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"I found the plenary sessions really insightful for providing wider economic and political context."

- FRO attendee

Plenary speakers


Prof. Mariana Mazzucato, [br]Professor of Innovation and Public Value, UCL and Director of the IIPP

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). 

She is winner of prizes including the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values.  

Her book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (2013) investigates the role of public organizations in playing the ‘investor of first resort’ role in the history of technological change.  Her 2018 book The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy was a 2018 Strategy & Business Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year prize.

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive growth and is currently a Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and is author of the high impact EC report on Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union.   

Iain Mackay, [br] Chief Financial Officer, GlaxoSmithKline

Iain became Chief Financial Officer on 1 April 2019, after joining GSK as Chief Financial Officer Designate on 14 January 2019. He is an Executive Director of the GSK Board and a member of the Corporate Executive Team.

Iain is responsible for Global Finance and several of the company’s key global functions including Investor Relations and Tech.

Prior to joining GSK, Iain was Group Finance Director at the global bank HSBC, a position he held for eight years. A chartered accountant, Iain has worked in Asia, the US and Europe and before HSBC was at General Electric, Schlumberger Dowell and Price Waterhouse.

Iain is a Trustee of the British Heart Foundation and a member of the Court of the University of Aberdeen.

Iain holds an MA in Business Studies and Accounting, and an Honorary Doctorate from Aberdeen University in Scotland.

Andrew Marr, [br] Broadcaster and journalist

A seasoned political commentator, newspaper columnist and entertaining TV personality, Andrew Marr presents BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show.  Andrew began hosting his namesake programme in 2005 following a five-year stint as Political Editor at BBC News. 

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Andrew gained a BA in English from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and embarked on a career in newspaper journalism.  Starting out as a trainee business reporter at The Scotsman in 1981, he became a parliamentary correspondent in 1984 and political correspondent two years later.

He has written and presented numerous series for the BBC and has also had a number of best-selling books published.

Andrew has received more than a dozen major awards for writing and broadcasting - including from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and the Broadcasting Press Guild, which awarded two prizes for the Andrew Marr Show and Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain.

Col. Dame Kelly Holmes, [br] Double Olympic champion and mental health advocate

Setting and still holding the British records in the 800m and 1000m, Kelly is an Olympic, Commonwealth and European champion that has achieved seven Gold, eight Silver and four Bronze medals throughout her career. After her Olympic success, she won BBC Sports Personality of the Year, European Athlete of the Year and was honoured with a Damehood from the Queen.

At 18, Kelly left professional running to pursue her first dream, to be in the British army. She became an HGV driver and then a Physical Training Instructor, before being awarded an MBE for services to the British Army in 1998. In 2018, Kelly was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Royal Armoured Corps, marking her return to the army.

Kelly could never shift the dream of Olympic gold that she had since a child, but it was a very tough journey there. Her running career was overshadowed with repeated injury and disappointment. Recurring physical injuries contributed to periods of clinical depression and self-harm that continued to affect her just one year before her Olympic double win.

Soon after this win, Kelly set up the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. The charity helps guide disadvantaged young people, getting their lives back on track by using world class athletes to engage, enable and empower, attitudes they need to fulfil a positive life. She encourages the same philosophy that she lives by, nothing is impossible.  She has recently launched a podcast What Do I Do? Mental Health and Me

Hywel Ball, [br] Assurance Managing Partner and Head of UK Audit, EY

Hywel has been with EY for over 30 years, 20 years as Partner providing services to clients across a range of sectors, including many FTSE 100 companies.

Before taking up his current role as Managing Partner for Assurance and Head of Audit, UK, Hywel was the firm’s industry leader for the Energy and Utilities sector for EMEIA and Chairman of the firm in Scotland.

Hywel has extensive experience dealing with IPOs, re-financings, large acquisitions and disposals. He also has in-depth knowledge of regulation and dealing with regulatory change. His global experience means he is adept at dealing with clients who operate in IFRS, US and UK GAAP and he has first-hand IFRS conversion experience. He also has wide experience coordinating multinational assignments on large companies, in both an audit and non-audit capacity.

Alan Millings, [br] Global Capital Markets Leader, EY


Gavin Esler, [br] Broadcaster and journalist, Conference Moderator

Gavin Esler is an award winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is best known for serving for over a decade as a main presenter on BBC’s "Newsnight". He was also a regular anchor on the BBC News Channel and BBC’s News at Five.

Gavin presented "Dateline London" and "HARDtalk Extra", broadcast on BBC World and BBC News Channel, as well as "Four Corners" for Radio 4. He received a Royal Television Society award for his reports on the military build-up in the Aleutian Islands.

The author of a number of books, Gavin has written acclaimed factual titles on leadership and trust ("Lessons from the Top" and "The Decline of Trust"), as well as a book on American discontent, "The United States of Anger", and regularly contributes to The Scotsman and The Independent.

Breakout speakers


Misha Glenny, [br] Award-winning writer and cybersecurity expert

Misha Glenny is an author, journalist and specialist on Eastern and Southeastern Europe, organised crime and cybersecurity. He has served as Central Europe correspondent for the Guardian and the BBC.

During the late 1980s and 1990s, Glenny reported extensively on the Balkan wars of Independence that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia. Since then he has acted as consultant to several European governments and the EU on the Balkans. Glenny has also advised the US departments of State and of Justice on US-European relationships and on organised crime. He speaks regularly at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Misha is the author of several books on Central and Eastern Europe. Away from European politics, he has written the acclaimed book McMafia (which was adapted into a hit BBC drama of the same title), about the problem of international organised crime which, he believes, may now account for more than 20% of global GDP. He has been appointed a visiting professor at Columbia University, specialising in ‘crime in transition’, looking at the new world of cyber-crime. He also co-wrote DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia looking at examples of the new global criminality and the world of cyberattacks.

Simon Rogerson, [br] CEO, Octopus Group

Simon is the CEO and co-founder of Octopus Group, and winner of EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. 

Simon co-founded Octopus Investments in 2000 which has been one of the fastest growing companies in the UK over the last 16 years and is now trusted with more than £8.6 billion* on behalf of 60,000 customers. More recently, Octopus entered the healthcare and energy sectors, with a similar mission of fixing what was broken in those industries. Octopus has invested more than £1 billion in helping to build new, state of the art healthcare infrastructure across the UK and has also set up a hugely successful digital energy supply business, powered by renewable energy.

Simon’s passion for making the customer journey better speaks volumes about his entrepreneurial spirit. His purpose and vision for Octopus Group is truly inspiring – wanting to change today for a better tomorrow. 

Simon graduated with a first class MA in Modern Languages from St. Andrews University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

* Octopus as at 30 September 2018

Maya Bankovich, [br] EY

Maya is an Associate Partner at EY, focussing on technology enabled Finance function, including intelligent automation and using data & analytics to create long term stakeholder value. She brings over 15 years of experience in financial and operational reporting as well as optimizing Finance processes, systems and data. Maya and her team deliver complex transformative changes of Finance operating models and systems, across different industries and countries. 

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Arun Batra

Arun Batra, [br]EY

Arun is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the UK National Equality Standard, is a Director at EY and has held numerous leading national diversity roles including Diversity Director for the Home Office, Diversity Director for the Greater London Authority for two former Mayors as well as an advisor to the former Attorney General, Baroness Scotland.
He recently won the prestigious HR Consultant of the Year accolade for making “a significant difference to UK society” and has been repeatedly recognised as one of the UKs most influential Asians in the Asian Power List. In February 2018 Arun accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister to join a board to help tackle race disparity in the UK.

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Emily Browne, [br]EY

Emily is an Associate Partner in EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services team.  Emily has been leading accounting implementation projects with large and listed groups for over 15 years, from the first transitions to IFRS in Australia and the UK, through to the implementation of the current suite of new standards on leases, revenue recognition and financial instruments.  

Emily has supported several large groups in the retail, logistics, outsourcing, services and oil and gas sectors with their lease accounting projects.  She has in depth knowledge of the standard and brings insights of the range of challenges organisations have been facing.

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Pieter Dekker, [br]EY

Pieter is an Associate Partner in EY's Professional Practice Group.  He has built up a strong international financial reporting expertise gained through 27 years' experience in EY London's Financial Reporting Group and Global IFRS Group and now the Netherlands' Professional Practice Group.
Pieter has extensive experience with IFRS and is co-author of EY’s leading publication International GAAP and EY’s IFRS Core Tools. He has detailed knowledge of all areas of IFRS and was responsible for directing EFRAG’s work on IFRS matters, including financial instruments and insurance.
Pieter is a frequent speaker at conferences, client seminars and training for senior staff on financial reporting developments.

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Adam Dufour, [br] EY

Adam is a resident in EY’s Professional Practice Group in Washington, DC. He focuses on matters related to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules and regulations on financial reporting, monitoring SEC rulemaking, developing related EY publications, and consulting with engagement teams and clients on SEC financial reporting requirements.

Previously, Adam was a director with EY’s Capital Markets team in London. He advised US-listed companies on navigating US accounting and regulatory complexities and helped private companies on their US IPO journeys. His clients were a diverse mix of large multinational public and private companies primarily in the media, technology, oil and gas and airline industries.

Adam is a CPA licensed in Texas and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.

Dan Feather, [br] EY

Dan is a partner in EY's Capital Markets group in London, where he leads on Accounting Change, including revenue recognition. Dan has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and consulting, both in the accounting profession and in industry. He has helped a number of companies with accounting and reporting matters related to accounting and reporting in business combinations, carve-outs and IPOs. Most recently, Dan has been helping companies implement the new revenue recognition standard in the UK and beyond. The main sectors he has been focused on are technology, media and telecoms and also aerospace and defence.

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Mark Gregory, [br]EY

Mark Gregory is the EY Chief Economist in the UK.  A partner based in the London office, Mark is a business economist with over 25 years’ experience in more than 40 countries as an advisor to Governments and industry on economics, policy and regulation.  He works with clients to identify the business implications of potential changes to the economic and political outlook. He also works extensively on local economic development in the UK, capital allocation (covering foreign direct investment, capex and M&A) and the economics of football.

Prior to EY, Mark was Global Head of Strategy & Business Development for Wireless at IBM and worked with clients to understand the implications of economic and market developments for their business models, cost structures and processes. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Business Economics.

Mark has been a LinkedIn UK Top Voice for the last 3 years

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Steven Jacob

Steven C. Jacobs, [br]EY

Steven is a partner in EY’s Professional Practice Group in Washington, DC where he specialises in matters pertaining to SEC rules and regulations on financial reporting. He is responsible for developing the firm’s publications on various SEC reporting topics as well as providing accounting and financial reporting advice to EY’s engagement teams and clients. 
Steven is currently vice-chair of the Center for Audit Quality’s SEC Regulations Committee and Chair of its International Practices Task Force.

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Gareth James, [br] EY

Gareth is a partner, based in Leeds, who leads EY’s national Audit Analytics team. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2001, Gareth then specialised in technology and data auditing, leading the national Audit and Finance Analytics teams since 2011. 

Gareth works routinely with External Audit teams and their clients to transform audit procedures performed as part of the external audit. He has led numerous engagements to review client capabilities relating to Data Governance, including data management, data quality, data security, data archiving and information integrity and has also led projects to design, build and deploy web-based finance analytic and workflow solutions.

He has worked with some of the UK’s largest businesses in many sectors, including media, retail and life sciences.

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Doug Johnston, [br]EY

Doug is the UK leader of the Climate Change and Sustainability Services at EY. He has over 20 years’ experience in advising businesses on climate change and sustainability strategies, policies, controls and management. Doug’s focus is to help organisations build long term value through their response to safety, environmental and social issues.  He has worked with organisations across the oil and gas, infrastructure, financial services and consumer products sectors delivering innovative and progressive solutions to his clients.  Doug represents his firm and has spoken on a wide range of topics relating to integrated reporting, sustainable value creation, non-financial risk and assurance.  

He has a degree in economics and an MSc in Environmental Policy.

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Gary Kabureck, [br] IASB

Gary Kabureck was appointed to the Board of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in 2013 and reappointed for a second term in 2017. 

From 2001 to 2013, he served as the chief accounting officer and since 2003 as a corporate vice president for Xerox Corporation. He was responsible for ensuring the company’s compliance with IFRS Standards and US GAAP and for overseeing the work of more than 1,200 accountants globally. Mr Kabureck supervised Xerox’s internal controls, accounting-policy development, implementation of ’new accounting procedures and internal and external financial reporting. Prior to becoming chief accounting officer, he held various senior accounting positions at Xerox, beginning in 1985. His professional career began in 1975 at what is now PwC, where he worked for 10 years.

Mr Kabureck is an active member of Financial Executives International (FEI), an association for senior finance executives. Prior to his appointment, Mr Kabureck served on a range of advisory bodies, including those to the US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).  

Mr Kabureck has an MBA from the University of Bridgeport, US. He is a certified public accountant and in 2008 was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Hall of Fame.
Richard Moore

Richard Moore, [br]EY

Richard is an Associate Partner in EY’s Financial Reporting Group, based in London. He has over 20 years' experience, including an extensive knowledge of IFRS, UK GAAP and Company Law requirements, as well as other reporting matters such as Corporate Governance reporting. 
Richard is a member of the FRC’s UK GAAP Technical Advisory Group and EY’s Financial Instrument Working Group. He also chaired EY’s foreign currency Topical Expert Group and is co-author and reviewer of the firm’s leading publication, "International GAAP."

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Stuart Reid

Stuart Reid,[br]EY

Stuart is a partner in EY's EMEIA Capital Markets group in London. Stuart has more than 27 years' experience serving multinational clients in a variety of industries including technology, telecommunications, energy, automotive, agrochemicals and commodities.   Prior to joining the EMEIA Capital Markets team, Stuart worked in the US, Geneva, Zurich and Amsterdam, serving SEC registrants. Stuart has led various equity (US IPO), debt public offerings and other cross border transactions in both the US and European markets and has significant experience in SEC accounting and reporting of complex transactions under both IFRS and US GAAP. He has practical experience of both implementing and auditing SOX at some of EY’s largest multi-national clients.

Stuart is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a US CPA.

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Sonila Routsi, [br]EY

Sonila is an Associate Partner at EY and has more than 15 years of experience in the accounting profession.  Prior to moving to London, Sonila worked with EY in Greece for eight years (2003-2011) and audited several SEC clients.

Sonila has been assisting a telecommunications SEC registrant based in the UK, to remediate a material weakness noted in their SOX assessment and remain SOX compliant going forward.

She worked with a listed client in the US during the initial implementation of SOX. Sonila led the design and implementation of controls to enable compliance with SEC and PCAOB regulations, focusing on areas such as Review Controls, Information Produced by the Entity (IPE) and IT Environment.

Sonila has extensive experience in coaching management on internal controls matters, control framework updates and related SOX implications.

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Ioanna Antoniou, [br]EY

Ioanna has twelve years of audit and accounting experience and is based in EY’s London office.  She is a Greek Certified Public Accountant, holds the IFRS Diploma by ACCA and is a graduate of Banking & Financial Management of the University of Piraeus (Greece).

Ioanna recently led the Balance Sheet reviews for a Telecom business as part of their 2nd Line of Defence. She also worked on the most complicated acquisition of a carve-out business from a UK corporate in 2018. The work she led included setting up the interim control framework, during the Transition Service Agreement period, including intercompany, recharges, payroll, treasury, financial statement close process.

She is a native Greek speaker and is also fluent in English and French.

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Mala Shah-Coulon, [br]EY

Mala is an Associate Partner and runs EY's Corporate Governance team. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has audited a number of multi-national companies in the industrial and chemical sector. 
Mala represents EY on the CBI Companies Committee and runs EY UK’s forum for company secretarial professionals to discuss and share first hand their experiences and issues with their peers in the FTSE 350. Prior to her current role, Mala spent six years as a director in EY’s Professional Practice team  advising audit teams and senior client handlers on technical auditing, corporate governance and risk management issues. 

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Ken Williamson, [br]EY

Ken Williamson leads EY’s focus on corporate governance team and has worked with many listed companies, from those coming to the listed market for the first time to those looking to improve their corporate governance practices/disclosures or responses to regulatory change. An audit partner with over 30 years’ experience, Ken is a partner in the Professional Practice team at EY and previously specialised in extractive industries and worked with listed and private equity backed companies in those sectors. Ken is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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