Academic Symposium: Exploring the Social Licence for Financial Markets

Past event
St Hilda's College, Oxford, UK

On Friday 28th October 2022, The Oxford Character Project will host a symposium bringing together key figures from the financial services industry and leading academics to discuss the purpose of the financial services industry, the culture and leadership of financial firms, and the role of the financial sector in wider society, which has been the subject of ongoing debate since the global financial crisis of 2008. In particular we will explore: How can financial markets connect with the values and goals of society? How might organisations and individuals embrace the "social license for financial markets"?

Schedule for the Day:

Session 1: The Social License for Financial Markets
Presentation: David Rouch
(Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
Respondent: Dr Marta Rocchi
(Dublin City University)

Session 2: Good Leadership in Finance
Presentation: Dr Rebecca Park
(Oxford Character Project, University of Oxford)
Respondent: Kim McMurdo
(Standard Chartered Bank)

Session 3: The Power of Good Examples
Presentation: Dr Edward David
(Oxford Character Project, University of Oxford)
Respondent: Katie Whyte
(Lloyds Banking Group)

Session 4: Values, Character and Purpose in Financial Services
Presentation: Prof Colin Mayer
(Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)
Respondent: Nicolas Ceasar

Closing Remarks: Alison Cottrell
(Financial Services Culture Board)

If you would be interested in joining the symposium, please email us at or via the link below.

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