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2 November 2023

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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. Her clients include some of the most impressive start-ups and scale-ups across crypto, marketing and fintech industries. Lola also advises employers on how to attract the best young talent. This advice is often unpinned by her Masters degree dissertation research project which focussed on employer attractiveness to Gen Z employees.

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David Anderson Partner, Deloitte

David has spent his career working with CFOs and business leaders on finance and business transformation. His recent work has included leading the development of FinLearn, a digital platform that provides finance professionals with interactive learning based on Deloitte expertise and experience in the field of transformation. David lives in Windsor with his wife and two sons. In his spare time David enjoys running, cycling, paddle boarding and snowboarding.

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Nir Evron Sr. AI Speech, Language and Search Lead, Global Black Belt, EMEA, Microsoft

Nir is passionate about data, and enjoys being able to help organisations digitally transform by utilising their data assets. Nir enjoys learning, thrives in complex environments and values building strategic plans and executing them. Nir believes that the age of data has only begun and is thrilled to be an active part of this revolution.

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Will Farnell Founder of App Advisory Plus

App Advisory Plus is the UK's leading independent directory of accounting integrated apps and software platforms with a highly engaged audience of accountants and individuals who are looking to review and recommend accounting integrated apps and software platforms. Will is author of the Digital Firm, consultant and mentor to accounting firms looking to deliver effective digital transformation in their firms. A regular speaker in relation to how accounting firms can leverage technology to achieve practice growth and delivering consulting services to firms of accountants supporting them in becoming a digital practice.

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Lee Freeman Carbon Solutions Consultant, Auditel

Lee is passionate about helping clients on their journey to Net Zero by reducing their carbon emissions and their costs at the same time by providing solutions which follow the BSI PAS 2060 standard. Lee qualified as a chartered accountant with one of the UK’s top 10 practices and has spent a number of years in various senior finance roles with a number of publicly quoted and privately owned organisations, both in the UK and overseas.

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Russell Gammon Chief Solutions Officer, Tax Systems

Russell is Tax Systems’ Chief Solutions Officer. He has 15 years’ experience in Tax Technology, having worked for two of the Big Four before joining Tax Systems. In his role as CSO he is passionate about building products that improve users' experiences.

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Franki Hackett Head of Audit and Ethics, Engine B

Hybrid audit and data science specialist (ACA) and leader on ethics and technology in professional services. Head of Audit Ethics at Engine B and school governor/charity trustee. Chairperson of the Data Analytics Community Group at ICAEW, member ICAEW Ethics Advisory Committee. Previously Visiting Fellow at Kings College London building an open data repository for corporate tax data. 2020/21 Policy Leader Fellowship at the European University Institute’s (EUI) School of Transnational Governance, focusing on tax transparency and international economic justice.

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Mark Hollingworth Head of Partnerships, Accounts IQ

Mark has over 20 years’ experience advising accountants, professional services firms and high-growth companies on digital transformation and accounting software solutions.

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Jack Holloway Solutions Consulting & Revenue Operations Manager, Caseware

Jack is a chartered accountant and qualified auditor. He began his career working for a Top 50 firm based in London before moving to a Top 6 firm in Manchester working on nationwide audits. After managing audit projects, Jack moved to industry working as a Financial Controller. Jack moved to Caseware's training team drawing on his extensive knowledge of the product gained in previous roles and now has a wide-arching role covering many areas including Solutions Consulting and Revenue Operations.

Zoe Kleinman
Zoe Kleinman BBC Technology Editor, Presenter, Moderator, Digital Transformation Speaker, Technology Keynote Speaker, Cyber Security Speaker

Zoe Kleinman is the BBC’s first ever Technology Editor, appointed to the role in 2021. With over 20 years' broadcasting experience, Zoe has spent most of her career as a specialist presenter and reporter covering all areas of the tech agenda. She has also presented BBC Radio 4's PM Programme.

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Mark Lumsdon-Taylor Partner, MHA

Mark specialises in the rural business, agriculture, horticulture, food manufacture, education and healthcare industries as well as supporting organisations from a wide range of sectors to develop and deliver impactful sustainability and ESG strategies. As one of the authors of the firm's Dynamic ESG service suite, Mark is well placed to guide business leaders through the process of integrating environmental, social and governance considerations into their operations with an emphasis on measurable outcomes and ROI.

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Andrew Moyser Partner and Vice Chairman, MHA

Andrew is part of the Eastern Region team and specialises in audit, assurance and financial reporting. Andrew's portfolio includes a number of large international groups with listed parents, as well as UK owner managed businesses. Andrew has been at MHA since 2005 and is the firm’s Audit Compliance Partner and a member of the firm’s Audit Policy Group. In this role, Andrew ensures the firm’s audit quality as he reviews the firm’s high-profile clients and more complex audits. Andrew leads the firm’s audit innovation project – responsible for bringing Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence into our audit procedures.

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Hugh O'Neill Senior Sales Engineer, FloQast

Hugh trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Dublin. He moved to London in 2011 and has worked in senior finance leadership roles across several industries including real estate and digital marketing before joining FloQast in the spring of 2021. He is currently the Senior Sales Engineer at FloQast.

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Nat Pullin Sustainability Leader

During her time at Microsoft she worked with global organisations to activate their cultural, business and sustainability transformation working on projects such as carbon accounting for assured data, net-zero measurement, water management and inclusive workplaces. In this decade of action, Natalie believes that digital technology has a critical role to play in scaling impact as we broaden the breadth of data collected and move from disclosures to using sustainability data for business activities.

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Shamus Rae Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Engine B

Prior to the birth of Engine B, Shamus spent 13 years at KPMG as a Partner and Head of Innovation. His work concentrated on new and disruptive technologies and their impact on the Professional Services industry. Shamus is committed to revolutionising the way companies work and his people-focused values are paving the way for a new generation of responsible leadership. A dedicated change-maker and highly respected industry voice, Shamus is now exclusively focused on leveraging AI and data to transform organisations.

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Tony Stevenson, FCA Senior Digital Enablement Manager, FreeAgent

Tony is the Senior Digital Enablement Manager at award-winning cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent, where he is engaged in implementation, industry thought leadership and working with our integration partners. Tony is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales.

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Iain Wright Managing Director, Reputation & Influence, ICAEW

Iain started his career as a chartered accountant with Deloitte before moving to One North East, the regional development agency for the North East of England. In 2004 he became Labour Member of Parliament for Hartlepool, having succeeded Peter Mandelson in a by-election. During his time in Parliament Iain was a Minister in Gordon Brown’s Government, first as Minister for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government between 2007 and 2009 and then as Minister for Schools and Apprenticeships in the Department for Children, Schools and Families from 2009 until 2010.