Please see below our forthcoming events for 2017 – you can find out more by clicking an event title.

Sessions include a mix of peer discussion groups - focused roundtables with a small group of non-executives and company secretaries – our annual forum, and a range of events we run with partner organisations (including Women on Boards). 

Please contact Phil Festa, Director of Non-Executive Engagement for further details.

We’ll be covering the following items:

  • The current terrorist threat
  • Issues for the financial sector
  • The importance of the Suspicious Activity Report (SARs) regime
  • Key milestones in CTF for 2017 / 2018

Subject matter experts:

  • Andy McDonald (ex Head of Specialist Investigations and National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit, Metropolitan Police)
  • Andy Fyfe (Detective Chief Inspector at Economic Crime Department, City of London Police)

We’ll be covering the following items:

  • Culture: what does this really mean for pension firms?
  • Accountability: Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SM&CR) – what should pension firms be thinking about?
  • FCA thematic work: annuity sales practices and the fair treatment of long-standing customers
  • How does governance apply to non-executive directors?
  • Managing conduct risk through evolving distribution channels (non-advised and advised)
  • Digital: the emergence in pensions and associated risks
  • Vulnerable customers

Subject matter experts:

  • Linda Woodall (Director Life Insurance and Financial Advice with responsibility for the Ageing Population programme, FCA)
  • Stuart O’Sullivan (Principal Consultant, Huntswood)

The aim of this event is to help those holding senior roles in financial services firms understand the financial crime and fraud issues impacting their companies, and more importantly the actions they should be taking to mitigate the risks.

Themes / Subject matter experts:

  • The Cyber Highway and cyber crime - Lord Blunkett, former Home Secretary and chairman of UK Government scheme, Cyber Essentials Direct
  • The impact of terrorist financing - Andy McDonald, ex Head of Specialist Investigations and National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit, Metropolitan Police
  • Insider and outsider frauds: similarities and differences - Gary Miller, Partner at Mishcon de Reya, specialising in fraud litigation
  • Financial crime: the payments landscape - Phil Kenworthy, Industry advisor and former Chief Executive and Non-Executive Director at CHAPS Clearing Company Ltd

For the second year running, non-executive directors put culture at the top of the list in Huntswood’s annual regulation and conduct risk survey.

Topics under discussion in the PDG include:

  • What does ‘culture’ mean for financial services firm?
  • What actions should non-executive directors and the boards on which they sit be taking to address culture issues
  • How can culture be measured?
  • How can boards establish an environment in which ‘good’ culture can flourish?

Subject matter expert:

  • Huntswood’s culture specialist, Rhiannon Harfoot (former Director of People and Culture Programme, Barclays)

This event explores the regulatory changes in the UK Payments landscape, which will affect all companies that make and receive payments.

Topics under discussion in the PDG include:

  • Ring-Fencing under the Financial Services (Banking Reform Act) 2013
  • The second EU Payment Services Directive (PSD2) permitting Third Party Provider Access to Customer bank accounts and enhanced security requirements on customer payments
  • Open Banking Standards (as an enabler to PSD2)
  • The Fourth EU Anti Money Laundering Directive (4 MLD)
  • The U.K. Payments Strategy (including the consolidation of the Retail Payment Systems, new user-orientated functionality (including “request to pay” and Identity assurance), enhanced Financial Crime Reporting and the introduction of new messaging standards)
  • A new Real Time Gross Settlement System at the Bank of England (this underpins the daily settlement of the U.K. Payment Systems as well as other key aspects of business practice)
  • Enhanced Cyber Security Control Reporting
  • Trade Association Merger (BBA, CML, UKPA & Payments UK)

Subject matter expert:

  • Phil Kenworthy (Industry advisor and former Chief Executive and Non-Executive Director at CHAPS Clearing Company Ltd)

Partnership event with Women on Boards

Whilst the UK gender pay gap is at its lowest level ever (just over 18%), women are still less likely to progress up the career ladder into high paying senior roles.

We’ll outline the challenges that need to be overcome if the UK Government is to meet its undertaking of ensuring the gap is eliminated in a generation.

Subject matter experts:

  • Huntswood’s culture specialist, Rhiannon Harfoot (former Director of People and Culture Programme, Barclays)
  • Emily Cox, Director of Public Affairs at Virgin Money

Partnership event with Women on Boards

This event is designed specifically for people considering their first board role, or seeking to add a new non-executive director (NED) or trustee role to their portfolio. Learn about what it takes to be a NED.

The workshop is facilitated by Huntswood and delivered by a member of the Women on Boards’ team who has practical experience of working with boards.