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 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 dynamic sessions 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.

More speakers to be announced soon.

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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

Deputy President, ICAS

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

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

Pensions Expert at Standard Life plc

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.

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

President, ICAS

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.

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RBS Conference Centre, 175 Glasgow Road, Gogarburn, Edinburgh
RBS Conference Centre, 175 Glasgow Road, Gogarburn, Edinburgh EH12 9BH


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