PROGRAMME

08:00 Registration and breakfast  
08:20 Welcome and opening address Lucy Tarleton,  London Stock Exchange

           
08:25 Reporting. Integrated!
           

What is Integrated Reporting <IR> and how does it enable a business to tell its value creation story?  Understand key concepts in the Consultation Draft of the International <IR> Framework and how this market-led initiative is getting global traction.  Hear how it fits with existing reporting practice and the wider reporting landscape, here in the UK and internationally. Michael will present about the Framework from a technical perspective and Kate will explain how the IIRC engages with business, investors and other stakeholders, they will also put <IR> in the wider reporting landscape.

           
           

Kate Jefferies, International Integrated Reporting Council

           

Michael Nugent, International Integrated Reporting Council            

09:05            

The new best practice
           

           

Best practice is not a resting point: it is a continuum. This panel discussion focuses on how companies can ensure their reporting is constantly moving forwards. Joining Janice Lingwood, chartered accountant and regulatory consultant at Addison, is:

           

James Tyler, head of corporate communications, TelecityGroup, winner of most effective annual report (printed and online) at the IR Society best practice awards

           

Ed Thacker, investor relations & digital communications manager, Land Securities, highest ranked UK company in the annual Report Watch 2012.

           
           

James Tyler, TelecityGroup

           

Ed Thacker, Land Securities

           

Janice Lingwood, Addison

           
09:35            

The audience perspective

           

The annual report is not just a regulatory necessity. Its primary function is to communicate the financial and business story of a company. But is the annual report successful in doing this? Hear from Andrew Sawers, former editor of Financial Director magazine and editorial director at EuroFinance.

           
           

Andrew Sawers, journalist

           
10:05            

Practical perfect
           

           

The constant focus on the narrative, the strategy and  best practice mean that companies really don't want to worry about  process and practical implementation once the reporting cycle has begun.  So, how can companies ensure smooth process systems don't distract from  the essential task at hand? Marianne Young, UK head of work flow  solutions firm, CTRLPrint, uncovers the best practice dynamics in this  area.

           
           

Marianne Young, CTRLPrint

                        
10:30 Coffee break  
10:45            

Legislative changes ahead

           

In recent years, The Department for Business, Innovation  and Skills (BIS) has produced three discussion documents, The Future of  Narrative Reporting, A Long-term Focus for Corporate Britain and The  Future of Narrative Reporting (Further Consultation). These, together  with other reports such as the Kay Review which called for immediate  action in restoring trust and confidence in the investment chain have  highlighted an urgent consensus that changes to the narrative reporting  framework were needed. This autumn sees the government's response - new  legislation in strategic reporting. Here, Mark Jackson, senior policy advisor at BIS, discusses the new  changes.

           
           

Mark Jackson, BIS

                     
11:10            

Strategic thought

           

The main thrust of the new regulations and the overall evolution of best practice, has focused on the reporting of a company's strategy. This final session looks at the impending arrival of the Strategic Report. It will address issues such as: the benefits of reporting and communicating a company's strategy; the differences and similarities between strategic and integrated reporting; what regulators will expect to see in the reporting of strategy; what investors and other stakeholders can expect to learn from a strategic report. Hear from Matt Hotson, investor relations director at RSA, Stephen Pattison VP public affairs at ARM Holding and Ian McDonald Wood, research and consulting director at FutureValue.

           
           

Melanie McLaren, Financial Reporting Council

           

Matt Hotson, RSA

           

Ian McDonald Wood, FutureValue

           

Stephen Pattison, ARM Holdings

           
           
           
11.40            

Strategic Reporting Index Accolades

           

In this last session Reporting research and advisory services firm  FutureValue will confer the Strategic Reporting Index Accolades to UK  listed companies for the quality of strategy-related content in the  narrative sections of their 2012 Annual Reports.

           


            Over the last six  years FutureValue has gifted its Index rankings annually for the  'strategic value" in Corporate Reporting Awards. The 2012 Awards included  a host of star achievers. In this year of impending major narrative  reporting change FutureValue is pleased to join with Communicate for the  first time to confer this seventh set of honours based on its Strategic  Reporting Index.

           
 

           
           
12:25 Conference round up  Andrew Thomas, Communicate magazine