Rebecca Howard, Head of Supplier Relationship Management, Coventry Building Society
Rebecca leads the Supplier Relationship Management team and is responsible for developing partnership relationships with suppliers to drive mutual value and continuous improvement. Rebecca is a recognised industry thought leader in the field of Procurement learning & development and supplier negotiation, with a focus on enhanced supplier management capability throughout the organisation. She is an evangelist for the supply chain sustainability agenda and as part of this, champions effective P2P practices that support innovative commercial models and empower developing suppliers.
Robert Brooker - Head of Fraud & Forensics, PKF GM
Robert Brooker is Head of Fraud & Forensics at PKF GM, an accounting firm and delivers risk-based strategic fraud prevention, detection and investigation services to a range of private businesses and the public sector.
A leading figure with more than 20 years’ experience, Robert specialises in the prevention, detection & recovery of loss. The investigation of crime including online fraud, security breaches, cybercrime, IP and the insider threat. His investigations have resulted in regulatory sanctions and criminal, disciplinary and civil recovery actions. Prior to joining PKF, Robert was Head of Fraud at TFL where he managed a team of investigators, prevention staﬀ and data analysts to support the authority’s risk and assurance strategy.
Rakesh Sangani, Proservartner CEO
Rakesh is a recognised thought leader in business transformation, shared services and outsourcing and regularly presents at conferences in Europe, Asia and North America. With considerable experience within industry and board-level roles within the NHS and charity sector, he has the gravitas to influence executives and build strategic relationships.
Since founding Proservartner in 2008, Rakesh has been dedicated to the success of the organisation, building a team of highly skilled practitioners and developing industry-leading approaches.
He has been recognised as one of the most influential leaders in shared services and outsourcing, and nominated for Advisor of the Year at the National Outsourcing Association’s Awards. He is a qualified chartered accountant, certified project manager and Black Belt Lean Six Sigma.
Anders Liu-Lindberg, COO, Business Partnering Institute
Anders co-founded the Business Partnering Institute because to crack the code on Business Partnering and unlock the value potential hidden in finance functions around the world. By helping them adopt a business partner mindset, they'll instantly move closer to the business and start creating value together. BPI aim to be the catalyst for change in Finance and help individuals and organisations to change in a digital world where the finance function of tomorrow looks very different from that of yesterday. Anders draws on his experience as a Senior Finance Business Partner at Maersk.
Lubnah Alam, Director Of Financial Operations, EG Group
Lubnah’s passion is to drive change through people, process and systems whilst challenging the status quo. Having a clear, logical mind with a practical approach to problem solving and a drive to see things through to completion has made her a force to be reckoned with in the industry.
From working in multiple sectors (Public/Manufacturing/Telecoms/Housing/Construction/Education) and now Retail, she has gained the experience and skills to become an accomplished leader in the Shared Services space. This experience was enhanced recently, by completing an 11 month assignment in Karachi, Pakistan for Aga Khan University in setting up a Global HR Shared Services function.
Being a Qualified accountant and an ambitious people leader, with c15 years of experience of setting up and enabling Finance Shared Services, coupled with ERP implementations, her passion about Business Transformation (keeping it simple) and enabling a Growth Mind-set within teams, shines through, injecting some fun along the way too!
Javed Bobat, Finance Recruiter, Mental Health Advocate and Workplace Wellbeing Speaker
Founder of Fide - Ethical Finance Recruitment and F=@#! Mental Health CIC
Javed Bobat has a rare skill set where he is a mental health speaker, workplace well-being advocate, Mental Health First Aid instructor AND Finance Recruiter!
He is the founder of Fide and F=@#! Mental Health CIC, a non-profit he set up in 2019 to raise mental health awareness, specifically within the accounting and finance profession and their workplaces. Through the CIC, he provides one-on-one mental health support to individuals and line managers. In addition he also delivers Mental Health First Aid training, bespoke mental health/workplace wellbeing training, talks, workshops and events.
He has worked with some notable businesses, from FTSE100 business like Burberry and other blue chip companies including Asda and Liberty Global, through to finance institutes including ICAEW, Chartered Institute of Taxation and First Intution in addition to growing SMEs.
He set it up as a give-back venture on the back of his own lived experience around anxiety, depression, burnout, suicide ideation, addiction and substance misuse.
He funds and sustains his non-profit through the revenues he generates from his other company Fide. Fide is a groundbreaking, ethical recruitment business that combines finance recruitment with mental health. He gives each company he works for a wellbeing budget each time he recruits for them.
Philip King, FMCA, CGMA, ADGBS – Senior Director – Global Business
Services & Finance Advisory, The Hackett Group
Phil has 28 years of experience in finance transformation, shared services, global
business services (GBS) and business process outsourcing, in both industry and
He currently advises a portfolio of clients in Hackett’s advisory membership
programs in GBS and finance and is the SME and community leader for the
Hackett Institute’s Advanced Diploma and Diploma in Global Business Services.
Phil is passionate about GBS, shared services & finance functions moving to
value-added services supported by talented people.
Susan Ní Chríodáin, Founder of Beyond The Numbers
Susan founded Beyond the Numbers to work with teams and individuals in organisations who know that putting people first generates the greatest return. Her experience and business acumen stem from a wide variety of commercial and non-profit operational, project and financial roles. For over 20 years she led and managed teams in Europe, Africa, Asia, in-person and remotely. A FD at 33 she learnt that to have an impact required you to be brave, bold and to build strong working relationships. Technical excellence wasn’t enough; the ability to interact and influence others was key. She has a practical, no-nonsense approach to understanding and facilitating others to resolve their workplace issues no matter how intractable they might seem. Susan hosts Life Beyond the Numbers podcast for people who are curious about having a more fulfilling work-life.
Sarah Furness MA Cantab RAF
Founder of Well Be It| Keynote Speaker|Bestselling Author | Executive Coach| Helicopter Pilot |Thought leader | Mindfulness Coach |Cognitive therapist.
After graduating from Cambridge University, Sarah followed her dream to become a combat helicopter pilot in the RAF. As a Squadron Leader she led on operational combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. During her experiences both at home and at war, she made two important discoveries;
- resilience and performance under pressure is NOT instinctive
- BUT humans have an extraordinary ability to thrive and even excel under pressure when they know how.
She now has ONE mission. To share the secret to outstanding resilience, performance and courage “under fire”.
Sarah is the No1 Best Selling author of FLY HIGHER - train your mind to feel as strong as you look. All of her mental training techniques are backed by science and proven in combat. She is fluent in “alpha male” and whilst she takes her work seriously, she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She has a 7 year old son who she adores and who inspires her every day.
Liz Barclay - Small Business Commissioner
Liz Barclay is a small business and consumer affairs broadcaster, producer and writer. She started her career as an adviser and then CEO with Citizens Advice before moving into radio and TV production and presentation specialising in business and consumer affairs. She is Financial Inclusion Commissioner; Chair of the Fair by Design Campaign; a non-executive Director of 2 organisations and a member of the Standards Boards of The Equity Release Council.
Liz has worked with Boards and small businesses on improving governance, trust and culture, inclusion, and understanding customer behaviour. She coaches communication and presentation skills, chairs national and international conferences and has written several books on business.
Liz was appointed the role of Small Business Commissioner in July 2021 to spearhead the national effort to crackdown on poor payment practices which cause thousands of small businesses to close every year.
Jason Roberts, CEO & Founder, Kaleida
Hailing from Brixton, South London, after 24 years working in the financial services industry in both banking, and sales, Jason was frequently reminded of his diverse identity. From the lack of representation in boardrooms, to being made aware that his 6’ 5" frame was intimidating, he experienced prejudice, bias and discrimination that impacted opportunities.
In 2021, Jason launched Kaleida International, a fully-inclusive, B2B marketplace for tenders focused on helping buyers find, assess and invite diverse suppliers to tender.
Dan Foley - Finance Shared Services Director, Kier Group
Matt Duncan, Managing Director, Protiviti
Matthew Duncan is a Managing Director in the Business Performance Improvement practice in Protiviti in the UK, one of the world’s leading global management consultancies. Matt is a highly motivated senior leader with over 18 years’ experience across a broad number of industries. He enjoys working as a trusted advisor to C suite clients, solving their most complex problems and where he specialises in delivering high profile, large scale, transformational change and has a track record of delivering lasting business benefits. Matt previously worked for The Berkeley Partnership and Accenture.
Leyla Tindall, Managing Director, Robert Half
Leyla has specialised in delivering C-Suite searches since 2005 and has established herself as one of Manchester’s most trusted executive search consultants, recognised as one of the UK’s leading headhunters for SME businesses, with a network that is second to none. She has worked extensively in placing both Executive and Non-Executive directors into AIM listed PLCs, privately owned/family owned and PE backed businesses. She is a trusted advisor to clients in her network and is a member of the LSE North West Advisory Group.
Dave Jones - Indirect & Technology Procurement leader