Westminster Business Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
If you’d like to speak to us over the phone about any booking-related queries, please call one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7538736244

Next steps for developing the financial services workforce - the talent pipeline, education and skills, and improving culture and diversity

Morning, Thursday, 21st May 2020



This conference will examine the next steps for developing skills and the talent pipeline for financial services - particularly in the context of heightened scrutiny of cultures and diversity in the sector.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Policy under the new government affecting the sector - including the Employment Bill, and immigration and visa rule changes;
  • Securing the future international talent pipeline - as the UK negotiates international trading arrangements following Brexit;
  • Priorities for education and skill development - as the sector competes internationally and adapts to digitisation and new technologies; and
  • Culture and diversity in the financial workplace.

It will also be an opportunity to consider findings and proposals in the final report from the Financial Services Skills Taskforce - including:

  • The introduction of a new Skills Commission aimed at providing a collective voice for the sector; and
  • Creating a unified skills framework to reskill people and attract and retain new talent.


The agenda includes a keynote contribution from the chair of the Financial Services Skills Taskforce, Mark Hoban, Chair, Flood Re.

There will also be addresses from:

  • Carmel Grant, Deputy Director, Technical Education Implementation & Delivery, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education; 
  • Joanne Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, Chartered Banker Institute; and
  • Yasmine Chinwala, Partner, New Financial.

Further confirmed speakers include: Vivienne Artz, Women in Banking and Finance and Refinitiv; Susanne Chishti, FINTECH Circle; Simon Culhane, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment; James Daley, Fairer Finance; Seema Farazi, EY; Pauline Hawkes-Bunyan, The Investment Association; Dr Gbenga Ibikunle, University of Edinburgh; Catherine Sezen, Association of Colleges; Johnny Timpson, Scottish Widows and DWP and Alison Unsted, City Mental Health Alliance.

Harriett Baldwin MP has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Business Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; HM Treasury; HMRC and the MoJ.

The agenda

  • Ensuring financial services has the skills to maintain its position as a world leading financial centre;
  • Implementing the financial services T Level - and supporting business and the education system to produce the workforce of the future;
  • Closing the skills gap - upskilling the existing workforce, adapting to new technologies and securing the pipeline of talent post-Brexit;
  • Building healthy cultures in financial services - an industry perspective; and
  • Culture in financial services - improving diversity, workplace health and the image of the sector.

The future for the Women in Finance Charter - and strengthening the financial services workforce to support the sector maintain its competitiveness.

Keynote Speakers

Mark Hoban

Chair, Financial Services Skills Taskforce and Chair, Flood Re

Yasmine Chinwala

Partner, New Financial

Keynote Speakers

Mark Hoban

Chair, Financial Services Skills Taskforce and Chair, Flood Re

Yasmine Chinwala

Partner, New Financial

Carmel Grant

Deputy Director, Technical Education Implementation & Delivery, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Joanne Murphy

Chief Operating Officer, Chartered Banker Institute


Harriett Baldwin MP

Member of Parliament for West Worcestershire


Dr Gbenga Ibikunle

Senior Lecturer, Financial Markets and Director, MSc Finance, Technology and Policy, University of Edinburgh

Simon Culhane

Chief Executive, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment

Susanne Chishti

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, FINTECH Circle

Vivienne Artz

President, Women in Banking and Finance and Chief Privacy Officer, Refinitiv

Pauline Hawkes-Bunyan

Director, Business: Risk, Culture & Resilience, The Investment Association

Catherine Sezen

Senior Policy Manager FE, Association of Colleges

Dr Seema Farazi

Partner and Principal - Global Immigration Financial Services, EY

Alison Unsted

Head of Strategy and Operations, City Mental Health Alliance

Johnny Timpson

Technical and Industry Affairs Manager, Scottish Widows and Disability Champion, Insurance, DWP

James Daley

Managing Director, Fairer Finance