Events Archive

Robert Bridson is the partner who leads operational tax services within the UK financial services tax business for PWC. He is also responsible for the firm's information reporting and withholding compliance and advisory work. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Event Date Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Roger Gifford started his career in finance with SG Warburg (1978–82), working in international banking and capital markets. In 1982 joined a new merchant bank, Skandinaviska Enskilda Bank. Since 2000 he has been SEB's UK country manager.

Sir Roger is a former chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce (UK) and of the Association of Foreign Banks (UK). He is a trustee of St Paul'sFoundation, chair of the City Music Foundation, the English Chamber Orchestra charity among other arts involvements. He is a liveryman and served as Master of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (2010–11).

Sir Roger joined the Bank Workers Charity Trustee Board in 2011. Following his tenure as Lord Mayor of London, Sir Roger was appointed President of the charity on 1 March 2014. 

Event Date Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Sharon’s management, and risk management, experience for top companies enables her to advise companies impacted by corporate governance and regulatory changes.

Her career has included roles in Company Secretarial for a mining corporation and head office  finance for Blue Circle; she enjoyed a successful stint as chief foreign exchange dealer for Société Générale, and filled a market gap by starting her own  foreign exchange risk management consultancy, which she took to a successful stock market listing.  

Sharon’s entrepreneurial mind, studies, managerial positions and experiences in large corporations, and innovative businesses, have honed her skills.  Sharon’s mission is now focused on business effectiveness and efficiency, using a light touch transparent approach to embedding solutions.

Sharon’s governance knowledge, experience, business objectivity and ability to deal with executives, management and operations ensures a successful delivery of workflows, controls monitoring, risk management, compliance and procedure improvements for customers across a number of industries, including financial services and regulated environments.

Sharon’s qualifications include:-

Chartered Director – UK Institute of Directors including Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction.

MBA - Masters in Business Administration from Witwatersrand Business School (International Accreditation).

Chartered Secretary – Acquired from both UK and SA Institutes of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Event Date Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Retired Welsh International Rugby Union brothers, Andy and Steve Moore established Athlete Career Transition (ACT) based on their own experiences.

Coupled with the fact that professional athletes, from all sports are now retiring from their sporting lives with little knowledge or understanding of the skills they have built up over years of elite competition, ACT, in partnership with Sir Steve Redgrave, have developed a comprehensive transition program for athletes at all stages of their career and beyond. 

This presentation will explain how professional athletes can successfully transfer skills into the most appropriate business environments.

Event Date Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Joe DiVanna

With over 35 years of business and banking experience, Joseph DiVanna is the Managing Director ofMaris Strategies a Cambridge-based strategy consultancy and think tank for business and financial services.

Author, Speaker, Thinker & Strategist

A strategist for numerous banks, technology companies and multinational businesses, Joe is also a prolific author and regular contributor to global and regional publications on finance, his views on economics, banking and emerging markets can be read in The BankerFinancial WorldFTNew HorizonsFinWeek (South Africa)Malta Business WeeklyIslamic Business & Finance (Dubai), andMiddle East Banker (Dubai). A frequent commentator on CNBC (Europe, Africa, Middle East), Citi7-TV, Dubai One, and Summit-TV he is considered an expert on banking, economics, human capital management, emerging markets and Islamic finance.


Joe provides cutting edge thinking on banking and financial services with a focus on emerging markets. Joe’s lectures and industry speeches can be heard at numerous industry events on banking, financial services, Islamic finance, emerging markets, economics, innovation, human capital management and leadership.

Event Date Tuesday, 10 March 2015