EMEA Customer Programmes, Google

Know your Audience: The changing consumer landscape

24 Jun 2021
Innovation, operations & business models
Alignment, change & transformation
CEO & entrepreneurs
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors
CMO, marketing, communications & sales

Throughout COVID-19 organisations have responded in various different ways to ensure they can to operate and deliver services to their customers. Despite the necessity of these changes, businesses have seen their customers’ requirements develop and...
SPEAKER(S): Jim Needell, Chief Client Officer, Ipsos MORI
CHAIR: Juliet Slot, NED, British Olympic Association

PensionChair Remuneration Survey Launch 2021

29 Jun 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Chair of pension trustees

Our annual remuneration survey of Pension Fund Chairs and Trustees is designed to help you benchmark your scheme. At the survey launch, we will be sharing the main findings and any trends as well as insights into the current priorities and challenges facing schemes including how trustee boards are addressing diversity and inclusion.
SPEAKER(S): Danny Wilding, Partner, Barnett Waddingham | Sonia Kataora, Partner and Head of DC Investment, Barnett Waddingham | John Madden, Research Director, Winmark
CHAIR: Jane Allen, Professional Trustee, the Economist Scheme

Financial Transaction Transfer Pricing & the Impact of New Guidelines

30 Jun 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
CFO, finance, tax & treasury

With the help of TDN’s Technical Partners FTI Consulting, the meeting will examine the technical and management issues that arise following the OCED’s final Transfer Pricing Guidelines on Financial Transactions (TPG-FT) published in February 2020. This meeting builds on a...
CHAIR: Paul Pritchard, Managing Director, European Tax Advisory, FTI Consulting | Chris Liu, Managing Director, FTI Consulting

BLA Masterclass: Building a Culture that supports Diversity of Thought

02 Jul 2021
People, leadership, performance & diversity
Academies

As highlighted by recent events, 'group think' can lead to missed opportunity, and sometimes catastrophic failure. Organisations are not immune to this and a lack of diversity of thought at the top and a 'company way' of doing things often stifles innovation.
Some organisations have found that...
TRAINER(S): Helen May, Associate, Sheridan Resolutions

Keeping Sustainability a Leadership Priority

06 Jul 2021
Climate, sustainability & society
Boards, governance & stakeholders
COO, climate, sustainability, supply & procurement
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

The session is designed to help CSO’s ensure that Boards, CEOs and C-Suite Executives keep sustainability high on their agenda. Whether making economic choices in favour of sustainability over profitability or setting meaningful targets, the Board need to get...
SPEAKER(S): Susan Hooper, Non-Executive Director, Uber | Christopher Reeves, Director - ESG, John Laing Group plc
CHAIR: Richard Nugee, Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy Lead, Ministry of Defence

Intentional Integrity with Rob Chesnut, former GC, Airbnb

07 Jul 2021
Purpose, values, strategy & culture
CLO, ethics, risk, legal & compliance
CHRO, talent, learning & culture

Former General Counsel of Airbnb, Robert Chesnut is convinced that companies that do not think seriously about– integrity – a crucial element of corporate culture, are destined to fail. This thought-provoking, interactive experience will..
SPEAKER(S): Rob Chesnut, Former Chief Ethics Officer & General Counsel, Airbnb
CHAIR: Vincent Pringiers, General Counsel, Maxion Wheels

Administration and the 3 D’s: Data, Digitalisation & Dashboards

08 Jul 2021
Tech, cyber, data & digital
Chair of pension trustees

In this session, we will explore 3 key areas that are evolving the administration market and how important it will be for Trustees to understand their benefits to the pension scheme. We will look at how data is changing the way we manage the membership, why innovation is playing a key role for administrators in the new world of...
SPEAKER(S): Kevin Allwork, Head of Projects, XPS Administration | John Doherty, Senior Process and Technical Analyst, Administration Services Group, XPS Administration | Neil Bradford, Head of Client Management, XPS Administration

Navigating complexity and Speed of Change

09 Jul 2021
Climate, sustainability & society
Tech, cyber, data & digital
CFO, finance, tax & treasury

This meeting will consider a number of ‘megatrends’, such as future of the built environment, digitalisation and ESG, and examine how in-house Finance functions can navigate the complexity and rapid speed of change. How should CFOs identify priorities? What are the implications for capital allocation and cash flow?
SPEAKER(S): Nick Brown, Finance Director, M&G Real Estate

Values, purpose and ESG in B2B marketing

13 Jul 2021
Purpose, values, strategy & culture
CMO, marketing, communications & sales
COO, climate, sustainability, supply & procurement

It is often said that consumers buy based on emotion and business buyers make decisions based on logic. But how true is this? Some studies suggest otherwise. Google, Gartner and Motista found that B2B buyers are more...
SPEAKER(S): Leeya Hendricks, Chief Marketing Officer, Delta Capita
CHAIR: James Kelliher, CEO, Whiteoaks International

Next-generation boards and board apprentices

13 Jul 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

Today's leaders are increasingly recognising that they have to think very differently in terms of leadership as a mindset and about future leadership. We will be in conversation with both the founder and a member of, a pioneering next-generation board. Rebecca Robins, Global Chief Learning and Culture Officer at Interbrand, will share...
SPEAKER(S): Rebecca Robins, Global Chief Learning and Culture Officer, Interbrand | Margherita Cortesi, Consultant, Strategy, Interbrand
CHAIR: Patrick Dunne, Chair EY Foundation, Author of "Boards"

Building a Data Business

14 Jul 2021
Tech, cyber, data & digital
CEO & entrepreneurs
COO, climate, sustainability, supply & procurement
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

Cameron Ireland was CEO of BoardEx, one of the most successful business units in FTSE250 Euromoney PLC. He has significant experience in building data businesses and will talk members through the issues around data collection, such as...
SPEAKER(S): Cameron Ireland, CEO, BoardEx

Winmark discussion group: implementing hybrid working models

15 Jul 2021
People, leadership, performance & diversity
CHRO, talent, learning & culture

Most organisations are now finalising their plans for a gradual but permanent return to the workplace. As most employers have committed to support continued remote working, organisations are now grappling with what their ‘hybrid’ working models will...

*This meeting is reserved to members only*

Tax and penguins: adventures of a Tax Director in the South Atlantic

15 Jul 2021
Innovation, operations & business models
CFO, finance, tax & treasury

Opportunities for Tax Directors can take them to the other side of the world. In this lunchtime talk, Esther Green will tell us how she swapped Birmingham for the South Atlantic when she took a role as Head of Tax for the Falkland Islands. Esther will discuss the personal and...
SPEAKER(S): Esther Green, Former Head of Tax, Falkland Islands Government

Grenfell Tower: 4 Years On

20 Jul 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Affordable & social housing

Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower, we must learn, reflect, and do everything in our power to make sure this never happens again. This session will recap on the current position in relation to various current inquiries, advise members on what they should be doing to...
SPEAKER(S): Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair, Industry Safety Group | Tim Galloway, Deputy Director Building Safety Programme, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
CHAIR: Elizabeth Froude, CEO, Platform Housing Group

Powering Business Model Transformation

27 Jul 2021
Innovation, operations & business models
CIO, information security, digital & data

This session will start by looking at the megatrends and key influences, such as data and the digital giants. Joe Locandro, Chief Digital & Business Transformation Officer, AEMO, who has worked as a CIO in the media, airlines and utility industries will then go on to look at...
SPEAKER(S): Joe Locandro, Chief Digital & Business Transformation Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) | Andre Blumberg, Senior Director - Information Technology, CLP Group (China Light and Power)
CHAIR: Peter Smith, Managing Partner & CTO, CIO Connect

Trustee Board Effectiveness: Discretionary decision-making

07 Sep 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Chair of pension trustees

Trustee board effectiveness has become an integral part of helping to improve the governance and performance of pension schemes. Trustees ultimate duty is deliver and fulfil member benefits, and in between the collaboration between the Trustee Board, advisers & sponsor is paramount to success. This workshop will help members to identify the challenges in their...
SPEAKER(S): James Bingham, Partner, Sackers

Designing a Tax Control Framework to fit your operating model

14 Sep 2021
Purpose, values, strategy & culture
CFO, finance, tax & treasury

An effective Tax Control Framework will be aligned to the tax function operating model and each of the businesses it supports. In many countries it will be the tax authorities’ starting point in risk-based audits, so should not just sit on the shelf. When developing a TCF, what are the...
SPEAKER(S): Adam Eagers, Group Tax Director (Europe), AS Watson

CEO Insights with Neil Heslop OBE

15 Sep 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
CEO & entrepreneurs

In this annual session, we hear from current & former CEOs on their experiences of leading organisations from the very top. Speakers have shared insight into what they wish they would have known before taking the job, what they would do differently if they start over, the main challenges they have faced and how they overcome...
SPEAKER(S): Neil Heslop OBE, CEO, Charities Aid Foundation

Stakeholders vs Shareholders: aligning interests and the role of the board

16 Sep 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

Shareholder-value thinking still dominates the business world. But in today’s purpose-driven, complex, and fast-changing world, a culture of driving shareholder value alone is becoming ineffective, and increasingly there is an expectation that businesses will take into...
SPEAKER(S): Celia Pronto, Non-Executive Director, South East Water | Dr. Roger Barker, Director of Policy and Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors (IoD)

The CLO role in achieving net-zero

21 Sep 2021
Climate, sustainability & society
CLO, ethics, risk, legal & compliance

ESG issues, particularly around climate action and Net Zero are gaining huge traction in businesses and society. This is both due to the environmental imperative and because inaction from companies on climate change now poses substantial enterprise and business continuity risks including...
CHAIR: Adam Woodhall, Executive Director, Lawyers for net-zero

The Retrofit Revolution

22 Sep 2021
Climate, sustainability & society
Affordable & social housing

What is the challenge to retrofitting?
With the 2050 net-zero target set and approaching, the new building safety changes and regulations coming our way, it's fair to say, there are lots to start "unveiling". Undoubtedly, there is an...
SPEAKER(S): Joanne Wheeler, Senior Sustainability Advisor, UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) | Ronan Leyden, Head of Sustainable Places, BioRegional

Investment & Funding triggers and integrated risk on the path to the end-game

23 Sep 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Chair of pension trustees

In this session we will discuss how Trustee Board must be aware and focus on the investment and funding triggers on the path to the end-game. We will look at practical examples of where Trustees can help improve the collaboration between their advisers and members will also explore...
SPEAKER(S): Nick Lewis, Director, Investment Consulting, Redington

BLA Masterclass: One Day MBA

24 Sep 2021
Purpose, values, strategy & culture
Academies

A full-day Masterclass that introduces the key concepts and tools covered in a full MBA and puts them in the context of real-world business challenges. Utilising practical exercises and thought leadership, the course is designed to expand your knowledge and challenge your view of your own...
TRAINER(S): John Jeffcock, CEO, Winmark

Effective optimisation of the workforce: Tech enablers for your people & clients

07 Oct 2021
Tech, cyber, data & digital
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors
CEO & entrepreneurs
CIO, information security, digital & data

Changes in the way we work and developing new skills throughout the workforce is integral to the future success of organisations as organisations evolve their internal capability. In this session we will explore how technology is enabling businesses to better optimise the way they work, bringing their...

Funding Code: implications for covenant developments & scheme journey planning

21 Oct 2021
Alignment, change & transformation
Chair of pension trustees

We will assess how the awaited funding code will establish a whole layer of focus for pension schemes in how they map out their sponsor covenant to ensure the funding levels & journey plan align. We will discuss look at how this will impact both from a sponsor & scheme perspective as well exploring...
SPEAKER(S): Paul Jameson, Managing Partner & CEO, Penfida
CHAIR: Fraser Smart, CEO, British Airways Pension Services Limited

Developments in longevity risk & what this means for scheme journey planning

11 Nov 2021
Risk, ethics & geopolitics
Chair of pension trustees

In this session we will look back to the 2020 pandemic and how it has created a knock-on effect to mortality rates and longevity risk for pension schemes. We will explore how longevity risk plays a key part in journey planning and end-game process and what insurers will be looking at around longevity when discussing options with schemes.
SPEAKER(S): Roisin O' Shea, Business Development, Rothesay Life
CHAIR: Ruston Smith, Chair of Trustees, Tesco Pension Investment

Measures that Matter

17 Nov 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

In this session we will explore how KPI's are becoming instrumental in helping organisations can approach and respond to radical uncertainty & black swan disrupters. We will also hear from organisations on how they have...
SPEAKER(S): Jay Bhattacherjee, Founder, Blixtra

The Trustee Board role in managing scheme risk effectively

25 Nov 2021
Risk, ethics & geopolitics
Chair of pension trustees

Understanding the risks posed to pension schemes and how to plan, mitigate & respond effectively is a role that has often been overlooked by Trustee Boards due to more obvious or time-consuming concerns. In this session we will explore the requirements of Trustees around risk, what is expected and what they should know. We will also discuss various methods & principles that can be used...
SPEAKER(S): Gary Grewal, Partner, RSM UK Management Limited | Ian Bell, Head of Pensions, RSM UK Management Limited

Letting your people lead you

01 Dec 2021
People, leadership, performance & diversity
CEO & entrepreneurs

What can we learn from our people? What has COVID demonstrated to CEO’s and business leaders about the importance of trust? In this session we will explore the importance of identifying our peoples core skills to put them to optimum use with the objective of improving the wider performance of the business. Perhaps more than ever, organisations relied on...

End of the Year Drinks: Date with the Regulator of Social Housing

02 Dec 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Affordable & social housing

Please join us at the Affordable Housing Network at our end of year reception. This will be a chance to get together and network with colleagues and hear insights from a keynote speaker.
SPEAKER(S): Jonathan Walters, Deputy Chief Executive, Regulator of Social Housing
CHAIR: Elizabeth Froude, Group Chief Executive, Platform Housing Group

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