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Origins Of The APA

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From humble origins as a LinkedIn group, the AP Forum has grown to over 41,000 members on the LinkedIn AP Forum. We listened to the members of this group who constantly stated they wanted something more substantial, so we created the APA.

Moving forward we will be called the Accounts Payable Association (or the APA for short) and everything you will need to know will be provided here on this website.

The Association has been created by a number of leading AP professionals (including Jamie Radford our CEO); they have a wealth of experience (over fifty years) within AP functions organisations of all sizes and in many industries both in the UK and around the world.

Aims And Purpose Of The APA

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The Accounts Payable Association represents the global interests of professionals working in the AP industry. The APA is committed to the professional advancement of individuals within the Accounts Payable discipline and also closely related financial roles.

The APA acts as a support group where like-minded AP professionals can obtain information on new technologies, procedures, and trends whilst obtaining critical benchmarking statistics on other organisations.

The overall aim of the APA is to provide members with an abundance of support, tools, data and information that they need in their day to day work whilst also helping to plan their career in the “World of Accounts Payable”.

We aim to change the all too often perception that AP is a dead-end job with minimal prospects – this is just untrue. Accounts Payable is vital to businesses; which can’t function without the efficient payment of bills on time. AP functions need suitably qualified professionals, who are highly motivated, valued by their organisation and also rewarded for the valuable work they do.

Accounts Payable Association

APA Key Stats

41,000 AP Forum Members
6 Certification Programes
Global Leading Events
Global Accredited Partners

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Jamie RadfordFounder & CEO
Jamie is a qualified Chartered Procurement specialist, holding the (MCIPS). With over 25 years’ experience in corporate finance functions; Jamie saw a need for a members association specifically for Accounts Payable professionals – so set up the APA. This follows Jamie’s successful management of the LinkedIn Group – The AP Forum.
Steve HuntCommercial Director Of APA
Steve Hunt joins the APA as Commercial Director. Steve has over thirty years of extensive finance and consultancy (Accounts Payable/P2P/Treasury) expertise to bring to the benefit of the APA.

Steve has been a Bank Manager and EMEA Treasury Manager in previous roles.

Gareth JonesAPA Consultant & Trainer
Gareth has over 14 years’ experience in payments and procurement across many industries in public and private sector and is particularly expert in P2P. Gareth joins the APA in a role of Associates Support and has a wealth of experience to bring to the role.
Sam Hitchen Business Development Director
Sam has recently taken on the role as Business Development Director to continue to develop the strong partner relationships the APA have built. Sam is an experienced BDM with 10 years previous experience in similar roles.

Email: sam@ap-association.co.uk

MikeMembership Account Manager At The APA
Mike is the newest member of the team and has an extensive background in Account Management. Mike handles all membership enquries and any queries or issues regarding membership,  will go through to him.

Email: mike@ap-association.com

Rachael O'ConnorMarketing Associate At The APA
Rachael looks after all elements of marketing planning from hosting webinars, email campaigns through to supporting our partners.
Nick GowerIT/SEO Specialist
Nick is the IT/SEO guru of the team, making sure our systems are in place and our members can find us.

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