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The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

Date 02 October 2019

DIGITAL ACCOUNTANCY FORUM

We are delighted to announce the return of the annual and eagerly-awaited Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards
2019.

For the eighth year running, we are bringing together leading accounting firms, regulators and industry bodies; consultancies and advisors, law firm and tech vendors to debate the key challenges impacting the accountancy sector and the opportunities for growth that they represent.
This prestigious event returns to London and to the iconic Waldorf Hilton Hotel. Opened in 1908 and built in the American style, the hotel is now a symbol of English heritage.

Join us to celebrate all that is best and most innovative in modern accounting.

Our one-day summit, running 0900-1715, explores market trends and new solutions with sessions encompassing both individual speeches and panel discussions under the following topic areas:

  • Transforming People, Process, Technology and Data
  • Digital Transformation of Accounting
  • The Cyber Security and Data Management Landscape
  • Trailblazing into the Future of the Accountancy Profession

DIGITAL ACCOUNTANCY AWARDS

After the Digital Accountancy Forum itself is over, join us for our evening event, the Digital Accountancy Awards!

We’ll be starting with a Reception and Canapes, followed by Dinner and Winners.

The Digital Accountancy Awards is the industry’s premiere awards programme, recognising both rising stars and established leaders among the institutions who make up the global accountancy profession.

Our Awards, as always, will recognize excellence in accounting and we’ll commemorate the achievements of the past year from accounting firms and solution providers as well as identifying the outstanding individuals in accountancy.

We very much look forward to seeing you there on Thursday, 3 October 2019!

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

Attend – book your seats now for the Forum & Awards

Speak– proud of your initiative then get in touch!

Partner – become an event sponsor

Win– get your entry in to the Awards


With focused sessions, practical workshops, an exhibition and an evening Gala Awards dinner, the 8th annual Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019 offers delegates the perfect opportunity in which to share their experience, challenges and opportunities in accountancy.

STANDARD RATES
Firms, Networks &
Associations – Forum and Awards Dinner
£565
Industry Solution Providers –
Forum and Awards Dinner
£1295
Awards Gala Dinner Ticket  £350

SPECIAL OFFER

Bring the team! Get three tickets for the price of two. This special offer applies only to the standard rates shown above.

Book your tickets now, contact:

Zoi Kotzampasi 

T: +44 (0) 20 3096 2587
E: zoi.kotzampasi@arena-international.com

This annual event brings together decision-makers and specialists from a variety of key sectors with job titles that include:

  • CEO
  • CFO
  • Partner
  • Policy & External Affairs Manager
  • Managing Director
  • Project Director
  • Strategy Advisor
  • Head of Standards and Financial Reporting

Company Type:

  • Accounting Firms
  • Regulators and Industry Bodies
  • Consultancies and Advisors
  • Law Firms
  • Technology Vendors

Terms and Conditions

Costs: All rates are subject to VAT where applicable
Changes: We reserve the right to change event details if necessary, although we will endeavour to keep all changes to a minimum. We will inform you as soon as possible of important changes, for example name or date changes.
Cancellations: Cancellations without a substitute delegate received a month prior to the event will be subject to a 20% cancellation charge. Delegates cancelling after 3 September 2019 without a substitute delegate will be required to pay the full fee and no refund will be made. Cancellations must be received in writing or via email and will not be accepted over the telephone.
Substitutions: You may substitute delegates in writing at any time and will incur no penalty fee.
Force Majeure: We reserve the right to cancel the event by reason of force majeure, included but not limited to fire, flood, extreme weather conditions, acts of war or violence, malicious damage, explosion, earthquake, strike, civil disturbances, political unrest, riot, labour dispute, power cuts or any other extraneous variable beyond our control. 


 

Kevin Lord – Practice Digital Enablement Manager, FreeAgent

Kevin has worked with
small businesses and SMEs for nearly a decade to raise awareness of the
benefits that digital tools can bring and to assist businesses through times of
change. 

With a career that
spans a high-growth technology company and the SME banking industry, Kevin has
a wealth of relevant business knowledge and experience to inform his advice and
insight. This ranges from how online accounting software like FreeAgent can
keep your clients compliant with Making Tax Digital to how you can maximise the
opportunities that digital tools can bring to your practice. At FreeAgent Kevin
works with colleagues and accounting partners to promote awareness of the
revolutionary business improvements cloud accounting software can generate.

 

Adam Page – Lead Director Analytics and Modelling, Deloitte

 

Adam is a Director
specialising in Analytics & Modelling, helping assurance and advisory
clients in any industry. Adam’s expertise lies in 3 areas:

·        
assessing
and improving data quality and integrity

·        
giving
assurance over processes such as reporting & forecasting, migrating data to
new systems, integrating or reconciling multiple data sources

·        
reviewing
client models or building new models

Adam
has spent over 15 years in the Audit practice, with deep experience in financial
services and now focuses on building up our Corporate Audit expertise, and has
worked in Spain, Iceland and Australia.




 

Jaap De Ward – Head of Business Development, CaseWare

 

Jaap started his career at KPMG Netherlands
performing a broad spectrum of accounting and audit work ranging from the
preparation of financial statements for family owned businesses to the audit of
listed companies.

After seven years he decided to follow his passion
for computer software. Using the auditing and accounting experience gained with
KPMG he joined CaseWare Netherlands, where he worked as Product Manager
developing and launching a highly successful Audit product.

 

About 12 years ago Jaap joined CaseWare
International to take on the challenge of developing new markets in Europe and
the Middle East, founding CaseWare International’s European office.

He works closely with the CaseWare distributors and
the software development teams in Toronto and is a member of the CaseWare
International Executive Team.

He is the main contact for international mid-tier
accounting networks, and is responsible for product localization in new
markets.

 

Jay Weinstein  – Managing Partner, Allinial Global (EisnerAmper)

 

Jay Weinstein is a Managing Partner at EisnerAmper
with responsibility for executing business strategies for existing markets and
industries, and identifying emerging opportunities.  Jay is also Co-Head
of EisnerAmper’s Artificial Intelligence Program. With over 25 years of
experience, Jay possesses significant expertise in serving private
equity-backed businesses.
 EisnerAmper, a member firm of Allinial Global, is an international
audit, tax, and advisory firm offering services to a wide spectrum of industries.

 

Mark Edmondson – CEO, Inflo

 

Mark Edmondson ACA has been at the cutting
edge of accounting technology for over 10 years. As a specialist in the use of
technology within compliance and advisory services, he is the brainchild behind
the software company Inflo. Mark created Inflo to help firms of all sizes
improve team productivity and the quality of work as well as create a stronger
value proposition to increase fee income from existing and new clients.
Mark’s subject matter expertise gives him a unique
perspective on the profession as his team works closely with accounting firms,
professional bodies, and other key stakeholders around the world to take full
advantage of emerging technology trends.

 

 

Leonard Huang – Managing Partner, Daxin Global

 

Leo is a Chartered Accountant in Australia and New
Zealand, Master of Accounting based in Melbourne. He is the founding partner of
Daxin INP Australia which was the top 10 startup accounting firm ranked by
Australian financial review. Regular speaker for continuing professional
development for CPA Australia. Leo has extensive knowledge and experience in
the area of fintech consulting, he is working closely with the professional
body, universities and government regulator to assist the adaption of machine
learning, blockchain and cloud computing technology. He passionate about IT and
strongly believes these tools will reform the way how accountants work and the
benefits it can bring to clients and our industry.

 

 

Brian Coventry – CEO, Symphony Professional

 

And more…

 

 

Catherine
Onoselase 

If you want to speak at the event, please get in touch with us as soon as
possible – places are going fast!

T: +44 (0) 2079366504
E: catherine.onoselase@arena-international.com


ELIGIBLE INSTITUTIONS FOR THE THE 8TH DIGITAL ACCOUNTANCY FORUM AND AWARDS 2019 INCLUDE:

The Digital Accountancy Awards 2019 (incorporating The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards) will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Hilton in London in October 2020. This year, as before, there are 16 corporate Awards categories and three Awards for individuals.

Send your completed nominations to events@arena-international.com

Nominees should follow these simple guidelines to ensure their submission has the best chance of winning.

Submission Rules:

  1. 1. Submissions may be made either on behalf of your own company or in recognition of a colleague or partner firm.
  2. Your entry should be no longer than 1,000 words in Word format, no appendices.
  3. Your entry must address the award category explicitly; do not offer generic links to web sites, corporate marketing etc.
  4. Submissions should highlight the key differentiator and competitive nature of the project or implementation being cited.
  5. For all corporate categories (i.e. excluding those being made to individuals) it is made explicit that the Entrant, the Judges and the publications will treat any and all information in strict confidence.
  6. Any quotations or information to go into the public domain will be pre-cleared with the Entrant.
  7. For the Awards for individuals, any submissions (e.g. biographies) will be publicised on The Accountant and International Accounting Bulletin and the winner will be decided by a subscribers’ vote. 
  8. Submissions made after the publicised cut-off date will be ignored irrespective of their relative merits.
  9. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to make no award for any specific category.
  10. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to move a submission to a more appropriate category at their discretion. 
  11. In submitting for more than one category each submission must be unique. 
  12. The Editor and Judges’ decision is final.

Should you require further guidance on your entry please contact our Editor

Robin Amlôt
Group Editor, Accountancy
E: robin.amlot@verdict.co.uk


The Digital Accountancy Awards 2019 (incorporating The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards) will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Hilton in London in October 2020. This year, as before, there are 16 corporate Awards categories and three Awards for individuals.

Full details of the judging criteria for each Award may be found on the downloadable PDF document, the
Awards Information Pack.

CORPORATE AWARDS

NETWORK OF THE YEAR

The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. It will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months. Nominees must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network.

RISING STAR NETWORK
The winner of this award might not be a ‘household name’ but will have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation in elevating its position in the market. Nominees must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network.

ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. It will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months.

RISING STAR ASSOCIATION
The winner of this award might not be a ‘household name’ but will have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation in elevating its position in the market.

AUDIT INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
This award will be given to a practice, network or association, which has with a new initiative or innovation in audit made a major change in improving audit quality, efficiency or added value to clients. This innovation could be an addition to an existing audit product/process or a completely new initiative. Judges will look at the benefits and cutting edge thinking behind the innovation. This innovation may have occurred across the whole network/association or just within an individual firm or is a project.

ADVISORY PROJECT OF THE YEAR
This award will be given to a local firm or global network/association which has been working on an advisory project or projects of significant importance or scale demonstrating the organization’s advisory abilities. The judges will be looking at how a firm or global network/association has developed certain advisory capabilities and successfully helped clients with its expertise on specific assignment. Nominations are welcome from all advisory areas. Special consideration will be made for projects with a social and environmental impact.

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Employer of the Year In this category the winning single firm or professional body will demonstrate its commitment to its workforce through staff retention strategy and innovative thinking in securing new talent. The winner will be widely acclaimed for the training and development of its employees as well as their benefits structure. Judges will look for evidence of creative solution to attracting and retaining talent as well as growing a diverse workforce and leadership.

SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
The winner will have demonstrated a commitment to go the extra mile internally with regard to sustainability via a specific initiative. The winning initiative or internal overall strategy would have been rolled out in the past year or launched as an addition to an existing initiative. Judges will be looking for a winner that demonstrates how it has integrated and reported the non-financial KPIs that are material and impact the bottom line while also having a societal dimension (for example, disclosures which help its stakeholders to have better overall understanding of the risks faced by the organization; effective use of reporting frameworks such as that of the IIRC; making a significant contribution to the community the organization operates in). Local, regional and global initiatives are all welcome.

SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
The winner will have demonstrated its commitment to sustainability in the financial and accounting sectors by being a driver for change in other organizations. The winner will have developed solutions, tools, innovative thinking and products with the aim of helping organisations develop long term strategies towards a more sustainable economy.

ACCOUNTANCY SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR
The winning accounting practice software product will showcase great levels of user satisfaction and industry leading product features. Nominations will be accepted from companies showcasing a new product or a successful addition of features to existing software.

EXPENSE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR
The winning expense management software product will showcase great levels of user satisfaction and industry leading product features. Nominations will be accepted from companies showcasing a new product or a successful addition of features to existing software.

CRM SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR
The winning customer relationship management software product will showcase great levels of user satisfaction and industry leading product features. Nominations will be accepted from companies showcasing a new product or a successful addition of features to existing software.

COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR
This award will recognise the work of a communications/marketing/brand ambassadors’ team across the whole range of accountancy stakeholders (firms, professional bodies, federations, standard-setters, regulators, etc.). The winner will have contributed to making successful a campaign that, while being relevant, has excelled in the way it has been communicated.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
This category will celebrate the success of a firm, network/association, professional body, regulator, professional federation etc., which has with its thought leadership initiative made a significant contribution towards trying to raise a particular issue, sparking or making a lasting impact on industry debates. Nominations welcome on thought leadership initiatives from the financial and non-financial arena.

PROFESSIONAL BODY OF THE YEAR
The winning professional body should wield a profound influence within the accountancy industry and beyond: including the finance and business world, government and society as a whole. The winner will be a top influencer that not only serves effectively its membership but also safeguards the public interest nature of the profession, as well as contributes to the values and skills that accountants should master.

ACCOUNTING CAPACITY BUILDING
The winning accountancy stakeholder will demonstrate a strong commitment to developing the profession in emerging countries and/or regions where it is acknowledged that the accountancy infrastructure can be improved. The successful organiZation will have contributed (financially and/or by sharing expertise through secondments or other means) to create a more robust framework for doing business, reinforce institutions and strengthen government accountability.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

YOUNG ACCOUNTANT OF THE YEAR
The winner of this award will have qualified in the past 10 years and will have made a significant difference to his or her employer. Judges will be looking for evidence of entrepreneurial flair, technical excellence and leadership potential. The young accountant will be a professional employed in practice, business, government or another organisation in which his or her accountancy skill has become an essential asset.

PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
We will be looking for an industry leader who is not scared to take a stand who is outspoken on the issues affecting the profession and who has made a significant contribution in the past year. Nominations are welcome from people in practice as well as business.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award recognises consistent levels of achievement within the profession over a number of years. Nominations are welcome from people in practice as well as business.


This year’s finalists of Digital Accountancy Awards are:

Accountancy Software
of the Year

Arthur Online

Capitilise

Daxin Global Group LLP

Fluidly

FreeAgent

IRIS Software Group

Know Your Customer

Node40

Schneider Downs

Xero

Inflo

Symphony

Accounting Capacity
Building Champion of the Year 

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
(ICAEW)

ACCA

Advisory Project of
the Year

BDO Brazil

Nexia TA

SKP Business Consulting

Association of the
Year

Abacus Worldwide

Allinial Global

BDO Alliance USA

BKR International

FUSE Accountants

MSI Global Alliance

Praxity Global Alliance Ltd

IAPA International

Audit Innovation of
the Year

BDO

Deloitte & Touche LLP

JOINSON&SPICE BV

PwC

Validis

Communication
Campaign of the Year – Network/Association

BDO Brazil

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs

Nexia SAB&T

Nexia TA

Praxity Global Alliance Ltd

IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)

CRM Software of the
Year

Accountancy Manager

Symphony

Expense Management
Software of the Year

FreeAgent

Xero

Fluidly

International
Accounting Bulletin Lifetime Achievement Award

BDO Brazil

Praxity Global Alliance Ltd

International
Accounting Bulletin Personality of the Year

FUSE Accountants

Russell Bedford International

International
Accounting Bulletin Young Accountant of the Year

Ballards

BDO Brazil

Enson Africa Limited

SKP Business Consulting LLP (Nexia)

Network of the Year

HLB International

Russell Bedford International

Professional Body of
the Year

ACCA

IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
(ICAEW)

Rising Star
Association of the Year

Abacus Worldwide

Allinial Global

INPACT

IAPA International

Sustainability Champion of the Year

Winner to be announced on the evening

Thought Leadership
Initiative of the Year 

ACCA

Allinial Global

MCM CPAs & Advisors


The Digital Accountancy Awards 2019 (incorporating The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards) will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Hilton in London on Thursday, 3 October 2019.

Robin Amlôt

Group Editor, The Accountant and International Accounting
Bulletin

 


Jon Lisby FCA FIIA

Jon Lisby is a well-respected figure in the accountancy
profession. He was CEO of Kreston International, building a branded network of
some 200 member firms across 120 countries with global revenues exceeding
$2.4bn. Prior to joining Kreston International, Jon was national managing
partner at Numerica LLP, a nine office UK practice with 750 partners and
staff. Numerica LLP was acquired by a combination of BDO and Vantis in 2005.

 


Jonathan Minter

Jonathan Minter is Senior Editor – Financial Services for
Intelligent Partnership. Prior to joining Intelligent Partnership in 2019, he
spent six years at GlobalData and was, most recently, Group Editor of
International Accounting Bulletin and The Accountant.

 


James Peterson

James Peterson has more than four decades of experience in
multinational matters involving corporate finance. For 19 years he was a senior
in-house lawyer and partner in a large accounting firm. He teaches at business
schools in Paris and Chicago. Publications include: Count Down: The Past, Present and Uncertain Future of the Big Four
Accounting Firms
(2ed 2017) and DOA:
Can Big Audit Survive the UK Regulators?
(2019).


The agenda for the Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019 has been created through close collaboration with the industry. We aim to ensure that only the most up-to-the-minute topics appear on the programme.

If you would like to get involved please contact:

Catherine Onoselase

T: +44 (0) 2079366504

E: catherine.onoselase@arena-international.com



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