BIE were joined by a fantastic table of top Finance Directors at the Covent Garden Hotel, for our Finance Leaders Business Dinner, led by Simon Cordrey and Simon Moore, BIE. The aim of the evening was to create an open forum for sharing experience and advice amongst top-tier finance leaders and to discuss solutions to key challenges they are facing.

Challenges around finance transformation dominated the discussions, led by Gary Downes, Global Head of Finance Transformation Serco. This was reflected in BIE’s recent research which also found that 82% of business leaders stated leading and delivering business transformation is their highest priority (with only 41% saying their organisation currently has the required internal capability to successfully deliver this).

Gary highlighted a number of common challenges around defining the scope of the transformation, having the right data, people and skills. He also highlighted the need for Finance Directors to consider and define the role of the function within a business and to focus on communication.

If you were unable to attend but would like to explore in more detail and on a personal basis some of the areas that we covered at the event, please contact Simon Moore or Simon Cordrey on 0203 440 5256  or email or

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