Westminster Business Forum

Culture and conduct in financial services - accountability, standards and diversity

Morning, Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Central London


Timed as regulators extend the Senior Management and Certification Regime (SM&CR) to all financial services firms from 2018, this seminar will consider how keys areas of the new SM&CR regime are impacting on business performance and growth, and what more industry and regulators can do to develop consumer confidence and trust across the sector - looking at remuneration, accountability and professional standards.

Following the introduction of the Women in Finance Charter, which commits signatories to increasing gender diversity and inclusion, further sessions will consider progress and next steps for increasing boardroom diversity in financial services, and its implications for the executive decision making process. This includes latest work being undertaken to increase the talent pipeline of female executives to reach the targets of the Charter by 2020.  

With Government expected to develop a Corporate Governance White Paper later this year - and with the Financial Reporting Council also expected to review the corporate governance code in response - further sessions will consider options for reforming governance structures in the financial services sector, looking in particular at the future of executive pay and directors’ duties.

Speakers and other delegates at this conference are expected to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, central government officials from HMT, FCA, PRA and other relevant bodies, as well as industry representatives from building societies, banks, insurers, lenders, brokers, asset and wealth managers, P2P and other FinTech firms, RegTech providers, investors, lawyers, economists, consumer groups, consultants, academics, alongside reporters from the national and trade press.

Guests of Honour

Dame Colette Bowe

Chairman, Banking Standards Board

Jonathan Davidson

Director of Supervision - Retail and Authorisations, Financial Conduct Authority

Guest of Honour

Dame Colette Bowe

Chairman, Banking Standards Board


Baroness Kingsmill

Member, Lords Economic Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Board, Monzo Bank


Robert Jenkins

Adjunct Professor of Finance, London Business School and former Member, Financial Policy Committee, Bank of England

Pauline Hawkes-Bunyan

Director of Risk, Compliance & Tax, The Investment Association

Speaker confirmed from the Chartered Banking Institute

Mark Burgess

Chief Investment Officer, Columbia Threadneedle

Mick McAteer

Co-Founder and Co-Director, The Financial Inclusion Centre