Halford Retail Finance Forum
TUESDAY 10th October at COOPER PARRY’S SKY VIEW OFFICE – 9.30AM – 1.00PM
Following on from the success of the June event, we’re teaming up again with Halfords for our next Retail Finance Forum. It’ll bring together finance professionals from some of the UK’s biggest retailers to talk about the hot issues affecting them.
Attendees at the last forum event got a great deal from the morning. Feedback included: “Great to have so many retailers all under one roof. Good agenda and pertinent topics”
“Great venue and refreshments. Good breadth of participants and relevant topics of conversation”.
Based on feedback this time there’ll be a deep-dive into the internal control environment and the landscape post “UK SOX
There will of course also be the opportunity for people to raise issues and shape the discussion. It’ll be an informal, collaborative roundtable event. Full of topical content and useful insight. Places are limited to help facilitate conversation.
This event is invite only, however if you feel you would really benefit from attending register your interest below and we’ll get back to you.
Make sure you check out our upcoming Retail Refunk event for ecommerce retailers HERE. With the retail sector up on its feet and getting back into the groove after the challenges of the pandemic. We’re hosting an intimate roundtable discussion (and dinner!) to help retailers seize the moment from each other, and get their questions answered.
CATHERINE KELLY HEAD OF RETAIL AND PARTNER, COOPER PARRY
Cat is Head of Retail and a Partner at Cooper Parry. Cat joined Cooper Parry in 2004 and has spent the last 18 years working with a particular focus on retail clients. She speaks regularly at industry events, including co-hosting the Halfords IFRS 16 Forum for Retailers, and until recently was the Chair of the ICAEW’s Retail Advisory Group. Cat leads the special projects team at Cooper Parry, working alongside management teams on financial reporting projects, reviewing subsidiary audits, looking at royalty and rebate recovery, helping with IFRS transitions and implementing Internal Audit programmes. She brings a commercial approach to projects, identifying areas of business improvement and explaining them in a clear, simple way to manage and exceed stakeholder expectations.
HEAD OF GROUP FINANCIAL REPORTING & CONTROL AT HALFORDS JENNI SMITH
Halfords is the UK’s leading retailer of motoring, cycling and Leisure products and services. Jenni has been their Head of Group Financial Reporting for over four years. Though she started on her career path as an engineer, Jenni has been an auditor at KPMG. Providing valuable experience as an adviser to business, many from the retail sector. She has personal experience of grappling with the challenges facing finance leads within automotive and manufacturing companies having also worked at Jaguar Land Rover and JELD-WEN.
PRITHY PATEL GROUP FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT
Prithy has been Halfords Group Financial Accountant for over two years, now moving across to a new challenge in Commercial Finance. Prithy began her career as an auditor at EY, working on several large PLC’s understanding the fundamentals of how business’s work. During her time at Halfords in the FR team she has led on retail stock, group IFRS 16, finance business partner and subsidiary statutory reporting.
09.30 – 10.00am – Arrival, Drinks and Networking
10.00 – 10.10am – Welcome
10.10 – 11.50pm – Roundtable discussion on all things retail.
11.50 – 12.00pm – Q&A
12.00 – 13.00pm – Lunch and Networking
13.00pm – Finish
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