The ICAS Practitioners' Conference 2017: The Impact of Disruption on the Profession

8 November 2017
9am for 9:30am start concluding with a drinks reception at 4:30pm
RBS Conference Centre, 175 Glasgow Road, Gogarburn, Edinburgh
Chaired by Karen Scholes, Director, AJB Scholes
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This year’s Practitioners’ Conference, in association with support sponsor, will take a look at ‘The Impact of Disruption on the Profession’. Keynote speakers include Sir Brian Souter, ICAS President and Sandy Manson, ICAS Deputy President.

Sir Brian was a major disrupter in the transport industry 25 years ago and despite being the ‘New Kid on the Block’ made his business hugely successful. Sandy Manson, Deputy President, ICAS, will provide a view on the potential effect of disruptive technologies in the accountancy profession.

There will also be a dynamic session from Tony Stanger, ex Scotland rugby player and former Head of Talent at the Scottish Institute of Sport, on how to spot and recruit the skills necessary in a disrupted environment. And Jamie Jenkins, a pensions expert at Standard Life Plc, will look at the future of pensions.

The day will also include something different with Peter Anderton who will “unlock the secrets of brilliance for you and your team". And David Levin, a writer and Creative Director at social media agency That Lot, will lead a social media masterclass, using many examples of social output from his clients, which includes the Twitter and Facebook feeds for Have I Got News For You. Expect some laughs as well as social inspiration.





9.35amLet's Get DisruptedSandy Manson
9.50amOpening Address - Sir Brian Souter, ICAS President. Sir Brian Souter
10:30am The Impact of the Increase of Minimum ContributionJamie Jenkins
11amTea and coffee break 
11.30amHow to Recruit Top Talent without Breaking the Bank

In an ever-changing world businesses need adaptable people who can grow their skills to meet new challenges. In this workshop former Scotland rugby international and talent expert Tony Stanger will show you how attracting and developing talent is easier than you might think.
Tony Stanger

HMRC: A View from the Bridge

- Outline of MTDfB provisions

- Phased approach

- Insights from the pilot

- Working with the software industry

- Helping your clients prepare

Ted Comerford
2pmUnlock the Secrets of Brilliance for you and your team

During the whirlwind of the last decade we have all had change thrust upon us in one form or another. Many of us are increasingly stretched, with our energy drained and enthusiasm eroded. This session unlocks the transformational leadership needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world. We will cut through the complexity and amaze you with the simplicity of leadership so that you can inspire others without memorising fifty unnecessary models! This practice, engaging session is all about getting the best out of your colleagues, improving results and putting the spring back into their step - and yours! 
Peter Anderton


Workshop A: How Technology is Reshaping the World of Audit

This session will look at the evolving role of audit professionals, review advances in digital and information technology such as AI, ADA, process automation and electronic audit confirmations.

Workshop B: Social Media Masterclass
David will talk through numerous ways to improve your social media output. With a focus on Twitter and a side-order of Facebook and LinkedIn, David will cover tone of voice, creative uses of imagery and video, customer engagement, stats and analytics, and platform innovation, as well as covering some of the basics for those who are not well-versed in the art of social gold. Using many examples of social output from his own clients, includes account management of the feeds for Have I Got News For You, expect some laughs as well as social inspiration.

Sandeep Shrestha

David Levin

3.30pmTea and coffee break 
4pmPanel DiscussionTony Stanger, Sandy Manson, Matt Donnelly
4.45pmClosing Comments 
 Drinks Reception and Networking

Full speaker list

Karen Scholes CA

Karen Scholes CA

Karen Scholes manages AJB Scholes, the Orkney based accountancy firm started by her late father. Under her direction, the firm has expanded to become one of the leading accountancy firms in the north of Scotland. Karen qualified in 1988.

A finalist in the 2005 Association of Scottish Businesswomen Awards, Karen is a leading figure in the Orkney business community. Nurturing young people in business is a particular passion, with Karen supporting and encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs through her work with Young Enterprise Orkney and the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust.

Peter Anderton

Peter Anderton

Peter has spent over 15 years in HR and Organisational Development - focusing on strategy, change, leadership and team development.   That said, he also likes to keep things simple – that’s why he loves the messages contained in the ‘Art of Being Brilliant.’ Passionate about getting the bounce back into life, he has been described as the ‘Tigger’ of the corporate world.  

Peter is a qualified NLP master practitioner and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.  He is also a Chartered Engineer, which might explain a weakness for leadership models and diagrams with interlocking circles that he tries to indulge when no-one is looking! 

Full of energy, supportive, insightful, refreshingly open & direct, Peter has immersed his life in transformation - from the stories he read as a child to his habit of buying houses in ever increasing states of disrepair in order to restore and transform them.

Sandy Manson CA

Sandy Manson CA

Sandy Manson is CEO of Johnston Carmichael, Scotland's largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants employing more than 600 people across 11 offices, and is Deputy President of ICAS.

Sandy trained with Arthur Andersen in Edinburgh and qualified in 1985. He then worked with Arthur Andersen in London and Zurich in their audit and assurance division.

In 1991 on his return to Aberdeenshire, Sandy joined Johnston Carmichael and became a Partner in 1993 and CEO in 2007.

Jamie Jenkins

Jamie Jenkins

Jamie has worked in financial services for over 25 years, focusing predominantly on pensions, where he is involved in Product Development, Policy and Strategy for Standard Life Plc.

Jamie is a frequent speaker and press commentator on developments in the pensions market, and also blogs regularly.

He is available to provide insight and comment on anything and everything relating to pensions. He is also available for guest blogging or expert Q&A, providing insight and expertise in a digestible, easy-to-understand way for a wide range of audiences.

Sir Brian Souter CA

Sir Brian Souter CA

Sir Brian Souter (62) is one of the UK's leading entrepreneurs and transport innovators.

He is the co-founder and Chairman of Stagecoach Group, the international public transport operator, which runs some of the UK's most recognised transport brands and is a market leader in delivering greener, smarter travel.

Sir Brian is architect of the company's philosophy and, along with his sister, Ann Gloag, founded the company in Perth, Scotland, in 1980, with just two buses. His vision, entrepreneurial flair and innovative ideas have transformed Stagecoach into an international market-leading business.

Listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1993, Stagecoach Group operates around 13,000 vehicles and rolling stock and employs around 35,000 people in the UK, United States and Canada.

Sir Brian was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2011 for services to transport and the voluntary sector.

A qualified chartered accountant, Sir Brian has been a long-standing supporter of business in Scotland and is also a former Board member of Scottish Enterprise.

Sir Brian is also Chairman of Souter Investments, his private investment vehicle. It invests in a diverse range of private equity funds, bonds, quoted and unquoted investments and commercial and residential property.

Sir Brian still lives in his home town of Perth, Scotland, and is married with four children. He has received a number of awards for his business acumen, his personal achievements and his significant contribution to the development of the public transport sector in the UK. Sir Brian was named UK Master Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and, in 2012, became the first public transport entrepreneur to be inducted into the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Scottish Business Awards.

A strong advocate of business being an integral part of the communities they serve, Sir Brian makes significant personal financial contributions to a wide variety of good causes through the Souter Charitable Trust. The trust provides financial support to social projects, medical research and organisations promoting spiritual welfare.

Tony Stanger

Tony Stanger

Tony Stanger represented Scotland 52 times at Rugby Union between 1989 and 1998 and is Scotland’s joint top try scorer of all time with 24 tries. Scorer of arguably the most famous try in Scottish Rugby history as Scotland defeated England to win the Grand Slam in 1990, he was also part of the victorious British Lions Tour to South Africa in 1997 and played in the Rugby World Cup in 1991 and 1995.

An RFU Level 4 qualified rugby coach, he worked as Assistant Academy Manger at Leeds Tykes and Speed and Skills Coach at London Irish RFC. He has a 1st class Honours degree in Applied Sports Science and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh. Most recently he was Head of Talent at the Scottish Institute of Sport and now runs Stanger Pro – a talent and coaching consultancy working across business and sport helping clients understand more about potential and how to get the most from their people.

David Levin

David Levin

David Levin is a writer and Creative Director at social media agency That Lot, where he manages the day-to-day social output for clients including Channel 4, HSBC, B&Q, Great Britain and Jamie Oliver. 

After working as a writer at MTV for several years, and as a freelance journalist for the likes of GQ and The Guardian, David's initial foray into social came when he set up a spoof Twitter account for his local pub, @the_dolphin_pub, which attracted a cult following and was named Time Out's 'Best London Twitter'. He was then asked to write and create social content for numerous brands and broadcasters including BBC One's The Voice, which broke BBC records for engagement. 

David specialises in brand tone of voice and creating shareable, ownable social formats, many of which contributed towards That Lot winning Social Agency of the Year 2016 as well as some major wins for specific clients such as making Channel 4 the most-viewed UK broadcaster on Facebook. David is a regular speaker at social media and marketing events and has appeared on several TV and radio shows such as the consumer affairs programme You & Yours on Radio 4.

At this ICAS event, David will talk through numerous ways to improve your social media output. With a heavy focus on Twitter, and a side-order of Facebook and LinkedIn, David will cover tone of voice, creative uses of images and video, customer engagement, stats & analytics and platform innovation, as well as covering some of the basics for those less well-versed in the art of social gold.

Sandeep Shrestha

Sandeep Shrestha

Sandeep Shrestha is Account Manager for's Scotland and Ireland clients. Sandeep focuses on the engagement of accounting and audit firms in Scotland and the island of Ireland. He has over 7 years experience in the accounting industry, having previously worked as an auditor in practice and as Lead Financial Accountant at Intuit before joining He is currently pursuing an MBA from Bradford University School of Management.

Ted Comerford

Ted Comerford

Ted Comerford has worked at HRMC since 1978, acquiring extensive Change Management experience including undertaking an MBA. Ted currently works on HMRC’s Transformation Programme ‘Making Tax Digital for Business’ as part of the Customer Readiness & External Stakeholder team, working with a wide range of business customers to explain plans to bring customer insights into HMRC. With 30+ years experience in the department, Ted has worked on major projects such as SA online filing – the Carter Programme – and project managed the Upstream Error and Fraud Reduction project in Business Tax. He has also been involved in HMRC’s new organisational designevents – Building our Future.

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RBS Conference Centre, 175 Glasgow Road, Gogarburn, Edinburgh
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