FS Club Mixer – Creating Real Business Value From AI

In partnership with GFT, the FS Club is pleased to be hosting a Mixer and Panel Discussion on the challenges of working with AI and how to deliver substantial and long-lasting value from its use. Join us at Watermen’s Hall in the City for thought-provoking debate and professional connections over food and drink.


Coined the ‘AI Spring’, the recent surge in attention and development in AI technology shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Despite the benefits undoubtedly outweighing the negatives, many argue, rightly or wrongly, that AI does not come without potential threats or dangers. However, like all nascent technologies the test will be if it can actually deliver real value for business in the long term. In our panel discussion, we will hear from AI specialists, technology partners and end-user clients who will discuss the challenges of working with AI, and how to ensure it is able to deliver substantial and long-lasting value.


Simon Thompson is Head of AI, ML and Data Science at GFT in the UK and brings nearly 30 years’ experience of using machine learning to create value for customers. His team delivers a systematic and scientific approach to AI, drawing on GFT’s comprehensive and deep knowledge of financial services as an industry. Simon provides technical leadership within the projects he conducts and has led and coordinated large teams in highly stressful situations to successful outcomes. He regularly participates in mentoring for junior members of his and other teams on all aspects of AI and machine learning. He has a consultative approach to work and is continuously looking for new challenges and opportunities to grow his knowledge.

Inès Rigaud is an Innovation Analyst at HSBC working with Large Language Models and Generative AI. The focus of her work is exploring the potential of Generative AI to derive insights and create new ways to approach and solve problems. She uses her expertise to help her colleagues to better understand Generative AI and empower them to utilise these tools.


Mike Wardle is Chief Executive Officer and Head of Indices at Z/Yen. Mike’s work with Z/Yen includes programme management of reviews and strategy development with the Church of England, UNISON, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. He developed the Global Green Finance Index and Smart Centres Index. He has led research for a number of financial centres to help with their development strategies, and research on the Future of Financial Centres in partnership with Dubai International Financial Centre and the World Alliance of International Financial Centers. Mike regularly speaks on the development of international financial centres at conferences and events both in the UK and overseas.


17:30—Arrival, registration, and refreshments


18:05—Panel Discussion

18:35—Q&A with Audience

19:00 —Closing remarks

19:05 —Drinks, Nibbles, and Networking

20:30—Event Concludes

Thursday, 28 September 2023

17:30 - 20:30 BST

Free (by registering you consent to email communications from the event sponsor GFT)


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Watermen’s Hall
16-18 St. Mary At Hill
London EC3R 8EF

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