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Seizing the opportunities of the ‘new normal’

29th October 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.

Through the programme we have been discussing the creation of value in the short, medium, and long-term to ensure the future success of the City of London in order to open up new business and financial opportunities globally for the benefit of society as a whole. We have explored in depth the key themes of regulation, financing infrastructure, Islamic finance, and global cities. The undercurrent of the power of diversity has run through all the themes, recognising that we need to harness the talent of all to identify and seize the opportunities set out by this new agenda.

In so doing, we have sought to create an understanding of what the new normal is, which will be the basis of the future financial success of the City of London as well as globally.

Join the Rt. Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE to seize the opportunities of the ‘new normal’ together with Jeffery Barratt, Prof. Peter Head CBE, Sheikh Bilal Khan, Charlotte Sweeney, and Penelope Warne that will highlight the accomplishments of the Tomorrow’s City programme and its lasting legacy in transforming London into a city of cities and a city for cities.

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, former Senior Partner at CMS. On 4 December 2013 the IIRC’s Chairman Professor Mervyn E. King SC 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. On 13 March 2014, the Lord Mayor together with Jason Robinson, Head of Urban Development, Bechtel, Dr. Rick Robinson, Executive Architect, IBM, and Daniel Wong, Head of Infrastructure and Real Estate, Macquarie discussed how to create value in the cities in which we live and work. On 23 June 2014, Katherine Garrett-Cox CBE, Chief Executive, Alliance Trust delivered the keynote address that examined the current challenges facing the financial sector and the changes needed to help the sector regain the trust of consumers and citizens to become a force for 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.

Jeffery Barratt is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the fields of Project Finance and Banking. He has also held a number of management positions within Norton Rose Fulbright and sits on the London Council of the Confederation of British Industry. He is heavily involved in promoting the City’s interests. He chairs the Infrastructure and Energy Executive Board of TheCityUK and sits on the Supervisory Board of UKTI’s High Value Opportunity Programme. He also co-chairs the MENA Committee of the International Project Finance Association and is a non-executive Board Member. He has had a heavy involvement in numerous Infrastructure and Energy Projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Prof. Peter Head CBE  was listed by Time magazine as one of 30 global eco-heroes of 2008. The same year the Guardian named him as one of 50 people who could “save the planet.” A civil and structural engineer by training, Peter was head of planning and integrated urbanism at Arup from 2004-2011 and before that he was CEO of Maunsell Europe and oversaw the merger of Maunsell and Oscar Faber within the leading integrated global consultancy AECOM. He is Chair of the Institute for Sustainability. He was awarded the Sir Frank Whittle medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009 for his lifetime contribution to environmental innovation. In the same year he was awarded CBE for services to civil engineering and the environment. In 2011 he set up the Ecological Sequestration Trust, where he is chief executive, to create and demonstrate open-source tools to model human and ecological resource flows and economics at regional scale and connect investment and insurance to inclusive, resilient development. He is on the advisory board of ICES and the Global Commission on Planetary Health.

Sheikh Bilal Khan is a leading figure in the global Islamic finance industry and the recipient of multiple industry awards. He is both an English qualified solicitor from a ‘Magic Circle’ law firm and a renowned Shariah Scholar which is a rare combination in the global business arena. He is also Co-Chairman of Dome Advisory, a consultancy practice based in London which is the world’s first Islamic Finance social enterprise that specialises in assisting corporates and financial institutions on cross-border investments and joint-venture arrangements. In his business ambassadorial role as UKTI Catalyst, Sheikh Bilal is promoting UK excellence internationally and London in particular as a leading Islamic Finance hub. He has almost two decades of Shariah law experience and specialises in structuring and drafting first-of-their-kind Shariah-compliant financial products in a British context in the medium of English, Arabic and Urdu. He frequently chairs and speaks at international conferences, summits and roundtables and regularly conducts specialist executive training for government bodies and international organisations focusing on inbound and outbound investments. Sheikh Bilal is a member of the core working group at UK Islamic Finance Secretariat which is part of TheCityUK, a member of the board of advisers for Euromoney Islamic Finance, a core panel member at International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation and a Freeman of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Andrew Miskin FCMA CGMA is the Vice President of CIMA. Andrew was a direct entry Fellow in 1989 having won prizes at stages 2 and 4 of his CIMA exams. Andrew moved into management consulting nearly 25 years ago. He held senior leadership roles within KPMG, IBM, CSC and PwC. From 2001 to 2005 he was Partner in charge of the non-Financial Services, Commercial Consulting division for PwC in the UK. Between 2005 and 2008 Andrew set up and led the PwC Consulting business across Europe. Andrew retired from full time employment in summer 2012 and now undertakes a portfolio of activities including charitable work and freelance consulting.

Charlotte Sweeney is an experienced and pragmatic change agent with over 20 years experience of leading significant change programmes in large global organisations, coaching, facilitation and training. She is a strategic thinker with expert knowledge of equality, diversity, inclusion, health & wellbeing, change management, employee engagement and corporate culture shift at a global level.

Charlotte has worked for Blue Chip Companies in the Financial Services Sector for the last 25 years (Barclays, Barclays Capital, HBOS and Nomura International). In 2012 she left Nomura to pursue a portfolio career, after creating and delivering their first Diversity & Inclusion Strategy. She created her consultancy ‘Charlotte Sweeney Associates Ltd’ and works with many global organisations on their diversity and engagement strategies. Charlotte is a Non-Executive Director at the Mid Yorkshire NHS trust in the UK, Vice-Chair of the Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills external Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panel and is currently leading the delivery of Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, Lord Mayor of the City of London’s Diversity Programme ‘The Power of Diversity’.

Penelope Warne is Senior Partner and chairs the CMS Board. She is also Head of the firm’s global Energy practice and energy sector group and spends time working in both the London office and the Aberdeen office, which she established in 1993. Penelope has also led the opening of offices in Edinburgh, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai and Mexico. Over more than 20 years Penelope has advised on a broad range of oil and gas law M & A and commercial work relating to the oil industry. Her practice relates mainly to the UK Continental Shelf but she also undertakes international work on a regular basis, particularly in Brazil, Houston and Norway.

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.


29th October 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm