Sustainability in Finance


Sustainability in Finance

Speakers: Nick Jackson; Brad Greve; Charlie Pate; Ali Kennedy; Sarah Ghosh


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Join us for this panel session to discuss what Sustainable leadership looks like in practice and what leading organisations are doing to promote diversity and inclusion.

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Sustainability, diversity and inclusion are no longer optional.

Customers, employees and investors now expect public and private organisations to have a focus on making a positive contribution to society, whether that be environmental, social or from a corporate Governance perspective.

As financial leaders it is important to adopt a sustainability mindset and identify the connections between business and social responsibility. By promoting sustainability, diversity and inclusion we can ensure organisations are best placed for future prosperity of our plant, our people and our stakeholders.

Join us for this panel session to discuss what Sustainable leadership looks like in practice and what leading organisations are doing to promote diversity and inclusion.

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Sarah Ghosh, Deputy President, CIMA

Sarah is a proven Finance leader with more than 25 years experience gained in Technology, Finance and Organisational change. With a blue chip, corporate and SME background Sarah has held leadership positions including at C-Suite level, directing Finance and Operational teams to deliver ambitious revenue, efficiency and growth targets.

Sarah helps organisations formulate vision and goals, and defining the steps required to achieve sustainable growth. Her focus is on Finance effectiveness, transformation and stakeholder management.

Sarah is a CIMA fellow by profession and currently holds the post of Deputy President. Her experience of leading teams, chairing groups, and contributing across various forums has helped inform strategic direction, promote thought leadership, build engagement and increase opportunities for continuous learning. Sarah is a founding member of the CIMA Women In Leadership forum, and actively promotes women in Finance.

Sarah’s passion for technology and a data driven approach enables her to challenge how businesses operate in achieving their growth trajectories. She offers a different perspective, having worked across sectors such as Government, Healthcare, Banking, Insurance, IT, Manufacturing and Telecoms.


Nick Jackson, Past President, CIMA

Nick Jackson has had a strong interest in financial management and performance improvement throughout his career, working across a number of industries, including central and local government, energy, and utility companies. Nick currently works for the software technology company Oracle, which he joined in 2016. He leads a team of business development directors working across Western Europe, supporting over 100 sales representatives. His team is responsible for developing and promoting industry-based propositions using Oracle Cloud services for financial and performance management. Nick was co-opted to CIMA Council in 2009. This was in recognition of his role in promoting the value of CIMA as a balanced qualification for public sector finance professionals. In 2014, Nick was elected to the Executive Committee as Member without Portfolio, and remains an active advocate for CIMA, delivering talks to promote management accounting, with a particular focus on the public sector.

Ali Kennedy

Ali is an experienced finance professional, business leader and company director. She joined BAE Systems plc in October 2020 as Director of Group Taxation and sits on the executive pension scheme board. Prior to this Ali worked in the cyber-security sector as a director and Vice President of Sophos Group plc and has held senior posts in the oil industry and technology sector. She holds tax committee roles with the Confederation of British Industry (Vice-chairman) and ICAS, is a CBI West Midlands Council member and is on the board of Abingdon & Witney College.

Charlie Pate

Charlie is Director General, Finance for the Ministry of Defence. As principal financial adviser for defence, he is responsible for all aspects of financial management and control, including the overall defence budget and forecasting within the MoD. He is a member of the Defence Council and the Defence Board and Chairs the Defence Board sub-committees for Finance and for Investment Approvals.

Charlie joined the Ministry of Defence in 2015 as Director of Resources at Air Command. A member of the Air Force Board, Charlie was responsible for the RAF’s £6-billion budget and leadership of the 5,000 civilians working with the RAF. He went on to become the MOD’s Director of Financial Planning and Scrutiny in early 2018 with responsibility for the management and allocation of the Department’s £36bn annual budget, and the scrutiny and approvals of all significant investment programmes. Charlie was promoted to his current role of Director General Finance in March 2020.

Brad Greve

Brad is Group Finance Director of BAE Systems and a member of the BAE Systems plc Board. He has held these roles since 1 April 2020, having joined the company in September 2019 as Group Finance Director Designate. Brad has a 30 year career in the energy sector with Schlumberger, holding roles including the Head of Finance for the group of companies called Wells which accounted for nearly 70% of the company’s overall profit. He also served as Director of Internal Audit, in addition to numerous other Finance Director roles in a career which included assignments in UK, Romania, Nigeria, Italy, France, Brazil and the United States. Brad was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has an MBA from the London Business School and a Finance degree from SMU in Dallas, Texas.