Annual Conference and Expo

The Accounts Payable Association’s Annual Conference & Expo returned for the third year!

2019’s main theme and focus was “Leadership & Career in Transactional Finance”

The AP Conference & Expo is the largest & most comprehensive Accounts Payable/P2P event in the UK.

Every year we focus on topics that are relevant to our growing audience, in 2019 we looked at developing an individual’s careers in transactional finance looking at Leadership in particular.

What happened on the day…

As before, delegates benefited from a strong focus on education, training and professional development, as well as the opportunity to network with industry experts and peers.

The conference included the opportunity to speak face to face with leading suppliers in the fields of software, recruitment, payment processing, employee expenses and more. In addition, a series of presentations took place throughout the day – providing further opportunities for delegates to enhance their knowledge.

The keynote speakers including World renowned AP Expert Mary Schaeffer & the UK’s No.1 Motivational Business Speaker Brad Burton. Plus, panel discussions & a series of Industry leading speakers throughout the day.

Several educational workshops took place throughout the day for everyone to get involved in, as well as hosting special guest panel discussions from industry leaders.

Keynote Speakers

Mary Schaeffer

We are extremely excited to be having renowned AP Guru, Mary Shaeffer, fly over especially for our event as one of our Keynote Speakers…

Mary S. Schaeffer is the founder of AP Now, a B2B media firm focused on creating business intelligence around the accounts payable and payment functions. Schaeffer is the host of the AP Now podcast. She has written 18 business books and is a frequent and popular speaker at both online and live events. Previously she held positions as an Assistant Treasurer for the Equitable Life Assurance Society, a Financial Risk Manager for O&Y and a Corporate Cash Manager for Continental Grain. She has an MBA in Finance from NYU and a BS in Mathematics from York College (CUNY).

Karen Young

We are very privileged to have Karen Young, Director of Hays, returning to our conference this year as one of our keynote speakers…

Karen is a Director and recruiting expert at Hays Accountancy & Finance. She provides strategic leadership to a team of over 400 accountancy and finance recruitment professionals across nearly 100 UK offices. With 22 years of finance recruitment experience, Karen has a track record of recruiting top finance talent for businesses across a range of industry sectors, and is a trusted industry voice on recruitment, career planning and market insights.

Brad Burton

We hope you’re ready for an inspirational talk like no other! Brad Burton will be joining our event this year to give you the full experience of one of his excellent talks…

Every single decision you’ve ever made in your life has brought you to this moment… the moment where you are reading this. Brad Burton is the UK’s #1 Motivational Business Speaker. However, he left school with no qualifications, spent years on benefits before starting his own business in 2006. With £25,000 of debt he was delivering pizzas at weekends to help keep his business afloat. 10 years on, that business; 4Networking, now runs over 5,000+ business networking meetings each year with 1000’s of members. Brad is also the highest rated & reviewed 5* Amazon business author. With four best-selling business books under his belt, he knows his stuff. An entertaining, humorous, thought provoking, high energy, motivational speaker, you’ll find out, that winning at life, is a whole lot more important than coming first in business.

Panel Speakers

Gareth Jones

APA Co-Founder

Dan French

CEO at Consider Solutions

Patsy Christian

AP/P2P Professional and Manager at Bourne Leisure

Samantha Ryan

Shared Services Operations Manager at Yorkshire Water

Stewart Griffiths

Payments Manager at Bio Products Laboratory Ltd

Ellen Leith

Editor at PPN Ltd

Rachael Long

Group AP Manager at Breedon Group

John Wallace

CEO of Documation

Master of Ceremonies

Michael Ryan

Director of Finance Transformation & Finance Shared Services at Interserve

APA Annual Awards & Top 50 Influencers Index

Each year we celebrate the success of individuals & teams by hosting the Industry’s Prestigious APA awards ceremony. The awards provide a unique opportunity for the AP Industry to publicly recognise the hard-working professionals who have made an impact on their organisation, the sector or those who achieved personal success over the past 12 months.

New for 2019 is the Top 50 Influencers Index where we reward individuals who are helping to shape & make a difference to our industry.

Highlights of 2018 Conference

The theme for the 2018 conference was “The robots are coming: embracing technology and change”. Our keynote speakers and breakout sessions provided AP professionals with insights into the new technologies available to the AP industry including automation, AI and robotics. These technologies, as highlighted by our speakers, are to be celebrated as opposed to feared and they got us and the audience excited for what is to come!

One of the greatest moments of the event was also Claire Lomas MBE’ amazingly inspirational story, as our Key Note Speaker at the 2018 Annual Conference.

Claire spoke about the split second that changed her life, and the dark times that followed, making it an incredibly moving and unforgettable talk.

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