WhenWednesday, March 24th from 8:00am to 10:am UK time
WhereOnline symposium via Zoom.
FormatThere'll be a great line-up of speakers plus ample scope for discussion and debate.
Why you should attend
Financial regulatory failure has become a massive public interest issue, right around the world.
This symposium is all about that.
It’s a very special and a very important symposium because it follows straight on from our event last week, all about the Blackmore Bond scandal, where so much fresh, hard evidence of financial regulatory failure was revealed that we simply had to write to the UK’s Prime Minister to make him aware of what’s been going on – we felt it our public duty to do so.
Here’s the letter we sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week. Through it, he (and now you) have access to all the evidence shown at last week’s event i.e., the full video recording of all the testimony that was given, by all the speakers.
Due to popular demand, the event ran over by 2 hours and quite frankly, it could have gone on for several hours more! Over 150 people booked onto it.
If you have any interest in the workings of the financial industry and the way it is regulated this isn’t an event to be missed.
We are “joining the hemispheres” for this one i.e. there are going to be subject-matter experts speaking from the UK and Australia, including some notable figures and Parliamentarians; and of course there will be attendees from both countries.
We are “joining the hemispheres” because it has become crystal clear that both the UK and Australia have been suffering from exactly the same kind of widespread regulatory failures, culture issues, conflicts of interest and so on. There is much that our 2 countries can learn from each other, so that’s exactly what we are going to try to do.
This session will focus on what can be done to make real change happen. For senior policymakers, politicians and regulators looking for a “cure” to the ineffective financial regulation both our countries indubitably have, this event will be a treasure-chest of creative, pragmatic and effective solutions worthy of serious consideration.
We’ll be considering questions such as:
- What do the recognised thought leaders, highly respected academics and street-wise practitioners say should be done?
- Should a legally-enforceable Duty of Care be introduced to cover the whole FS sector?
- What’s the best way to protect against regulatory capture?
- How do we prevent “Revolving Door” continuing to contaminate and corrupt the entire ecosystem with corrosive conflicts of interest?
- Should an Office of the Whistleblower be introduced?
- How can we ensure there is sufficient regulatory scrutiny and oversight of the regulators?
- Should regulators be required to be qualified?
- If the UK were to have its own Royal Commission, what are the key lessons that it should learn from Australia’s Royal Commission?
- How do we achieve greater transparency on Ministerial interventions in relation to regulatory investigations, for example in relation to the British State Secret that is Sandstorm. If you want to know more about the scandal and why it is relevant even today, watch this video recording about the Sandstorm Scandal and more from literally just a couple of weeks ago in Parliament! It’s about a culture of cover-up in Government “right up to Cabinet level.” We salute Lord Sikka for bringing his evidence and the many Peers that supported his recent effort to clean up the UK’s financial services sector by helping to get rid of fraud and corruption in The City of London. Nobody could possibly stand in the way of that, right? Apparently not right!
We would be very grateful if you were to join us for this symposium. The more attendees we can generate the more support for change we can achieve; and we desperately need all the support we can get.
This meeting is yet another step forward on our stated mission, which is to:
“promote ongoing reform of the financial sector, so that it serves society better”
…as an antidote to the shockingly high levels of malpractice, malfeasance, misconduct and mis-selling that both the British and the Australian public have had to endure, for years.
Here's the programme and timings so far...
Welcome to the symposium, introductions and initial exploration of the main issues; by
Founder, Transparency Task Force; Governor, Pensions Policy Institute; Chair, Secretariat Committee, APPG on Pension Scams; Chair, Secretariat Committee, APPG on Personal Banking and Fairer Financial Services
Presentation #1, for 5 minutes including Q&A/Discussion by
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick
Member of the House of Lords
Presentation #2, for 20 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Dr Andy Schmulow
Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong; Founder & CEO, Clarity Prudential Regulatory and Regulatory Consulting Ptdy Ltd; Senior Advisor, DB & Associates
Presentation #3, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle
Green Party Peer
Short leg-stretch and comfort break
Presentation #5, for 5 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Consultant, Pinsent Masons
Presentation #6, for 5 minutes including Q&A/Discussion by
Rob Roberts MP
MP for Delyn; Member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Personal Banking and Fairer Financial Services
The “Just a minute”-round
Inspired by the BBC Radio 4 programme, we have asked a selection of our attendees to spend just a minute sharing their thoughts on what has been covered during the symposium. But unlike the Radio 4 programme our speakers won’t be penalised for hesitation, repetition or deviation!
Dr Shann Turnbull
Principal, International Institute for Self-Governance
Managing Director, Nixon Global Advisory
Director, New South Law
FX, Financial Markets & Banking Consultancy
General discussion & Q&A, 25 minutes
Final conclusions; and suggested next steps and close to the formal proceedings.
However, for those that want it…
10am GMT until 10:30am GMT
….informal, unstructured networking and informal conversation; a “fireside chat”
*The programme will continuously evolve so is subject to change.