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ICAEW Virtually Live

Now available on demand!

For the second year Virtually Live brought together ICAEW members, students and communities with technical experts and talented speakers. All sessions are now available to watch on demand.

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ICAEW Virtually Live - 15-17 June 2021

Future focus

This online event aims to support members, our wider communities and students look to the future. The programme covers economics, sustainability and the future of audit, as well as technology, tax and good mental health. The event also provides supporting content and opportunities for networking with your peers.

Free for members

Virtually Live is free to access for ICAEW Chartered Accountants, students and members of our wider communities, both live and on demand after the event.

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Forward thinking

Sessions on post-COVID and Brexit recovery, audit reform, tax developments and the impact of digitalisation on the profession.

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Independent insight

Considered insight from respected experts chosen for their understanding of the key issues facing the profession.

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Supporting partners

Virtually Live is supported by partners who will be providing expert insights on the key issues affecting the profession.

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Further resources

Access additional articles and recordings exploring the issues being discussed in our programme.

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Virtual networking

New for 2021 we provided virtual networking sessions to enable delegates to meet and share their experiences, thanks to our partner Advanced.

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Highlights from our programme

15 June

Sustainability of business
CBI President Lord Bilimoria outlined his vision for a world of successful and sustainable organisations. Whether big business or smaller entrepreneurs, Lord Bilimoria points to measures for long term success in his inspiring keynote.
Post-COVID recovery - international viewpoints
What will our global economies look like when the pandemic is over, and how will we get there? What business models and working practices are here to stay? Hear the views of: Julie Brown, CFO of Burberry, Jacqueline Chan, CFO and MD DBS Bank, based in Hong Kong and Ronan Dunne, CEO Verizon Consumer, in the US.

16 June

Governance and audit reform
Following a period of stakeholder engagement on the UK government’s proposals for governance and audit reform, Sir Jon Thompson, Chief Executive of the Financial Reporting Council, provided a keynote speech reflecting on the future of audit.
Tax update
Renowned tax-expert and speaker, Rebecca Benneyworth gave an update on developments in tax policy and practice, covering the key announcements in Budget 2021 and Finance Act 2021.

17 June

Hooking up to the machine
Sophie Hackford is a futurist and talks about complex technologies in glorious technicolour. Her fascinating keynote covered how we live, transact and work in a robot world.
Building an inclusive mental health culture
The brilliant Nick Elston delved into how team and company culture can drive positive mental health at times when productivity and motivation is low. This session will help equip you with more tools to support colleagues, team members and clients through difficult times.

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Life after lockdown
CABA explores the themes that may arise as we journey out of lockdown and will give reflections, tips, and strategies to help us navigate these challenges and embrace new opportunities.
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Diversity in governance: getting younger NEDs on board
Boardrooms make influential decisions, but do they reflect society and understand intergenerational challenges? James McMillan, NED and Chair of Stockport Credit Union, discusses building a generationally diverse board and balancing the need for experienced minds with new skills and perspectives.
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Our speakers

Emily McKenzie, Head of Evidence and Policy for the Economics of Biodiversity independent review team at HM Treasury, and speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Emily McKenzie Head of Evidence and Policy, Economics of Biodiversity

Emily is Head of Evidence and Policy for the Economics of Biodiversity independent review team based at HM Treasury. Previously she worked on England’s new Environmental Land Management scheme at Defra and as Chief Adviser for Economics and Sustainability in WWF’s Global Science team. She is a member of ICAEW’s Sustainability Committee.

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson CBE Director of the IFS

Paul has been Director of the IFS since January 2011. He is also visiting professor in the Department of Economics at University College London. He has worked and published extensively on the economics of public policy and was awarded a CBE for services to the social sciences and economics in 2018.

Sir Jon Thompson is Chief Executive, Financial Reporting Council and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Sir Jon Thompson CEO, Financial Reporting Council

Prior to joining the FRC Jon was the CEO of HMRC and before that Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence. Jon has had a lengthy finance career including as Director General, Finance at the MoD, Director General, Corporate Services at the Department for Education and Finance Director of Ofsted. Before joining the Civil Service he held roles in the public and corporate sectors.

ICAEW Virtually Live was refreshingly different, with a wide range of multi-disciplinary topics from a diverse set of speakers. The quality of content was outstanding.

Attendee ICAEW Virtually Live 2021

High quality range of speakers and broad subject matter facilitating good conversation and providing food for thought in many areas.

Attendee ICAEW Virtually Live 2021

Being able to attend virtually is fantastic as I wouldn't take three days out of the office to attend in person so really useful and hope that some form of this can continue in the future.

Attendee ICAEW Virtually Live 2021

Very clear presentations which I watched in the Far East - technology worked well, no glitches, excellent speakers and interesting topics.

Attendee ICAEW Virtually Live 2021

Our partners

ICAEW is able to provide Virtually Live 2021 free to our members and students, thanks to our commercial partners...

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