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Social in the city, an invite only finance event

Last year we succesfully ran an invite only event for people we know working in charity, and as we’re also hugely interested in the finance industry we’ve decided to do the same this year for those working in financial services.

It’s being held on the morning of June 28th, at the Museum of London in the Docklands (a short walk from Canary Walk), and is a mix of inspiration and practical advice, from those already grasping digital in financial services.

Registration starts at 8:30, after which our MD Will McInnes will set the scene, explaining how the world has changed and how this impacts the banks. Will has been speaking all over the world recently in the run up to launch of his book Culture Shock, and this will be a good chance to hear his take on the challenges and opportunities facing financial services.

Then Dave Birch will ask, “Do we need to rethink identity for an online age?”.

Dave is a director of Consult Hyperion and leading expert on digital money and digital identity, regularly appearing on television and in the press. He will explore what digital is doing to identity, whether a radical new approach is needed and how the banks could lead this. We’re really excited to have Dave as a speaker – see why by checking out his recent TEDx talk.
After that we’ll discover “What’s on consumers’ minds?” with Clare Francis; Clare is head of content at MoneySupermarket (who recently purchased MoneySavingExpert), responsible for engaging consumers through relevant content. She will show how expectations and behaviours among consumers have changed, and how this is impacting financial services.


Then we’ll break for coffee and a chance for the audience to make new friends, before a panel session, chaired by me. On the panel will be:
  • John Hartley, Comms Planning Manager, HSBC
  • Claire Maslen, Senior Market Development Manager, Telefonica O2
  • Dave Birch, Director, Consult Hyperion
  • And a fourth panellist TBC from Barclays
The panel will draw on their own experience to discuss the realities facing financial services when dealing with digital, and share their opinions on who’s doing social well, and what’s exciting them about the industry. I’ll be encouraging debate about the challenges banks are facing from mobile operators and online start-ups, and I’m hoping it will be a good session.


To round things off and give attendees the chance to return to work, Will will provide closing remarks before a final networking break. We’ve already got a really exciting list of guests from the big banks, mobile operators and several industry commentators, but would love to hear from you if you’re working in financial services and think you’d benefit from the event. We’re keen to keep it invite only to ensure those attending feel they can speak freely, and also meet others like them, so if you’re interested in attending let me know by emailing


Any other questions, let me know if the comment section below.
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  1. tim rabjohns

    I’m not working in the banking sector, but I am doing some free work for Transition Town Lewes in their enterprise group – and I think this is a very relevant subject – good on NM for staging such an event. I would also like to point you to a great article I read recently about an alternative to highstreet banking, called “Civilised Money” –

    I would be interested to hear the results of this conference – will you be publishing and findings/thoughts…? regards Tim

    Posted 15th June 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink
  2. Ross Breadmore

    Hi Tim,
    Yep, we are filming the event and will publish them here.

    Posted 15th June 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

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