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IFT Midland, West & Wales Conference 2024

Join us on 18th April for our Midlands Conference!

Please email for more information or to purchase your ticket.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable within two weeks of the event.

IFT Next West & Wales Launch in Bristol – in partnership with PwC

IFT NEXT is aimed at professionals who have identified turnaround and business support as their long-term career pathway. Typically, these professionals will have established themselves at a management level within turnaround and restructuring and are now looking to build upon their profile and network.

We have an exciting panel from a range of sectors, bringing you insights from their career experiences.

The panel session will be followed by networking and refreshments.

Spaces are limited. Please email INFO@THE-IFT.COM to register your attendance and make enquiries.

London Members Meeting

The IFT is delighted to announce the upcoming London Members Meeting to take place on the 30th of January.

Managing new risks in restructuring

A seasonal selection including:

Cyber – a new risk in restructuring?

Duff and Phelps will help us understand the cyber threat and what to do to protect yourselves.

Overseas operations

Adding another risk to the restructuring process – with businesses increasingly operating outside the UK, a successful turnaround often requires a restructuring of overseas operations.

Networking – With drinks kindly sponsored by Duff and Phelps.

North West Members Meeting – Automotive Outlook 2020

The IFT is delighted to announce the upcoming ‘Outlook for Automotive Retail’ Event to take place on the 5th of December hosted by Gateley in Manchester.

The Chairman of ASE Global, Mike Jones, will be discussing the UK Automotive industry profitability and 2019 KPI’s.

Mike is one of the industry’s leading experts on dealer profitability and heads up ASE’s work to analyse retail performance across a range of key markets.  Mike speaks regularly at events around the world on the industry landscape and the opportunities and challenges for dealers.  As well as profitability, he is an expert on digital dealership models, and how these are set to disrupt the automotive retail landscape.

There will also be ample networking opportunities with refreshments until 9pm. Your early sign-up is advised as this event will be popular.


18:00: Registration

18:30: Presentation

19:30: Refreshments & Networking


West & Wales CPD Event

The upcoming West & Wales CPD event will be taking place on Tuesday 8th October and will be hosted by TLT Solicitors in Bristol.



Registration: 17:30

Start 18:00


Ian Oakley-Smith will be discussing turnaround in the charity sector.

Ian was part of PwC‘s Business Recovery Services team for 30 years, until he retired from the firm earlier this year.  From 1998, he specialised in the charity sector, working with a wide range of charities needing restructuring or insolvency support. He has worked with many high-profile charities in need of turnaround. In 2014, Ian also became PwC‘s Head of Charities, coordinating its commercial relationships with its charity clients across all lines of service.

Charities operate in an increasingly challenging and complex environment. Despite this, they are often thinly resourced and governed by volunteers. Inevitably, this means that they may need to call upon the services of turnaround professionals to help them avoid disaster.

Working with a charity in such circumstances can often present challenges for the turnaround professional, which are different to those experienced in equivalent commercial situations.  These differences can stem from the nature of the people involved, the desire to put the “cause” before financial security and, at times, a false sense that the charity in question “won’t be allowed to fail“.


Our [two hour] session will focus on these differences. We will hear from Ian Oakley Smith on his experience working with charities over many years and have the opportunity to discuss, on a Chatham House basis, the experience of delegates in order to learn from each other.

London Members Meeting

The next London & South members meeting will be taking place on Tuesday 24th September at the London offices of our Corporate Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.


This event will start at 18:30 following the IFT AGM.


‘Brexit – Where we are now and what does it mean for restructurings?’



Rachel Seeley, Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer

Rachel is a restructuring and insolvency senior associate in the Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer global transactions group based in London. She has experience acting for lenders, borrowers, administrators, liquidators and other key parties in the restructuring and insolvency market. During her time at Freshfields, Rachel has spent nine months on secondment with Angelo, Gordon Europe LLP and six months on secondment with the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Large & Complex SIG

The IFT’s Large & Complex Situations Group (SIG) is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on the impact of stakeholder activism on restructurings. This panel will explore the increasing role of activist shareholders, minority equity, pension schemes and government stakeholders on restructurings.


The SIG is being jointly co-ordinated by Senthil Alagar (Grant Thornton) and David Morris (FTI).

The panel discussion on the impact of stakeholder activism on recent restructurings will cover the:


•            role of activist shareholders

•            close involvement of government stakeholders and influence on restructuring options

•            impact of pension scheme trustees, TPR and the PPF

•            implications for CROs, Boards and steering committees


Event timings

Registration                        17:30

Panel discussion                18:00

Networking                        19:00

Close                                    21:00


This event will be taking place on Monday, 15 July 2019 and will be hosted by DLA in their offices at 160 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HT.

Leadership: How to be Sure you’re Covering all Bases

Our upcoming West & Wales region CPD event will feature Caroline Gourlay, Independent Business psychologist discussing leadership.

About this Event

Preceding every turnaround situation is a failure of leadership; there is something the incumbent leadership team failed to do or did badly. Turnaround professionals need to quickly assess where they should focus their effort and attention to get things back on track. In this interactive session, Caroline will present a practical model which explores the tasks of leadership and look at what happens when too much emphasis is placed on some tasks at the expense of others. This will provide a framework for considering how to lead a particular turnaround situation, how to play to your own personal strengths and where you might need to bring in others to support you.

For those who attended the national conference, this will be an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the model Caroline will be presenting when she chairs a session on leadership in turnaround.

IFT & Lloyds Banking Event

IFT North is pleased to announce that on the 15th July it will be hosting an evening event with Lloyds Bank. The aim is to allow the North Business support team to meet with as many IFT members as possible in a series of short ‘getting to know you’ sessions between IFT members and Business Support team members.

If either you’ve done work with Lloyds before but lost track of whose in the team. Or if you’ve been off working elsewhere but think Lloyds customers could benefit from your skills then this should be the perfect evening for you.

For independent members, Lloyds have suggested it might be useful to have seen CVs before the event. So if you are coming along then please send your CV to [ ] at the IFT and provide confirmation that it can be passed on.

This is likely to be a popular event, so please register early.

The event will be hosted at the KPMG Leeds offices – One Sovereign Square, Sovereign Street, Leeds, LS14DA.

The evening will start at 18:00