While the Conference is a great opportunity to network and find out more about the great companies attending; let’s not forget that it’s also a great learning opportunity!

We’ve worked really hard this year to provide interesting and thought-provoking seminars for the Welsh Finance Conference but we also like to think we’ve put together a line-up that includes a little something for everyone. For those who would like to improve their knowledge of Financial Services or for those who are already in the know and are looking for an interesting insight into these areas, the seminars are the place to be!

Deal making and Investments: What makes a good investor?

Mike Owen, Group Investment Director at Finance Wales

So, what does it take to invest in Wales? Well this seminar, led by Mike Owen, will cover everything you need to know about the industry as well as what it takes to become an excellent impact investor. Mike will talk about how to gain entry into the field as well as the skills you’ll need to get the most out of your investments once you’re there.

Mike Owen:


Mike Owen is responsible for the investment of funds of £694 million managed by the Finance Wales Group. He leads four regionally based teams operating across Finance Wales and FW Capital, each investing funds with different remits. His teams structure debt, mezzanine and equity investments from £1,000 to £3 million per round and he encourages them to build relationships with the businesses we invest in to ensure they receive investment tailored to their specific needs. Part of Finance Wales’ executive management team, Mike has held a number of investment roles since joining Finance Wales in 2002. Prior to joining Finance Wales he spent 16 years at Barclays where he rose to become a Local Business Manager where he oversaw a portfolio of over 250 SMEs.

Calculating Success: Millennial ways to the top.

Dale Toomey and Gareth Barry, Associates at PwC

The role of the accountant has undergone a drastic change in recent years, number-crunching at a desk is a thing of the past. Dale and Gareth will talk of the global career that a role in accountancy offers. Together, both will discuss how diversity, development and now delivery are reinvigorating the profession.

Dale Toomey


Dale joined the PwC Cardiff office as part of the Assurance Graduate Scheme in September 2015. Being born in Wales and having attended Cardiff University where he studied BSc Accounting and Finance, Dale is passionate about financial services within Wales and has worked with a range of Welsh businesses during his career thus far.

Gareth Barry


Having graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc degree in Accounting, Gareth secured a place on the PwC Assurance Graduate Scheme in the Cardiff office. Being from Cardiff, Welsh business is of a particular interest to him. To date Gareth has had the privilege of working with a range of clients including as a FTSE100 bank, a number of large private businesses and professional rugby organisations.


The FinTech Revolution: How financial technology is shaping the future of finance.

Annemarie Dalka, Investment Manager at Ariadne Capital

Want a glimpse into how FinTech is shaking up the finance sector? Well, Annemarie will give an insight into the sector that’s pushing at the boundaries of the financial services industry as well as an overview of the skills required to push these boundaries even further.

Annemarie Dalka:


Annemarie Dalka is currently an Investment Manager at Ariadne Capital focusing on early stage companies in multiple sectors, including FinTech.

Prior to joining Ariadne, Annemarie spent six years at the BNP Paribas group, most recently working with UK based financial institutions within its Asset Management unit. This followed a successful three years at the Investment Bank in both Warsaw and London, gaining extensive experience covering M&A transactions, Debt Capital Markets and Equity & Commodity Derivatives.

Annemarie holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Management from Kozminski University


Alternative routes to working in Financial and Professional Services.

Ross Flanigan, Managing Director Shared Services Organisation (UK & India) at Deloitte.

Are you thinking about what to do after school or college? Are you questioning whether university is for you? Ross will discuss the number of alternative routes into financial services and how to build a successful career without having attended university.


Covering the World: Opportunities in the global insurance market.

Simon Matthews, Senior Manager Global UK & Ireland at Atradius.

Ever wondered what a career in credit insurance can offer you? If so, this seminar will answer those questions. Simon will give an insight into the credit insurance market and talk of how it’s changed over recent years. With a focus on credit insurance, Simon will also give an insight into the types of jobs available in the industry and he is extremely well-placed to deliver this seminar having a vast amount of experience within this field.

Simon Matthews:


Global Senior Account Manager at Atradius UK & Ireland since 2005, Simon is responsible for policy underwriting, pricing and the development and management of Atradius’ relationshops with multinationals. Prior to this, Simon has held numerous underwriting roles at Atradius including being a buyer underwriter for South America and an Intensive Care underwriter for the U.K.