Creating the Modern Workplace for Financial Services

Our “Financial Firms Fit for the 21st Century” – F21 – seminar series, jointly launched by Wedlake Bell, Lanware, Orbium and Investment & Wealth Management Consultants (IAWMC), is hosting its next event in September. The theme is the modern workplace as it is influenced by the next generation, technology and new regulation.

So, how does the financial services workplace need to adapt in the 21st century? Like other industries there is a diverse, global and multi-generational workforce however the board, directors and senior managers now have a new set of responsibilities and regulations to adhere to.  How financial firms rise to this challenge will affect their ability to develop a workplace and culture that is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

From employer brand to personal accountability, from mental health to diversity. Now is the time to put the processes and platforms in place to support the transparency of an inclusive and diverse future. But to be compliant, where do you start?

  • The workplace of the future – A focus on the impact of technology and generational shift.

What do you need in place today to support this change in the way we work. The generational shift affects every aspect of your business, from talent acquisition, changes in regulations, to your business processes. How do you ensure you have the right processes and technology in place to be compliant, handle the consequence of SMCR, and grow your business in the 21st Century?

  • A deep dive into the new levels of responsibility and the challenges posed by SM&CR.

An insight into to SMCR and what it means to wealth and alternative investment managers. We will explore the FCA’s approach in relation to governance, culture and enforcement and the impact of outsourcing and M&A. How do we give accessibility, mobility and usability to the modern workforce to ensure SMCR compliance?

  • Do your senior managers fully appreciate what personal accountability” means under SM&CR.

Discover how changing dynamics and regulations means more personal accountability in the modern workplace. SMCR is specifically designed to be an instrument of cultural change management, that cuts across: HR, legal, compliance and senior management. It brings in the concept of accountability, which includes personal responsibility and makes the senior manager personally answerable for the actions of the employer. There is also a broader definition of what it means to be fit and proper, which will impact behaviours – the need to encourage diversity and inclusion – at work and outside of work. To be compliant will mean training for SMs and those with Certification Functions and the need for HR, legal and compliance to be joined up and supportive of SMs and those with Certification Functions if the sector is to attract and retain talent.

Speakers to include:

  • Rosalyn Breedy, Wedlake Bell
  • Richard Isham, Wedlake Bell
  • Henry Duncombe, Lanware
  • Matt Armstrong-Barnes, Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Matt is a chief technologist at HPE and has a passion for Artificial Intelligence, Systems Integration, & DevOps.  As a strategic leader he works to drive innovative technical solutions across industries and technology trends.  He has a diverse background as he has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years. He has held numerous senior leadership positions, winning, architecting and delivering sizable, complex transformation programs.Matt holds a B.Sc.(Hons.) in Computing Science, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer.


The series is co-hosted by Wedlake Bell, Lanware, Orbium and IAWMC. As part of the registration process, we will share your details with the hosts for the purpose of these events only.


Event Details

Date: Wednesday 18 September 2019