The Future Role of the CFO:

Disruptive technologies in the Finance function

Where: The Mercer, London

When: 20th June, 6:30-9:30pm

About the Club


The Alchemy Club is a global network of senior finance & procurement executives working within the world’s largest and most innovative businesses. We collaborate on the issues our community are facing and bring practical insights and ideas to your challenges. Membership is free and by invitation only. Join us and become part of this global network. 

On the 20th June the Alchemy Club will come together for our third roundtable session of 2018. The Club meets regularly to discuss major challenges to decision-makers across the finance & procurement function. Our mission is to give our members a competitive advantage through digital endeavours.

Why Attend?

  • Gain insights and ideas from thought leaders in your field
  • Benchmark your own strategies within a collaborative and confidential environment
  • Network with other senior executives from some of the UK’s leading companies

The Discussion

The role of the CFO is evolving rapidly. CFOs are now at the vortex of business planning, ROI and tech developments such as digitalisation. No wonder over 57% now have 2 or more non-finance direct reports (EY, 2017). And this trend continues to accelerate.



Indeed, the arrival of new technologies such as robotic process automation are stripping out tasks that previously took time and human resources to complete. And whilst CFOs are at the heart of evaluating these investments, isn’t it ironic that the Finance department itself remains one of the last functions to modernise? [McKinsey, 2018]



With this in mind, the Alchemy Club is meeting to discuss a topical question: what are modern CFOs doing to be a catalyst for change within their own department?



Leading the discussion is Suzie Clements, Head of the Global CFO Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. Having worked with the world’s best CFOs for over 20 years, Suzie knows what the modern CFO is doing to drive change and success for both their organisation and themselves.

Join us at the Mercer

If these are questions you want to address, join us. We’re meeting at The Mercer on the 20th June, 6:30pm, for a private, chaired and peer-led dinner discussion where we’ll be asking:

  • What will be the role of the CFO following increased digitisation?
  • Why are some CFOs slow to embrace change?
  • And is it possible to thrive as a CFO without adopting new technologies?

When and Where?

6:30pm Networking Drinks

7:00pm Chaired Debate

8:00pm 3-Course Dinner & Table Discussions

9:00pm Networking, Coffee & Desserts 

9:30pm Carriages


If you’re interested in hearing others’ experiences of the pitfalls, pressures and opportunities presented by emerging technology, we’d be delighted for you to join us.  For further information, please contact


We would like to thank Basware for their continued support of The Alchemy Club events and for their partnership with the club.