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Speakers at ICAEW Annual Conference 2024

4 October 2024, London

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Richard Andrews Partner, KPMG

Richard, KPMG’s UK ESG Head, was previously a partner in Financial Services Consulting, with 25+ years' experience in regulation, controls, and assurance. He led KPMG’s UK Internal Controls Reform and served as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee. Chair of ICAEW Financial Services Faculty Board since June 2021, he's also a member of ICAEW’s Council.

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Eugene Amo-Dadzie Senior Management Accountant

Eugene began running at 26 alongside his career as an ACA chartered accountant. Running 9.93 seconds in the 100m, he ranked among Europe's top 10 and UK's top 4, earning two national bronze medals while on annual leave. His story illustrates talent development despite obstacles, inspiring others.

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Maria Luciana Axente Head of AI Public Policy and Ethics, PWC

Maria is an AI ethics and policy expert. She is responsible for integrating ethical considerations into PwC’s AI strategies and leading PwC's engagement in public policy debates. Additionally, Maria conducts research at the University of Cambridge on human-centric AI and its implications for tech policy and ethics.

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Malcolm Bacchus Deputy President, ICAEW

Malcolm, a chartered accountant, leads the ICAEW Ethics Standards Committee and sits on its Technical Strategy Board. Engaged in business governance and audit discussions, he's been on the ICAEW Council since 2005. With industry experience spanning telecoms, childcare, leisure and property construction, Malcom’s now the finance director and secretary at Metal Tiger plc, alongside managing his own consultancy practice.

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Jenny Blewett BSc (Hons) FCA, Head of Finance, Costello Medical

Merging her expertise in technology and finance, Jenny began her career at PwC after earning a Mathematics degree from Exeter University. Initially focusing on finance, she implemented Sarbanes-Oxley and International Financial Reporting Standards. She later transitioned into technology, where she led system upgrades and developed new financial tools. As the Head of Finance at Costello Medical Limited, Jenny drives innovation, particularly in the evolving role of AI in finance.

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Torsten Bell Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation

Torsten specialises in economic policy, researching ways to renew the UK's strategy for growth and equality. He held roles in HM Treasury and as the Labour Party Director of Policy. A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, he's also a school governor and trustee of the Child Poverty Action Group.

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Satvir Bungar MBE FCA Managing Director & National Head of Business Services, BDO

A multi-award-winning Managing Director, Satvir has completed many high-profile UK and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He has a reputation for transforming businesses and holds an MBE for services to Corporate Finance. Satvir is executive sponsor of BDO’s CEDAR network, which aims to increase representation in leadership.

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Fay Bordbar Global Digital Skills Lead, Mazars

With an Audit Analytics background, Fay transitioned to Mazars in 2018, offering Outsourced Management accounts and bookkeeping. Her expertise in data led to process improvement and tech integration. She's passionate about digital upskilling, currently leading a project for a platform aimed at certifying skill sets and expanding digital proficiency.

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Professor Chris Cowton Emeritus Professor, University of Huddersfield

A pioneer of thinking on accounting ethics who served on the ICAEW Ethics Standards Committee for ten years, Chris is the architect of the Institute's Ethics CPD course. He received the British Accounting and Finance Association’s Life-time Achievement Award 2023 and continues to write, speak and advise on business ethics.

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Daniel Clark FCA, Vice-Chair, ICAEW Tech Faculty Board

Daniel aims to equip firms and professionals with the skillsets to thrive in a technology-driven world, leveraging over thirty years' experience in finance, management, HR and education with EY, Goldman Sachs and BPP. As Vice-Chair of the ICAEW Tech Faculty Board, he guides the ICAEW's approach to new technology, set to become Chair in June.

Marcia Dyce
Marcia Dyce Communities Manager, Diversity and Belonging, ICAEW

Marcia is a Communities Manager at ICAEW, looking after Diversity and Inclusion, Women in Finance, Young Members, Career Breakers and was instrumental in the setup of the Black Members Community. She organises frequent networking events, webinars and workshops for the Communities and facilitates on panel discussions with numerous topics across the business.

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Steve Kenzie Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK

Steve has led the UN Global Compact Network UK Secretariat since 2007, driving sustainability in UK companies. He chaired the UN Global Compact's Global Network Council and served on its Board. Formerly at IBLF, he directed projects on responsible business. Steve founded a Canadian retail sports equipment business and holds a B.Comm and an MSc in Business & Environment.

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Professor Joe Nellis CBE Professor of Global Economy and Deputy Dean of Cranfield School of Management

Joe, a leading academic at Cranfield for 40 years was awarded his PhD in 1991, becoming a Professor and establishing the Economics Group. Under his leadership, the group ranked first globally by the Financial Times for MBA economics teaching, consistently in the top 10 for over a decade. Joe also co-developed the UK's leading house price measurement systems.

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Esther Mallowah Head of Tech Policy, ICAEW

Esther influences Technology policy to enable businesses, accountants and society to harness its benefits while limiting harm. Prior to joining ICAEW, she worked in technology internal and external audit roles, focussing on information and cyber security and operational resilience. She is also a qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant, qualifying whilst at Deloitte.

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Sheryl Miller DEI Consultant and Leadership Coach

Sheryl, a Chartered Accountant and Transformation specialist, provides Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training, consultancy, and leadership coaching to global organisations. With a focus on authenticity, she crafts tailored workshops and advises boards on practical diversity strategies. Author of 'Smashing Stereotypes,' Sheryl holds Independent Board Advisory and Non-Executive Director roles.

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Professor Eddie Obeng PhD, MBA

Eddie, an acclaimed 'leading revolutionary' and 'agent provocateur' by the Financial Times, is a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Henley Business School and founder of Pentacle the Virtual Business School. Author of ten influential books including two Financial Times bestsellers, his work centres on leadership, innovation and organisational adaptation to change.

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Sarah Petherbridge Disability Awareness Trainer and Public Speaker

Sarah, a chartered accountant, is an authentic Disability Awareness Trainer helping businesses create inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities. She is also a public speaker on inclusion and mental health and bases her work on her lived experiences of working with a disability in the corporate sector as senior management.

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Katie Prescott Technology Business Editor at The Times, former BBC Business Presenter and Correspondent, Moderator, Keynote Speaker, Event Host

Katie, a renowned UK technology and business journalist, served as The Times Technology Business Editor and previously as Senior Lead Business Presenter for Radio 4's Today Programme. With a focus on tech, media and telecoms, Katie reports on industry dynamics and their implications for business and daily life, contributing as a weekly columnist for the newspaper’s acclaimed business section.

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Maelle Pelisson Advocacy Director, Business for Nature

Maelle leads the coalition’s policy and government engagement on nature, focusing on UN negotiations. She helped deliver impactful campaigns for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity COP15, advocating for mandatory nature disclosure and reforming harmful subsidies. Previously with WWF, she led private sector engagement in Cambodia and advocated for renewable energy policies in Brussels.

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Shamus Rae Co-founder and CEO, Engine B

Shamus focuses on leveraging AI and data to transform organisations. In 2019, Shamus formed Engine B to build a more transparent, technology-enabled future for professional services by unlocking access to data. Previously Shamus spent 13 years at KPMG as a Partner, leading in Business Transformation.

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Toby Roxburgh Sustainability Manager, Nature & Biodiversity, ICAEW

As a seasoned sustainability expert, Toby brings 25 years’ experience integrating nature and biodiversity into risk management, strategy, finance, reporting and policy. Formerly at Deloitte and WWF, Toby contributed to the TNFD framework and guides the UK Transition Plan Taskforce Nature Working Group, leveraging his diverse background across environmental sciences, economics, policy and industry on a global scale.

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Jayne Saywell Business Advisor, Black Skies Blue

Jayne, a business advisor, empowers Scottish SMEs to adopt sustainable business models. Collaborating with ICAEW, she develops sustainability learning materials for professionals. With 16+ years in corporate analysis and prudential risk, her transition to sustainability advocacy reflects her belief in businesses' potential to drive positive economic and environmental impact.

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Leanne Spencer Global Keynote Speaker & Author

Voted Speaker of the Year 2022, Leanne is a keynote speaker and bestselling author. With 11+ years in wellbeing and 13 qualifications in exercise and nutrition, she transitioned to set-up a wellbeing company in 2012, after experiencing burnout. Her keynotes focus on beating burnout through her unique Cadence Approach, emphasising belonging, social relationships, and human connection.

Alan Vallance
Alan Vallance CEO, ICAEW

Alan was previously CEO of the Chartered Insurance Institute, leading the premier professional body for insurance and financial planning. A chartered accountant with Ernst & Whinney, Alan is a Fellow of ICAEW, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an Honorary Fellow of the Korean Institute of Architects.

ICAEW Annual Conference 2024

Discover forward-looking insights on the economy, with a particular focus on sustainability, leadership, and technology designed to help you navigate a rapidly evolving external environment, drive business growth and discuss how to build a better, more resilient economic future.

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