Fixing Banking

Online symposium using interactive Zoom.

Thursday, October 22nd from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, UK time

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Executive summary; scroll down for the programme

 This is an important symposium and topic because:

  • The Banking sector is at the very heart of our financial ecosystem. It has immense impact on the lives of billions of people around the world and even small imperfections in the sector can be detrimental to many
  • The Banking sector was at the very heart of the cause of the Global Financial Crisis; and there remains a great deal of disagreement about whether the banking sector has been treated too favourably by regulators, policymakers, taxpayers and prosecutors during and since
  • Bringing matters right up to date, there are allegations that even now there is malpractice, malfeasance, misconduct and mis-selling taking place within the banking sector
  • We’ll be taking a look at evidence that suggests the regulatory approach to the banking is failing to drive the transformational reform that is so obviously needed

Please note that we are dedicating this event to the memory of Paul Moore who passed away recently.

Paul was best known as the HBOS whistleblower following his dismissal from Halifax Bank of Scotland in 2004. Moore was the bank’s Head of Group Regulatory Risk and was fired from the role by HBOS Group Chief Executive Office James Crosby following his warnings to the Board about HBOS’ risky sales strategies.

In 2009 Moore’s evidence about HBOS was presented to the UK House of Commons Treasury Select Committee and resulted in James Crosby resigning as Deputy Chairman of the Financial Services Authority (now the Financial Conduct Authority). Since his dismissal Moore was shunned by the financial community and he was unable to find another job in the sector. He continued to fight for change in the financial system and to bring those responsible for the 2008 crisis to justice.

TTF salutes the courageous work that Paul Moore did; and we wonder what it’s going to take to get the banking sector to behave honourably. If you want to know what’s wrong with it, read this; and ask yourself what’s really changed since then.

Please do join us for what promises to be an interesting, engaging and thought-provoking event.

There will be a range of stakeholders involved, including some of our Ambassadors and members of our TTF International community. 

We’ll also be touching on a range of insights, ideas and initiatives that are referenced in our new book, entitled

“Why we must rebuild trustworthiness and confidence in financial services; and how we can do it.”

Please get involved and be part of the solution.

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Who should participate?

This online event will be of particular interest to individuals and organisations that authentically align with the idea that the financial services sector is important and that there is scope for improvement in how it works.

You can expect to be amongst progressively minded and collaboratively minded people.

On the basis that “progress begins with realism” we’ll be running the event as a forum to enable everybody to “say it as they see it.” We will be facilitating the kind of candid yet constructive discussion that is needed to help move matters forward.

We don’t think any one person or organisation has all the answers; and we also think that all answers are worth listening to, so if you’ve got a point of view that you’d like to share, and are keen to hear the views of others, this is definitely an event for you.

This symposium will cover important topics that will be of particular interest to:

  • Think Tanks and Civil Society Groups with an interest in the financial ecosystem
  • Economists
  • Industry Observers, Commentators; the Media in General
  • Policymakers
  • Regulators
  • Politicians interested in the financial services sector
  • Market Conduct Professionals
  • Bankers and representatives of Banking organisations
  • Risk Management Professionals
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Fiduciaries
  • Financial Services Trade Bodies and Professional Associations
  • Academics and researchers in governance, stewardship, ethics, conduct and compliance throughout the financial services sector.

Format

We will be using Zoom.

We will be structuring the event in such a way that it will be as engaging and as interactive as we can possibly make it. We’ll  be working hard to create as “life-like” an event as possible, with every opportunity taken to create interaction and engagement.

There will be several presentations with Q&A sessions and an open discussion and debate session towards the end.

Here’s the programme and timings, so far*

6:00pm BST 

Welcome to the symposium, introductions and initial exploration of the main issues; plus “Why we must rebuild trustworthiness and confidence in financial services; and how we can do it” by 

Andy Agathangelou FRSA

Founder, Transparency Task Force; Governor, Pensions Policy Institute; Chair of the Secretariat Committee to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pension Scams; former Founding Chair, Friends of Automatic Enrolment; former Founding Chair, Association of Member Nominated Trustees

6:15pm BST 

A few minutes about the late Paul Moore

Robert Dellner 
Managing Director, I3 Partners
 

Robert studied Economics and Business Administration in Stockholm and London respectively, followed by Finance and Investments Management at LBS and Clinical Psychology at ICP. More recently, Robert completed his PHD on Integral Development with Trans4M, Geneva which thesis led to the synthesis of his recent book entitled Integral Impact Investments, published in 2020.

With deep experience and expertise in finance and investments, he has been MD of Structured Products, UBS, Head of Market Sales and Credit Officer, Europe at Citigroup and Head of High Yield Sales & Research, Europe at BNPParibas. Subsequently he was made Global Head of the Client Solutions Group at Fortis Bank (now BNPParibasFortis) and member of EXCO where he also worked extensively on Organisational culture and business development and later with external bodies such as the FSA on culture impact within the finance industry.

Following this he worked as a Psychotherapist within the NHS and in private practice. He more recently was the Chief Credit Officer for the FinTech firm Assetz Capital and Head of Impact and Strategy at Lintel Capital where he helped to design a full spectrum Impact Investment strategy. He has always looked to engage with people and organisations of high integrity and who have the intention to develop and grow their firms and themselves in the process through a transformational journey.

Among others, he is a member of the International Bankers Association, (WCIB), the Society for Organisational Learning, (SoL), Institute of Business Ethics,(Ibe), the Chartered Institute of Credit Managers, (CICM), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, (RSA).

https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-dellner-ab690714/

6:20pm BST 

Presentation #1, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion by

John Martin
Founder, CEO & Consulting Director, Plutus Consulting Group Ltd
 

John is the founder and CEO of Plutus Consulting Group. Headquartered in London, Plutus Consulting is a well-established financial services consulting, advisory and professional services group –  with a 30 year track record in delivering Mergers / Acquisitions, Regulatory Compliance programmes and Sustainable Investment consulting, being innovative, adaptable and dynamic is core to their mantra – putting it simply… ‘We are, what we do’.

Responsible Banking and Sustainable Investment services are central to their product and service portfolios, which as part of their core strategy – is striving to deliver effective and tangible results, for an increasingly changing world.

 

6:35pm BST 

Presentation #1, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion, by

Prem Sikka

Professor of Accounting and Finance, University of Sheffield & Emeritus Professor of Accounting, University of Essex

Prem Sikka is a member of the UK House of Lords, Professor of Accounting and Finance at the University of Sheffield and Emeritus Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex. Prem’s research on accounting, auditing, tax avoidance, tax havens, corruption, corporate governance, money laundering, insolvency and business affairs has been published in major international scholarly journals, books, newspapers and magazines.

He has appeared on domestic and international radio and television programmes to comment on business matters.

He has advised and given evidence to a number of UK and EU parliamentary committees. Most recently, he advised the UK House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee for its investigation into the collapse of BHS and Carillion.

Prem  is one of the few UK accounting academics  to be honoured for his research by both the UK and the US academy. In 2006, he received the “Accounting Exemplar Award” from American Accounting Association (AAA). In 2014, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the British Accounting & Finance Association (BAFA). In 2008, he received “Working for Justice” Award from Tax Justice Network; “Lifetime Achievement Award” from PQ Magazine in 2009; and in 2017, the Abraham Briloff Award from The Accountant and The Accounting Bulletin for promoting business transparency and public accountability. In January 2019, Accountancy Age considered him to be one of 50 most influential people in UK accounting

https://www.linkedin.com/in/premsikka

6:50pm BST

Short leg-stretch and comfort break, for 10 minutes

7:00pm BST

Presentation #3, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion, by

Greg LeRoy
Executive Director, Good Jobs First
 
Dubbed “the leading [U.S.] national watchdog of state and local economic development subsidies,” and “an encyclopedia of information regarding subsidies,” Greg founded and directs Good Jobs First, a research and policy center promoting accountability in economic development.
 
His two books include The Great American Jobs Scam, which Publishers Weekly called ““…a parade of damning case studies showing why communities should not woo corporations with subsidies.”
 
 
Violation Tracker captures 20 years of federal and state regulatory penalties; it reveals the U.S. financial services sector to be by far the nation’s most heavily-penalized corporate sector.
 
GJF led the campaign for Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement 77 on Tax Abatement Disclosures, a landmark in U.S. municipal finance. It requires all states and most local governments (cities, counties and school districts) to finally disclose how much revenue they lose to corporate tax breaks. It remains the only form of tax expenditure ever codified by GASB.
 
 

7:15pm BST

Presentation #4, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A with facilitated discussion, by

Brian Basham
Chairman, Equity Development


Brian is a serial ‘start-up’ entrepreneur. He founded and floated The Broad Street Group, which he established after an early career as a financial journalist with the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and The Times. He left The Times to investigate the relationship between organised crime and the City. He became an accredited fund manger as cover for his investigation.

Broad Street specialised in takeover bid communication strategies.  It became the ‘go to’ agency both in the UK and the US.   It transformed financial public relations and was floated in 1986.

Brian then founded Primrose Care, caring for elderly people in their own homes, it was later sold to BUPA. 

He founded Equity Development 25 years ago. It provided research services to smaller companies. He recently sold ED.

Brian also founded ArchOver, which is a unique crowdfunding marketplace lender, facilitating secured and insured loans to companies. It was sold to Hampden Group

He was one of three founders of the Quoted Companies Alliance, he initiated a report for Treasury on Smaller Quoted Companies and wrote the well regarded publication Tomorrow’s Giants, with the former senior Treasury official Craig Pickering.  

Brian’s charitable activities include re-establishing Remembrance in the UK in 1995 for the 50th anniversary of World War II. The initiative enabled the Royal British Legion to raise £20m in that year, saving it from probable dissolution. Remembrance, once again, has become a regular feature of British life. He conceived the appeal Coming Home to raise funds for seriously wounded military personnel, which also raised £20m. He stimulated the reactivation of the British Dyslexia Association and has run two marathons to raise funds for Prostate Cancer research. 

7:30pm BST 

The “Just a Minute” Round

Inspired by the BBC Radio 4 programme, we have asked a selection of our attendees to spend just a minute sharing their thoughts on what has been covered during the symposium. 

But unlike the Radio 4 programme our speakers won’t be penalised for hesitation, repetition or deviation!

Philip Meadowcroft

Chairman, Brandmasters Ltd Executive Pension Scheme

Edd Twohig

Retired

Nicholas Ashford

Professor, MIT Management Sloan School

Dr Steve Hubbard

Retired / Serious Amateur Economist

7:40pm BST

Open discussion & debate, 15 minutes

7:55pm BST until 8:00pm BST

Final conclusions; suggested next steps and close to the formal proceedings. 

However, for those that want it…

8:00pm BST until 8:30pm BST

…informal, unstructured networking and informal conversation; fireside chat” amongst friends as it were.
 

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