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Chartered Accountants' Hall, London

Tech Live 2022

People, productivity and the power of technology

This event is for the ambitious finance professional, seeking to explore the latest innovations, implementations and strategies in tech to drive businesses and productivity forward. Be inspired and educated on how embracing new technologies can impact your talent pool and business for greater growth. Book today to secure your place on 17 October 2022.

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Benefits at a glance

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Learn

Tap into the expertise of technology providers and learn how to move your strategy forward by leaps and bounds.

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Discuss

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

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Network

Meet technology providers, reconnect with your peers and enjoy the facilities Chartered Accountants’ Hall has to offer.

The programme

Please note that the programme may be subject to change.

Timings

Registration
09:30
Opening remarks
Welcome and introductions from Ian Pay, ICAEW Head of Data Analytics and Tech.
10:00
Technology, trends and the future of finance
Technology is revolutionising the way finance operates. Our teams need new skills and capabilities to transform how we work. This session, led by former Microsoft Finance Director Oliver Deacon and Coca-Cola's VP for Finance Strategy and Transformation Mike Clark, will help attendees understand the change that’s coming, assess where their teams are at now and the actionable next steps.
10:05
How to choose software
Understanding the good practice principles of system selection will help you make the right choice about the solution to meet your requirements. Get the tips you need from RSM UK.
10:40
Morning break
11:10
Live software demonstrations
Attend live demos from our technology partners in the Great Hall or Auditorium.
11:30
12:05
Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing
12:35
Live software demonstrations
Attend live demos from our technology partners in the Great Hall or Auditorium.
13:20
13:55
Afternoon break
14:25
Live software demonstrations
Attend live demos from our technology partners in the Great Hall or Auditorium.
14:45
15:20
Panel discussion and open forum
Join our panel, chaired by ICAEW’s Ian Pay, as we wrap up our learnings from the day and open up the discussion for questions from the audience.
15:55
Cocktail reception and networking
With thanks to BlackLine, join us to sample our exclusive event cocktails and network with attendees, speakers and partners (non-alcoholic cocktails available).
16:30

Session choices

How to unlock rebates and discounts by digitising your payment processes
Understanding how to strategically leverage technology innovations in payables can positively impact your bottom line, especially in times of business uncertainty. In this session Rob Rousou, from Coupa, will show you how the implementation of virtual cards and digital payments can: achieve faster payments to suppliers without impacting your DPO; gain a higher per cent of rebates than with traditional PCards, utilise advances in payment technology to automate common payment processes; and give suppliers self-service tools to make you offers on 'ready to pay' invoices.

COUPA
11:30 – 12:00
13:20 – 13:50

How audit reform is transforming relationships between auditors, clients and service providers
As a result of pending audit reforms, the relationship between you and your auditor will change, creating mutual obligations to work cooperatively in the public interest. During this session find out how looming audit reform has intensified the speed of change, both in the use of technology and in working practices. How many organisations will need to rethink their traditional models and rely even more on technology in their strategic thinking regarding the audit process?

CONFIRMATION
11:30 – 12:00
15:20 – 15:50

Leveraging technology to improve the close, reduce stress and retain top talent
Recently, FloQast surveyed 500 Controllers and FDs to understand the challenges facing accounting teams and leaders in the UK. The research shows that one out of three accountants are uncertain about the accuracy of their numbers; 40% say better communication and collaboration tools would reduce the stress of month-end close; and much more. Join this session to learn how leveraging technology can integrate workflows, increase visibility and collaboration across dispersed teams, and automate the mundane to increase the accuracy and speed of the close.

FLOQAST
12:05 – 12:35
14:45 – 15:15

Experience modern accounting in action
See all the ingredients of financial operations management technology in action. BlackLine can manage and automate your accounting processes, provide your team with real-time visibility and control into your accounting close activities, and help you close faster and more accurately. Our Solutions Consultant is here to show you how it all works and what it means for you.

BLACKLINE
12:05 – 12:35
13:55 – 14:25

How to make your AP team 'recession ready'
Companies around the world are bracing for a potential economic downturn. In this session, hear strategies finance and accounting teams can take to set their company up for success regardless of external factors, and how AP automation can help create long-term stability. During the demo, you will see how the Beanworks platform can empower your accounting team by reducing data entry and approval follow-ups, making your accounts payable process more cost-effective and less prone to errors.

QUADIENT
13:20 – 13:50
14:45 – 15:15

How platform technology is shaping modern finance
With increasing expectations on FP&A teams to collaborate across departments, a platform approach enables continuous collaboration and performance management. Coupled with advancements in AI and machine learning, OneStream’s intelligent finance platform unifies corporate performance management processes such as planning, financial close and consolidation, reporting and analytics. Learn how your organisation can benefit from driver-based plans, predictive models, and unified financial and operational planning.

ONESTREAM
13:55 – 14:25
15:20 – 15:50

Our speakers

Mike Clark
Mike Clark VP Finance Strategy and Transformation, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Mike started his career in sales before training as a chartered accountant. He has spent the last 22 years in the FMCG/CPG sector, in a number of senior finance roles. Mike joined Coca-Cola Enterprises in 2011 as Commercial Finance Director. In 2014 he took on the role of VP Finance Strategic Initiatives leading the finance function’s major change initiatives and strategic direction.

Nick Cox
Nick Cox Director of Product Marketing EMEA, OneStream Software

Nick Cox has more than 20 years' 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.

Oliver Deacon, leadership coach and speaker at ICAEW virtually live 2020
Oliver Deacon Leadership Coach

Oliver is a former Finance Director at Microsoft, an ICAEW member and a PCC Executive Coach through the ICF. He brings a refreshing and inspiring perspective to modern finance. His last team at Microsoft cut two days from their month end reporting work by using Power BI. He relocated back to the UK from Seattle in September 2019.

Kyle Gibbons
Kyle Gibbons Managing Director, Europe, Confirmation, Thomson Reuters

Kyle is Managing Director, Europe, for Confirmation, a part of Thomson Reuters. He 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.

Cameron Keenan
Cameron Keenan Account Executive, Beanworks by Quadient

Cameron is an Account Executive at Beanworks by Quadient and is helping finance professionals to reduce the time and costs spent on accounts payable through automation.

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Roger Lovis Lead Partner, RSM Technology & Management Consulting, RSM UK

Roger is responsible for RSM UK’s Technology Consulting practice. This includes NetSuite and the Microsoft Dynamics suite of products (including Business Central, Finance & Operations, and Customer Engagement), as well as Deltek Solutions. Roger is a qualified accountant and uses this experience to understand the business context for the programmes he leads. He has extensive experience shaping and leading major ERP and business transformation engagements.

Josh May
Josh May Manager, Solutions Consulting, BlackLine

Josh is the Solutions Consulting Manager at BlackLine and BlackLine's Lead Solutions Consultant for Modern Accounting Playbook (MAP). He has delivered extensive support for dynamic rapid growth customers. He is an ACCA Qualified Accountant and has more than 21 years’ accounting experience. Prior to joining Blackline, he led the implementation of BlackLine at Camelot, whilst in charge of the reporting team.

Esther Mallowah
Esther Mallowah Head of Tech Policy, ICAEW

Esther recently joined ICAEW as Head of Technology Policy, looking at technology’s impact on the future of businesses, society and the role of accountants. Prior to joining ICAEW, she worked in technology external audit, internal audit and consulting roles, focusing on information and cyber security.

Warren Moir
Warren Moir Enablement Manager and Partnerships Manager, Quadient

Warren is an experienced Enablement Manager and Partnerships Manager with a 20-year history of working in the computer software, SAAS and accounting industry. He is skilled in a range of accounting products and many other apps in the fin tech market, also including many years of coaching, sales, training needs analysis, and customer relationship management (CRM).

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

Ian recently joined ICAEW as Head of Data Analytics and Tech, looking 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 (extract, transform and load) processes.

Rob Rousou
Rob Rousou Global Director Solution Consulting, Coupa

Rob has spent much of his career in software consultancy roles for procurement and payment technology companies. He has fulfilled advisory roles for the Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly and Cabinet Office relating to purchase-to-pay processes and eMarketplace delivery and helped found Procserve, a venture company of the PA Consulting group, to deliver eMarketplace technologies to the public sector. Since 2013, Rob has worked for Coupa Software.

Adam Zoucha
Adam Zoucha Managing Director of EMEA, FloQast

Adam is Managing Director of EMEA for FloQast and heads a team responsible for all client activity in EMEA. He previously worked in the audit practice at Deloitte & Touche in San Francisco. He audited both private and public clients and saw the inter-workings of accounting departments meeting deadlines for SOX compliance and internal management. Adam is CPA-certified and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship and a Master’s degree in Accounting.

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