TheCityUK and SFE National Conference 2022

Our National Conference will take place in Edinburgh and online on Thursday 1 December 2022
This flagship event, kindly sponsored by PwC and also supported by State Street, will focus on the significant contribution of financial and related professional services to economies across the UK and the industry’s role in supporting key issues such as regional growth, levelling up, diversity and inclusion and the transition to net zero.


Time Session Speakers
10:00 - 10:10 Chief Executive Officer's welcome Sandy Begbie CBE, Chief Executive Officer, SFE
10:10 - 10:20 TheCityUK Chair’s address Anne Richards DBE, Board Chair, TheCityUK and Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity International
10:20 - 10:35 Keynote speech Andrew Griffith MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury
10:35 - 11:20

Panel: ‘Going for growth in the regions and nations: The next steps for levelling up’

Sandy Begbie CBE, Chief Executive Officer, SFE (Chair)

Adrian Gillespie, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise

Jason Morris, Regional Market Leader, Scotland, PwC

Emily Shepperd, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Authorisations, Financial Conduct Authority

Martin Towns, Deputy Head of Global Real Estate, M&G
11:20 - 11:50 Coffee Break  
11:50 - 12:25

Trust and reputation
Presentation by BritainThinks followed by Q&A

Emma Reynolds, Managing Director, Public Affairs, Policy & Research, TheCityUK (Chair)

Carol McNaughton Nicholls, Associate Partner, BritainThinks
12:25 - 13:10

Panel: ‘The growth pipeline: How recruiting, training and supporting a diverse workforce is key to the industry’s future’

Fraser Wilson, Partner, Head of Financial Services, Scotland, PWC (Chair)

Gregg Hutchings, Programme Director, Financial Services Skills Commission

Pav Khela, Member, TheCityUK Next Generation Leadership Council and Chief Service Delivery Officer, Fidelity International

Naomi Puri, Talent Acquisition Manager, NatWest and a member of SFE Young Professionals

Sandra Wallace CBE, TheCityUK Midlands Chair and Managing Director, UK & Europe, DLA Piper

13:10 - 14:00 Lunch break  
14:00 - 14:15 Keynote speech Anas Sarwar MSP, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
14:15 - 15:00 Panel: 'One year on from COP26: Where next on the road to NetZero'

Chris Hayward, Chair of the Policy Committee, City of London Corporation (Chair)

Eva Cairns, Head of Sustainability Insights and Climate Strategy, abrdn

Mark Eckstein, Executive Director Impact Assessment and Reporting, Scottish National Investment Bank

Richard Lacaille, Executive Vice-President and Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives, State Street

Omar Shaikh, Managing Director, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

15:00 - 15:15

Keynote speech

Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland

15:15 - 15:25 SFE Chair’s address John McGuigan, Chair, SFE Board
15:25 - 15:30

Closing remarks

Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK

*Agenda subject to change.

Places for this free event at the venue are limited, so please register to attend using the form below. We will also be offering virtual participation options for those who are unable to join us in Edinburgh.

Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR

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