08.00 Registration and breakfast sponsored by Accrue Fulton   


Welcome address


Andrew Thomas, publishing editor, Communicate magazine


 08.35 Reviewing the state of play

Three experts will provide insight and valuable lessons they’ve learnt from the first year of the strategic report. Hear a short presentation from each followed by a panel discussion on the state of play as it stands today.

•    The policy maker’s reflections of the strategic report      

Mark Jackson, senior policy advisor, Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

•    Creating an annual report contents list        

 Peter Swabey, policy & research director, ICSA

•    Lessons from a first strategic report

Thomas Churchill, investor relations executive, Premier Farnell

 Chaired by Leon Milligan, corporate reporting consultant , Emperor



More than just a corporate report


Hear from three industry specialists as they reveal their views on the changing expectations of the annual report. Each speaker will provide a brief introduction followed by a discussion on what is expected from the corporate report.

  •    Board engagement and perceptions 
Jennifer Sundberg, managing director, Board Intelligence
 •    The importance to the institutional investor
 Freddie Wolfe, associate director, Hermes EOS

•    Distilling the DNA of a company 

Andrew  Sawers, journalist


Chaired by Brett Simnett, lead consultant for investor engagement, Radley Yeldar





Leveraging the next wave of disruption


The development of technology has provided a wide range of communication tools and platforms to assist the production and communication of the annual report. Our industry experts will discuss current technology and look ahead at what the future has in store for the corporate reporting world. 

   •    Technology in investor relations

Alexandra Hockenhull, director of corporate communications and investor relations, Xchanging

•    Electronic communication and digital access of the annual report


Marina Plessas, principal adviser, digital media,  Rio Tinto

 •    The journey of the annual report over the past five years

John Godfrey, director group communications, Legal & General Plc


Chaired by Thomas Rosenmayr, founder and CEO of nexxar


 10.25  Coffee break and networking


Taking the strategic report to the next level    

Three experts will look back and review the past year to use their experiences and insights to advise best practice for the 2014/15 reporting cycle. After a short presentation from each speaker, the floor will open up for a discussion and analysis on how to take the strategic report to the next level.

   •    The benefits of a clear and concise report

  Melanie McLaren, executive director, Financial Reporting Council

  •    Fresh perspectives of the business through reporting

  John Dawson, director of investor relations, National Grid
   •    Building the potential
  Martin Blaxall, corporate reporting and communications, AstraZeneca

Chaired by Richard Carpenter, managing partner, MerchantCantos            


 The Strategic Report Accolades


In this final session, corporate reporting research and advisory services firm FutureValue, will confer the Strategic Report Accolades to UK listed companies for the quality of specific strategy-related content in their 2013/14 strategic reports. 

  •    Strategic leadership
   •    Best business model
   •    Best key performance indicators
  •    Best strategic risk
   •    Best strategic capability

 •    Best shared strategic value

  Chaired by Ian McDonald Wood, research and consulting director, FutureValue

Presented by Dr Anthony Hesketh, Department of Management Learning and Leadership, University of Lancaster




12.30 Drinks and canapés