“These days it is fashionable to predict the imminent demise of the City of London but if you look at the calibre of the sponsors, supporters and speakers at City Week, it is clear its relevance and importance has not in any way diminished.

Brexit will undoubtedly create challenges, as will the ongoing and intense competition between financial centres around the world, but City Week shows that London has a formidable array of talent, deep experience and intellect at its disposal. Bringing this group together is, therefore, immensely valuable as we plot through the many different issues on the table – future UK regulation; financial crime; building back better, to name but a few. Assembling such a group is a very powerful reminder of what the City possesses and reassurance that London’s best days as a financial centre remain ahead of us”.

Saker Nusseibeh CBE, International Federated Hermes
“City Week is a really good place to meet people, it’s a very big event; lots of different institutions attend as well as professional services firms. It’s a very good event at working out what people are up to, what they are concerned about. It’s a good antidote for Brexit in many ways, in the sense that it really does emphasize all the other things that people are doing in the city and all the other initiatives and the imagination that there is here that makes it the place that it is”.

“I think that people get a very illustrious range of names and serving regulators so you definitely get to hear from leaders in particular fields and high office holders and regulators on what they’re really thinking”.

“I think the depth of analysis, the way people had thought about the session before hand and had things to say without as I said having pre-scripted it and the depth of knowledge clearly of the participants of the subject matter was very impressive and their ability to make contributions in response to some unexpected as well as expected questions was quite impressive”.

Jan Putnis, Partner and Head of the Financial Regulations group, Slaughter and May
“This is really one of the most important events in the city calendar, it’s a great intellectual forum, a gathering of people from around the world from around the city, across the United Kingdom to talk about what is in fact Britain’s most successful industry – The financial services industry”.

“The networking, the panelists, the synergies between the different participants, I’m going back to the office with a pocket full of cards, of people I want to follow up, ideas, excitement, there is a real buzz about City Week. I think you’ve got the range broadly right, it must always be fresh, relevant and up to date”.

Sir Sherard Cowper – Coles, Group Head of Government Affairs, HSBC Holdings
“We’ve worked with the C&F team on many conferences relating to accountability, the team here are exceptionally good at organising events. A broad and diverse mix of delegates and that’s of most interest because that’s why people come to conferences; to peer to peer network and talk, you have to have enough people of the right calibre in the room, and that’s what City & Financial do differently to other conference organisers”.
Carl Redfern, Compliance Director, Redland Business Solutions Ltd
“Interesting discussion at Brexit – Energy, I think that this conference has an excellent range of speakers from academia, politicians as well as industry speakers, which helps getting that spread”.

“Also if you look at the delegate list, it’s great for networking to see the wide range of delegates from across the UK who are in attendance”.

Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive, Energy UK
“As ever with City Week it’s a fantastic gathering of senior people from across the industry talking about the key issues that we need to deal with as practitioners looking at both where the opportunities for the industry are, what the challenges are that we need to meet, but also being able to talk to policy makers, with regulators and with others to share our experiences, our perspectives and our thoughts to look forward to the future”.
Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK
“It’s the largest Brexit conference I’ve seen for at least two years, and I think that ‘The UK FS Brexit’ event has a very great mix of people; in terms of seniority and in terms of spread and geographically, because it’s not just people from London, some people are coming from outside (London)”.
Jonathan Herbst, Partner and Global Head of Financial Services, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
“I thought that there were a number of very interesting panel discussions, and I‘m pleased to see a number of key trading partners to the UK for City Week; come, speak and talk about their hopes and expectations in regards to what they will be able to carve with the UK in the future”.
Conor Foley, Global Head of Government Relations & Public Policy, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
“I think City & Financial events, certainly in the Brexit sphere are the go to event”.

“I can’t say very much about the other ones, because if I’m completely honest, I don’t go to any other ones, this is the go to conference each year”.

Rachel Kent, Partner, Hogan Lovells International LLP
“I think the programme at FS Brexit covers every issue from regulatory alignment now, regulatory alignment in the future, to what happens to people that work in the financial services firms to what a new trade deal might look like, and that’s a great mixture”.
Paul Hardy, Brexit Director, DLA Piper UK LLP
“It’s been very useful to participate in the City Week conference, I think it’s enabled me to hear the perspectives of the entire financial eco system across the city of London and also to get an appreciation of perhaps how things look beyond London, the UK as a whole so it’s been very good”.
Caroline Silver, Managing Director, Moelis & Co
“We have covered a lot of different areas of the city, the panelists, I think all had something quite innovative in what they were saying at City Week. You’re not just listening to the same old things that you might be reading about in the newspapers every day, but actually live thinking as our thoughts unfold”.
Helena Morrissey, Head of Personal Investing & Board Member, Legal & General Investment Management
“City Week is a really friendly event, I was struck by the number of questions people were asking, sometimes in big events no one will put their hand up but here they create a good atmosphere and you can listen to experts on the panel and then have a chance to challenge and quiz them”.

“I think that cash is increasingly in the press at the moment and I was really encouraged that an enormous conference like this is looking at big issues around global change and stability is also picking up on something such as cash… To get facts and figures from experts and really put everything in to context is really helpful”.

Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier, Bank of England
“I think the experience at City Week has been excellent, it has a stellar cast of speakers, so this is more of a summit dare I say than a conference”

“The highlight was the three keynote speakers today, all you hear in the press is problems, problems, problems, with the negotiations, but the message we got from the keynote speakers was: I think it’s going to be alright, we’ll get something of good value all of those things were very positive messages at a time of uncertainly”.

Anthony Belchambers, Chairman, Saxo Capital Markets and Non-Executive Director, Westpac Europe
“Because of the range of speakers, participants and delegates who come to City Week, it’s possible to have a really good debate on the key issues we need to have at the moment”.

“The range of topics covered, the speakers, there are some real experts speaking on the panels, we heard from the city minister this morning which was really good. Tomorrow morning Mr. Dombrovskis will be here and there will be some very interesting discussions. You can’t get that type of access to that sort of speaker easily, so it’s a really excellent opportunity to listen to quality speakers and to examine key issues”.

Catherine McGuinnessCatherine McGuinness, Chairman, Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation
“I’ve been speaking at your wonderful remuneration summits since 2009, City and Financial conferences are really on the point. They keep track with the trends that are happening, there’s been one recently on Women in Finance which is really topical at the moment”.
Janet Cooper, Partner, Tapestry Compliance
“The huge range of speakers, speakers sessions, representatives, both industry, politically and regulatory and geographically as well provides a unique snapshot at a very important time, changing relationships, changing regulation shape the future of our financial services system and the role of the United Kingdom in that system, so I think that it’s a great conference (City Week)”.
Stephen Jones, Chief Executive Office, UK Finance
“Because of the range of speakers, participants and delegates who come, it’s possible to have a “It’s been a great opportunity to be here at City Week, to share a panel with a number of other speakers coming from the commonwealth…The highlight so far has been listening to interlocutors talk about where we’re going next”.
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, The Commonwealth Secretary-General
“I would recommend you come to this (SMCR) conference, because you will network, you’ll meet a lot of people and you will be able to share best practice about how to implement Senior Managers Regime”.
Emma Sutcliffe, Partner (Financial markets litigation team), Simmons and Simmons
“My experience with City Week is very good! I enjoy the fact that the financial discussions are held at a very classic setting, which brings you back the memory that the financial world has a long history and started from London”.
Winston Wenyan Ma, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, China Silkroad Investment Capital
“City Week brings together such a broad range of people from across the financial services industry here in London, because I don’t normally deal with people from the breadth of section of firms that are represented here today”.
Mark Yallop, Chair, FICC Markets Standards Board
“The aspects of City Week that I find most interesting is that you get people coming from many sectors, listening in, but with a strong focus on financial services and that connectivity between what’s happening in the bigger world and what’s happening in the city of London, I think is great! So we actually have very much an outlook on the broader world and global issues and not just focusing on what we’re doing in our day to day lives”.
Inga Beale DBE, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd’s of London
“The whole thing is about giving people the opportunity of talking and engaging with each other, so often in this world we communicate without listening, we project but we don’t receive. So the great thing about this (City Week) is you can’t avoid being around here and having to listen to people and to respond to what they say. It’s that immediacy, it’s that dialogue, it’s that conversation that really matters here”.
Richard Burge, CEO, Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council
“It was a pleasure to participate in the Global EV trends panel at the UK EV Infrastructure Summit yesterday! Thanks to Lisette Channing and Nicky Tough for organising a fantastic event!

It was wonderful to see more women participating in such conferences – but there is still a gap which we should work to narrow and one day close”.

Rubina Singh, Senior Consultant, Strategy, Gemserv
“Excellent event. Expertly hosted and put together. Very well done”.
Simon Kennedy, Head, GRC Freeway UK Insurance Services
“Always excellent – thank you”.
Karen Anderson, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
“I thought it was an excellent event last week.
There is definitely interest at our end in a meeting to discuss further collaboration in 2019”.
Gregory Brandman, Partner, Financial Services Disputes and Investigations, Eversheds Sutherland
“Really pleased with the conference. Consistently strong panels. Majority of the audience stayed right to the end. Good quality and varied audience. Liked the venue … The auditorium was perfect”.
Stephen Denyer, The Law Society of England & Wales
“We thought that SMCR was a very good event, thank you for inviting us to contribute”.
Mark Turner, Duff & Phelps
“This conference (SMCR) has developed as the leading conference in this area I think that’s because of the quality of City and Financial as an organisation”.
Angela Hayes, Partner, King & Spalding
“It was great to meet you and to moderate your panel. A number of people came up to me afterwards to say how interesting they found it and how wonderful they thought the three of you were.

Virva, thanks again for organising and corralling us so effectively”.

Chris Ninan , Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
“Was so lovely to meet you and your team and thank you for organising such a brilliant and seamless conference. I am sure I will be working with you again as I have heard nothing but positive feedback from our team who attended yesterday”.
April Hughes, Marketing Executive - Company Commercial, Eversheds Sutherland
“Thank you, and well done on the huge amount of work that will have gone into preparing and organising yesterday. I’m guessing you probably don’t get much downtime between events, but I hope you get at least some well-earned space to pause for breath after a job well done!”.
Alison Cottrell, CEO, Banking Standards Board
“My third time here – very good topics, discussions, slides & info”.
Lisa Fisher, SMCR Manager, Invesco
“Beautifully choreographed – thank you all”.
Claire Nightingale , Global Head, FINEX Financial Institutions Claims Advocacy & TPL, Willis Towers Watson
“I loved the event and it was a pleasure to speak at the conference”.
Hedwige Nuyens, Managing Director, International Banking Federation
“Thanks so much Kira and Virva for being such gracious hosts. It was a lovely event, and congratulations to you for pulling it off!”.
Stacey Mullin , Chief Operating Officer EMEA, BlackRock
“Great conference. Panel 2 was for me the best. Learning what other LA’s are doing & taking that back”.
Alison Cloutman, HSG Business Partner, Portsmouth City Council
“Really interesting and thought-provoking discussions / presentations”.
Andrew Howard , Senior Associate, Allen & Overy LLP
(Women in Finance conference)
“The content was one of the best women’s event I have attended. Fantastic speakers!!!”.
Jade Cannon, Head of Events, AFME
“Content was excellent and I really enjoyed it”.
Teresa Mansfield, FD, Outsourced Events
“Enjoyed the diverse speakers and the much-debated topics, as the focus of the talks”.
Zoe Gundersen, Legal Technologist, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
“Just wanted to thank everyone involved in this Summit (Women in Finance 2020) yesterday – I haven’t been able to stop talking about the day and am hugely appreciative of my chance to attend. it has been enlightening to say the least and I’m actively seeking to get company membership!”.
Jo Dawson, CME Derived Data Services – EMEA
“What a brilliant day it was, it gets better every year! The venue was good too”.
Alexandra Watson, SHINE Magazine UK
“The event was amazing. I found all the speakers thoroughly inspirational and engaging. Thank you”.
Marsh UK & Ireland

Social Media

(The 4th Annual Culture and Conduct Forum for the Financial Services Industry)

“@cfconferences lots of great debate at the Annual Culture and Conduct Forum. Thanks for inviting us to discuss our perspectives on the role technology plays in successfully drive cultural change. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Team Questback”
“I would like to say a massive thanks @cfconferences for pulling together so many experts for the event yesterday. Felt like the Glastonbury of Conduct with headline acts, great content and sell-out crowd. Plenty of content for us to go away and act on our journey to regain trust”.
Robert Longmuir, Client Governance, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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(The Vote 100 Women in Business Summit)

“WHAT A DAY TODAY. I spoke at a conference about why men need to be feminists to drive gender diversity. I was introduced to HRH The Countess of Wessex who was charming and I had no idea she did so much for women. Helena Morrissey was a fabulous MC, as always, and gave me fierce competition in the fashion stakes. Jill Shedden and Sarah Morris (née Ward) shared their advice and thoughts eloquently and passionately on what businesses need to do. And then when leaving the conference I bump into none other than our number one OUTstanding Ally in the Financial Times from 2014, Richard Branson, who was more than happy to have a selfie”.
Suki Sandhu OBE, Founder and CEO Audeliss & INvolve
“Great summit yesterday….and thanks for the champagne”
Dr Helen Pankhurst , International Development, Women’s Rights Activist and Writer ‘Deeds Not Words
“It was a pleasure to be part of this conference. Looking forward to the next time”
Dr Miranda Brawn , Founder/CEO, the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation Director of Legal and Transaction Management, Daiwa
“Still feeling very inspired by The Women in Business Summit on Tuesday. We are having lots of great conversations off the back of it”
Serenity In Leadership
“What an honour and a privilege to meet @HelenPankhurst at The Vote 100 Women in Business Summit today.”
Lopa Patel MBE , Digital Media Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO Diversity UK
“Great to have been at the @cfconferences #Vote100 event today. Speakers included Sophie Wessex, @trussliz and @MorrisseyHelena. Diversity and support of female led businesses the order of the day”
Distinctively Me
“Proud to be part of The Vote 100 Women in Business Summit”
Piercefield Oliver
“Full on #BrasOff day! Was honoured to have a quick chat w/ @HelenPankhurst at The Vote 100 Women in Business Summit. Now off to the House of Lords (yes! Really!)”
Molly Merwin, Womens Radio Station
“Inspiring morning at Vote 100 Women in Business Summit. Great topics, panellists and discussion”
The National Council of Women of Great Britain
“Pleased to be celebrating at The Vote 100 Women in Business Summit. A great line up of guest speakers, I already have a page of great notes and key takeaways”.
Reed Essex
“Having tons of fun with my friends @janettapestry and @shirleycooper23 and the wonderful Countess of Wessex @HRHWessexBlog who are all #PowerfulWomen championing other #Women at the #Vote100 #WomenInBusinessSummit #London”
Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO & Co-Founder, WeConnect International
“WIBF are proud to be a supporter of the Vote 100, Women in Business Summit. An amazing event so far, can’t wait to see what’s in store this afternoon”
Women in Banking and Finance
“It was inspiring to meet Dr Helen Pankhurst today at the Vote100 Women in Business Summit. She spoke passionately about the work she is doing to continue her great grandmother’s legacy”
Amanda Pullinger, Chief Executive Officer at 100 Women in Finance
“Great panels at the vote 100 business women’s summit”
Zarin Hainsworth