Riding the Disruption Wave 

About the speakers

Michael Woodford, MBE

Michael Woodford, a 30-year veteran of Olympus and the newly-appointed president and CEO, finds himself in the middle of treachery and intrigue after discovering an accounting fraud on a massive scale - approaching $2 billion.  He realizes that nobody is telling him the truth.  Even the chairman and the Head of Compliance and Governance are suspected of being in on it. The CEO faces a terrible dilemma that could put him and his family's lives at risk. Who can he trust? Certainly, not his own board. 

What lessons can be learned from his experience? Listen to his story, both terrifying and at times hilarious, as the decision he makes leads to the exposure of the scandal, the crash in the company’s share price, the entire board’s resignation, and having to be protected by armed police.


Mariana Mazzucato, Professor of Economics, University College London 

Mariana Mazzucato is Professor in the Economics of Innovation & Public Value, University College London (UCL) and where she is establishing a new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. She is author of the highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; Public Affairs, 2015) and winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis. Mazzucato has advised policymakers around the world on how to deliver ‘smart’, inclusive and sustainable growth.  In 2013 she was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' in the New Republic.

Andrew Yuille, Head of Business Solutions, Thomson Reuters

Andrew Yuille has more than 25 years experience of business development in high growth organizations across technology, information services and financial services and serves as the Head of Risk Business Solutions – at Thomson Reuters. In this role he leads the joint development of new business models and new propositions to drive commercial growth working in partnership with advisory, technology and content providers.
Andrew is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars across Americas, EMEA and Asia Pac on topics relating to governance, risk and compliance, the prevention financial crime and corruption, supply chain management and B2B marketing strategy. 
His previous roles include Head of Proposition Marketing - Specialist Markets & Communities; Head of Proposition Marketing – GRC for Thomson Reuters; Chief Marketing Officer for global risk intelligence provider World-Check; and business development roles for ERP software vendor Tetra plc and supply-chain software vendor Strategix.
Andrew is a Trustee and Governor of Herries Educational Trust, a registered charity in the UK. He holds an MSc in Management and Marketing from the University of South Wales and in 2001 was elected as a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

Phil Cotter, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters Risk

Phil Cotter is Managing Director of the Thomson Reuters Risk and Supply Chain business.

He was previously Managing Director of Experian’s Credit Services business in the UK and immediately prior to joining Thomson Reuters ran his own consulting business and served as a non-executive director on the board of Bisnode AB a pan-european information services provider based in Sweden.

With nearly 20 years experience in information services, he has in depth experience and knowledge, of global information trends and strategies.

He holds several advisory positions including Nottingham University Business School where he is a Honorary Professor 

Axel Threfall, Editor-at-Large, Reuters

Axel Threlfall is a lead anchor for Reuters Television, based in London. He also presents special reports for Reuters from events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos. Prior to joining Reuters, he spent four years as one of CNBC's main presenters in London. Before that, he was a news reporter and editor with The Wall Street Journal in New York and Bloomberg in London. He has also advised businesses and NGOs on their dealings with the international media. Mr. Threlfall is frequently asked to moderate events for international organisations, including the United Nations and the OECD. He has a BA in History from Durham University and a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University, London.

Gareth Evans, Managing Director, ERM, Thomson Reuters

Gareth Evans is the Managing Director of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) at Thomson Reuters. In this role he is responsible for leading all proposition and solution development in the ERM services division. Prior to this position Gareth was a Director at PwC UK where he created and led their eGRC practice which advised clients on strategies employed to automate and integrate Lines of Defence activities – such as Risk Management, Compliance, and Internal Audit. Spanning all regulated sectors, including banking, insurance, telecoms, oil & gas and utilities, Gareth has engaged a number of global Tier I banks and FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 corporates.

Lynsey Mathieson, EY, Senior Manager, Financial Services Risk Management

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Alastair Lukies, Chairman, Innovate Finance

Alastair Lukies CBE is a UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion for the UK’s global FinTech industry. He founded Monitise in 2003. Three years later, Monitise was recognized as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum and in June 2007 Alastair led the company’s demerger from Morse and listing on the LSE's AIM market. During his time as CEO, Monitise grew to a market cap of $2 billion, employing 1500 staff on four continents.
In January 2014, Alastair was first appointed as a Business Ambassador to the Prime Minister for the financial services industry by the UK Government, and today acts as the sole Business Ambassador for FinTech. He was named Non-Executive Chairman of FinTech industry body, Innovate Finance, at its launch in August 2014. Alastair was awarded a CBE for services to mobile banking and charity in June 2014, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Growing Business Awards. 
Prior to conceiving, financing and successfully building Monitise, Alastair was a co-founder of epolitix.com, the portal for Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved institutions.

Nirvana Farhadi, Global Head, Financial Services RegTech, Risk & Regulatory Compliance Affairs

As the Global Head, Financial Services RegTech, Risk & Regulatory Compliance Affairs, for Hitachi, Nirvana is the business owner and strategic leader for Hitachi’s Financial Services RegTech business.  A thought leader and pioneer in the Financial Services RegTech sector, she is a global compliance, operations and risk expert across multiple Financial Services sectors, global regulations and jurisdictions.  As the former Head of Regulatory Reporting at KPMG, she has lead the business, practice, and development for Regulatory Transactio n Reporting. She has served as a lead regulatory expert across Trade, Transaction, Periodic, and Positional reporting requirement under various global regulations including, but not limited to: MiFID, MiFID2/MiFIR, EMIR, REMIT, DFA, SEC, CFTC, Hong Kong TR, Canadian TR, ASIC TR, Commodities Position Reporting, and Threshold reporting requirements. She has over 18 years of senior experience in the Financial Services industry. Between 2014-2015 she was appointed as the lead expert to a European Regulatory body on the MiFID II/MiFIR Transaction Reporting Technical Standards, and Instrument Reference Data Standard, as well as writing the approach for their consultation paper. As well as advising on the impacts above she has helped firms with the effect of Brexit on their business. She has been heavily involved in workshops and studies with the involvement of key market participants as well as NCA’s across Europe and the US on regulatory compliance, operations and reporting matters and finding strategic robust solutions. As a Regulatory expert in the industry, she has provided training to a broad spectrum of industry stake holders, which have included global investment banks, Asset Managers, Trading Venues, Regulators, and Members of the European Parliament. She has published various industry articles, and presented at numerous industry and client round tables and spoken at conferences in relation to her specialist area of expertise.

Nick Cook, Head of Department, Market Intelligence, Data & Analysis, FCA

- Leading a department of 40 FTE in implementing the FCA's Data Strategy;
- FCA representative on European Securities and Markets Authority's Financial Innovation Standing
- Leading the FCA's RegTech initiatives;
- Accountable for technology and change projects with £4m budget, and for leading the FCA's procurement of
market data

Howard Presland, Head of Third Party Risk Proposition, Thomson Reuters 

Howard is currently Head of Proposition, EMEA for Customer & Third Party Risk at Thomson Reuters where he has worked in Risk Management Solutions since 2013. His prior role saw him oversee the global market launch of Thomson Reuter’s flagship screening product ‘World-Check One’. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, he worked in the information industry for over 10 years across various roles for Factiva & Dow Jones, latterly leading the Product & Operations divisions within Risk & Compliance. Howard graduated from the University of Wales with a B.A. in Modern Languages with Computer Science and went on to study Project Management at the George Washington University School of Business. Outside of work Howard is a keen traveller and avid windsurfer.

Alice Shone, Senior Programme Officer, Transparency International 

Alice Shone is a Senior Programme Officer in Transparency International UK's Business Integrity Programme.  She has led the development of several of TI-UK’s tools and guides on anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) issues affecting the private sector, covering topics such as third party management, corporate political engagement and incentives.    
She is also involved in running TI-UK’s Business Integrity Forum, a membership forum of 35 companies, and its Corporate Anti-Corruption Benchmark, an online tool that measures and compares the performance of corporate ABC programmes. 
Prior to joining TI-UK, Alice was a senior analyst at a risk management firm specialising in compliance due diligence, investigations and political and country risk.  She holds a BA from the University of Cambridge in English and an MA in International Studies from SOAS and is a Mandarin speaker. 

Purvi Shah, Product Integrity Manager, Debeers Group 

Purvi joined De Beers in 2008 and has held a number of roles in the Corporate Affairs team, focused on driving and maintaining consumer confidence and reputation management in diamonds and the diamond industry. During this time, she has overseen the implementation of social management standards and systems at De Beers’ operations; evaluated and implemented changes to De Beers’ sustainability governance and approach; and driven De Beers’ social investment strategy. 
In her current role, Purvi is responsible for the implementation and evolution of De Beers’ flagship sustainability Best Practice Principles Programme; ensuring that key risks to consumer confidence across the De Beers value chain are identified and addressed through the Programme.

Prior to De Beers, Purvi worked at Microsoft in Egypt for three years, where she administered Microsoft’s grant-giving programme and worked with partner non-profit organisations to implement development projects in under-served communities across Egypt. 

Purvi speaks Gujarati and Arabic.


Edward O'Callaghan, Partner at Clifford Chance US LLP

Edward O'Callaghan has over twenty years of litigation experience in criminal and civil matters both in private practice and in government service. His practice focuses on defending financial institutions, public companies, asset management firms, and individuals in international and domestic regulatory investigations and criminal prosecutions, including cases involving allegations of securities fraud, insider trading and market manipulation, bank fraud, money laundering, accounting fraud, health care fraud, corruption, RICO, criminal antitrust, and matters involving alleged violations of the United States export controls and the FCPA.

James Swenson, Global Head of Proposition, Risk Managed Services, Thomson Reuters 

James Swenson is head of Proposition for Risk Managed Services (RMS) at Thomson Reuters. He is responsible for the development of commercial roadmaps related to Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD), Screening Resolution, Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO), and client on-boarding solutions.  He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and has substantial experience designing due diligence programs complying with FCPA, UK Bribery Act, AML, and supply chain risk management. 
James originally joined IntegraScreen in 2006 as a case manager based in Hong Kong. In 2009, he relocated to London to oversee IntegraScreen’s expansion in the European market after the company was acquired by World-Check. During this period, James was responsible for substantial growth in the region. Following Thomson Reuters’ acquisition of World-Check in 2011, James assumed his new role managing the division on a global scale.

Christopher Robinson, Partner, Freshfields

Christopher is a partner in the financial institutions disputes group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He advises on a wide range of litigation and regulatory proceedings in the banking and financial services sector. He is a member of the firm’s global investigations practice, and frequently works on cross border investigations with a financial services or financial crime focus. His expertise in these areas has been recognised by Legal Week and Legal Business, each of which recognised him in 2016 as a “ Rising Star” in banking disputes. Freshfields has recently been shortlisted for various awards in connection with Christopher’s work on the Lehman Waterfall litigation.

Denis O'Connor, MLRO

Denis O'Connor is both a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment. After a variety of finance roles in City firms, Denis moved to the Compliance function. Latterly, he has focussed on financial crime issues. During his career, he was a member of the BBA's Money Laundering Committee for seven years and he has recently completed six years service on both the Board of the JMLSG and its Editorial Panel. Denis has engaged extensively with the FCA, HM Treasury, the European Commission, FATF and the Basel Committee on financial crime issues. Denis also has a Masters Degree in the Sociology of Sport and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Law.

Mike Rothwell, Managing Director, Caesars Entertainment EMEA

Mike Rothwell has been Managing Director of Caesars Entertainment’s EMEA Operations since March 2014, during which he has overseen three successive years of record customer service scores and record profitability.
A casino industry veteran, Mike joined what was formerly London Clubs International plc in 2000, as Group Financial Controller, to support the Group’s international expansion plans in the US, Africa and Europe.  In 2006 he was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer, shortly prior to the Group’s acquisition by Caesars Entertainment in November 2006.  Mike was one of the team responsible for bringing the iconic Playboy Club back to London in 2011.

Prior to joining the gaming industry, he held senior finance roles in diverse industries including public transport and higher education.
Mike is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with KPMG in 1994.

Steve Pulley, Managing Director, Risk Managed Services, Thomson Reuters

Steve Pulley is Managing Director of Thomson Reuters’ Risk Managed Service business spanning KYC and Client On-boarding Solutions (Org ID and Goldtier) and our Enhanced Due Diligence offerings, having joined the firm in February 2013.  Prior to assuming this expanded role in March, Steve held the position of Managing Director Org ID responsible for taking the embryonic Org ID proposition to market and evolving it into the market leading proposition it has become.  Prior to that Steve was Global Head of Industry Solutions and Partnerships for the Financial & Risk business unit.  Steve joined Thomson Reuters from AnaCap Financial Partners, a €3 Billion Private Equity firm focused on investments in European financial institutions where he was a Managing Director involved in all aspects of the investment life cycle.  During his career with AnaCap, Steve led a series of acquisitions and sat on the Board or Supervisory Board of five portfolio companies.  Previously Steve was a management consultant with Oliver Wyman in London and New York.  As a member of the Capital Markets Practice he led and worked on a range of strategy, risk management and post merger integration projects for financial institutions in Europe, North America and Asia.  Steve is a graduate of Oxford University with an MA (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences and is married with one daughter.

Susannah Hammond, Senior Regulatory Intelligence Expert 

Susannah Hammond is senior regulatory intelligence expert and joined Thomson Reuters regulatory intelligence team from GE Capital Bank where she was head of compliance. Susannah has over 25 years' wide-ranging experience in international and UK financial services. A qualified chartered accountant, Susannah's compliance career includes SG Warburg, Caspian Securities and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She was head of international regulatory risk for the Halifax Group and became head of retail regulatory risk for HBOS plc upon Halifax's merger with Bank of Scotland

Christian Hunt, Head of Compliance and Operational Risk, UBS

Prior to joining the Firm, he was Chief Operating Officer of the Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”), a subsidiary of the Bank of England. The PRA is responsible for the prudential supervision of deposit takers, insurance firms and designated investment firms in the UK. Christian previously held the position of Head of Department at the PRA (and before that its predecessor organisation the FSA) responsible for the supervision of international systemically important banks.
He has also run a London based family office which managed hedge funds and was active in private equity. Prior to that he was a Director in Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank. In addition to his corporate finance responsibilities, Christian also ran the Chairman’s Office and spent two years on secondment at the UK Takeover Panel, regulating takeovers and mergers. He began his career at Arthur Andersen, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an MA from the University of Oxford. 

Wayne Johnson, CEO and Founder, Encompass 

In 2012, Wayne Johnson co-founded Encompass Corporation, a SaaS business driven by the belief that the best decisions are made when people understand the full picture. As CEO of Encompass Wayne has lead the creation of the company’s Know Your Customer (KYC) automation software for the banking, finance, legal and accountancy sectors. Wayne has won recognition as an entrepreneur and leader in the information industry. He has raised venture capital in the USA and won multi-million dollar grants from government. Prior to Encompass, Wayne founded Software Associates in 1986 and served as CEO and chairman until the company was acquired by QHA, a Hong Kong listed Company in 2001. He grew the company to 60 staff with offices in the US and Hong Kong, During this time they built and deployed major applications including telecommunications billing, Internet banking and corporate-wide customer care for the region‚ major banks, insurers and telecommunications companies.

Colin Hall, Chief Data Officer, Credit Suisse

Colin Hall is a Managing Director at Credit Suisse (CS) and is the Group Chief Data Officer (Group CDO).
Prior to that role, Colin was the Chief Data officer for the Global Markets Division. His responsibilities included managing the global teams maintaining CS IB’s client reference data, the CS group (i.e. IB and PB/WM) product data and the strategic programs delivering future state target operating models (TOM) and IT architecture for these reference data classes. He was also responsible for the strategic programs delivering the TOM and IT architecture for the client onboarding and legal contract negotiation processes. Colin was also responsible for Front to Back Data Governance within the investment bank.  

The Senior Manager and Certification Regime became effective in March 2016.  In March 2017 in his role as UK CDO, Colin was appointed a senior manager under the regime with responsibility to the UK CEO for Data Governance of the UK entities, particularly in relation to BCBS239. 

Colin holds a BSc from Imperial College, London; is a member of the Royal College of Sciences, the British Computer Society and is an affiliate of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.

Event Information

Tuesday 25th April, 2017
Registration: 8:30am 
Welcome and Introduction: 9:00am
Close: 1:00pm
The Brewery, London 
52 Chriswell Street, 
London, EC1Y 4SD
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