The automated practice: how technology can serve your firm

Accountants and business owners are living in a time of rapid change, driven by technology and legislative changes like Making Tax Digital. This Talk will explore how to successfully embrace the changes that will really make a difference to your firm. Our panellists will share practical, real-life insights about the tools that are underpinning their compliance, marketing and client service activities.

Meet the panel

John Stokdyk

Head of Insight, AccountingWEB
Having joined AccountingWEB in 1999, John helped to build it into an award-winning online professional community with more than 100,000 members. Named IFA web business journalist of the year in 2004 and 2008, John has also written about business and technology topics for The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and many others.

Chris Downing

Director of Product Management, Sage
Chris joined Sage as Director of Product Management. Previously he had been with Milsted Langdon LLP – a firm that provides a full range of accounting and business advisory services – and was responsible for the development of their Business Intelligence department. His team improved the quality of clients' management information with an overarching aim to empower organisations to monitor their own performance in real time.

Steven Kühn

Head of Software Solutions, Baldwins Accountants
Steven has worked in practice, commerce and at software authors, working with ERP and CRM products in South Africa since 1993 and the UK since 2010. Before moving to the UK Steven was the regional manager of the largest software author in South Africa with responsibility for product development, implementation, support and sales teams in the ERP and Case Management software. In the UK Steven has worked at a Sage partner successfully developing client offerings including the first cloud deployments of business systems and as a product manager for legal ERP solution.

Leanne Eustace

Director and Cofounder, Accounted For Ltd
Leanne is a Director and Co-founder of Accounted For. She enjoys helping clients with modernising their systems that use technology to their advantage. She champions female involvement in managerial roles and works closely with Chwarae Teg supporting women in work environment across Wales. Before Accounted For, Leanne worked in various accounting roles while qualifying as IFA, FMAAT and later as ACCA. Her first press release that earned her recognition amongst Finance and Accounts Sector was Women Meana Business Awards 2011. Leanne is a keen traveller, wine aficionado and a mean card player. If you wish to contact Leanne, use Facebook, Twitter or email [email protected] with reference EXCELLENCE19.