Directors Dinner Programme

This programme of dinners features an event for each board member of a quoted company, where the topics and issues discussed are focused on your specific role.
Directors Dinner Programme

Our Directors Dinners bring together small and mid-size quoted company directors to hear from leading directors of larger companies, subject matter experts and / or industry leaders about their roles and how they have added shareholder value. Each dinner discussion focuses on the part played by specific roles on a Board (both executive and non-executive). The topics covered will provide you with plenty of insights on the key issues board members of quoted companies face, as well as the opportunity to share experiences with your peers who face similar issues. 

How it works:

The evening begins at 6:30pm with a welcome drink. During dinner, you will hear from our speakers and then have the opportunity to join in the discussion around the specific topic of the event. The dinner will conclude at 9:30pm.

Dress Code for the evening is business attire.


All the dinners will be taking place in a restaurant in the City.


This event is free to Quoted Companies Alliance members and £375 + VAT for non-members.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, as the numbers are strictly limited. These events are open to company secretaries or company directors of quoted companies.

Cancellations must be made in writing at least one calendar month before the event. No refunds will be made for cancellations after this time. Please note speakers are subject to change. The Quoted Companies Alliance reserves the right to alter any part of this schedule without prior notice. Your details will be passed on to the sponsor and used only in conjunction with this event. Please let us know if you would not like this to happen.

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Non Executive Director - 12 September

Non Executive Director - 12 September

Topic: Corporate governance is a zero sum game: the investors' benefit is at the companies' cost. Discuss.

Speaker: Stephen Haddrill, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Reporting Council

Stephen became CEO of the FRC in 2009. Previously he was Director General of the ABI from 2005. Stephen was appointed as a member of the Financial Crisis Advisory Group (FCAG) in 2008, the high-level advisory group set up by the IASB and the Financial Accounting Standards Board to consider financial reporting issues arising from the global financial crisis.

Stephen studied history and economics at Oxford University and joined the Department of Energy in 1978 where he held a number of posts, principally on nuclear issues and as Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Energy.

Expert Speaker: Anthony Carey, Head of Board Practice, Mazars LLP

Anthony leads Mazars’ board practice in the UK. He is a key spokesman on issues related to governance and also takes an active role in thought leadership issues and public interest issues related to the profession.

Anthony is actively involved in Mazars’ Business. For Good initiative, is co-author of Mazars’ Board Charter for Sustainable Success and co-developed the firm’s Board Polarities model. Last year he helped launch the Boardroom Centre for Quoted Companies, a joint initiative between Mazars and The London Stock Exchange. He is also a lead for the Centre for Audit Committee and Investor Dialogue, a joint initiative between Mazars and a number of leading institutional investors.


Finance Director - 14 November

Finance Director - 14 November

Topic: Challenges of growing as a CFO as your company grows.

Speaker: Mark Davies, Chief Financial Officer, NewRiver REIT plc

Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in Finance, including over 10 years in the UK real estate sector. He started his property finance career with Grant Thornton before joining PKF (now BDO LLP) as a Partner and Head of Real Estate. Prior to joining NewRiver as Finance Director in 2009, Mark was CFO of Exemplar Properties and Finance Director of Omega Land, a £500 million property JV with Morgan Stanley.

Mark has experience in many areas of property finance including capital markets, investor relations, debt restructuring, hedging, REITs, convertible loans and originating senior debt on investment and development property.

Expert Speaker: Caroline Harwood, Tax Partner, Crowe Clark Whitehill

Caroline has led regional employer advisory groups for top six and Big 4 firms, and was previously head of the incentives practice for a national law firm.

She writes for Taxation, Global Tax Weekly, Reward and Benefits magazine, Lexis Nexis and Tolley Guidance. Caroline also presents at industry conferences, for the Chartered Institute of Tax and the Employment Law Association as well as at client events.

Caroline is a judge for the Reward magazine annual benefits awards.


Chief Executive Officer - 20 February 2018

Chief Executive Officer - 20 February 2018

Topic: Fuelling the engines of growth - the pros and cons of public equity

Speaker: Richard Longdon, Former Chief Executive, AVEVA Group PLC

Richard has had a highly successful executive career in the technology sector, having spent 33 years with AVEVA Group PLC. Richard was Chief Executive Officer at AVEVA for 17 years and retired from that role and as a director of AVEVA in 2016. Richard is currently President of AVEVA group, the senior independent non-executive director of Fidessa Group PLC and non-executive director at ALFA Financial Software Holdings PLC.

Speaker: Ken Ford, Chairman, System1 Group PLC

Ken is currently Chairman of System1 Group as well as Makama Group and Gear4music. He was previously Chief Executive of Teather & Greenwood, the investment bank, becoming Deputy Chairman and Chairman of Corporate Finance and has over 36 years of City experience. Ken is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute.

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