SPEAKERS

Mei Ashelford

Mei Ashelford
Director of Reporting Intelligence
Gather

Mei advises clients on the ever-evolving regulatory landscape and best practice in corporate governance and reporting. She is a chartered accountant with close to 20 years of experience in technical financial reporting including forensic accountancy, professional training and being a subject matter expert. Most recently, she spent seven years as a Project Director at the Financial Reporting Council, overseeing the delivery of several high-profile corporate governance and reporting regulatory projects. She has extensive experience of working at executive and board level across organisations of all types and sizes. 

Andrew Blackstone

Andrew Blackstone
Company Secretary
M&C Saatchi

Andy Blackstone FCA, is Company Secretary of the AIM listed marketing communications Group M&C Saatchi plc and a member of Future of Corporate Reporting (FoCR) Advisory Group.

At M&C Saatchi plc, in his role as company secretary he is in charge of all external corporate reporting, risk and legal. He leads on all the accounting and tax technical work of the group, is the groups SAO. Too keep his feet on the ground he helps finance direct one of the groups larger subsidiaries, that is focussed on tackling some of humanity's most challenging and important problems, in fragile states and developing countries.   

His has previous worked for PwC as a Management Consultant ,with Braitrim plc a leading supplier to the garment industry and began his career training as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton in Manchester.

Philip Fitz-Gerald

Philip Fitz-Gerald
Director
Financial Reporting Lab (Financial Reporting Council)

Phil became Director of the Financial Reporting Lab in 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant in the UK with over 20 years of experience in accounting and audit. He has worked for the Financial Reporting Council since 2009 and was previously the Head of Case Examination and Enquiries.

Phil started his career in the audit practice of KPMG where he spent ten years, the latter half of which he worked as a senior manager in the firm’s professional practice department.

Tom Bell

Tom Bell
Director
MSL

Tom is a crisis & resilience expert, he leads the agency’s corporate reputation practice.

He joined MSL in February 2017 after three and a half years running his own business. Prior to that he worked at Ogilvy Public Relations where he oversaw public affairs, communications strategies, crisis communications and function capacity building for a diverse range of clients from multiple sectors.

He has worked on campaigns and in political offices on both sides of the Atlantic including House of Commons (Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP), the US Senate (Senator Ted Kennedy) and the 2004 US Presidential campaign (Former US SoS John Kerry).

Tom has deep experience working on corporate, political, stakeholder and crisis management projects. He has overseen crisis programmes for major property developers, government entities, insurers and manufacturers.

Tom has more than 15 years of experience in public affairs, public relations and cultural communications. He holds a 1st class BA (Hons) degree in Politics and Parliamentary Studies.

Simon Gittings

Simon Gittings
Creative Director
Investis Digital

As Creative Director, working with the lnvestis Digital in-house team, Simon guides clients through the creative process, helping them to tell their story and enabling them to better connect with their audiences. Balancing his passion for digital and a curiosity for all things new with the fundamental need to contribute to client's business performance, Simon enables some of the most ambitious brands to reach their full digital potential.

Matt Gower

Matt Gower

LeasePlan

Mariana Jackson

Mariana Jackson
Head of Corporate Reporting
Coats

Mark O'Sullivan

Mark O'Sullivan
Director of Corporate Reporting
PwC

Mark leads PwC’s Corporate Reporting and Governance team here in the UK. He oversees PwC’s annual review of the corporate reporting practices in the FTSE 350 and is responsible for the firm’s excellence in reporting in the FTSE 100 and 250 and Governance awards at their annual Building Public Trust Awards.
With over a decade of experience in advising many leading organisations on current and best practices in reporting, he also sits on the ICAS Corporate Reporting Committee and has worked with the International Integrated Reporting Council, leading PwCs role in designing, developing and hosting their Pilot Programme conferences.

Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood
Head of Digital Insight and Engagement
Salterbaxter

For the past two-decades Sarah has worked in corporate and consumer facing digital strategy and communications and has specialised in the sustainability space for the last five years.  Sarah’s experience and expertise in connecting stakeholders of all genres such as Board Directors, investors, scientists, NGOs, activists, influencers, employees and consumers is extensive. She is the original architect of ‘campaignable reporting’, bringing her unique perspective to reporting that explores and unlocks the wider creative communications potential that this annual activity could bring.

Clients: DSM, Centrica, BP, Trafigura, Essilor, L'Oréal, Giorgio Armani, CCEP, Kelloggs, Nestlé, Unilever, Barry Callebaut, Premier League, Sky, Tetra Laval

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