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Rebecca Howard, Head of Supplier Relationship Management, Coventry Building Society

Rebecca HowardRebecca leads the Supplier Relationship Management team and is responsible for developing partnership relationships with suppliers to drive mutual value and continuous improvement. Rebecca is a recognised industry thought leader in the field of Procurement learning & development and supplier negotiation, with a focus on enhanced supplier management capability throughout the organisation. She is an evangelist for the supply chain sustainability agenda and as part of this, champions effective P2P practices that support innovative commercial models and empower developing suppliers.

 


 Rakesh Sangani, Proservartner CEO

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Rakesh is a recognised thought leader in business transformation, shared services and outsourcing and regularly presents at conferences in Europe, Asia and North America. With considerable experience within industry and board-level roles within the NHS and charity sector, he has the gravitas to influence executives and build strategic relationships.

Since founding Proservartner in 2008, Rakesh has been dedicated to the success of the organisation, building a team of highly skilled practitioners and developing industry-leading approaches.

He has been recognised as one of the most influential leaders in shared services and outsourcing, and nominated for Advisor of the Year at the National Outsourcing Association’s Awards. He is a qualified chartered accountant, certified project manager and Black Belt Lean Six Sigma.   


Susan Ní Chríodáin, Founder of Beyond The Numbers

Susan Ni ChriodainLeadership development coach, facilitator, and former finance director Susan Ní Chríodáin founded Beyond the Numbers to create more emotionally aware workplaces. She is an award-winning chartered accountant with a Big 4 background. Through a career that spanned three continents and a range of leadership roles, she learned that success demands bravery, boldness and building strong working relationships; technical skills are only half the story. Susan works with individuals and teams who know that putting people first generates the greatest return. Her popular podcast, Life Beyond the Numbers, is for people who are curious about having a more fulfilling work-life.

  


Javed Bobat, Finance Recruiter, Mental Health Advocate and Workplace Wellbeing Speaker
Founder of Fide - Ethical Finance Recruitment and F=@#! Mental Health CIC

Javed Bobat 500Javed Bobat has a rare skill set where he is a mental health speaker, workplace well-being advocate, Mental Health First Aid instructor AND Finance Recruiter!

He is the founder of Fide and F=@#! Mental Health CIC, a non-profit he set up in 2019 to raise mental health awareness, specifically within the accounting and finance profession and their workplaces. Through the CIC, he provides one-on-one mental health support to individuals and line managers. In addition he also delivers Mental Health First Aid training, bespoke mental health/workplace wellbeing training, talks, workshops and events. He has worked with some notable businesses, from FTSE100 business like Burberry and other blue chip companies including Asda and Liberty Global, through to finance institutes including ICAEW, Chartered Institute of Taxation and First Intution in addition to growing SMEs. He set it up as a give-back venture on the back of his own lived experience around anxiety, depression, burnout, suicide ideation, addiction and substance misuse. He funds and sustains his non-profit through the revenues he generates from his other company Fide. Fide is a groundbreaking, ethical recruitment business that combines finance recruitment with mental health. He gives each company he works for a wellbeing budget each time he recruits for them.


 Susan Walsh, Founder and Managing Director, The Classification Guru

Susan walsh data guruSusan is Founder and Managing Director of The Classification Guru Ltd, a specialist data classification, taxonomy customisation and data cleansing consultancy. She is an industry thought leader, TEDx speaker and author of ‘Between the Spreadsheets: Classifying and Fixing Dirty Data’. She’s also the founder of COAT.

Susan has developed a methodology to accurately and efficiently classify, cleanse and check data for errors which will help prevent costly mistakes. This could save days of laborious cleansing and classifying and can help your business find cost savings through spend and time management – supporting better, more informed business decisions.

 


Dan Foley - Finance Shared Services Director, Kier Group

 


Chris Argent - Founder, Generation CFO

Chris ArgentThe demand for digital transformation and strategic finance business partnering continues to grow and Chris believes pressure will be applied to CFOs to create a more data-rich, digital finance function. From 2009, he started to collate and curate some of the most relevant information posted on his LinkedIn group to his blog, Generation CFO. The aim to bring digital native innovators in accounting together with the senior finance leadership change makers.

Chris saw the need for a unifying framework to bring together traditional accounting and finance with the new data-enabled digital finance function and developed the Digital Finance Function Model (DFFM) and initiated education events, a podcast and networking meet ups to establish GenerationCFO.com as the go-to platform for CFOs looking to achieve success in a digital environment.


Sarah Watson, Director of Finance & Technology

sarah watson 250Previous roles have included Director of Finance and Operations for Social Investment Business, who have provided over £400m of grant and loan funding, and Head of Finance and Core Services for Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health. She is currently an independent Trustee (Finance) of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the former Chair of Trustees for Medical Aid Films and a Mentor for the Cherie Blair Women in Business Programme - a network set-up to provide women with the capability, confidence and capital to achieve.

 


Premal Parekh (FCA, CF)

pemal 190Prem is a strategic & transformational finance leader with a track record of enhancing stakeholder value and building meaningful connections across the communities he serves.

Prem has steered multi-sector finance functions in UK & US listed organisations, and is known for delivering business partnering, business transformation and M&A solutions.

Prem is an ICAEW Mentor, and an Advisory Board Member and Public Speaker for several international platforms for finance professionals where he shares insights & expertise on topics such as value creation, business transformation and DIBEC (Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, Equity, Culture). 


Billie O'Connor, CFO, Milk & More

Billie OConnor 250 newBillie has just completed her CFO & CIO Exec and Board level role in a UTM Group owned business, Milk & More, where alongside this she led the transaction to sell the business, in a process involving PE, Listed and Trade buyers. Post the transaction, she remains in a Leadership role within UTM to ensure the success of the transition to the new owners. Previous roles have included FD of Selfridges Digital Business as well as FD for Investment, and she was also part of the Merger team for the Walgreens and Alliance Boots merger in 2014, a combined business at the time being £23.4bn Turnover. She has also had roles at Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, and Esporta Health Group (which sold to Virgin Active during her time leading FP&A).


In addition, she is the Treasurer of The Twenty Club (Retail Exec Organisation), and an advisor to smaller businesses. She is also a fierce advocate for Women in Leadership, and the Founder & CEO of NOVA Community Ltd. NOVA Community is a Senior Female Leadership network of over 500 leaders, supporting and driving more women in leadership positions.


Stephen Sutcliffe, Director of Finance & Accounting

stephen s new 200Stephen joined NHS SBS eight years ago having been a Director of Finance in the NHS for 15 years. He is passionate about the NHS finance function and the NHS, and continues to see the value he brings to improving front line patient care. Stephen has been responsible for transforming the delivery of our Finance & Accounting service. He is passionate about the impact that technology can bring to both the finance function and the end user and is helping to shape a new era of shared NHS finance services that are underpinned by innovative digital technologies. He is a qualified accountant, leading the largest F&A shared service in the world with a drive to improve customer satisfaction and implement digital transformation. In 2020, he was named Finance Leader of the Year by the Shared Services and Outsourcing Network (SSON), an international organisation that promotes global excellence in shared services.


Riochard RRichard Ransom, Manager, Solution Consulting: Corporates, Bottomline

With experience working with corporates of all sizes and for vendors, banks, payment schemes, infrastructure providers, and as a specialist consultant, Richard has gained extensive experience in the solutions to solve the issues surrounding business payments and associated AP, AR, and Cash Management Processes. His specialities include today’s business payment methods, the future business payment landscape. He also focuses on automation, efficiency, and fraud and error mitigation in the AP space.

 


Clive Davis, Executive Director, Robert Half

Clive DavisClive has over 25 years recruitment experience leading and working with Robert Half talent solutions teams in various UK and international locations including the Benelux, the UAE, Brazil and Chile. Clive’s deep experience of talent delivery, excellent knowledge of working across different country markets and sensitivity to cultural diversities is informed by his extensive “story-telling” knowledge of how to attract the best candidates to grow businesses. Sensitive to ongoing discussion about the Future of Work, Clive is an experienced speaker with access to data from many recent Robert Half

 

 


Malgorzata Mendyk, Head of Procurement – Source To Pay, Merck

Gosia M photo circle 200Malgorzata has recently joined Merck as the Head of Source to Pay process. Prior to joining Merck she lead Source to Pay function at Lonza where she held the role of Global Process Owner alongside operational responsibilities. With over 20 years’s transofrmation experience across different multinational Service Centers, Malgorzata is passionate about continuous imrpovement and the future of Procurement and Payables functions. Through focusing on the capabilities of moder technology, she achieved advanced automation across order-to-pay processes. Gosia is an advocate for innovative solutions that empower the teams to deliver exceptional value add services.

 


Kady Robinson, Business Development Manager, Esker UK & Northern Europe

Kady Robinson 200Kady originally joined Esker in 2022 as an Internal Sales Representative, having since developed and progressed on to become a Business Development Manager, specialisng in our Source to Pay solutions. From previous experience within Sales and Account Management, Kady brings knowledge from many industries to this role and enjoys applying them to help customers in their S2P automation journey.

Prior to Esker, Kady has gained a wealth of sales experience, particularly in the tourism and hospitality sectors, working with customers from a wide variety of industries.

 

 


 Shelsea Adrian, Yooz

shelsea circle1Shelsea has over 10 years experience in International Sales and Customer Services, including several years helping global clients to improve their internal processes and gain efficiency in both B2B and B2C sectors.

Shelsea is seen as a trusted advisor who helps companies of all sizes implement adapted strategies and reach their full potential. 

 

 


 Andrew Codd, The Strength in Numbers Show

andy Codd 3Andrew Codd is a bestselling author, speaker, coach, trainer and podcaster, regularly contributing finance thought-leadership via the top-rated Strength in the Numbers Show (#SITN), listened to in 160+ countries worldwide, helping create more influential finance professionals who solve meaningful problems for their organisations. He has over 20 years’ experience in leading and effectively developing Global Finance and Sales talent at recognisable brands like Pepsi, Three, Virgin and Dell in a variety of countries across different continents. Andrew graduated top of his faculty at University College Cork, holds an MBA with distinction from Manchester Business School and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

He is also a registered Mind Coach and a licensed NLP Practitioner. When not writing books, podcasting, coaching, speaking or leading a business, Andrew can be found enjoying the treasures of the Wild Atlantic Way with his family in the southwest of Ireland.


Catherine LawCatherine Law, FD, CFO

Catherine is a dynamic and results-driven finance professional with extensive experience in leading finance functions. Throughout her career, Catherine has been recognised for her expertise in financial control, budgeting, and forecasting. Her track record includes successful process and system enhancements, as well as strong engagement with c-suite executives. Catherine's recent roles include serving as an Interim Finance Consultant at The Office Group, and as Senior Director Corporate Finance at Greystar, overseeing FP&A and Financial Control for European operations. Prior to that,she served as Finance Director at Abodus Student Living and Group Financial Controller at iQ Student Accommodation.


Matt Hammond, Managing Director, Western Europe at Pagero

Matt HammondWith over 20 years of experience in senior management roles at leading e-invoicing firms, Matt Hammond has become a foremost expert in Accounts Payable, guiding over 200 successful AP implementations across a diverse clientele, from large global companies to smaller public sector organisations.

He looks forward to leveraging his extensive knowledge to assist in your digital journey.

  

 


Joey Glazer, Sales Director for AP, Quadient 

JOEYJoey Glazer is a seasoned Director of Sales at Quadient, based in London, England. With a rich background in global tech sales, Joey is recognised for his exceptional leadership, sales prowess, and business development acumen. Having successfully scaled SaaS, fintech, and startups, he is a sought-after expert in the industry.

Joey's career journey reflects his passion for driving growth and fostering excellence. His extensive experience includes managing high-performing Sales Development Representatives (SDRs) and Account Executives (AEs), contributing significantly to the success of his teams and organisations.
Prior to his current role, Joey served as Sales Manager at Quadient Accounts Payable Automation by Beanworks, where he honed his skills over several years, shaping him into a strategic leader. His tenure in various sales roles, from Sales Development Representative to Account Executive, demonstrates his versatility and dedication to mastering every aspect of the sales cycle.


Ellen new photo circleEllen Leith, Editor, PPN

Ellen has managed, driven and directed PPN since 2008 and is passionate about creating a platform that offers the community a space to learn, network and develop. PPN offers best practice advice, conducts market research, industry news, jobs, the annual P2P Summit, masterclass roundtable events, webinars and podcasts. The Network also offers technology partners a chance to connect with new channels and enjoy being a part of a real P2P community. Ellen is creative in bringing together leaders across Finance, P2P, AP and Procurement - elevating careers, passionate about people, processes that work and technology that does what it says it will.

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Avalara

Avalara helps businesses of all sizes get tax compliance right. In partnership with leading ERP, accounting, eCommerce and other financial management system providers, Avalara delivers cloudbased compliance solutions for various transactional taxes, including sales and use, VAT, GST, excise, communications, lodging, and other indirect tax types. Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S. and around the world in Canada, the U.K., Belgium, Brazil, and India.