Regulators on the Move

A thought leadership event from Continuity Logic


Business continuity is stepping up a gear. In July 2018 the UK financial services regulators (the Bank of England, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority) published a discussion paper on operational resilience. It looked innocuous but its content was certainly not. And if its tenets are carried through then the consequences will be felt by all practitioners—across all sectors and maybe all geographies—as they seek to deliver on the requirements.

The paper is titled ‘Building the UK financial sector’s operational resilience’ and at the time of its publication it caused something of a stir. But over the intervening months, as the dust has settled, careful thinking and analysis has prevailed and we believe that the time is now right to properly explore the paper’s implications for resilience, compliance and risk professionals.

We’ve therefore assembled four acknowledged thought leaders to brief you.

Jan Putnis, Partner and Head of Slaughter and May’s Financial Regulation Group, will take a broad perspective. He will explain the regulatory and legal landscape surrounding the discussion paper, outline its key contents, look at the history of previous initiatives and indicate where he believes this will lead.

Andrew Husband, Partner and Head of Operational Resilience at KPMG UK, will then look through the prism that Jan has provided and outline what he believes individual organisations need to do in order to deliver. Some of the proposed changes are radical and you need to know how to position them both in your own mind and for the senior leaders that you brief.

Karen Azzopardi, Head of Resilience Governance & Engineering at Barclays, will explain how Barclays designed and globally implemented its own new resilience programme. This programme is aligned to the business services model as outlined in the discussion paper and Karen will be sharing key experiences from this alignment process. It is Karen’s real life case study and direct experience that will fully illuminate the discussions from Jan and Andrew.

Rachael Elliott, Head of Thought Leadership, Business Continuity Institute, will offer feedback on the discussion paper from the perspective of the BCI and its membership. She will place this within the context of the BCI’s 2019 Horizon Scan report which is due for publication in February.

Finally, please be clear. This event is not just for those operating within financial services. It is designed for all resilience leaders who wish to keep abreast of leading edge thinking and make sense of what this will mean for their own future strategies. Whether you operate within a bank or a car manufacturer, an insurer or a public sector body, this will be important to you either now or in the future.

Where & When

The main event runs from 10:00am to 12:30pm on Tuesday 5 March, 2019. The venue is:

Floor 24
The Shard
London Bridge Street

Full details and directions will be sent out on registration.

PLEASE NOTE: due to unprecedented interest all seventy places for this event are now taken. But please continue to register your details if you wish to be offered a place should one become free – some cancellations are inevitable. You will also be given the option to receive copies of speakers’ materials after the event.
Karen AzzopardiKaren Azzopardi
Head of Resilience Governance & Engineering | Barclays
Karen is responsible for processes and technologies which support resilience at Barclays. Since 2015 she has been central to the implementation of the bank’s newly developed ‘front-to-back’ process methodology, which focuses on the end-to-end resilience of the ‘journeys’ taken by customers when they engage with Barclays rather than solely on the recovery of individual departments. Prior to joining Barclays, Karen held various roles in business continuity and associated professional services at HSBC and Daisy Group.
Jan PutnisJan Putnis
Partner & Head of Financial Regulation Group | Slaughter and May
Jan focuses on matters of strategic importance to financial institutions, and his work includes extensive advice on structural reform, resolution planning, regulatory capital and other prudential matters. Much of his focus is on presenting complex issues in a fundamentally straightforward way, facilitating the understanding of clients and regulators of legal challenges, transactions, business models and structures.
Andrew HusbandAndrew Husband
Partner & Head of Operational Resilience | KPMG UK
Andrew is a partner in KPMG’s financial services practice and focuses on supporting banking clients in structuring and delivering their most complex operational change initiatives. He has led and advised on many large-scale operational transformational programmes and leads KPMG’s multi-disciplinary Operational Resilience team in supporting his clients as they develop enterprise-wide resilience.
Rachael ElliottRachael Elliott
Head of Thought Leadership | The Business Continuity Institute
Rachael leads the Business Continuity Institute’s Thought Leadership team in developing a programme showcasing world class research in the practice of business continuity and resilience. She has twenty years’ experience leading research within organisations including HSBC, BDO LLP, and CBRE. Her research has been used in Parliament to help develop government industrial strategy and the BDO High Street Sales Tracker, which Rachael was instrumental in developing, is still the UK’s primary barometer for tracking high street sales performance.
Start Time Item Description
9:20am Registration and Coffee
10:00am Jan Putnis, Slaughter and May
The regulatory and legal landscape surrounding resilience. What are the precedents and where is this leading.
10:30am Andrew Husband, KPMG UK
What does the discussion paper mean for your organisation. A framework within which to implement the Bank of England proposals.
11:00am Rachael Elliott, The BCI
Positioning the implications of the discussion paper within the BCI’s own thinking and its 2019 Horizon Scan report.
11:30am Karen Azzopardi, Barclays
How Barclays has delivered on the theory. A practical case study of delivering a business service-aligned resilience programme.
12:00pm Panel session – question the speakers
12:30pm END OF EVENT
About Continuity Logic
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Further Information

If you have any further questions about this event please contact Paul Gant on or +44 (0)20 7770 6522