International Accounting Forum & Awards 2023

The 12th annual event will bring together accounting firms along with regulators and industry bodies, consultancies and advisors, law firms, and technology providers to discuss the key themes impacting the sector and the opportunities for growth

29

June

  • London, UK
  • Invitation only

Why attend?

WHAT TO EXPECT FOR 2023?

The 12th International Accounting Forum & Awards 2023 (formerly Digital Accountancy Forum & Awards) is the meeting place for learning, collaboration, and strategies for growth and acceleration in the accounting sector.

100+

Attendees to meet each year

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Exhibitors to meet each year

20+

Speakers

80%

Attendees at Director+ level

100+

Attendees to meet each year

15+

Exhibitors to meet each year

20+

Speakers

80%

Attendees at Director+ level

2022 Agenda

  • 29 Jun 2023
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8 AM

Breakfast Briefing hosted by Sterling: How to navigate an audit tender process – and survive!

  • Companies listed on regulated markets, credit institutions and insurance undertakings (known as Public Interest Entities or PIEs), in the UK and EU are required by law to conduct a competitive audit tender process every ten years. However, given the importance of a high-quality audit, companies or groups of companies which are not PIEs may also decide that it is in their best interests to put their audit out to tender. The government’s recently announced plans to revamp the UK’s corporate reporting and audit regime will redefine hundreds of the largest private companies as PIEs, subject to mandatory audit retendering. Many companies are unprepared for the challenges of managing an audit tender, which can be an unfamiliar experience for the individuals who are responsible and accountable for the success of the process.
  • During this breakfast, Graham Hall will share his learnings from managing the recent global audit tender for the world’s largest food and beverage company, covering more than 750 entities and 180 countries. Graham will focus on practical advice covering issues such as planning and preparation, governance, key activities and documentation, transition planning to a new auditor, and technology tools that can be used to help achieve a successful outcome.

8:40 AM

Registration

8:50 AM

Chair’s opening remarks

8:56 AM

SESSION ONE The Global Outlook for the Post-Pandemic Firm

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  • Chaired by Rob Brown, Host of the Accounting Influencers Podcast

9 AM

Making a more purposeful and people-centric accounting profession a reality

  • The pandemic was a unique and exceptional challenge for society, the economy, and our profession.
  • But as we’ve adapted to new ways of working, and embraced greater use of technology, a more purposeful and people-centric accounting profession is becoming reality faster than ever could have been imagined.
  • As we look ahead 25 years from now, we say things can only get better…
  • The outlook for the post-pandemic firm is set amid a backdrop of The Great Resignation, a younger generation’s shift in priorities, and desire for a greater sense of purpose from work
  • Alongside these societal shifts, the hybrid-work era is just beginning – learning to develop and maintain relationships, creating and nurturing meaningful roles, and providing a better experience for accountants are all key to success
  • In today’s – not tomorrow’s – digital audit-era, maximising the use of technology and automation is critical to enabling the accountant experience needed to attract and retain talented people in the profession
  • Businesses have always recognised and valued the unique and comprehensive perspective accountants provide – technology is enhancing this
  • Technology is enabling accountants to supplement professional judgement with greater objectivity – building more transparent and insightful client relationships
  • The increasing connectivity of systems allows businesses of all shapes and sizes to benefit from big data
  • In the age of disinformation, the concepts of true and fair have never been more important
  • The Brydon report sets a path for a more purposeful Audit profession that acts in the public interest – this is achieved most easily with the right blend of people and technology
  • Sport has shown how technology compliments and supports fair and consistent application of the rules – it’s time for financial referees to get the same help

9:20 AM

Modernizing Client Lifecycle Management for Tax and Accountancy

  • Modernize your accountancy and tax client interaction management with a secure, onestop interaction workflow platform
  • Building a onestop hub to manage your complete accountancy and tax client life cycle across account onboarding, account servicing, and exception handling
  • Rethinking today’s costly, inefficient, and fragmented client engagement model, which requires significant manual intervention
  • Streamline client business processes across your accountancy and tax firm and orchestrate each step of your workflows to fast-track client business

9:40 AM

Firm Transformation in a Post-Pandemic World

  • The pandemic has caused many firms to rethink their strategies and transformation is absolutely necessary for firms to grow and survive
  • Breaking down the opportunities presented to firms today which include ESG advisory, supply chain advisory, client accounting and technology services
  • Discussing the challenges and how firms are over coming these challenges. People challenges are top of mind
  • Uncovering the challenge and opportunity in being in a remote world and how the office game has changed forever

10 AM

Technology Trends in Accounting

  • Find out how well technology is really transforming accounting
  • Assess how your firm’s progress compares to peers
  • Learn what’s critical for success in any digital strategy
  • Hear the results from Silvefin’s annual research into technology use in the profession
  • Understand views on the technology pillars for success in digital transformation and the critical role this plays in the building of a successful advisory revenue stream..

10:20 AM

Panel Discussion

10:50 AM

Morning refreshments and networking

11:15 AM

SESSION TWO Digitalising the Modern Practice

11:20 AM

Securing the Hybrid Workplace: The Challenges for Firms and Clients Post-Pandemic

  • Cyber Risks to firms and clients
  • Impact of cyber crime – costs to businesses and impact on reputation
  • How Praxity firms and clients are evolving, what are the solutions?

11:40 AM

Transforming Your Individual Online Presence

  • In the accountancy sector, we spend a lot of time discussing digital transformation in terms of technology – but less time talking about our own digital brand, i.e. our personal online profiles.
  • To make your practice attractive to the next generation of accountants, it’s vitally important to optimise the online brand of each of your people.
  • Join Phil Hobden, Head of Digital at Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting UK, as he explores why practices need to prioritise personal digital transformation – in a way that reflects the external brand profile.

12 PM

Championing Diversity in Professional Services

  • With over 30 years of experience in professional services Francesca has seen at first hand the importance of the diversity of thinking, especially the need to encourage a broader range of people to take on senior roles and how best to create an environment that helps support this aim.

12:20 PM

Citizen technologist or not? The mass migration from complicated systems to the modern digital ecosystem

  • Are we moving away from large digital solutions that can do everything?
  • How we best maximize the potential of digitalizing your finance teams’ workflow for efficiency and accuracy
  • Choose solutions that work well together. The more complete your ecosystem is, the more accurate information you can deliver
  • Trends currently happing in building a digital finance team, e.g., business technologist and Citizen Technologist – are they a quick fix or long term?

12:40 PM

Panel discussion: Modernising Your Accountancy Practice

1 PM

Lunch & Networking

2:05 PM

SESSION THREE Building a Sustainable Practice

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  • Chaired by Christine Nicholson, Award Winning Business Mentor

2:10 PM

Grow Greener – Accountants and SMEs creating a sustainable world

  • Accountants’ play a vital role as trusted advisers to the small business sector
  • Given SMEs represent about 90% of businesses of the global economy, improvements in their sustainability practices are vital to addressing our global environmental and social challenges
  • How can accountants take the lead and assist in making real, effective change at the heart of SMEs?
  • Join our fireside chat as James Lizars of Thrive Accountants shares his experiences of becoming B-Corp registered and putting sustainability at the heart of his practice and the impact it has had

2:30 PM

Future Proofing your Firm

  • Pre-pandemic the industry was identifying potential future risks to accounting practices with a focus on automation of manual tasks and changes in client expectations. Fast forward two years and the pandemic has forced firms into change at a speed never seen before. This session will discuss key strategies and transformation to assist in the sustainability of your firm.
  • What does the automation of a practice really look like? Is digital transformation necessary?
  • What does the new working landscape look like and how do we manage it? ( Remote working inc client experience)
  • Is long term growth of a practice dependent on revenue or people?
  • Ignition

2:50 PM

Building a Sustainable Practice

3:10 PM

Translating developments in audit into a culture of quality and innovation

  • Many firms are experiencing high-growth from their audit business, but face capacity challenges. As a number of key developments in audit move from debate to implementation, how can firms capitalise on growth and drive high-impact, cultural changes.
  • A high level overview of key developments in audit
  • The role of standard setters, methodology providers, firms, and teams
  • The status of firms and the impact of developments
  • How firms can increase alignment across leadership

3:30 PM

Panel Discussion

3:50 PM

Mid-Afternoon Refreshments

4:15 PM

SESSION FOUR: Future-Proofing Your Practice

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  • Chaired by Rob Brown, Host of the Accounting Influencers Podcast

4:20 PM

The True Cost of Information Management

  • Information is integral to business performance. From business intelligence and financial analysis to marketing campaigns and email correspondence, information is critical to every aspect of business operation.
  • Join us for this real-time interactive session to learn how your business can uncover the true cost of information management, when we are increasingly faced with a growing amount of unstructured information.

4:40 PM

Getting Started on ESR

  • Understanding the immediate risks for organisations and clients
  • Practical first steps organisations can take
  • The opportunities of developing ESR thinking into a service line

5 PM

Closing Panel

6:30 PM

Drinks Reception

7:30 PM

Awards Ceremony and Dinner

2022 Speakers

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MARK EDMONDSON
CEO, Inflo

As the mastermind behind Inflo, Mark aims to transform the audit and accounting profession by making innovative technologies and broader expertise available to all. With the global audit profession facing heavy criticism after high-profile business failures and frauds, Mark has stepped forward as a voice for progress. As well as being quoted in Sir Donald Brydon’s and other audit market reviews, Mark has been called upon to support international efforts to modernise and transform the audit and accounting profession. Mark is a member of the Advisory Panel to the IAASB’s Technology Working Group as well as the Reference Group supporting the development of the IAASB’s new standards for auditing less complex entities. He also leads a US AICPA working group to tackle innovation barriers through advancing data standards. Mark’s efforts centre around developing the relevance and value of the accounting profession’s work, and ensuring accountancy offers an exciting career pathway. Mark has a strong passion for advancing the skills and expertise of his peers in the profession and Inflo now performs a key role within education, including within the ICAEW’s Chartered Accountant qualification.

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ROB BROWN
Host, Accounting Influencers Podcast

Rob Brown is co-founder of the Accounting Influencers Roundtable, a think tank and door-opening club for specialists/vendors who serve the accounting/fintech profession. He runs a training company called Business Development Academy which trains busy technically smart accountants to be confident, effective work winners. He is the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (Wiley) and his TEDx talk ‘The Personal Brand of You' has been viewed 280K times on Youtube. He co-hosts the international podcast Accounting Influencers with Martin Bissett and is a professional host, moderator and chair for accounting/fintech events, conferences and panel discussions. He is a committed Christian, a black belt in kickboxing, enjoys backgammon, loves chocolate orange and is allergic to grapefruit.

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LIANNE GATTI
Country Manager UK & Ireland, Konsolidator
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MARK KOZIEL
President & CEO, Allinial Global

Mark Koziel became President and CEO of Allinial Global in August 2020 after 14 years with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In addition to leading a team of twenty-seven staff members, he is responsible for strategic planning, financial performance, and the association’s overall growth and success. From the beginning of his career at a large local accounting firm in Buffalo, New York, to his tenure as Executive Vice President of Firm Services at the AICPA, Mark has been a leader and consistent advocate for CPA firms. Well known and highly regarded within the profession, he has appeared among the top 10 of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting and been named to the International Accounting Bulletin’s Global Accounting Power 50 List.

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EMMA CRAWFORD-FALEKAONO
Managing Director EMEA, Ignition

Emma is the Head of EMEA at Ignition. She has over 15 years’ experience in Commercial, Accounting, Finance and Business Strategy environments across NZ, AU, US and UK. She started her career with a global accounting firm before taking time out to deploy with the British Military. Emma has spent the last decade on senior leadership teams of successful technology businesses including Xero, Tradify and Ignition. She founded Bastion Consulting Services in 2018, delivering consultative services to a range of international clients. She is passionate about seeing firms succeed with a focus on operational excellence, technology, team culture and delivery of strategic priorities.

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SAM PLOTKIN
Global Analytics Director, Deloitte

Sam Plotkin is a Chartered Accountant with a masters degree in computing science which focused on human-computer interaction. Experienced in applying technology across audit, assurance, and advisory, Sam is chair of the Deloitte global audit analytics working party, and authored the strategy which set the firm on a path to data driven audit. Sam’s experience as an auditor established a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities data and analytics can bring to the audit industry. This led to his appointment as programme director of the analytics platform Spotlight, which was successfully deployed globally on thousands of audit engagements. He now takes responsibility for the development of analytic content in the next-generation data platform, Cortex. During his time at Deloitte, Sam has fostered a holistic, people-centred, and purpose-driven approach to using technology to improve audit. He believes that a high-quality audit has societal benefit and using technology to improve audits is vital to capturing public trust and confidence in the profession.

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WILL FARNELL
Founder & Director, Farnell Clarke Ltd

Will Farnell is the founder and a director of Farnell Clarke Ltd, an innovative and pioneering accounting firm based in East Anglia and London, UK offering a fresh approach to SME accountancy and business advisory services. Farnell Clarke was one of the first firms globally to fully adopt cloud accounting technology back in 2009 and remains one of the most innovation firms in the UK. The firm has been named Best Independent Firm (East of England) three times at the British Accountancy Awards, including in 2019 and was awarded Medium Firm of the Year award at the Accounting Excellence awards in 2019. The firm also won the 100% Xero award in 2017. Will is author of ‘The Digital Firm’ a blueprint for digital transformation. He is a regular speaker on how accounting firms can leverage technology, people and process to achieve practice growth, as well as providing consulting services to support firms in becoming a digital practice.

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CHRISTINE NICHOLSON
Award-Winning Business Mentor
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CHRIS BIGGS
Managing Director, Theta Financial Reporting Limited

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Over 25 years of experience in the accountancy profession, including the last five years leading a new firm of ICAEW Chartered Accountants and the prior ten years as a Director in PwC’s Accounting Advisory group specialising in asset finance and leasing, structured products, complex IFRS advisory and leading their IFRS 16 accounting services. Chris has a wide range of experience of delivering assurance and complex advisory services to the retail sector, lessees and lessors, asset finance businesses, global investment banks and technical accounting support and multi GAAP conversions. He has also led IFRS 16 implementation engagements to FTSE100 retailers, hospitality groups and global house-hold names. In addition to his time within the accountancy profession, he has valuable experience outside having worked for two years at the IFC, World Bank Group in Washington DC USA where he provided IFRS accounting and structuring support to investment officers and structuring teams on IFRS and US GAAP and a further year as Head of Financial Reporting Controls and Risks for a life insurance company negotiating refinancing with bankers.

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GRAHAM HALL
Board Advisor & Audit Tender Consultant, Sterling
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JAMES ROSS
CSR Executive, Buzzacott

James is a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Executive at City accountants, Buzzacott. James’ responsibilities cover the spectrum of ESG and corporate responsibility within Buzzacott which involves working alongside teams across the firm to support the firm’s philanthropic objectives, diversity, and inclusion, as well as environmental sustainability. Having previously worked in volunteer management and fundraising/grant-making roles in the charity sector, James undertook an MSc in Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at the University of London (Birkbeck).

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JOHN ROCKCLIFFE
Executive Account Manager, M-Files

John has been working to help businesses adopt better working practices for over 15 years, having provided information and digital management consultancy to some of the world's leading global brands. John believes that technology should work for us, and not distract us from what is important.

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PHIL HOBDEN
Head Of Digital Sales , Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting UK

With a background over 15 years in financial services & the Fintech accountancy sectors, Phil have worked for some of the largest and most innovative businesses in these industries, including Intuit, Natwest Banking Group, HSBC (as a consultant) and now Wolters Kluwer. Phil is a business and strategy contributor for Elite Business Magazine online, a serial podcast host, judge for UK Business Tech awards 2021/22 & the Global Tech awards 2022 , a public speaker (having spoken at Elite Business Live x3, Accountex x3, QuickBooks Get Connected, Customer Engagement Transformation Conference and more) and guested on numerous industry podcasts (Accounting Influencers, Humanise The Numbers, Advance Track) and webinars including with industry bodies such as the ACCA. During his previous role as Head of Customer Education, Phil built, designed and delivered the Capitalise education programme (both in person and self serve) working with over 1700 accountants in 3 years, from Top 25 through to leading niche and boutique firms across the UK and South Africa helping them implement funding as a service for their small business clients.

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JASON HINKLE
Head Of Membership UK, ACCA
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JAMES LIZARS
Founder And CEO, Thrive Accountants
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GLENN COLLINS
Interim Head Of UK And Head Of Technical Advisory, , ACCA
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STUART HANDLEY
SVP, Silverfin
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STEVE HEATHCOTE
CEO, Prime Global
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Shimona Pinto
Senior Corporate Solutions, Moxo

Shimona comes from a legal background and works with Moxo's EMEA clients to modernize their client interaction workflows. She specialises in helping clients control the chaos of client management by orchestrating end-to-end client collaboration with the power of their one-stop client portal.

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SAMANTHA LOUIS
CEO, Praxity Global Alliance

Samantha Louis is Chief Executive Officer of Praxity Global Alliance, joining in June 2021 from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants where she was Vice President in charge of International Advocacy. She’s an experienced leader and prior to her moving to London she was Regional Vice President for Africa at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) where she directed the growth of the member and student population in Africa from 2,000 to over 25,000 and led the expansion of CIMA into Southern and Western Africa. Samantha has served on various local and international boards and senior leadership groups, including the Professional Accountancy Organisation Development Committee of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and has extensive experience in several non-executive directorships. She currently serves on the Council and Finance Committee of Roedean School, UK. Samantha is a Fellow of CIMA and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She holds a Batchelors degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and holds post-graduate courses in public relations and management, as well as a Master’s degree in business administration, with distinction, from the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria.

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FRANCESCA LAGERBERG
CEO, Baker Tilly International

Francesca is the CEO of Baker Tilly International. She was appointed to the role on 1 June 2022 and is responsible for the network operations for Baker Tilly International, a top ten global accounting network, with member firms in over 140 territories. Francesca has 30 years of experience in professional services, including working in global networks, specialising in cross-border and international business support, with a focus on growth. She has senior leadership experience in mid-market firms and began her career in a Big 4 firm. Her roles have also included Global head of tax, legal, risk, mergers and acquisitions and people & culture. She has led teams based around the world. She has also worked in industry and won awards in the fields of international accounting, private client work and professional lecturing. She has frequently commented on TV, radio and in the press on global developments and the need for diversity of thinking, especially to encourage a broader range of people to take on senior roles and create an environment that helps support this aim. She has sat on several UK Government committees and played an active role in the work of the ICAEW and the CIOT. Francesca is a qualified lawyer, chartered accountant and tax adviser. She lives in the south of England with her husband, three children and two dogs.

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Awards

Nominations are open for the International Accounting Forum & Awards 2023

The International Accounting Awards 2023 will recognise winners in different categories that cover the sector.

Nominations are now open – deadline for entries is 5pm GMT on 26th April 2023.

The Award Categories and the eligibility for each are as follows:

  • NETWORK OF THE YEAR

    The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. It will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months. Nominees must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Financial performance globally and by region (in the context of a region’s economic performance)
    • How effectively the network has strengthened its position in what it identifies as strategically important markets
    • Evidence that the network has consistently provided a top-level standard in network-wide audit quality
    • Evidence that member firms are an employer of choice
    • Evidence of industry leadership, which could include initiatives such as thought leadership, demonstration of best practice, or playing a lead role in discussions over an issue affecting the industry

    Evidence of client satisfaction

    • Evidence that the network has successfully implemented a strategy that helped it significantly improve its delivery of internal services to member firms and external services to clients
    • Judges will also consider performance in the face of adversity, industry leadership and the promotion of the highest professional standards to business and the public
  • RISING STAR NETWORK

    The winner of this award will have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation in elevating its position in the market. Nominees must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Evidence of successful implementation of a strategy that has improved the network’s global position and reputation across the world
    • Improved performance by fee income and global expansion
    • Evidence that staff and client satisfaction has improved
    • Proven innovation to enhance the network’s delivery services
  • ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR

    The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. It will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Financial performance globally and by region (in the context of a region’s economic performance)
    • How effectively the association has strengthened its position in what it identifies as strategically important markets
    • Evidence that member firms are an employer of choice
    • Evidence of industry leadership, which could include initiatives such as thought leadership, demonstration of best practice, or playing a lead role in discussions over an issue affecting the industry

     

    Evidence of client satisfaction

    • Evidence that the association has successfully implemented a strategy that helped it significantly improve its delivery of internal services to member firms and external services to clients
    • Judges will also consider performance in the face of adversity, industry leadership and the promotion of the highest professional standards to business and the public
  • RISING STAR ASSOCIATION

    The winner of this award might not be a ‘household name’ but will have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation in elevating its position in the market.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Evidence of the successful implementation of a strategy that has improved the association’s global position and reputation across the world
    • Improved ranking/market position/increased number of members
    • Evidence that staff and client satisfaction has improved
    • The use of innovation to greatly enhance the association’s delivery of services
  • DIGITAL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

    This award will be given to a practice, network or association, which has with a new initiative or innovation in audit made a major change in improving audit quality, efficiency or added value to clients. This innovation could be an addition to an existing audit product/process or a completely new initiative. Judges will look at the benefits and cutting edge thinking behind the innovation. This innovation may have occurred across the whole network/association or just within an individual firm or is a project.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Evidence of improvements in efficiency, accuracy and reliability
    • Client satisfaction and added value
    • Contribution to improved audit quality and reliability
    • Potential to keep the relevance and value of assurance services, at a time when firms grow revenues through advisory and ancillary services
  • WELLBEING INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

    The Wellbeing Initiative of the Year Award recognises the technology and digital investment an industry organisation has made to support its employees’, members’, and users’ physical and mental wellbeing.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Measurable evidence of an initiative that has improved the wellbeing, whether physical or mental, of employees over the past year
    • Testimonials from employees that demonstrate how their organisation has supported them
  • DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION (DE&I) INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

    This category will celebrate the success of a firm, network/association, professional body, regulator, professional federation etc., which has with its DE&I initiative made a significant contribution towards raising the bar on selection and hiring based on principles of diversity (cosmopolitan backgrounds, mix of skill sets), equity (equality of pay and promotions), inclusion (equal access to corporate review and training).

     

    Judges will consider:

    • The impact the DE&I initiative has had on expanding the corporate market positioning
    • Measurable evidence showing changes in the hiring and selection process, pay-scales, and employee feedback mechanisms.
  • PROFESSIONAL BODY OF THE YEAR

    The winning professional body should wield a profound influence within the accountancy industry and beyond: Including the finance and business world, government and society as a whole. The winner will be a top influencer that not only serves effectively its membership but also safeguards the public interest nature of the profession, as well as contributes to the values and skills that accountants should master.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Full disclosure of membership information, such as fully qualified members or members pursuing the professional body’s qualification, including country-by-country disclosure for global bodies
    • Evidence of a strong and/or sustainable growth and development strategy, which meets market demand for skilled professionals
    • An effective good governance structure, that upholds and supports principles of public interest
    • Evidence of its influence in the industry of a country, region or internationally, through thought leadership campaigns, constructive lobby initiatives and/or research efforts
    • Relevant, innovative and successful professional qualification, if applicable
    • Solid oversight of its certification/examinations and/or regulatory powers of the profession, if applicable
    • Advocacy projects that have raised awareness on the importance of strengthening public finance management or helped drafted or passed laws that have or will improve government accountability
  • SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

    The winner of this award will have demonstrated a measurable commitment to Sustainability initiatives in the last year as part of a set long-term strategy for the organisation.

    1. This can be an internal Sustainability measure impacting people / processes / partners
    2. External advisory to client for e.g reaching net-zero, ESG

    Judges will be looking for a winner that demonstrates how it has integrated and reported on these measures to meet stakeholder demand and show how they are managing and mitigating risk for their company, clients and community. Local, regional and global initiatives are all welcome.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Evidence of how the initiative has impacted the firm
    • An overview of the wider implications of the initiative
    • Evidence of successful employee involvement in the initiative/project
    • Special consideration will be given to initiatives that have created a market-wide benchmark
  • COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

    This award will recognise the work of a communications/marketing/brand ambassadors’ team across the whole range of accountancy stakeholders (firms, professional bodies, federations, standard-setters, regulators, etc.). The winner will have contributed to making successful a campaign that, while being relevant, has excelled in the way it has been communicated.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Substance, relevance and importance of the campaign/s or initiative/s that has been promoted
    • Creativity, wittiness and originality of the format, language, style and tone used to address your audience
    • Ability to explain a technical topic, grabbing the attention of the targeted audience, with an underlying ambition of reaching or getting other professions or industries (investors, politicians, lawmakers, civil society, etc.) interested
    • Dexterity in capturing the philosophy, values and core mission of your organisation, effectively transmitting a vital message to the winner’s audience
  • ACCOUNTANCY SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR (VENDOR)

    The winning accounting practice software product will showcase great levels of enterprise integration, user satisfaction and industry leading product features. Nominations will be accepted from companies showcasing a new product or a successful addition of features to existing software.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Showcasing the innovation and market leading technology
    • Evidence of how the effective deployment of the software has reduced costs, improved quality and/or increased opportunities for growth
    • Evidence of how the product has helped users and achieved high levels of user satisfaction and enterprise integration
    • Proven track record of new software/technology developed to assist the accounting profession
  • CLOUD INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR (VENDOR)

    The Cloud Initiative of the Year recognises the most innovative and compelling products, services and solutions from cloud vendors.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • The success of business transformation through a cloud-based platform
    • The improvements made to scalability and security of business process and operations
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR (VENDOR)

    The Customer Experience of the Year Award recognises the most ground-breaking digital CX offerings from organisations that take pride in creating the best possible experiences for their customers.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Customer/ client sentiment on user experience of a product or a service
    • New ways of client capture and user engagement
    • How businesses have grown and improved customer experience through a particular channel
  • ACCOUNTING FINTECH STARTUP OF THE YEAR

    This award will go to a fintech start-up that is providing an emergent and sought-after product/solution or fintech consultancy services to independent accountants, firms and accounting corporates.

     

    Judges will consider:

    • Client testimonials
    • Measurable ROIs
    • Ongoing enterprise-partnership support

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

  • YOUNG ACCOUNTANT OF THE YEAR

    The winner of this award will have qualified in the past 10 years and will have made a significant difference to their employer. Judges will be looking for evidence of entrepreneurial flair, technical excellence and leadership potential. The young accountant will be a professional employed in practice, business, government or another organisation in which his or her accountancy skill has become an essential asset.

  • PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

    We will be looking for an industry leader who is not scared to take a stand who is outspoken on the issues affecting the profession and who has made a significant contribution in the past year. Nominations are welcome from people in practice as well as business.

  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    This award recognises consistent levels of achievement and service within the profession over a number of years

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+44 (0) 20 3096 2585

SPEAKER ENQUIRIES

Kim Palfrey

Head of Production

+44 (0) 207 9366 960

MARKETING ENQUIRIES

Moona Popal

Marketing Manager

SPONSORSHIP ENQUIRIES

To enquire about sponsorship opportunities for the conference, please contact

Ray Giddings

Director of Events


+44 (0)20 7936 6512 M. +44 (0)7803 393327

SPEAKER ENQUIRIES

To enquire about speaking opportunities for the conference, please contact:

Kim Palfrey

Head of Production


+44 207661 552