James BowlerDirector General, Public Spending, HM Treasury
James was appointed Director General, Public Spending in May 2017. He oversees £800bn of public spending across Whitehall and the public services; working with government departments on spending allocations and delivery, including signing off large projects through the Major Project Review Group. He is Joint Chair of the Finance Leadership Group. James was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2012 New Year Honours.
Mike DriverChief Financial Officer, Ministry of Justice and Head of the Government Finance Function
Mike was appointed Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Justice in April 2016. In June 2017 he became Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury, where he is driving the agenda, putting finance at the heart of decision making. Mike is joint chair of the Finance Leadership Group, a CIPFA qualified accountant and a Non-Executive Board Member of Shared Services Connect Limited.
Cat LittleDirector General, Finance, Ministry of Defence and Event Compère
Catherine Little was appointed Director General Finance at the Ministry of Defence in September 2017. Cat started her career at PwC in both assurance and advisory roles, dedicated to Government and Public Sector Services. She took up the role of Director Finance & Digital at the Legal Aid Agency in 2014, before moving across to the Ministry of Justice as Director of Group Finance.
Ash NoahVice President, CGMA External Relations, American Institute of CPAs and CIMA
Ash Noah is Vice President, CGMA External Relations at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountant. He engages with CFOs and Finance Leaders to understand how finance teams are evolving and guides the Association’s initiatives to help management accountants create more value for their organizations. Prior to that he served as CFO at TNT Express, the global transport and logistics provider and led finance teams in 45 countries through significant transformation.
Ben PageChief Executive, Ipsos MORI
Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University. A frequent writer and speaker on leadership and performance management, he has directed hundreds of surveys examining service delivery, customer care and communications. Ben has served on a wide range of independent commissions and reviews and is currently a member of advisory boards at the CBI, Kings Fund, Institute of Public Policy Research and the Social Market Foundation.
Colin StewartNorthern Universal Credit Area Director, Department of Work and Pensions
Colin was appointed the Universal Credit Area Director for the North of England at the Department for Work and Pensions in May 2017. Universal Credit (UC) is the Government's flagship digital transformation programme and Colin is responsible for the delivery of the UC service in 166 Job Centres and 7 connected Service Centres.
Lars SudmannAdvisor, Lecturer & CFO Council Director, Suddman & Company
Lars Sudmann has over 15 years’ experience as a business and finance leader, and worked as CFO Belgium at Procter & Gamble. He is a CFO council director with The Conference Board, a lecturer at the university of Braunschweig (DE) and has featured on Fast Company, the Economist Career Network, the BBC, Chicago Tribune and many more. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences in US and Europe.
Mary CalamSenior Expert, McKinsey & Company
Mary Calam co-leads McKinsey & Company’s Public Sector Practice in London and McKinsey’s crisis response in Europe. She serves clients all over the world, particularly in relation to justice, security and law enforcement. Before joining McKinsey, Mary spent 25 years in UK Government, in a number of senior leadership roles across counter terrorism, law enforcement and security, most recently as Director General for Crime, Policing and Fire at the Home Office.
Nina WarhurstBBC Politics and Business Correspondent and Awards Dinner Compère
Nina is the BBC’s political editor for the North West. Brexit is keeping her very busy. In the past two months she’s taken on the Shadow Chancellor, and the head of the CBI on their EU views. Soon she’ll be interviewing the Prime Minister. But her passion is telling local stories about how politics and the economy affect people’s lives.
Pia SinhaGovernor, HMP Liverpool
Pia Sinha qualified as a chartered psychologist in 1999, and worked at London’s Holloway women’s prison. In 2009, Pia was selected on a fast-track scheme, rising through to senior management. Pia achieved promotion to Deputy Governor for HMP Liverpool in 2012. This was followed by her first Governorship at HMP Thorn Cross and then HMP Risley two years later. Pia has been Governor at HMP Liverpool since November 2017.
Rob McCargowDirector of Artificial Intelligence, PwC
Rob works with partners across academia, government, technology vendors, start-ups, and other key stakeholders, in order to drive innovation within the Firm and develop new services for clients. He is an evangelist for responsible technology and promotes awareness of the growing ethical agenda relating to AI. He is an advisory board member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, an adviser to The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, a TEDx speaker, and a Fellow of The RSA.