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Virtual CPD Conference

Tuesday 2 July 2024

Catch up on your continuing professional development (CPD) with a half-day program of bite-sized, verifiable CPD sessions. Register for free to embark on your journey of continuous learning and get up to three hours of verifiable CPD.

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Join us for expert insights and practical guidance on diverse topics, ranging from the latest updates in corporate reporting to making the most of AI in your role. Each session will highlight additional relevant resources available from ICAEW to support your continued life-long learning journey.


CPD provides you with the knowledge to do your role more effectively and prepares you for the challenges ahead.


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Opening Remarks
Topical tax
Whether it’s corporate or personal tax there is always something new or topical to consider. In this session Julia Penny will quiz Sharon Cook on the key areas that we should be aware of.
Legal update
Often it is the accountant that is asked about or needs to know how legislation impacts entity. This update will give you an overview of changes and topical issues in employment, company law, and data protection, so that you have an awareness of key issues which might impact your organisation or client.
How AI is transforming accountancy
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a powerful technology reshaping the world of accountancy. This session will focus on how you can use AI to streamline processes, reduce errors, improve efficiency and provide real-time insights. AI also poses significant challenges and risks for accountants, and we will touch on those to be aware of.
Practical steps to ensure good corporate governance
Ensuring good corporate governance is crucial for organisations of all sizes and across all sectors. In larger organisations, Audit Committees have an ever-increasing mandate, from ensuring the accuracy of ESG reporting to ensuring cyber risk is adequately managed. Investors and other stakeholders look to the audit committee for assurance in all aspects of reporting, risk management, internal controls and ethics and compliance. Smaller organisations may not have Audit Committees but the need to ensure robust processes and systems are equally valid. This panel will discuss trends for large and small organisations and offer practical tips to meet growing expectations.
Impact, communication, practical tips
With new generations of AI already starting to make some of the routine and compliance parts of an accountant’s role redundant, it becomes even more important that our communication skills are exceptional. It will be that human element of communication, to explain the results of the AI for example or to persuade or inform our colleagues or clients, that will keep us in jobs, even when AI is doing all the heavy lifting. Improving our impact and communication skills are things that can be learnt and this session will give you some practical tips on how to do this.
Corporate reporting update
This session will aim to keep you informed of the latest developments in corporate reporting by covering UK GAAP and IFRS, including narrative reporting.
Closing remarks

Our speakers

Lola Abitogun
Lola Abitogun Founder, Alchemy HR

Lola started her career as a Graduate Tax Advisor and went on to qualify as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) during her time at Deloitte. However, having discovered her passion for Human Resources (HR), in 2017, she made the decision to make a career change into HR. She quickly progressed in the HR space and in 2021, founded Alchemy HR, a boutique HR consultancy specialising in helping clients to build high performing HR teams.

Youssef Hounat - Aimee Orr
Youssef Hounat VP Product, DataSnipper

Youssef is VP of Product at DataSnipper. His impressive portfolio of experience spans almost a decade working at industry-leading organizations such as EY. A qualified Chartered Accountant (CA from ICAS), and with a background of studying accounting and finance while also building digital products, Youssef has combined his two passions to bring the world of auditing and innovation together.

Sharon Cooke
Sharon Cooke Accountancy Technical & Training Consultant, 2020 Innovation

Sharon is a well-known speaker and consultant within the accountancy profession. Sharon is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Advisor and speaks on all technical topics pertinent to accountants in practice, with a particular interest in business taxation. Sharon joined 20:20 Innovation as Technical Director in January 2022 and enjoys working with members to help them achieve success in their practices.

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Louise Dunford Owner, LD Consultancy Ltd

Louise has been involved in training for accountancy professionals and for commercial companies for over 25 years, specialising in employment law, company law and professional negligence. She has been a consultant for many years for CompleteHR Ltd, providing HR support to SME clients on all matters connected with recruitment and employment, including contract drafting, investigations, dismissals, tribunal and settlement work

Abigail Harper
Abigail Harper Group Head of Operational Internal Controls and Audit

Abigail Harper has experience leading and setting up global Risk Management and Internal Audit functions across private, public and VC backed organisations, specialising in the Retail and Hospitality sectors. Her experience encompasses global financial, operational, strategic, compliance, and IT audits. Abigail is CIA qualified and is an ACA chartered accountant; and represents the Retail and Hospitality sectors on the ICAEW Internal Audit panel.

Speaker - John Toon
John Toon Tech Strategy Lead, Beever and Struthers

As Tech Advisory Lead at Beever and Struthers, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors John solves problems for our staff and clients, leading a team with skills in data transformation, data science, data analytics, BI, coding and more. He deals with a diverse range of sectors and specialises in the Innovation, Communication and IT sector and his experience shows that whilst every business is unique, many business issues are common. A firm believer that every business should ensure that processes, technology, people and data overlap with each other in equal measure to get the most from your systems.

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David Levenson Executive and Career Strategy Coach, Coaching Futures

David is a high performance boardroom coach, executive and career strategy coach. He is an expert in corporate governance and leadership development, and works with boards and senior executives as a coach, trainer, advisor and facilitator. After qualifying in London with Deloitte in 1984, David worked in CFO roles in the retail and property industries before moving into the social housing sector in 1992. During the next twenty-two years he was Group Finance Director for three leading London-based landlords and a housing finance consultant to registered landlords across the country and the Regulator of Social Housing. He was also the CFO for a UK property investment fund which was managed by HSBC Investment Bank.

Helen Kerrigan
Helen Kerrigan Director, Future Finance Training Ltd

Helen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 2001. During her time at KPMG, she audited clients in the retail sector, worked as a forensic accountant on an international project and enjoyed a secondment to Walmart’s commercial finance team, where she focused on budgeting and analysis. Helen discovered a love of training and had the opportunity to develop her expertise in this area. Since 2001 her career has focused exclusively on training. Helen regularly trains accountants working towards chartered status in the big four as well as small and medium-sized firms. Her expertise in this area includes training for examinations in audit, financial reporting and advanced tax. Most recently for CPD sessions Helen has been focussing on the exciting topics of revenue recognition and lease accounting.

Ian Pay
Ian Pay Head of Data Analytics and Tech, ICAEW

Looks at the role that analytics and technology solutions play in the profession. Prior to this, Ian worked for over 10 years at PwC in Data Analytics, specialising in External Audit and Data Acquisition and developing robust and automated ETL processes to support the firm’s award-winning Halo suite of applications. Ian also played an active role in the development and delivery of training courses, with digital upskilling being an area he is particularly passionate about. He has previously trained as a secondary school teacher and a musician.

Julia Penny
Julia Penny Founder, JS Penny Consulting

Julia is extensively involved with the ICAEW as a volunteer and is immediate past President, and a member of the Council. Julia's experience includes working in top 10 and smaller firms of accountants in technical and training roles and for listed companies providing information and training services to accountants. She has experience in specifying software requirements as a subject matter expert and writing content for audit, accounting and anti-money laundering software.

Peter Van Veen
Peter van Veen Director, Corporate Governance & Stewardship, ICAEW

Peter is the Director of Corporate Governance & Stewardship at the ICAEW where he is responsible; thought leadership and policy in these areas. Prior to joining the ICAEW, he was the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for several multinational enterprises headquartered in respectively the Netherlands, France and Japan. Prior to these roles, Peter spent over 6 years at Transparency International UK (TI-UK) where set up the Business Integrity Programme.

Laura Woods
Laura Woods Technical Manager, ICAEW

Laura is a chartered accountant and currently a Technical Manager in ICAEW’s Corporate Reporting Faculty where she is responsible for policy, guidance and thought leadership work covering both financial and non-financial reporting topics. Prior to joining ICAEW, Laura worked at Rentokil Initial Plc where she was responsible for the preparation of the group’s consolidated financial statements. Laura began her accountancy career working in audit at Deloitte

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