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Analytics Live 2023

Data-driven decision making

Analytics Live is the first in-person event from the Data Analytics Community. Join us on 21 June 2023 to get insight from live product demos, discussions on key trends and expert panel discussions.

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Key Benefits

This event is for anyone with an interest in data analytics and will explore the latest innovations, implementations, tools and strategies in data analytics to drive businesses forward. It will feature a mixture of keynote speakers, panel discussions and product demos.


Gain practical guidance on data ingestion, data quality, data transformation, data visualisation and more.



Tap into the expertise of data analytics specialists and learn how to move your data strategy forward in leaps and bounds.



Meet with like-minded professionals and analytics SMEs to bring the Data Analytics Community to life.



Reconnect with your peers and enjoy all the facilities Chartered Accountants' Hall has to offer.



Hear from industry experts on their area of expertise and engage in Q&A discussions.

Registration and refreshments
Opening remarks
Welcome and introductions from Ian Pay, Head of Data Analytics & Tech, ICAEW
Keynote - A world where data works for everyone: trust, ethics and openness in data
The Open Data Institute was founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the world wide web) and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, and is now entering its second decade. In our keynote session, Stuart Coleman from the ODI will talk about its missions, the importance of data ethics and how an open data ecosystem can benefit everyone.
Upskilling or outsourcing – bringing data capabilities to your organisation
In this session, Jez Clark and Nicholas Deveney (Eden Smith), will walk you through what good organisational design looks like, from the perspective of building a data team. They'll also discuss where accountancy and data skills align and diverge as well as provide industry relevant benchmarking data and actionable advice to help you attract data talent to your organisation.
Panel discussion - Leveraging standardised bank data for analytics
With a panel of leading audit firms, we will explore how standardised bank data is linking into current and future processes. We will cover implementation of technology to collect bank data and where and how analytics can be applied to this data. We’ll also spend time discussing how this data can be used for specific testing and how to address changing regulation. Mark Attwood, Kreston Reeves; Sam Bonser, Circit; Sarah Broderick, Circit; and Greg Homer, BDO.
Opportunities for low-code technology in a regulated environment
Learn about Grant Thornton's journey with KNIME (an open source, low-code tool), the challenges and benefits they experienced. With Andrew Logan, Principal Consultant, Digital Transformation & New Initiatives, and Jamie Crossman-Smith, Managing Director, Grant Thornton.
Lunch, networking and data drop-in
Meet with experts from Engine B who will be on hand to answer your data-related questions (optional).
Panel discussion - Data-driven decision-making
With Fay Bordbar, Digital Skills Lead, Mazars in the UK, Nicholas Deveney, Group Head of Data, Consultancy & Insights, Eden Smtih, Mark Edmondson, President & CEO, Inflo, Franki Hackett, Head of Audit and Ethics at Engine B and Ian Pay, Head of Data Analytics & Tech, ICAEW.
Better insights, better decisions
In today's data-driven world, accountants hold a wealth of information that can empower businesses to make better decisions. Join Dan Daly and Hannah Dawson as they discuss harnessing the power of data through sophisticated forecasting tools, allowing accountants to unlock valuable insights and equip businesses with the necessary foresight to optimize financial strategies, mitigate risks, and drive sustainable growth.
Developing a human-centric approach to ESG analytics
Data analytics, especially in relation to ESG, needs to be about more than just the numbers. In this session, Dr Christina Phillips from Liverpool John Moores University talks about her work in Human Centric Analytics and how she's looking to apply this to ESG accounting.
Accounting for AI - the future of AI in analytics
Drawing on her experience in AI and Data, Sarah Schlobohm will bring the day to a close by looking at where the profession is going in its use of analytics, and what the AI-enabled future holds.
Closing remarks
Ian Pay, Head of Data Analytics & Tech, ICAEW
Cocktail drinks reception and networking

Our speakers

Mark Attwood, Partner, Kreston Reeves
Mark Attwood Mark Attwood, Partner, Kreston Reeves

Mark joined Kreston Reeves in 1999, becoming a Partner in 2018. He now leads the business growth team. His background in statutory audit means he has first-hand experience working on a client base across varying sectors throughout the world. His specialties include business growth, funding, external audit and corporation tax.

Sarah Broderick, Head of Customer Success, Circit
Sarah Broderick Sarah Broderick, Head of Customer Success, Circit

Sarah works directly with a remarkable team to best serve all audit and accounting customers, banks, partners and more. With 15+ years of client-facing roles in software and financial services under her belt, Sarah combines industry knowledge with customer conversations to create the best possible outcome for the future of audit and accounting professions.

Fay Bordbar, Digital Skills Lead, Mazars in the UK
Fay Bordbar Fay Bordbar, Digital Skills Lead, Mazars in the UK

Fay has had a varied career, starting as a Data Analyst, working on Audit Analytics assignments, whilst studying towards her ACA. Since qualifying, she’s worked at Mazars in their Accounting and Outsourcing team, but more recently as Digital Skills Lead within Innovation. In this role, Fay is exploring ways of upskilling and reskilling staff in digital topics such as Data; striving to make training relevant, contextual and accessible for all, to keep up with the ever-changing technology landscape that we face.

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Sam Bonser Product Owner, Verified Analytics, Circit

Sam is an ACA qualified Chartered Accountant and Auditor, with a passion for data and automation. As a trained auditor with experience all the way through from graduate trainee to Audit Manager, Sam gained insights into how to drive efficiencies, improve risk focus and overall quality output. He recently joined Circit to put his experience into practice as a Product Manager for the new Verified Analytics matching engine product.

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Jez Clark Co-Founder CEO, Eden Smith

With over 20 years experience in the staffing industry, Jez has helped many businesses adopt innovative strategies to attract, retain and develop niche data talent whilst helping job seekers position themselves for hire. Building the right workforce, selecting the most relevant technologies and utilising education within advance technologies can enable and resolve your business problems, our service is here to help you make sense of tomorrow's intelligent world.

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Stuart Coleman Director, The ODI

Stuart is the Strategic Business Development Director at the ODI. He is passionate about opportunities for people across society to use technology, data and machines to learn new skills and shape a better future. Stuart has a diverse entrepreneurial and executive leadership background, with experience in venture-backed, publicly listed and mission-led high growth technology, training and consulting organisations.

Hannah Dawson, CEO, Futrli by Sage
Hannah Dawson CEO, Futrli by Sage

Hannah is a passionate advocate for frequent straight-talking conversations between accountants and their clients. Back in 2003, she bought a pub in Devon and became frustrated with the accounting world. This led her to start Futrli and begin a lifelong mission to make communication between accountants and their clients simpler, quicker and easy.

Dan Daly, Head of Advice, Futrli by Sage
Dan Daly Head of Advice, Futrli by Sage

Having started out in accountancy, back in 2004, Dan became a qualified accountant whilst working for Spofforths LLP, a regional practice in Sussex which later merged with Kreston Reeves and subsequently became a top 30 UK accountancy firm. Having worked in accountancy practice himself for over 16 years, he is familiar with the challenges faced in scaling advisory and is using those experiences to support our partners moving forwards.

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Nicholas Deveney Group Head of Data, Consultancy & Insights, Eden Smith

Nick helps business to develop solutions that align and progress their capabilities whilst adding business value. His goal is to enable businesses to have a sustainable data strategy, enabled by analysing how to extract value from existing systems and by empowering your internal teams with knowledge transfer. Having built a successful consultancy, within Eden Smith's unique services of Consulting, Staffing and Education, Nick specialises in supporting businesses by delivering data solutions that enable organisations to garner high value insights from their data.

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Mark Edmondson President and CEO, Inflo

Mark is the visionary CEO of Inflo, the leading data analytics platform used by UK auditors. Mark has been instrumental in developing the data analytical skills of accountants, partnering with the ICAEW to incorporate the Inflo platform into the ACA qualification. Globally, Mark is empowering the greater use of data by leading the development of data standards in the US and evolving international auditing standards to increase the use of technology.

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Franki Hackett Head of Audit and Ethics, Engine B

Franki maintains an academic sideline researching open accounting data. In a previous role as Head of the Data Analytics Research Team at the UK National Audit Office, Franki lead a world-leading team of auditors and data scientists to develop data analytics tools for the audit of government bodies in the UK. Franki is a trained data scientist and auditor, is involved in multiple transnational audit, tax, and public finance initiatives, and sits on the ICAEW Ethics Advisory Committee as well as the Data Analytics Community Advisory Group.

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Greg Homer Director, Data & Analytics, BDO

Greg has over 14 years of experience in Digital Financial Audit, spanning technology and data risk matters, including risk and finance analytics, data strategy and data governance, to name a few.

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Ian Pay Head of Data Analytics & Tech, ICAEW

Ian joined ICAEW as Head of Data Analytics and Tech in March 2022, looking at the role that analytics and technology solutions play in the profession, and supporting ICAEW's members in their exploration and development of knowledge around technology. Prior to this, Ian worked for over 10 years at PwC in Data Analytics, specialising in External Audit and Data Acquisition and developing robust data transformation processes. Ian is passionate about digital upskilling, and has previously trained as a secondary school teacher and a musician.

Dr Christina J Phillips
Dr Christina J Phillip Senior Lecturer Business Analytics, Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Phillips is a pracademic and erstwhile sculptor who specialises in the human centred design of analytics. She has a degree in Applied Mathematics and gained her PhD while working in industry as a Business Analyst. She is a Director/Trustee at the Operational Research Society and a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.

Sarah Schlobohm
Dr Sarah Schlobohm Artificial Intelligence Lead

Dr Schlobohm is an active voice in the Artificial Intelligence space and has been an ICAEW member since 2015. After a PhD in particle physics, she completed a graduate scheme at PWC in Audit and Data Assurance. As a director in Financial Crime Compliance at HSBC, she used data science to fight money laundering and terrorist financing. She's recently been developing future generations of Machine Learning Engineers to work alongside clients from the FTSE 100 and beyond.

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