Speakers

  • Glenn Collins

    ACCA

    Head of Technical Advisory

    Glenn Collins is Head of Technical Advisory at ACCA. He is responsible for advice and support to ACCA members on a range of issues, including audit, financial reporting, business and credit advice, taxation, company and business law, ethics, export and access to finance.


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  • Gordon Gilchrist

    2020 Innovation Training Ltd

    Marketing Director

    Gordon Gilchrist is a recognised global leading consultant to accountancy firms in the areas of marketing, strategic planning, practice management and increasingly succession issues including buying, selling and merging of accountancy practices. He trained as an accountant in the UK and later worked with Grant Thornton.


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  • Steve Cox

    IRIS Group Ltd

    Chief Evangelist

    Steve Cox is a technologist and accountant who looks at how technology can simplify the modern accounting world. Currently the Chief Evangelist for IRIS Group, Steve has worked closely with customers, software companies and the government and is championing the digital transformation of the UK SME and Accountants.


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  • Elaine Clark

    cheapaccounting.co.uk

    Managing Director

    Chartered Accountant Elaine Clark is Managing Director of award winning digital accountancy practice www.cheapaccounting.co.uk; a network of UK based qualified accountants & tax advisors operating as franchisees under the CheapAccounting.co.uk brand.


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  • James Ashford

    GoProposal

    Founder

    James Ashford helps progressive accountancy firms to build thriving businesses, so they can deliver maximum value and incredible experiences to their clients. James is the founder of GoProposal, bestselling author of “Selling to Serve” and Director at My Accountancy Place.


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  • Steve Pipe

    AVN

    Researcher, Author and Practice Strategist

    Officially the world’s most highly rated advisor to accountants, Steve is a best-selling author, dynamic speaker, founder of Accountants Changing the World and creator of www.improveyourpractice.co.uk. His recent book, “The world’s most inspiring accountants”, has been described as a “masterpiece” & “ground-breaking”.


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  • Alex Falcon-Huerta

    Soaring Falcon Accountancy

    Speaker, Founder

    ACCA International Assembly Member, Xero’s Most Valued Professional (MVP) 2017, Multi award winner, All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Advisor

    Being at the front end of change is exciting, exhilarating and creates enormous potential to bring together the essential ingredients for success.

    With a background as an accountant working with some of the most agile and progressive small businesses in the UK, what has been amazing to see is how technology and entrepreneurship have accelerated what is possible. Not just for my clients, but also for my profession.

    Supporting businesses and accountancy firms globally to make this change is my passion.


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  • Nigel Holmes

    Catax

    Senior Research & Development Consultant

    Nigel qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 and as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 1998, with a focus on helping businesses claim Research & Development tax relief, in which he has over 17 years’ experience. He was nominated for Tolley’s Taxation, Tax Writer of the Year Award 2017.


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  • Cameron John

    Sage

    Global Director of Accountant Partners

    Cameron is Sage’s Global Director of Accountant Partners. A qualified accountant, he is passionate about enabling accountants’ client relationships to flourish. Cameron, has extensive experience across technology and Professional Services industries, he combines inspiration and insight with practical advice.


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  • Paul Shrimpling

    Remarkable Practice

    Managing Director

    15 years advising accounting firms means Paul has a wealth of knowledge to help you improve your firm’s results. Having bought accountancy services from 6 firms whilst running 3 businesses, Paul also brings a valuable client’s view when he speaks. You’ll be glad you joined Paul’s practical and entertaining session.


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  • David Fleming

    Duff&Phelps

    Managing Director

    David Fleming is a managing director in the Manchester office and is part of the Global Restructuring Advisory practice. David has more than 16 years’ experience in the financial sector, having spent the last 5 years focusing on both financial and operational turnaround assignments, since joining the firm in 2009.


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  • Mark McNee

    Intuit Ltd - Quickbooks

    Business Development Manager

    Mark’s role as a Business Development Manager at Intuit QuickBooks is to help firms understand the benefits of cloud accounting, what they need to do and how Intuit can help. With experience both firm side and software side, Mark has a wealth of knowledge to help show you and your practice how you can benefit from cloud software.


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  • Andrew Hubbard

    Tolley

    Editor in Chief, Tax Journals & Magazines

    Andrew Hubbard is a well-known commentator on taxation matters. He is a former president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Association of Taxation Technicians. He is editor-in-chief of Taxation magazine and a consultant at RSM. He was the tax writer of the year at the 2006 Taxation awards.


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  • Damon Anderson

    Xero

    Director of Partners

    Damon is a leader in fintech with over 15 years’ experience delivering digital marketing and payments technology. He has held senior commercial, product and marketing roles at American Express, Visa Europe. Prior to Xero he rose to Global Head of Product at FTSE100 global payments processor, Worldpay.


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  • Daniel Richards

    MyFirmsApp

    Head of Sales

    Daniel has been involved in helping professional service firms make the most of new techniques, strategies and technology for over 17 years. He is considered to be a thought-leader, is a renowned speaker, and is the go-to-guy for firms and professional bodies when it comes to Apps for accountancy firms.


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  • Declan Curry

    Speaker, Writer & Broadcaster

    Declan Curry is a public speaker, conference chair and event host. He has been a writer and broadcaster for more than twenty years, specialising in business and the economy. He was the business presenter on BBC One’s breakfast TV for almost a decade. He also presented his own regular programmes on BBC Two and Radio 5 Live. He has broadcast in Ireland, the United States and Australia. He has been published in newspapers and magazines in the UK, Europe and the United States.


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  • Chris Astle

    Think Forwards

    CEO of Think Forwards, which specialises in helping businesses develop growth strategies and to implement transformational business & finance projects; CFO of eWaterPay, providing innovative IOT technology water solutions to the developing world; Resident CFO at the FD magazine; Guest lecturer at the Henley MBA school.


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  • Ed Molyneux

    FreeAgent

    CEO

    Ed Molyneux is CEO and co-founder of FreeAgent, the Edinburgh-based, market-leading cloud accounting software for micro-businesses, contractors and the accountants who work with them. Ed founded FreeAgent in 2007 after a career in the RAF and four years as a freelance IT consultant. In 2016 the company floated on AIM.


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  • Mark Wickersham

    Effective Pricing Ltd

    Thought Leader

    Mark Wickersham (Chartered Accountant, public speaker and #1 best-selling author) is known as the most sought after profit improvement expert in the accounting community. He is famous for helping accounting firms double their profits in less than 18 months without working harder or doing any uncomfortable marketing.


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  • Michael Rigby

    Leon Herman

    FCCA, Partner

    Michael qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2002 and joined Leonherman as Audit Manager in 2010. Michael has gained vast experience in auditing having previously worked as an Audit Manager for RSM Tenon and prior to that spending 4 years working for Ernst & Young in Manchester. Michael promotes technical excellence and consistently provides the high standard of service that Leonherman clients have come to expect.


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  • Amanda C. Watts

    TwentyTwo Agency

    Managing Director

    Amanda inspires leading firms of accountants to use marketing to grow their business. She is the founder of TwentyTwo Agency, an Amazon bestselling author, mentor for Virgin Start-Up and creator of The Relationship First Method™. Amanda’s marketing methodologies enable firms to be remembered, recommended and referred.


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  • Joanne DelBalso

    Be Socially Awesome

    Social Media Strategist / Owner

    Since 2007 Joanne has used her quirky and fun sense of humor, coupled with her natural talent for teaching and has developed a successful accounting practice. With her social media consulting, Joanne teaches accountants how to stand out from the rest by sharing their “story” on social media, Joanne also is a national speaker on topics of social media and practice development.


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