09:00 - 09:05

Introduction to using the FRO 2020 hub

09:50 - 10:30

Plenary: COVID-19: Are we over the worst or just at the beginning?

An analysis of the economic impact of and the response to the pandemic, and a look forward at the likely short-term economic outlook and the potential long-term consequences. To allow business leaders and policy makers to identify the appropriate responses to both the risks and opportunities.

Mark Gregory
10:30 - 11:15

Breakout 1


Internal controls regulation: what will 2021 bring?

Hear from our internal controls team on the potential UK SOX legislation and the resulting change in Directors’ accountability. They will also share insights on findings from our recent health checks across UK corporates.
Dan FeatherIlaria Lavalle Miller

Priorities for boards beyond COVID-19: Demystifying Corporate Stewardship

What is driving investor investment decisions and how can corporate boards prepare for change? At a time of unprecedented disruption, investor stewardship has taken on increased importance and accelerated the need for corporates’ boards to responsibly respond to the largest systemic risks of our time; to Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance. Hear first-hand how today’s investors prioritise their capital allocation and how boards can prepare for change. Join this session led by EY’s UK Centre for Board Matters.
Julie CarlyleLoree GourleyCatherine Howarth

Mental resilience: adapting to a new reality

Wales’ most capped rugby player discusses how to build mental strength in times of adversity, including dealing with emotions and changed circumstances. Gareth also talks about his success on the field and the hurdles he has had to overcome, sharing his personal experiences of mental health.
Gareth Thomas
11:15 - 11:25


11:25 - 12:10

Breakout 2


US financial reporting developments

From our US Capital Markets practice, our Washington based Partner and London based Associate Partner will discuss developments and points of focus of the key US standard setters and regulators, including the SEC, FASB, and PCAOB, they have seen in the last year. The discussion will cover current standard setting and rulemaking, trends in SEC staff comments, as well as emerging rulemaking areas.
Adam DufourSteven C. Jacobs

Narrative reporting trends

How well have FTSE 350 companies reported in the first cycle of applying the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code? What work remains to move the dial from 'intent to action' to demonstrate that companies are not just paying lip service? How has COVID-19 impacted investor, stakeholder and regulatory expectations and what have companies disclosed in response? Join this session led by EY’s Corporate Governance team to find out as you plan for your 2020/21 reporting cycle.
Maria KepaMala Shah-Coulon

COVID-19: Finance's role in managing contract risks and uncertainties

COVID-19 has caused enormous upheaval for businesses in meeting their contractual obligations. Hear from Maggie Stilwell, Partner in Claims & Disputes, on the issues emerging and their implications in terms of practical steps which can be taken.
Maggie Stilwell

The path to success: Entrepreneur of the Yearâ„¢

Hear from Rosaleen Blair, CBE, a winner of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ about her journey to success. Rosaleen will share her experiences, discussing how she got to where she is today and what she has learned along the way.

Since it first launched in the UK more than 20 years ago, the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ UK programme has been recognising successful entrepreneurs making a positive impact on their society and the economy, and the legacies they are building.
Rosaleen Blair, CBE
12:10 - 12:50

Panel: Post-COVID: A brave new world?

Hear from our distinguished panel as they explore how the world will look as it recovers from the pandemic. How will global politics, economy and science meet challenges and develop resilience in the new world?

Katya AdlerDanny Blanchflower CBEHannah FryLord Chris Patten
12:50 - 13:00

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