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Finance as a Force for Good

23rd June 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tomorrow’s City is a programme of events and dialogues with City and other leaders which will set out how the City can best ensure its future success as a ‘city of cities’ by promoting and enabling long-term value creation by drawing on all available talent. This event will discuss Finance as a Force for Good. It will explore the challenge and opportunity in securing long-term value creation in order to meet the needs of citizens and savers.

Previous Tomorrow’s City events have laid the foundations for this event. At the 19 November 2013 launch, The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE presented the programme that will explore how the City of London can continue to be successful by leveraging people, capital, and its international standing as a ‘city of cities’ for long-term value creation. The Lord Mayor’s message was reinforced by Eileen Taylor, CEO of Deutsche Bank UK, Leo Johnson, Partner at PwC, and Dick Tyler, Senior Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP. On 4 December the IIRC’s Chairman Professor Mervyn E. King delivered the keynote address at the launch of the International Integrated Reporting Framework. Together with senior finance leaders, Professor King unveiled the new framework guidelines for integrated reporting.

Tomorrow’s Finance is a collaboration between Tomorrow’s Company and Miton Group plc. The inaugural Tomorrow’s Finance lecture was delivered by James Featherby, author of ‘The White Swan Formula’ and Chair of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group where he set out the key arguments of his new publication ‘Of Markets and Men’. This was followed by David Pitt-Watson’s, Chair of Hermes Asset Management Ltd, lecture on ‘Regulation – but is it effective? How to avoid the next financial crisis.’ More recently, Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief of The Economist asked ‘How is finance socially useful?’; economist John Kay, author of the Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision-Making talked about ‘Building trust & confidence by changing behaviours in financial services’; David Blood, co-founder and senior partner at Generation Investment Management on ‘Sustainable capitalism and the transition to a low-carbon economy’ and Colin Melvin, CEO of Hermes Equity Ownership on ‘Finance, business and the public good’.

The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE is a Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna. Fiona is a leading electricity lawyer who has made a major contribution to electricity reforms, power and transmission projects. Fiona has created new regulatory regimes in over 40 jurisdictions, advised over 25 governments on reform, strategy and privatization, and been a strategic adviser to the World Bank, governments and corporations for 20 years. Fiona was awarded a CBE by the British Government for her contribution to the UK knowledge economy and invisible earnings. She is a former Member and Director of the UK Competition Commission, a non-executive director of Affinity Water Ltd., past Chair of Main Board and President of the Law Society, and an Alderman in the City of London (Sheriff 2010/11). In 2011 Fiona was awarded a TIAW World of Difference 100 Award by The International Alliance for Women (achievers for economic empowerment and advancement of women locally, regionally or worldwide). Alderman Woolf is Trustee of Raleigh International, a charity that captures the energy of young people to be the agents of sustainable development in very poor rural communities.

Katherine Garrett-Cox CBE is Chief Executive at Alliance Trust, one of the UK’s leading investment and savings businesses. She has worked in financial services for nearly 25 years and is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG. She is a Founder Member of The CityUK Advisory Council and Vice Chair of the Baring Foundation. She is a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and in January 2014 was appointed a UK Business Ambassador for Financial Services. In addition she is a member of the Scottish Business Board, chaired by the Secretary of State for Scotland. Katherine has been listed in the Financial Times’ ranking of the Top 50 Women in World Business and was nominated a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2005. She has a BA (Hons) in History from Durham University and is a Member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals, CFA Institute.

Lady Rice CBE is Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland and was previously Chairman and Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Scotland, the first woman to head a UK clearing bank. On the boards of two FTSE 50 companies, she has been a founding Director of several social finance organisations and currently sits on the board of Big Society Capital. She has also served seven years as a Director of the Bank of England. Susan is a frequent speaker on the future of financial services, leadership and sustainability, and helps lead a cross-sector collaboration on financing renewables and reducing carbon emissions. She also chairs a new UK-wide initiative to create professional standards for bankers for the first time (the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board) and recently became the President of the Scottish Council of Development and Industry, the first woman to be elected.

Gervais Williams is the Managing Director at Miton Group plc and author of Slow Finance. Gervais has been an equity portfolio manager since 1985. His career includes 5 years with Throgmorton Investment Management, 3 years with Thornton Investment Management and 17 years with Gartmore Group Ltd where he was Head of UK Small Companies investing in UK smaller companies and Irish equities. He won Investor of the Year awarded by Grant Thornton at their Quoted Company dinner in both 2009 and 2010. He has sat on two DTI committees on the quoted small cap sector, is a member of the AIM Advisory Council and recently joined the Board of Quoted Companies Alliance.

Tony Manwaring is Chief Executive of Tomorrow’s Company, a UK-based global think tank shaping the future of business success. Tony is a member of the City Values Forum, which emerged from the previous Lord Mayor’s Restoring Trust in the City initiative, and also leads the Forum’s work on Governing Values. Through his work at Tomorrow’s Company Tony is leading on a number of initiatives aimed at reshaping capital markets, specifically through work on incentives as well as other work looking at issues of fiduciary duty and redefining value.


23rd June 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm