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ICAEW Virtually Live

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15-17 June 2021

This year's event focused on the future and how the coronavirus pandemic will shape businesses, practices and career paths. Learn more about the speakers who shared their expertise and experience.

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Our speakers

Sean Arrowsmith is Group Director at Crossword Cybersecurity and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Sean Arrowsmith Group Director, Crossword Cybersecurity

Sean has more than 20 years’ sales experience in cyber/information security and technology. He was previously a Director at IRM, the World Class Centre in Cyber Security of Altran Technologies, the global innovation and engineering consulting firm. Prior to that, Sean was responsible for leading consulting teams at Siemens Insight Consulting.

Trade and economy
Julie Ashmore Dann is CEO of Rapid Cash - Natwest and a speaker at ICAE Virtually Live 2021
Julie Ashmore Dann CEO, Rapid Cash

Julie has been working in the finance market for more than 35 years. Her career at Natwest started in retail and then corporate banking, before moving into receivables finance. She spent 13 years at Bibby Financial Services where she established a venture in Poland, led a global change programme and took on her first Board roles.

Career and personal development
Rob Atkins is Head of Workplace Savings & Education at Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing and a speaker at Virtually Live 2021
Rob Atkins Head of Workplace Savings & Education at Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing

Rob is responsible for the workplace pensions proposition at Howden and providing employees with education to support their financial wellbeing. With 20 years’ experience in workplace pensions, he focuses on governance as key to running a quality pension scheme with well-informed, engaged employees. He holds a DipFS and an Advanced Diploma in pensions.

Rebecca Bennyworth
Rebecca Benneyworth Lecturer, writer and tax consultant

Rebecca is a lecturer, writer and consultant on a wide variety of taxes. She lectures extensively to accountants and business people, and also to HMRC and the Treasury. She also has an interest in all issues affecting smaller practices and has her own small accountancy practice based in Gloucestershire.

Sustainable development
Lord Bilimoria is President of the CBI and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Lord Bilimoria CBE President, CBI

The founder of Cobra Beer, Lord Bilimoria is also the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council and he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, he became the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords and in June 2020 he was appointed President of the CBI.

John Boulton, Director of Technical Policy, is a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020
John Boulton Director of Technical Policy, ICAEW

John is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and has worked as a preparer, auditor and analyst of listed company financial information. He joined ICAEW as Director of Technical Policy in 2015, having previously worked as a Manager, Corporate Reporting between 2010 and 2013. He’s also worked for the Financial Accounting Standards Board and Fitch Ratings.

Sara Brennan is Positive Business Director at Pentland Brands and is a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Sara Brennan Positive Business Director, Pentland Brands

Sara is tasked in looking at how Pentland and its portfolio of brands, can accelerate its commitment to take action for people and our planet. Sara started her career in regulatory affairs and later moved into sustainability and CSR, while working in the petrochemical industry.

Robert Brooker is Head of Forensics and Fraud at PKF GM and a speaker at Virtually Live 2021
Robert Brooker Head of Forensics and Fraud, PKF GM

Formerly Head of Fraud at Transport for London, Robert is an accredited counter-fraud specialist and financial investigator. He has led disciplinary and criminal investigations, concerning fraud, bribery, corruption, security, cybercrime, intellectual property and procurement. He has more than 20 years’ experience and is Chair of the London Fraud Forum.

William Brooks is ICAEW President and opens Day 2 of ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
William Brooks President, ICAEW

Managing Director at Eximus Capital, he will take office as the President of ICAEW in June 2021. After working in practice and industry, William established a consulting firm in 1991. He has served as an NED for many years and specialises in governance and corporate strategy. He has been involved with ICAEW since 2000.

Trade and economy
Julie Brown FCA is CFO and COO at Burberry and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Julie Brown FCA COO & CFO, Burberry

Julie joined Burberry from Smith & Nephew where she was the Group CFO from 2013-2017. Previously she was Interim Group CFO of AstraZeneca after 25 years in roles covering group and business finance, strategy and commerce. Julie is a NED and Audit Chair of Roche Holding Limited and on the Business Advisory Board to the Mayor of London.

Career and personal development
Alan Chan is Finance Director at Supercharge and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Alan Chan ACA Finance Director, SuperCharge Group

Alan’s first job in industry was as employee #9 at the first American F1 team in 30 years. He has spent half his career in businesses that are losing money but building rapidly. Now, he is the Finance Director for a new electric motorsports series and has set up his own practice, Cornerstone Accounts.

Trade and economy
Jacqueline Chan is Managing Director and CFO of DBS Bank Hong Kong, and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Jacqueline Chan ACA Managing Director and CFO, DBS Bank Hong Kong

As a senior leader of the management team at DBS Bank Hong Kong, Jacqueline manages financial stewardship, corporate treasury and the planning function. Jacqueline has held leadership roles with Deutsche Bank, Barclays Group, and Salomon Brothers. She was awarded CFO of the Year for Excellence in Finance Transformation by CFO Innovation Asia in 2017

David Chitty is International Accounting & Audit Director at Crowe Global and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
David Chitty International Accounting and Audit Director, Crowe Global

David works with member firms of Crowe Global to support the firms in their delivery of international audit services. David was previously an audit partner with the United Kingdom member firm of Crowe Global. David was responsible for the audit of public companies and international businesses. He also provided support to market transactions.

Martin Clapson is a partner at Price Bailey and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Martin Clapson Managing Director, Price Bailey

Martin has been a partner at Price Bailey since 2001, having trained and qualified with the firm. He was appointed Managing Director in 2013 and the firm now has turnover in excess of £30m with more than 300 professional people and 11 offices throughout East Anglia, London, Channel Islands, Eastern Caribbean and Dubai.

Matt Clarke
Matt Clarke HR Director for Audit and Assurance, Deloitte

Matt Clarke joined Deloitte LLP as Human Resources Director for Audit & Assurance in 2017. Before joining Deloitte, Matt held a number of senior HR roles in Financial Services at Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays and the London Stock Exchange, where he led business transformation, talent and reward programmes.

Lord Tim Clement-Jones a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Lord Tim Clement-Jones Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI

Lord Clement-Jones is a Liberal Democrat peer and a consultant for DLA Piper. He is founding member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on artificial intelligence.

John Colthart is SVP of Strategic Insights at MindBridge and a speaker at Virtually Live 2021
John Colhart SVP of Strategic Insight, MindBridge

John has held a series of roles with increasing responsibility at MindBridge. Before joining MindBridge, John held leadership positions in brand management, product experience, and design at IBM, including as a member of the team that launched IBM Watson Analytics. Prior to IBM, John was VP of Sales Operations for Clarity Systems, later acquired by IBM.

Trade and economy
Ruth Corkin is Director - VAT and Indirect Tax Advisory at Hillier Hopkins and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Ruth Corkin Director - VAT and Indirect Tax Advisory, Hillier Hopkins

Ruth has been involved with VAT for more than 30 years. She started her career as a Customs and Excise Officer in Essex and moved into consultancy with a variety of well-known accountancy firms. She is the author of many articles and technical works on VAT.

Nick Cox is Director of Product Marketing EMEA at OneStream and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Nick Cox Director of Product Marketing EMEA, OneSteam

Nick has more than 20 years of experience in audit and accounting, finance and back-office software applications. Prior to joining OneStream, Nick served in a variety of roles at Oracle, such as Head of EMEA ERP, supply chain and EPM strategy, product marketing and presales consulting.

Career and personal development
Hazel Craig is a Senior Data Analytics and Wellbeing Consultant at Howden Employee Benefits and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021.
Hazel Craig Senior Data Analytics and Wellbeing Consultant, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing

Throughout her career Hazel has supported clients to harness their data and discover key insights across the employee lifecycle as well as supported clients to audit, develop and build evidence-based wellbeing strategies. She has worked with large multinational clients in the UK, and internationally.

Trade and economy
Simon Cureton is Chief Executive Officer at Funding Options and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Simon Cureton Chief Executive Officer, Funding Options

Simon uses his extensive experience in the alternative finance sector to ensure the company is at the forefront of open banking and other innovations within the industry. He was a founding member of Esme loans and has held senior posts at RBS International, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Deutsche Bank.

Career and personal development
Oliver Deacon, leadership coach and speaker at ICAEW virtually live 2020
Oliver Deacon, ACA Leadership Coach

Tech and innovation are at the centre of Oliver’s career. He has led and coached people in FTSE 100 teams and fast-growing tech start-ups. Whatever stage a client is at in their career, Oliver brings energy, a fresh perspective and approachability. His mission is to provide clients with the tools they need to thrive.

Amanda Digne Malcolm
Amanda Digne-Malcolm Director of Practice, ICAEW

Amanda is a Chartered Accountant and spent several years in practice before joining ICAEW. She leads a team that is responsible for fostering good support, guidance and engagement with practice members. Amanda has been instrumental in developing support for ICAEW members through the use of artificial intelligence.

Chris Downing is Director for Accountants and Bookkeepers at Sage and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Chris Downing Director for Accountants and Bookkeepers, Sage

Chris joined Sage having been a partner at a top 100 accountancy firm. He brings nearly 20 years’ hands on experience and strategic insight of the profession, coupled with an infectious enthusiasm in the adoption of technology and business intelligence to improve reporting and drive innovation in the SME sector.

Trade and economy
Joanna Drinkwater
Joanna Drinkwater ACA Managing Director, Grant McKnight

Having recently set up her practice Grant McKnight two years ago, Joanna represents the small practitioner community as the sole Director and owner of her firm, employing eight members of staff.

Trade and economy
Ronan Dunne is Executive Vice President and Group CEO of Verizon Consumer and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Ronan Dunne EVP and Group CEO, Verizon Consumer

Ronan joined Verizon in 2016 and leads the teams responsible for providing wireline voice, data and TV products and services and wireless connected experiences to more than 100 million consumers every day. In addition, his teams are helping to build the first 5G technology network that will redefine how customers live, work and play.

Talent and diversity
Marcia Dyce is Life Stages Communities Manager at ICAEW and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Marcia Dyce Life Stages Communities Manager, ICAEW

Marcia organises numerous networking events, webinars and workshops for ICAEW's Communities, and also facilitates on a number of panel discussions with topics based on the nine characteristics from the Equality Act 2010. She is also very passionate about supporting black talent within the accountancy profession and beyond.

Mark Edmonson, president and CEO of Inflo and speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020
Mark Edmondson ACA President and CEO of Inflo

As a specialist in the use of technology within compliance and advisory services, Mark is the brainchild behind the software company Inflo. It helps firms of all sizes improve team productivity and the quality of work, as well as create a stronger value proposition to increase fee income from existing and new clients.

Career and personal development
Nick Elston, a leading speaker on anxiety, mental health and wellbeing.
Nick Elston Leading authority on mental health

Nick engages audiences worldwide with his insights and tools on managing anxiety. These insights are drawn from his own personal experiences with mental illness, mental health and adversity.

Trade and economy
Tanuvi Ethunandan is CEO and co-founder of Data Duopoly and is speaking on entrepreneurialism at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Tanuvi Ethunandan ACA CEO, Data Duopoly

As a Chartered Accountant previously working at EY, Tanuvi takes the lead on the financial and business strategy at Data Duopoly. Having graduated from Cambridge University reading Economics, and completing a Masters in Entrepreneurship, she is well placed to understand the data analysis requirements for venues, which Data Duopoly provides

Trade and economy
Nick Farmer is a Partner at Menzies and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Nick Farmer Parter, Menzies

Nick specialises in providing tax advice to SMEs, mid-corporate businesses, and their shareholders. He has extensive experience in UK and international tax issues. Nick qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1996 and joined Menzies in 2000, after qualifying as a Chartered Tax Adviser. Nick became a partner at in 2002.

Talent and diversity
Megan Fitzpatrick – Business Engagement Executive, ICAEW
Megan Fitzpatrick Business Engagement Executive, ICAEW

Megan is part of ICAEW’s Business and Industrial Strategy team. Her role is to ensure that members working in industry are supported by and engaged with their Institute. Megan is particularly focused on ensuring that ICAEW’s younger business members can influence ICAEW as the leaders of tomorrow.

Financial reporting
Jean-Mare Franklin is a financial reporting trainer for the ICAEW Academy and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Jean-Maré Franklin FCA Financial Reporting Trainer

Jean-Maré has a passion for technical accounting and its interaction with commercial reality. She has practical experience in audit, advisory and industry, and recently completed mandates as a Technical Accounting Consultant / Policy Director at FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies. She provides financial reporting training for ICAEW’s Academy, as well as to in-house audiences and as a guest lecturer at universities.

Talent and diversity
Mark Freebairn is a Partner and Head of the Board Practice, and Financial Management Practice of Odgers Berndtson
Mark Freebairn Partner, Odgers Berndtson

Mark is a Partner and Head of the Board Practice and Financial Management Practice of Odgers Berndtson. Seven years of experience as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of GlobalData has given him insight into the inner workings of a plc board. He also sits on the Remuneration Committee for the ICAEW.

Laurynas Gadeikis is Director at ApprovalMax and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Laurynas Gadeikis Director, ApprovalMax

Laurynas has eight years’ experience in the financial services industry, where his core purpose was to establish, grow and maintain strategic partnerships with financial institution group clients at CFO level. In his current role Laurynas leads ApprovalMax’s partner business in the UK, Ireland and South Africa.

Kyle Gibbons is Managing Director, Europe for Confirmation and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Kyle Gibbons Managing Director, Europe for Confirmation, a part of Thomson Reuters

Kyle previously trained as an auditor at Grant Thornton and is a regular speaker on the topics of technology and fraud risk across accounting and finance.

Verna Gellvear works within the Customer Readiness and External Stakeholder Team at HMRC and is a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Verna Gellvear Customer Readiness and External Stakeholder Team, HMRC

Verna joined HMRC from DWP in 1998. She has held a number of compliance roles and spent a number of years investigating fraud involving organised crime and missing traders. She also worked as a Business Learning Manager for HMRC’s Tax Specialist Programme. Verna now leads on external stakeholder engagement for the Making Tax Digital Programme

Imran Gohar is a Senior Solutions Consultant at AppZen and a speaker at Virtually Live 2021
Imran Gohar Senior Solutions Consultant, AppZen

Imran has more than 12 years’ experience in the purchase-to-pay and order-to-cash space. Before joining AppZen, he worked at some of the big names within the invoice automation and procurement solution space, including SAP Concur and Basware. He is instrumental in the development of AppZen’s Autonomous AP and Expense Audit product sets.

Talent and diversity
Stacey Gordon is Chief Diversity Strategist at Diversity Matters and a speaker at Virtually Live 2021
Stacey Gordon Chief Diversity Strategist, Rework Work

Stacey is focused on improving workplace cultures and reducing bias in global talent acquisition and management. She offers diversity, inclusion and career-related online courses which have been viewed more than 1m times. A former member of Forbes Coaching Council, she has coached D&I practitioners at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion and co-hosted the Inclusionomics(R) podcast.

Career and personal development
Philip Gregory is Chairman at CFC Group and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Philip Gregory ACA Chairman, CFC Group

Philip was previously non-executive Chairman of Hansard Global and has held multiple CEO and CFO positions. Philip is passionate that CFOs should be financial executives fully participating in the decision-making process of their company rather than accountants providing data. Philip was an F-TEN mentor for eight years.

Sharron Gunn 2018
Sharron Gunn Chief Operating Officer, ICAEW

Sharron qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989. After leaving practice she worked for Wates City before joining J Sainsbury. She joined ICAEW in 2001 and was appointed Executive Director a decade later. In 2016 her role was expanded to include the support of ICAEW’s members in the UK and internationally and in 2021 she was appointed COO.

Praveen Gupta is National Head of Tax at Azets and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Praveen Gupta National Head of Tax, Azets

Prior to joining Azets, he trained and qualified as a CTA with a national UK practice. Praveen’s strategic role focuses on setting and delivering the group’s wider tax strategy, developing the team and making sure that clients receive the best advice and an excellent service. Praveen’s experience allows him to advise across personal and corporate tax affairs.

Career and personal development
Franki Hackett
Franki Hackett ACA Head of Audit & Ethics, Engine B

Engine B is a purpose-led AI company delivering data and analytics for professional services. Alongside her role at Engine B, Franki is also a 20/21 Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute, researching multinational tax transparency. She is a trained data scientist and auditor.

Sophie Hackford is a futurist, technologist, researcher and anthropologist. She's a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Sophie Hackford Futurist, Technologist, Researcher and Anthropologist

Sophie asks challenging questions about the accelerating technologies that are shaping the future. She travels the world visiting maker, hacker, science and space communities, from Shenzhen to Detroit, discovering emerging technologies off the beaten track. Sophie uses these insights to speak about our global future, from virtual technologies to genetics to existential risk.

Roz Harrington
Roz Harrington Practice Manager, ICAEW

Roz works to provide ICAEW practitioners with access to skills, knowledge and tools to serve their clients across the business and wider community. An experienced engagement strategist and project manager, before joining ICAEW she served as Hospitals Operations Manager for Nuffield Health supporting 31 hospitals across the UK.

Jolyon Hart is Strategic Advisor at Serviceware and a speaker at ICAEW's Financial Controllers' Conference 2021
Jolyon Hart, ACA Strategic Advisor, Serviceware

Jolyon has strong commercial awareness and business acumen gained in large fast moving service orientated organisations highly focused on performance, quality and results. A specialist shared services practitioner, he has with a proven track record in delivering improved performance, quality and service in underperforming centres.

Frank Haskew, Head of Tax, ICAEW
Frank Haskew Head of Tax Faculty, ICAEW

Frank qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1987 and immediately specialised in tax consultancy. He joined the Tax Faculty technical team in January 1998 and has been Head of the faculty since 2002. He has appeared regularly before parliamentary committees to discuss tax policy developments.

Ulrika Haug is Head of Global Product Marketing at Coupa and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Ulrika Haug Senior Director, Product Marketing, Coupa

Ulrika is a business-to-business tech executive with more than 10 years of experience leading marketing and product at Silicon Valley tech companies.

Erika Heckscher is Product Manager at FloQast and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Erika Heckscher Product Manager, FloQast

Erika joined FloQast in 2018. She will be speaking at Virtually Live on optimising the close

Amy Hillcox is Director of Procurement and P2P advisory at The Hackett Groupand a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Amy Hillcox Director of Procurement and Purchase to Pay Advisory, The Hackett Group

Amy has more than 20 years’ experience in procurement, supply chain and working capital management consulting, advising and supporting blue chip clients in the US and Europe to achieve improved performance. A skilled project director with hands-on implementation and change-management experience to drive successful project execution and ensure projected benefit levels.

Andrew Hicks is Chief Financial Officer of Advanced and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Andrew Hicks Chief Financial Officer, Advanced

Andrew joined Advanced in December 2015 with 15 years’ experience in senior finance roles. He is now leading the group’s strategic and operational finance, legal and HR departments.

Meg Hillier MP is the chair of the Public Accounts Committee and a speaker at ICAEW's Virtually Live 2021
Dame Meg Hillier Chair, Public Accounts Committee

Meg is the Labour & Co-op MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch. First elected in 2005, she has been a junior Home Office Minister and Shadow Secretary of State. Meg joined the Public Accounts Committee in 2011 and has been Chair since 2015. The cross-party committee scrutinises the value for money of public spending.

Katie Hoare is Global Head of Practice Solutions at Dext and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Katie Hoare Global Head of Practice Solutions, Dext

Katie worked in practice for 13 years at Wright Vigar and managed their digitalisation project. She is also an experienced accounting solutions consultant.

Stephen Huyton
Stephen Huyton Group Financial Director, Thermopatch International BV

Stephen has worked in the Netherlands for more than 27 years and is currently Group Finance Director of Thermopatch International BV. The company specializes in textile & apparel identification having its European headquarter in Amsterdam. It has its own production & sales operations in several European countries and has recently started trading in China. Outside work Stephen is a board member of the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce and is the NL Representative of the ICAEW.

Michael Izza
Michael Izza Chief Executive, ICAEW

Appointed Chief Executive in 2006, Michael's leadership has seen ICAEW embrace a vision of 'a World of Strong Economies', transforming itself into a professional accountancy body with a truly global identity and reach. He regularly meets ministers, policymakers and regulators around the world, and is a frequent media commentator on economic and business issues.

Trade and economy
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.

Latifa Kapadia works within Corporate Sustainability at PwC and is a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Latifa Kapadia Corporate Sustainability, PwC

Latifa is a senior corporate sustainability, business and PR leader with more than 15 years’ strategic and operational experience. She is an advisor to PwC’s Global Corporate Sustainability team and sits on the firm’s Fair Business Working Group. After leaving a career in PR, Latifa joined PwC in 2005 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Career and personal development
Michael Karatzias is CFO at epic and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Michael Karatzias CFO, epic

Currently CFO of the no. 1 challenger telecoms business in Cyprus, Michael moved into the sector as a senior analyst after qualifying at KPMG. In the first 10 years of his career, he’s taken advantage of opportunities to expand his knowledge, value and duties, which has led to him rising through the ranks.

Dottie Kennedy-Brooks is Senior Director of Insight Services at Emburse and a speaker at Virtually Live 2021
Dottie Kennedy-Brooks Senior Director of Insight Services, Emburse

Dottie has more than 20 years’ experience in analytics and helping finance professionals drive value through their data. Prior to Emburse she spent 10 years in a variety of roles, including reporting and value consulting, at an international SaaS company.

Nila Khan
Nila Khan, FCA BFP ICAEW Business Advice Manager

Nila is a fellow of the ICAEW and qualified with a Big Four firm. She has been a principal in practice for 13 years. At ICAEW, Nila is part of the practice team and develops advisory resources for members in practice and their clients.

Rachel Kirkhan is Director of Audit and Risk Analysis at MindBridge and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Rachel Kirkham ACA Director of Audit and Risk Analysis, MindBridge

Rachel is responsible for leading MindBridge’s data science work and risk-scoring approach. Prior to joining MindBridge, Rachel was the Head of Data Analytics Research at the UK National Audit Office, leading a team of data scientists and analysts in developing unique data analytics capabilities for financial audit. Rachel acts as a subject matter expert for the ICAEW.

George Kizis
George Kizis Account Manager, SmartVault

George Kizis was employee number two for SmartVault UK and is an authority on document management for the financial sector. George regularly runs educational webinars and speaks at industry events including ICAEW Virtually Live, the ICB Roadshow and Digital Accountancy Show. As well as document management, his knowledge covers cyber security, communication technology, GDPR and disaster recovery planning.

Lois Laughlin is Product Marketing Manager for Accountants and Bookkeepers at Sage and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Lois Laughlin Product Marketing Manager for Accountants and Bookkeepers, Sage

Lois joined Sage in 2017 with more than 15 years’ experience in accountancy in industry and practice. She brings extensive knowledge of systems and processes in bookkeeping, payroll, final accounts and tax. As an accountancy market specialist with a passion for people she puts customers at the forefront of everything.

Trade and economy
Alex Lawson is Director of Hedging at Western Union Business Solutions and a speaker at Virtually Live 2021
Alex Lawson Director of Hedging, UK, Western Union Business Solutions

Alex and his team help advise our corporate customers on their strategies to manage and mitigate currency risk, as well as structuring hedging solutions to meet their needs.

Christine Leo is NetSuite Alliance Manager in Strategic Alliances at FloQast and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Christine Leo NetSuite Alliance Manager, FloQast

Christine is part of Strategic Alliances at FloQast. She will be speaking at Virtually Live on optimising the close

Career and personal development
Kirsty Lilley is a Mental Health Specialist at CABA and a speaker at Virtually Live 2021
Kirsty Lilley Mental Health Specialist, CABA

Kirsty is an experienced mental health specialist, Registered General Nurse, psychotherapist, mental health first aid instructor and mindfulness practitioner. Kirsty, who is studying her Diploma in Coaching, delivers mindfulness and self-compassion courses to public and private sector organisations, as well as develops wellbeing policies and training to improve workplace mental health and wellbeing.

Trade and economy
Harri Lloyd Davies is Senior Partner at Bevan Buckland and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Harri Lloyd Davies ACA Senior Partner, Bevan Buckland

Harri works within the audit team bringing his skills and experience in developing systems and controls. He works with a number of the region’s leading manufacturing, technology start-ups and not for profit organisations.

Penelope Mantzaris is Senior Vice President at Edelman Data & Intelligence and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Penelope Mantzaris Senior Vice President, Edelman Data & Intelligence

Penelope leads on financial services at Edelman’s global insight and analytics agency. Prior to joining Edelman, she was Director at Gracechurch Consulting, a management consultancy focused on Professional Services. Penelope has extensive research experience in brand, trust and reputation. She started her career at Unilever and has held positions at GfK and TNS.

Shaun Marsden is Director/Capital Allowances Expert at Catax and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Shaun Marsden Director/Capital Allowances Expert, Catax

One of the founding members of Catax, Shaun 12 years’ experience of working with commercial property portfolio owners, investors and accountants. Having identified unused capital allowances on more than £3bn of commercial assets to date, Shaun is one of the UK’s leading specialists in navigating and exercising the Capital Allowances Act.

Mark McNee, Enterprise Business Development Manager, Receipt Bank and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Mark McNee Enterprise Business Development Manager, Dext

An experienced finance industry professional with 15 years’ experience with technology and accountancy firms. Starting his working life as an engineer, problem solving and process efficiency have always been Mark’s main focus. Having spent two years with Intuit QuickBooks he is well versed in MTD and the digital revolution happening in accountancy.

Sustainable development
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.

Talent and diversity
James McMillan is Non-Executive Director at Stockport Credit Union and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
James McMillan NED, Stockport Credit Union

James is Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Stockport Credit Union, and co-founder and CEO of joinmynexus.com a smart-matching system for early-stage entrepreneur investment. In 2020 he became one of the youngest ever winners of the IoD Director of the Year, in the Non-Executive category.

Talent and diversity
Carolanne Minashi is Global Head of Inclusion at HSBC and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Carolanne Minashi Global Head of Inclusion, HSBC

Carolanne joined HSBC in April 2021. She is a D&I expert with who comes with a reputation of making an impact and getting it done. Carolanne is a member of the Women's Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School and is currently researching the impact of the menopause on female executive careers.

Trade and economy
David Mellor is Chief Executive Officer of Crowe Global and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
David Mellor Chief Executive Officer, Crowe Global

David is in his fourth year as CEO of Crowe Global. Crowe is one of the top ten international networks of accounting and consulting firms, with over 200 member firms across the globe. It members comprise nearly 40,000 people with revenues of US$4.2bn.

Anita Monteith Technical Lead & Senior Policy Adviser, Tax Faculty
Anita Monteith Tax technical lead and senior policy adviser, ICAEW

Anita has a particular interest in tax matters affecting SMEs and is closely involved with online filing developments. In her time at ICAEW she has been seconded to the government’s Treasury Select Committee and appointed Specialist Adviser to a House of Lords Committee. She is a member of the Tax Professionals Forum which reviews the government’s policy making process.

Karen Morrall is CEO of Lockdown Cyber Security and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Karen Morrall ACA CEO, Lockdown Cyber Security

An ICAEW member for more than 25 years since qualifying with EY, Karen has worked in practice, IT, big data and cyber security companies on a globaleEnterprise and SME level. She co-founded Lockdown Cyber Security with a unique approach that sees cyber security through the lens of a finance professional.

Shru Morris is CEO of Napthens and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Shru Morris CEO, Napthens

Prior to becoming CEO, Shru was Napthens’ Finance Director where she helped drive performance across the business and led the finance function. Shru has worked in professional services for more than 10 years, having worked at RSM and headed the finance department at Weightmans Solicitors. She has experience in audit, tax, mergers, acquisitions and finance transformation.

Neil Mullane is UK General Manager at Dext and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Neil Mullane UK General Manager, Dext

Neil has a long career in business development within the tech space. He is based in the Dext London office and is the General Manager of Dext UK and Dext South Africa. He previously headed up the Sales and Service team at Funding Circle, a machine learning and technology platform for small business lending.

Dean Needham is Capital Allowances Technical Team Manager at Catax and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Dean Needham Capital Allowances Technical Team Manager, Catax

Dean has been with Catax for seven years and leads its capital allowances technical team which reviews and submits a significant number of successful capital allowances claims every year. His practical knowledge is significant, based on completing thousands of claims relating to property acquisition, disposal, construction and refurbishment.

Jamie Nolan, Xero Partner Consultant Lead is speaking at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Jamie Nolan Partner Consultant Lead, Xero

Jamie has more than nine years’ experience in accounting across practice and industry. Before joining Xero’s partner consulting team in 2017, he worked in a management accounting role on a farm, and then as an Implementation Consultant working with practices. Based in Liverpool, he covers the North West and helps Xero partners to deliver on their digital ambition.

Liz Norris
Liz Norris Claims Director, Solicitor, Marsh Commercial

Liz heads up the Marsh Commercial Claims team. She is a qualified litigation solicitor with over 16 years’ private practice experience. Her team conduct specialist claims handling across a number of insurance products including professional indemnity, directors and officers, cyber and management liability generally (including employment practices liability).

Conor O'Kelly
Conor O'Kelly Senior Director of Product Marketing, Workiva

Conor has over 20 years of experience as a senior finance executive for multinational corporations. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (FCA). He was also a Member of Council at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland from 2002–2005.

Career and personal development
Harry Pampiglione
Harry Pampiglione Portfolio Analytics & Data Science Manager, Lloyds Development Capital

Harry leads the digital transformation of portfolio analytics at Lloyds Development Capital. Previously, he was a Manager in PwC's Data & Analytics team, where he focused on advanced analytics, data driven value creation and building Machine Learning models to support Private Equity clients. Harry is also an ICAEW Council member.

Jason Adcock is Sales and Broking Director at Marsh Commercial and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020
Ed Partridge Senior Vice President, Marsh Commercial

Ed has more than 18 years’ experience in the insurance market, specialising in working with organisations to develop bespoke insurance for their members and clients. Ed looks after Marsh’s Bristol Centre of Excellence, which has a core specialism in professional indemnity insurance (PII) for accountants.

Martin Patmore is a Digital Specialist for Wolters Kluwer Key and Major Accounts and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Martin Patmore Digital Specialist, Wolters Kluwer

Martin works on Wolters Kluwer key and major accounts, helping practices to adopt, implement and roll out CCH OneClick, finsit and other Wolters Kluwer cloud solutions. He has experience of working with accounting practices to map out their digital strategy and implement cloud technologies internally and across their client base helping them to work collaboratively.

Trade and economy
Andrea Reynolds is CEO of Swoop and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020
Andrea Reynolds FCA CEO, Swoop

Andrea qualified with KPMG Ireland and transferred to the London Management Consultancy division. Since leaving KPMG, she has consulted to large corporations and SMEs alike. For 10 years, Andrea has worked with SMEs to assist them with their fundraising and helped secure £180m. To scale this experience, she launched the online finance matching platform Swoop.

Elizabeth Richards is Head of Corporate Governance at ICAEW and a speaker at Virtually Live 2021
Elizabeth Richards Head of Corporate Governance, ICAEW

Elizabeth is a solicitor with a Masters' in International Law. For 20 years she has specialised in professional ethics and business policy, on behalf of the Law Society, Gambling Commission, OECD and Prosperity Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. At ICAEW she leads on public policy and thought leadership on corporate governance.

Trade and economy
Alison Ring is ICAEW's Director, Public Sector and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Alison Ring FCA Director, Public Sector, ICAEW

Alison joined ICAEW in 2019 and leads ICAEW’s policy and technical work examining the public sector. After completing a law degree and qualifying with a medium-sized accountancy firm, she worked in practice for several years before joining HMRC in 1994. She spent 25 years there and ended her career as the Commissioners’ Advisory Accountant.

Nathan Robinson is Capital Allowances Expert at Catax and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Nathan Robinson Capital Allowances Expert, Catax

A member of Catax’s commercial property team, Nathan recently joined from a boutique capital allowances consultancy where he was a trusted partner to accountants, particularly in the area of section 198 election negotiations and historical property acquisitions. Previously, Nathan spent nearly two decades in the Private Banking arena.

Talent and diversity
Julia Root-Gutteridge is a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020
Julia Root-Gutteridge Manager, Board Effectiveness, ICAEW

Julia runs ICAEW’s Corporate Governance Community, covering the most pressing issues affecting boards, and works with members who hold or aspire to hold executive or non-executive director roles. She engages with members to understand their business and regulatory challenges and ensures their views are at the heart of ICAEW’s policymaking.

Talent and diversity
Asif Sadiq MBE is Senior Vice President at WarnerMedia and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Asif Sadiq MBE Senior Vice President, WarnerMedia

Asif is the SVP for Equity and Inclusion, International, he was previously the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Adidas and has a long and rich career in the diversity and inclusion space with senior executive roles at The Telegraph Media Group, EY Financial Services and the City of London Police.

Trade and economy
Paul Samrah is a Partner and Brexit Impact Specialist, Moore Kingston Smith and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Paul Samrah Partner and Brexit Impact Specialist, Moore Kingston Smith

Paul has been a Partner at Moore Kingston Smith since 1992, having trained and qualified with the firm. Paul’s varied client base includes limited companies, partnerships and sole trader businesses. He has extensive experience of business and share valuations and offers a broad range of strategic, commercial and taxation advice.

John Selwood is an independent training consultant and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
John Selwood ACA Independent training consultant

John lectures for major accountancy practices, professional bodies, training companies and publishers. He speaks on auditing, financial reporting, company law and anti-money laundering. Previously, a technical partner for a top-30 firm of accountants and head of an accountancy network. He is a member of ICAEWs Audit and Assurance Faculty’s Technical and Practical Auditing Committee.

Trade and economy
Andries Smit is CEO & Founder of Upsidesaving and is speaking on entrepreneurialism at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Andries Smit ACA CEO & Founder, Upsidesaving

An entrepreneurial leader with a track record of success leading financial services organisations from start-ups to large corporates, including PwC, Morgan Stanley, RBS and Aviva. Andries has 20 years’ experience working in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Asia, and his experience spans working with publicly traded companies, venture investors and scale-ups.

Trade and economy
Catherine Smith FCA, of Catherine Smith and Co Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors, is a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Catherine Smith FCA Founder, Catherine Smith & Co Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors

Catherine started off in Cambridge with a Big Four firm but focused her attentions on small businesses. She worked in industry and then returned to her love of practice. Now based in Truro, Catherine supports small businesses throughout the country, providing compliance and advisory work for companies and individuals.

Career and personal development
Francesca Spence is Retail Performance Manager, The Very Group and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Francesca Spence Retail Performance Manager, The Very Group

Francesca has held finance and operational roles in online businesses focused on maximising trading opportunities, most recently at The Very Group. With her husband she built and sold an online tea company, started an investment property portfolio and launched SF Utilities which provides electric, water and gas connections to the construction industry.

Trade and economy
Ian Stewart is a Partner and Chief Economist at Deloitte and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Ian Stewart Partner and Chief Economist, Deloitte

Ian advises Boards and companies on macroeconomics. Ian devised the Deloitte Survey of Chief Financial Officers and writes a popular weekly economics blog, the Monday Briefing, in addition to hosting the fortnightly COVID-19 webinar: health, economics and business.

Talent and diversity
Lanre Sulola ACA is CEO & Founder of Inner Ambitions and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Lanre Sulola ACA CEO & Founder, Inner Ambitions

Lanre is passionate about empowering individuals to fulfil their aspirations. His coaching and facilitation expertise is founded on experience at global firms PwC and Accenture where he had an outstanding record of designing and delivering people development programmes. Lanre’s strong commercial and financial background has been a key asset in stimulating business and personal performance improvement.

Career and personal development
Caroline Stockmann FCA, is Chief Executive of ACT and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Caroline Stockmann FCA Chief Executive, ACT

Caroline has been Chief Executive of the Association of Corporate Treasurers since February 2017. Her 30 years’ business experience includes CFO positions at The British Council and Save the Children International, as well as other senior finance, commercial and strategic roles at various international commercial organisations including Unilever.

Simone Taylor-Allkins is a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020
Simone Taylor-Allkins Senior Professional Consultant, ICAEW

After qualifying with a top 20 firm, Simone moved to Grant Thornton and worked with a diverse portfolio of manager-owned business. From 2007 she worked as a freelance finance trainer for non-financial managers and in 2010 she joined the ICAEW Technical Advisory Service, where she helps fellow chartered accountants understand regulations.

Talent and diversity
Fiona is a Senior Workplace Pension Consultant at Howden and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021.
Fiona Terry Senior Workplace Pension Consultant, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing

Fiona has more than 18 years' experience in UK pension, employee benefits and auto-enrolment and has had a major contribution in developing the pension proposition within Howden. Prior to joining Howden in 2013, Fiona was an Independent Financial Adviser, with experience in corporate and individual financial advice.

Trade and economy
Dr Gemma Tetlow
Dr Gemma Tetlow Chief economist, Institute for Government

Dr Gemma Tetlow is chief economist at the Institute for Government, working across the Institute’s programme areas. Between 2016 and 2018, Gemma was economics correspondent at the Financial Times, reporting on and analysing economic developments in the UK and globally. Prior to that, Gemma spent 11 years at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, leading the organisation’s work on public finances and pensions. Gemma has a PhD in economics from University College London and an MSc and BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick.

Bryony Thomas is an Author and Creator of Watertight Marketing. She is a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Bryony Thomas Author and Creator, Watertight Marketing

Following client-side marketing career working on brands like Microsoft and Dell, and working as divisional director of marketing within Experian, Bryony established her consultancy focussing on scaling SMEs in 2008. With high demand for her services, she captured her process in her book Watertight Marketing in 2013. An updated version was a bestseller in March 2020.

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.

Trade and economy
Andrew Thurston is Customs Duty Consultant at MHA MacIntyre Hudson and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020
Andrew Thurston Customs Duty Consultatnt, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Andrew joined MHA as Customs Duty Consultant in October 2019. He joined from HMRC where he gained valuable experience liaising with all sizes and sectors of companies within the UK by facilitating customs procedures and assessing compliance.

Trade and economy
Clare Urmston is Chief Financial Officer at ANEMOI and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Clare Urmston CFO, Anemoi Marine Technologies

Anemoi provides wind power technology to the global shipping market, increasing vessel efficiency by lowering fuel consumption. Alongside her role as CFO at Anemoi, Clare is a NED at Nottingham University Hospital Trust and sits on ICAEW’s Business Committee. Previously, she was CFO of Mamas and Papas, Symingtons and Wilko Retail

Trade and economy
George Vessey is FX & Macro Strategist at Western Union Business Solutions and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
George Vessey FX & Macro Strategist, Western Union Business Solutions

George is responsible for researching and analysing financial markets and producing content to help corporate and SME businesses manage their FX risk.

Janet Williamson is a Senior Policy Officer at the TUC and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2021
Janet Williamson Senior Policy Officer, TUC

Janet leads the TUC’s work on corporate governance and capital markets. She has written widely on corporate governance, executive pay, employee share ownership, shareholder engagement and collective bargaining. Janet authored ‘All Aboard - Making worker representation on company boards a reality’ and is also the founder and Chair of Trade Union Share Owners.

Joe Wilson is Global Account Director at Serviceware and a speaker at ICAEW's Financial Controllers' Conference 2021
Joe Wilson, ACA Global Accountant Director, Serviceware

Joe qualified with PwC and then moved into the world of finance technology. Leveraging his experience he worked to enable organisations to better use technology to run more effective and efficient finance functions. Joe now works with organisations to enhance and plan their IT and shared service costs.

Iain Wright
Iain Wright Managing Director, Reputation and Influence, ICAEW

Iain Wright joined ICAEW as Director of Corporate and Regional Engagement in June 2018. Iain trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche and worked for the firm until 2003.