Key Note Speakers

Over the past few weeks, the WFC team have been working hard to secure some of the most renowned industry experts in the country and we’re pleased to announce that Christopher Nott, Heather McGregor, Julie-Ann Haines and Steve Thomas will be our key note speakers. These leading finance professionals will be talking on a range of different topics alongside the various seminars that will be taking place. Why not read the speakers biographies below and for more information about the day itself (we can’t wait!), click here.

Christopher Nott
Senior Partner, Capital Law LLP

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Chris is a commercial disputes lawyer, senior partner of Capital Law LLP and a director of the firm’s integrated management consultancy, Capital People. Chris’ legal work involves resolving disputes between business owners and investors.

Chris’ recent work includes:
A £100m claim by employees against their former CEO who had misappropriated their shares
Cardiff City’s dispute with Sam Hammam
Lawyers implicated in a Serious Fraud Office prosecution
Advising private equity funds to exit partners
Cancer drug patent holder’s £1 billion dispute with their investors
A University’s dispute with a former joint venture business partner.

Outside of law, Chris is also:
Chair of the Welsh Government’s Financial & Professional Services sector panel
Initial Chair and then member of the Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone
Member of the Task & Finish Group for Development Bank for Wales
Non-Executive Director of Cardiff Blues
Chairman of The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, 2007-2011
Founder and Chairman of Knife and Fork Limited (pub and restaurant group)
Trustee of Monmouth Haberdashers Schools Trust
Member of BBC Audience Council for Wales
Director of University of South Wales
Chair of Cardiff Community Housing Association Ltd

Heather McGregor, CBE.

Director, Taylor-Bennett

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Professor Heather McGregor, CBE is the Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, the graduate school of business of Heriot Watt University. She is also the principal shareholder and former Managing Director of the executive search firm Taylor Bennett, having bought the company from its founders in 2004. In her early career she worked in financial PR and investor relations before doing an MBA at the London Business School and joining ABN Amro as a sellside analyst. She then spent eight years with the bank, working in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, before joining Taylor Bennett in 2000.

Heather has a PhD from the University of Hong Kong. She was the founder of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which works to promote diversity in the communications industry by equipping talented graduates from ethnic minorities with the skills and confidence to pursue successful communications careers. Heather was a founding member of the steering committee of the 30% Club, which is working to raise the representation of women at senior levels within the UK’s publicly quoted companies. She is also an experienced writer and broadcaster, and has written under the pseudonym Mrs Moneypenny in the Financial Times for 17 years.

Julie-Ann Haines

Customer Director, Principality Building Society

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Julie-Ann Haines joined the Principality in 2007, building and developing its award winning e-commerce business.

In 2010, she was appointed Director of IT & e-channels and at the end of 2012 was promoted to Customer Director. Julie-Ann is responsible for marketing, distribution and operations at the building society.  She was the lead sponsor and negotiator on the 10-year partnership with the Welsh Rugby Union and rebranding their home as Principality Stadium, which launched in January 2016.

Prior to Principality, Julie-Ann has had more than 15 years’ experience of leading customer-focused retail businesses, holding key positions in sales, marketing and technology for companies such as Sainsbury’s and HBOS.

Julie-Ann is also Chair of the Council of Mortgage Lenders Cymru.

Sandra Busby

Managing Director, Welsh Financial Services Forum

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As well as being the figurehead for an industry that pumps over £650m into Welsh economy each year, Sandra is a board member of several organisations which shape the way Welsh business operates.

After a successful career in the newspaper world, Sandra became managing director of the Cardiff and Newport Call Centre Initiative before setting up the Welsh Contact Centre Forum in 2004, a high value employers’ forum which looks after the interests of the 30,000 people and over 200 centres which make up one of the country’s most vibrant industries.

In addition she now leads the prestigious Welsh Financial Services Graduate Programme, Welsh Financial Services Forum and Welsh Shared Services Forum representing industries which are vital to the prosperity and economy of Wales.

As a Chair of Chwarae Teg, Sandra is key to decisions which define the Welsh working landscape. Sandra is a regular speaker on business issues in the media and at events across the country.

Steve Thomas

Chief Operating Officer and Location Director, Legal and General

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Steve Thomas is a qualified accountant (FCCA), with over 20 years financial services experience. Prior to joining Legal & General , Steve gained experience within central Group Finance roles in London.

Since 1999, Steve has worked in senior Finance roles within Legal & General and is based in Cardiff – originally within the Life & Pensions businesses and latterly from July 2007 until April 2013 as Finance Director for the Unit Trust / ISA business, LGIM Retail.  Since May 2013 he has undertaken the role of Chief Administration Officer, LGIM Retail and Location Director, Cardiff.  He is a director (CF1) of several of the Group’s operating entities and holds CF10A (CASS Oversight) under the Approved Persons regime for three of the regulated entities.

Councillor Hinchey

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Graham Hinchey, recently retired as Regional Manager with BT, having held senior roles in Engineering, Procurement & Supply Chain and Head of Equipment Testing.

Graham has lived in the Capital all of his life and is a proud Cardiffian. He was first elected as a Councillor in Cardiff in 1991 and served until 2004. He held senior positioms as Executive Member for Human Resources and Chair of Planning, overseeing large projects in the City Centre and Cardiff Bay such as the iconic Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff City Football Stadium and the new St Davids Shopping Centre.

Graham was more recently re-elected to the City of Cardiff Council in 2012 and asked to join the Cabinet in 2013, initially to deliver Cardiff’s much needed new Local Development Plan before moving into his current role as Cabinet Member for Corporate Services & Performance. His responsibilities now are wide ranging and include the Councils £580m budget, People & Performance, ICT, Risk Management and Health & Safety, all Operational Buildings and “Connect 2 Cardiff”, the Councils Customer Relationship and Contact Centre.