talentflow, in addition to attending regular networking events, hold our own quarterly ‘Breakfast Club’ in which we invite our close business contacts from the City to enjoy breakfast and see a presentation on a topical issue. The aim is to share some insights on risk and change.

Behind the Headlines: The Challenges of Loss of Talent in a Recovering Market

Chairman:
Martin Watkins, Director, Market Infrastructures at Ernst & Young and Board Member, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment

Panel:
Andrew Simpson, Independent Market Structure Consultant
Peter Randall, Electronic Trading Platform Consultant
Kevin Milne, Due Diligence Reports Ltd

talentflow, in conjunction with Best Execution magazine, addresses the Challenges of Loss of Talent in a Recovering Market through a discussion which invites your questions and comments. Through the eyes of those experienced in being the recruiter and the recruited, the leader and the led, our panel will offer insight into the wider business implications of losing key resource.

Whither 2014: A Year of Risk or Opportunity?

Speaker:
Christine Shields

As 2014 approaches, commercial focus is shifting to the economic prospects ahead. The balance of risk versus opportunity becomes all the more important for strategic positioning as sentiment becomes more upbeat but underlying fragilities remain in some economies. Christine will discuss the current state of the world economy, the outlook for monetary policy and what that will mean for your business. What are the risks and challenges you may face in 2014, and where are the opportunities?

Christine Shields is an independent economic advisor specialising in global macro-economic issues.

Investment & Transformation in Challenging Times

Speaker:
Ed Griffiths, Chief Executive of Saracens Rugby Club

Ed will speak about the transformation of Saracens Rugby Club from perennial underachievers into one of the leading rugby clubs in Europe, a process involving the introduction of a culture based on people, not money, although significant investment was made in the teeth of a vicious recession. It started with a rebuilding of the squad, then the energising of the brand and finally the building of a home ground. The lessons learned along the way translate easily into any business or organisation.

Profile:
Ed has contributed to the transformation of the innovative North London club into one of the most consistently successful rugby clubs in Europe. This process has incorporated the assembly of a squad solely focussed on the development of people, the creation of a global rugby brand based on strong values and able to attract a world record crowd of 83,671 to Wembley Stadium and the development of a new home stadium, Allianz Park, in the heart of North London.

Ed previously worked as sports editor of the Sunday Times (SA), Chief Executive of the South African Rugby Union during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, consultant to four major bids and consultant to the Local Organising Committee of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He has written 22 published titles.

The Joy of Regulation

Speaker:
Andrew Simpson

Why regulate? In today’s financial marketplace, everyone has an opinion. Here’s an opportunity to explore some key issues and questions that are embedded in the regulatory landscape:

  • Why is regulation defined in the way that it is?
  • How did we get here?
  • How does popular perception compare with industry requirements?
  • What is the impact on the markets and the people within them?

Andrew Simpson is currently a market structure consultant providing advice to firms in capital markets. Prior to this he has been responsible for strategy and market structure for a number of firms including EuroCCP, the clearing house owned by Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), SWX Europe and Barclays Capital. Andrew gained much of his regulatory experience as head of Strategy and Programme Management for the Wholesale and Institutional Markets Division of the FSA.

Big Business & the 2012 Olympic Games; Protective Security Lessons Learned’ – Preparation and Governance issues for the largest sporting event this country has ever seen.

Speaker:
Detective Chief Superintendent Michael McDonagh, MA CMgr FCMI FInstLM

Michael was the Senior National Protective Security Liaison Officer for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. His perspective is a unique one, and we are excited to welcome him as our guest speaker.

He assesses the preparedness and strategic abilities of senior leaders to deal with major crises such as complete systems failures, events that require effective and efficient business continuity and resilience processes to be introduced (e.g. following a Mumbai style attack).

Michael’s current responsibilities include providing strategic counter terrorism threat assessments. He specialises in leading overt and covert security reviews, audits and physical penetration testing, using traditional and innovative technology combined with the latest systems thinking.

Cyber Security – Everything you always wanted to know about Cyber Security but were too afraid to ask

Speaker:
‘Dibble’ Clark, Chairman, 3SDL www.3sdl.com

Dibble started his business life aged 11, working on his father’s West London market stall. By 18, he’d sold his first business to fund his pilot’s license and signed up for a commission in the Royal Air Force. In 2002 he joined Lockheed Martin and in April 2005 co-founded 3SDL, which helps governments to buy communications, intelligence and surveillance services. Dibble also heads up a group of companies which specialise in cyber security for medium sized enterprises. His current focus is on helping to bring coherence to cyber security initiatives across the Business Innovation and Skills Department, the Cabinet Office and the Home Office.

We have all heard horror stories about cyber security, but Dibble promises to keep us entertained with some new and interesting ones!

Risk and Change – so we think we have problems?

Speaker:
Ken Olisa OBE

Ken will be drawing in particular on his experience as a non-exec director of ENRC, the Kazakhstan mining company which hit the press constantly and colourfully throughout 2011. Ken left the board in June last year, in the face of recalcitrance by ENRC to any form of corporate governance. He famously coined the phrase “more Soviet than City” to describe their behaviour. He will share some hair-raising stories about Risk and Change Management which will make Western challenges seem comparatively tame, and he will relate those stories to your world. Ken’s depth of experience and knowledge, combined with his trademark wit, promises an interesting and lively start to your day. Ken is also a director of Thomson Reuters, as well as a philanthropist whose activities range from the homeless to the arts. We are privileged to have him as our speaker for our first breakfast meeting.