APA Conference & Expo 2018









The Accounts Payable Association’s Annual Conference & Expo returns for the second year!

This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better with an extremely relevant theme of “The robots are coming: embracing technology and change”.

With automation, AI and robotics common buzzwords within the profession, our keynote speakers and breakout sessions will provide AP professionals with insights into the new technologies available to the AP industry, and examine the reasons why these opportunities should be embraced rather than feared.

What you can expect on the day…

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

Central to the conference is the annual vendor expo, providing delegates with the opportunity to speak face to face with leading suppliers in the fields of software, recruitment and more. In addition, a series of presentations and workshops will be taking place throughout the day – providing further opportunities for delegates to enhance their knowledge.

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Who will be attending

Event Speakers

Key Note Speaker – Claire Lomas MBE

The Accounts Payable Association are truly honoured to have Claire Lomas MBE tell her amazing inspirational story as our Key Note Speaker at this years Annual Conference.

Claire speaks about the split second that changed her life, and candidly describes the darkest times. This is combined with humour which has helped Claire get through some embarrassing moments that her injury has caused.

Claire demonstrates the robotic suit, and you could hear a pin drop as everyone is fascinated by the pioneering technology. As Claire walks across the room, people are in awe that she managed 26.2 miles in the streets of London when she can’t even feel the ground beneath her.

Claire talks about the gradual process of turning her situation around, and surprisingly how the five best days of her life have all been after her devastating injury. She describes the turning point which was when she stopped thinking of everything she could no longer do, and instead the many things she could still do. Claire challenges her audience to raise their sights, make their own luck by taking opportunities and be the best they can be.

You will leave the room believing in yourself, inspired and hugely motivated. When faced with challenges in their own lives, Claire’s words stick in their mind “Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t – you are right”.

The Mainstage Speakers

Jamie Radford

Jamie Radford - CEO

John Wallace

John Wallace - CEO

Karen Young

Karen Young - Director

Rod Chadwick

Rod Chadwick - RPA Intake Owner

Francis Thornhill

Francis Thornhill - Head of Marketing

Samantha Ryan

Samantha Ryan - Global P2P Manager

The Workshops

Process automation and its impact on AP

Neal Dempsey

Duty to report on payment practices & performance

Jenny Shutt

An outlook on the future of P2P

Dan French – CEO

To Be Announced

Surviving & thriving in a world of change

Stephen Duffy – MD ACTLEAN


Robots Are Coming But Humans Are Still In Charge


The Compare

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan - Chief Transformation Officer

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Event Sponsors

Highlights of 2017 Conference

Last years APA Annual event was a huge success with AP/P2P professionals from throughout the UK attending  & taking part in the industry’s leading event.

Included within the event were a variety of guest speakers from the AP industry who covered a wide spectrum of AP/P2P related topics.

The entire day was so successful because of the level of interaction from the attendees which we know will be the same in 2018!

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APA Awards

APA Awards are the industry leading awards for Accounts Payable and P2P professionals giving reward and recognition to individuals and teams who go above and beyond. These awards can provide a well deserved boost to teams of hard working finance professionals.

With 6 categories of awards to nominate for let your team or Manager know how much you appreciate and recognise them.

AP and P2P Manager of the Year Awards:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to implement change
  • Effective management resulting in improved processes
  • Incorporated technologies resulting in significant savings

Significant Team Achievement & Team  of the Year Awards:

  • Excellent customer service
  • Effectively streamlined processes, implemented new technologies, and/or reduced costs
  • Made improvements to payables processing resulting in better cashflow

Significant Contributor to industry award

  • Who do you know that contributes to the AP industry?
  • Blogs, helpful advice, knowledge sharing etc

Investors in People Award :

  • Does your employer invest in your training and progression? If so, we want you to nominate them for an award!

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