Agenda and speakers

This conference focused on the contribution of financial and related professional services across the UK. It considered issues such as skills and talent, infrastructure, devolution and regional and national growth initiatives through a series of keynote speeches and panel discussions.

08:30 - Registration and morning refreshments

09:30 - Introductory address
- Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK

09:35 - Welcome address
- John McFarlane, Chairman, TheCityUK

09:45 - Panel session – Financial and related professional services driving the economy across the UK
- Sandra Wallace, TTheCityUK City Chair for Birmingham, and the Joint Managing Director, Europe and the Middle East and Country Managing Partner, UK, DLA Piper
- Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham
- Julia Goldsworthy, Director of Strategy, West Midlands Combined Authority
- Sarah Longlands, Director, IPPR North
- Leigh Meyer, TheCityUK City Chair for Belfast, and Managing Director, Citi

11:00 - Keynote speech
- The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

11:15 - Coffee break and networking
Conference exhibitors:
- CYBG
- EY
- Birmingham Business School
- Business Birmingham
- Chartered Bodies Alliance
- International Compliance Association
- KPMG

11:45 - Keynote speech
- Sir John Peace, Chairman, Midlands Engine

12:00 - Panel session – Skills and talent across the UK
- Chris Hearld, TheCityUK City Chair for Leeds, and North Region Chairman and Leeds Office Senior Partner, KPMG (chair)
- Omar Ali, Managing Partner, UK Financial Services, EY
- John Ashcroft, Chief Executive, Pro-Manchester
- Julie Page, UK Chief Executive Officer, Aon UK Limited
- Ian Stuart, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC UK

12:55 - Sponsor announcement, pre-lunch
- Amit Thaker, Financial Services Leader Midlands, EY National Markets

13:00 - Lunch and networking
- Sponsored by EY

14:00 - Presentation
- Deborah Mattinson, Founding Partner, Britain Thinks

14:20 - Keynote speech
- Jonathan Reynolds MP, Shadow Economic Secretary (Treasury)

14:35 - Keynote speech - Going for growth
- David Duffy, Chief Executive Officer, CYBG

14:50 - Closing remarks
- Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK

15:00 - Close