Speakers

Capture the latest insights from the finance research and conversations with Accounts Payable and P2P professionals at AP/P2P Leadership Conference 2024.

Meet the leading keynote speakers and panelists helping you discover new paths to make smarter AP & P2P business decisions

Our conference speakers will share their own professional experience, and help you approach your goals with a fresh perspective to overcome challenges, and make smarter decisions.

Special Keynote
Kriss Akabusi MBE
British Olympic Legend

Kriss Akabusi MBE is an Olympian, media personality, motivational speaker and businessman. 

Kriss rose to fame on the athletics track, having begun his international athletics career in 1983 as a member of the 4 x 400 metre relay squad. He will always be remembered for helping Great Britain clinch gold from the mighty Americans at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo. Having amassed three Olympic medals, as well as World, European and Commonwealth titles, Kriss was bestowed with an even greater honour in 1992: an MBE awarded by her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his services to the country through athletics.

Kriss is also a qualified life coach, having earned his Masters in existential coaching.

Keynote
Jolanda ter Maten
AI/Future Tech Advisor and Trainer Connecting Knowledge
Bio

Jolanda ter Maten is an international trainer, advisor, author and speaker. In addition, she is regularly hired as an expert at the European Commission for “Blockchain Observatory and Forum” and “Horizon2020”.

She is driven to help business leaders worldwide transition to a new digital society and has more than 30 years experience in making understandable and insightful the opportunities and possibilities that new technology offers.

She is the author of the book ‘From Buzz to Bizz: your strategic guide in a complex world of emerging technologies’ in which she simplifies the complex matter of new technologies into understandable and easily digestible information.

Jolanda has worked for companies and government, and advised on innovation, change management and technical and management development programs; with expertise in a broad area of ICT, HR and management. She clearly understand the needs of business leaders and other professionals from different levels and disciplines.

Jolanda has a Master of Science Degree from the Technical University of Twente in the field of Human Resource Development and a post-graduate degree in Strategic HR Business Management from the University of Groningen.

Keynote
Dr. Soroosh Saghiri
Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
University of Southampton Business School
Bio

Dr. Soroosh Saghiri is an Associate Professor at the University of Southampton Business School, where he serves as an operations and supply chain management subject matter expert. He is a thought leader in procurement and supply chain management, operations strategy, and omnichannel retail logistics.

Soroosh is the author of many scientific and business publications, including a number of award-winning, top-cited, and highly recommended papers. He has been also a visiting lecturer and keynote speaker at several world-leading business schools and business summits and seminars.

Keynote
Claire-Marie Boggiano
Director and Coach
Lurig Leadership and Change
Bio

Arriving Soon

Panelist
Martin Kirby
Senior Credit Risk Professional
Panelist
Ravinder Dhugee
Senior P2P Consultant
Bio

Ravinder Dhugee, a seasoned leader with over 15 years of experience, is an award-winning author and advocate for developing individuals to their fullest potential. In her distinguished career, she has held key senior leadership roles, seamlessly integrating change management into her leadership style to guide organizations through various challenges.

With a natural proficiency in change management, Ravinder excels in driving success across diverse areas such as ERP implementations, finance transformation, organizational change, and process improvement. Recognizing the pivotal role of teamwork in organizational success, she champions collaboration and emphasizes the team’s contribution to achieving organizational goals.

Ravinder’s leadership spans teams of various sizes, from 5 to 60 members, where she passionately ensures high engagement levels and success rates in critical functions like procure to pay, order to cash, and record to report. Her ability to create a collaborative environment and manage stakeholder expectations underscores her commitment to achieving optimal results in every endeavor.


Panelist
Christopher Argent
GenCFO
Panelist
Cristian Cataldo
Team Leader Payables Management SSC
HUGO BOSS
Bio

Finance Leader, with professional experience in Germany, Spain, Turkey and Chile.

Former Nike General Accountant and S2P Coordinator for AGS Region.

Current Team Leader Payables Management EMEA at HUGO BOSS in Germany. Leader for the Accounts Payable Shared Service Center, responsible for the success of my teams, mentoring and giving the extra mile for the professional development of each team member.

Passionate about Digital Trends in P2P and Finance Operations.

Panelist
Michael Higgins
Planergy
Bio

Michael founded PLANERGY to automate a manual Spend Management system at a previous company. He has over three decades of executive leadership experience at U-Scribe Digital Documentation, Greenman Group PLC, and Lites Group Ltd.

He is a highly experienced serial entrepreneur who has started, bought, and/or sold businesses in the USA, Ireland, the UK, and the Philippines.

Michael is a former Irish Internet Association board member and a current Forbes Technology Council Member.

Panelist
Garry Stevens
IFOL
Panelist
Caroline Adams
IFOL
Panelist
Killian McCarthy
SoftCo
Bio

Killian has been working within the Finance Transformation space for over 20 years.

With the Industry leading SoftCo P2P suite, SoftCo are continuously working with global brands such as PwC, Primark & SuperDry to transform Financial processes for clients and deliver a consistent ROI for their business.

Panelist
Megan Howe
Oversight
Bio

Meg Howe oversees the strategy and execution of all direct and indirect revenue production. She brings with her 11 years of leadership in building, transforming and scaling revenue organizations. In addition, Meg has deep experience in adapting and executing GTM strategies that adapt to the changing nature of the customer journey.

Most recently, she served as Chief Revenue Officer at Alessa, a leader in the AML/KYC space for the Banking, Fintech and Casino/Gaming industries. Earlier in her career, she built new sales divisions across the country as Paycom scaled its business to ultimately IPO. Meg brings an enthusiastic passion around modern revenue strategy and helping others level up to their peak performance potential. She holds a B.A in Business and Economics from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Panelist
Jan Erik Gausdal
Eye-share
Bio

Jan Erik Gausdal, with over 12 years in the industry and 7 at Eye-share, specializes in enhancing AP/P2P processes with explainable artificial intelligence (XAI). As a dynamic public speaker and innovative problem solver, he offers invaluable insights into the significance of streamlining AP and P2P processes with XAI, underscoring its critical role in improving transparency and efficiency for businesses. His forward-thinking approach and commitment to making the impossible possible have positioned him as a key asset in driving organizational success through technology.

Panelist
Richard Ransom
Bottomline Technologies
Bio

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 specialties 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.

Panelist
Daniel Kimpton
AP Matching
Bio

For over two decades, I have been working with Enterprise customers to improve their P2P processes, especially in Accounts Payable. I am the Director of Sales & Marketing at APMatching, a SaaS company that provides automated solutions for invoice processing, supplier statement reconciliation, and duplicate prevention.

My mission is to help AP leaders achieve world-class performance and financial controls by delivering automation, accuracy, and insights. I partner with my clients on a continuous improvement basis, offering them data-driven analytics, best practices, and ongoing support. If you are looking for a long-term partner to transform your Accounts Payable, please feel free to contact me via LinkedIn.


More Speakers are currently being shortlisted

We’re currently working on shortlisting the most engaging and accomplished speakers in the world of Accounts Payable and P2P Leadership. If you would like to be considered as a speaker to take part in a panel discussion and share your knowledge and experience, please contact us on support@acarp-edu.org to discuss further.

Conference Host

Sue Beardsmore

Sue Beardsmore worked for BBC television for over 20 years on daily news as one of the main presenters of Midlands Today. She has extensive production, writing and coaching experience, both inside and outside the BBC, in television and radio. She is now a media consultant, trainer, facilitator and moderator. 

She has a BA in English and Politics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and an MA in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester.


Featured IFOL Speakers

Garry Stevens
AP/P2P Trainer – IFOL

Speaker Bio

Over 40 years in the Finance Industry, 25 years with Aberdeen City Council taking early retirement from position of Financial Services Manger in 2016. Responsible for Accounts Payable function carried out a full transformation project to deliver best in class and award winning AP team to the benefit of the Council and its suppliers. Joined IFOL in 2021 to assist students with their CAPP studies delivering webinars, masterclasses and workshops on all aspects of AP and P2P

Caroline Adams
AP/P2P Trainer – IFOL

Speaker Bio

I am an experienced, passionate Shared Services Leader, with over 40 years’ experience in the industry. Having led Teams through numerous transformations and unprecedented periods of change.

I now work as a Consultant/Contractor helping Companies with AP/P2P & Shared Services challenges, sharing knowledge & delivering best practise

I enjoy new challenges & thrive under pressure and believe that people are at the forefront of enabling & leading transformation & ensuring we drive future growth & success for our AP/P2P/Shared Services teams


Martin Kirby
AR/OTC Trainer – IFOL

Speaker Bio

An Order to Cash Leader with extensive operational experience leading large scale Transactional Finance teams in high volume environments for Global companies.

A deep expertise in the Order to Cash process means his knowledge and experience is highly sought after by Clients, Institutes and Associations operating in the Finance Shared Services and Credit Management industry. 

Martin is a multiple Award winner creating top class Order to Cash teams for World Class Finance functions.

Sam Hitchen-Rae
Director – IFOL

Speaker Bio

Sam is Partnerships Director at The Institute of Financial Operations & Leadership, who develop and administrate their own suite of certification programmes and continuous education for professionals in the field of AP/P2P, AR/OTC and Payroll.

 Since 2018, Sam has led the growth and expansion of IFOL’s partnerships with employers of all sizes, professional bodies and technology providers across the UK, US and Canada. Previously, Sam owned and managed a recruitment business, specialising in Transactional Finance and IT markets and was joint owner and founder of an online membership community for AP professionals in the UK.

Sam’s key interests are in research and education for Operational Finance professionals, and he enjoys seeing education enabling career mobility for individuals and performance improvement for businesses.

Keynotes and Panelists

Cristian Cataldo
TL Payables Management EMEA – Hugo Boss

Speaker Bio

Finance Leader, with professional experience in Chile, Spain, Turkey and Germany. 

Former Nike General Accountant and S2P Coordinator for AGS Region. 

Current Team Leader Payables Management EMEA at HUGO BOSS in Germany. Leader for the Accounts Payable Shared Service Center, responsible for the success of my team, mentoring and giving the extra mile for their professional development. 

Passionate about RPA and Digital Trends in P2P and Accounts Payable.

Robert Brooker
Head of Fraud and Forensics at PKF GM

Speaker Bio

Robert Brooker is Head of Forensics and Fraud within PKF GM and formerly Head of Fraud at Transport for London (“TfL”). He is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (“ACFS”), Financial Investigation and Wicklander – Zulawski Non-Confrontational Interview Technique trained.

Robert has led disciplinary and criminal investigations, concerning Fraud, Bribery and Corruption, security breaches, cybercrime, intellectual property and procurement allegations. He has worked in the private, public and not for profit sector within fraud, bribery and corruption, in addition to Fraud Risk Management for over 20 years.

Robert is also Chair of the London Fraud Forum, a public/private partnership dedicated to best practice in preventing, detecting and investigating fraud, bribery and corruption. As well as being a founding member of United Kingdom Identity Fraud Advisory a social enterprise assisting victims of identity fraud to repair their identity

 

Rachel Lyons
Sustainability Expert – THREEPOINTFIVE

Speaker Bio

Rachel is an expert in leadership, management and personal development who has been working with the executives and employees of blue-chip companies for the last 13 years. Among the firms she’s delivered training to are the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange, HSBC, Barclays, RBS, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Schroders, Deutsche Bank and CitiGroup.

She has studied theatre at degree level and regularly performs comedy in front of a live audience.

Before becoming a coach, Rachel worked in human capital management at Goldman Sachs. This experience at a world-leading investment bank means she understands financial services from the inside and can design training which is relatable and relevant.

Fiona Bennett
Lean Business Innovation & Transformation

Speaker Bio

I am a lean business innovation provocateur, who stimulates and guides senior management and leaders to take the bold, courageous and decisive action to drive impactful strategic

I believe that real transformation is so much more than tinkering around the edges of processes or playing with new tech toys. It’s about having a clear vision for a better world, a better business environment that inspires your teams, as well as having a positive impact on the communities in which you operate in.

James Denning
Partner, Process Mining – Microsoft

Speaker Bio

I lead the Minit process mining business within Microsoft, as part of the Power Platform business since our acquisition in April this year. Prior to that I was the CEO at Minit.

Previously I’ve held a number of leadership positions in the enterprise software business, including setting up the European operation for Automation Anywhere and growing the business to 250 employees in the EMEA region.

Rick Lyons
Sustainability Expert – THREEPOINTFIVE

Speaker Bio

Rick has a background in climate science and journalism and is passionate about driving change by making climate change easily understood. His research has been published in the journal of Atmospheric Pollution Research, been cited by policy makers and featured in newspaper and BBC TV reports. His study on the effects of nitrogen dioxide pollution served as a catalyst for Brighton to work towards a car free city centre. Thanks to an MSc (distinction) in Carbon Management from Edinburgh University he has a grounding in all aspects of climate science and policy – and is always looking for ways to break this information down for a general audience. He regularly writes about climate change for national newspapers and magazines, including The Times, The Sunday Express, Vice magazine and the Daily Star, where his fortnightly column brings environmental issues to a tabloid readership. It is this combination of down to earth communication and academic knowledge that means he can provide both accurate and easy to grasp training.

Keeley Tennant
Director of Central Finance and Business Improvement – SOCOTEC UK

Speaker Bio

I am a commercially minded business professional with a proven track record managing large teams and developing talent in complex environments with a number of competing KPI’s.

With a passion for process improvement I am proud to have delivered a number of Transformational Change Initiatives, including digital transformation.

My key achievements include;

  • Eliminating paper within the Central Finance Teams by introduction of the following

Automated Purchase Order system (RPA)

AI Payables Automation

Launch of Expenses system

  • Design and creation of behavioural modules to support sustainability

Adopting project methodologies ( First Choice) performance dialogs and visual management to manage PRS (Problem, Root Cause, Solution, Engagement and KPI

  • Project Sponsor/Owner for multiple cross functional projects to support continuous improvement activities – A number of these have reported positive improvements with productivity/process improvements•

Employee Engagement improvements and KPI improvements recorded

Andi Lonnen
Financial Trainer, Speaker & Author – Finance Training Academy Ltd & FBP Academy

Speaker Bio

With over 20 years’ experience as a qualified FCCA accountant & former Commercial Finance Director, I – along with our incredible team – now thrive on upskiling thousands of accountants around the globe to become stronger, more value-adding Finance Business Partners who help improve business performance in their organisations.

A regular speaker at CIMA, ACCA, AAT & NHS Finance conferences & events, I am a guest speaker on several financial podcasts, contribute to FBP articles in trade publications & have written a book on ‘Introduction to Finance Business Partnering: Fad or Value Add?’ I am also the founder of the FBP Bootcamp®, our annual conference, usually held in October.


Rob Colbourne OBE
CEO, Performance Though People

Rob Israch
President – Tipalti

Speaker Bio

Arriving soon!

Killian McCarthy
Sales Director – SoftCo

Speaker Bio

Industry leader working with Global Finance functions on P2P best practice, AP Automation for over 15 year with clients on building out global shared service finance departments specifically focussing on the P2P processes.

Patrick Wetzels
Director – Kwik Consulting

Speaker Bio

Innovative leader with proven ability to produce results for Finance, Operations & IT with a strong track record of creating high-performance cultures. My extensive experience comes from having a 20+-year career in high profile Project & Finance roles in Fortune 500, international, multi-site and big four environments and matrix structures. I am also a Blockchain enthusiast who helps international MedTech businesses to expand into the UK.

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