Senior Business Director
Hays Accountancy & Finance
I am a dedicated Accountancy & Finance recruiter, with over 23 years’ experience as a trusted recruitment partner, with an exemplary track record.
A large part of my role involves recruiting within Accounts Payable and I am passionate about promoting the values and goals of the APA.
Ana de Sousa Pereira
Offsite Archive Storage and Integrated Services, Ltd
I have a degree in Economics by the Portuguese Catholic University and I am fluent in 4 languages (portuguese, English, French and spanish).I started working as a credit analyst in a portuguese insurance company.
Then I moved to GE Capital where I stayed for 20 years;I started in the sales department for 10 years then 2 in FP&A and 8 in Accounts Payable as an AP Supervisor In 2012, I came to Ireland to start an AP centre in RGA. In 2014 I moved to Baxter as AP Manager, responsible for the French and Iberian market and 6 teM members.
In 2018 I moved to Microfocus as AP AP Manager for the EMEA and APAC market and a team of 14. Finally in 2019 I moved to OASIS where I’m responsible for UK, Ireland, Belgium and Netherlands markets and a team of 6.
Head of Accounts Payable
I manage a team of 27 people, based in Leicestershire, in the construction manufacturing market. We are a multi-talented team with a core Business Partnering approach to our 18 Clients. I have managed AP Teams for 19 years. My ethos is to lead by example, be firm but fair and enjoy the job we do. It is my role to communicate up and down, listen to my people, develop, coach and guide them.
I have worked for Guinness for 13 years in the Finance Department firstly in the Income team and then transferred to the Ap team. During this time I have been involved in streamlining processes and improving systems to provide a first class payments service.
With my time at Guinness I have successfully completed management courses which has helped with change management and allowed us to build an award winning Ap team who excel in all areas. One area we concentrate o as a management team is employee engagement to provide our team with support through mentoring and coaching.
Senior Finance Manager
Debenhams Retail Ltd
Caroline has significant experience as a Senior Finance Manager, with an aptitude to learn and a determination to succeed. A change orientated Finance professional, who has worked in a variety of roles within Finance (and a secondment to IT…), with a broad commercial awareness.
Viewed as industry expert in Accounts Payable and Procure to Pay who is enthusiastic, motivated, and enjoys new challenges/ thrives under pressure. Likes to be creative, think outside of the box and have fun. Believes in being brilliant at the basics, get the process right then automate, automate… Has created Teams that are efficient and high performing, that keep evolving, adding value, but also having fun. Member of Fiscal Technologies Advisory Board. Enjoys life and the new challenges each day brings working in Shared Services.
- Planning and delivering Projects to budget and timescales, ensuring transformation is delivered, processes are re engineered, simplified, and benefits stated are met or exceeded
- Significant leadership and delivery of major business systems developments
- P2P for Overheads
- Invoice Matching – Stock and Overheads, 3 way matching
- Intelligent Data Capture & Workflow – OCR, Electronic invoicing, including the delivery of a bespoke B2B Supplier Portal, which allows suppliers to self serve
- Exception Handler (Query Desk) – Automation of invoice rejections at the front door vs down stream ‘touching’
- AP Forensics (Fraud Prevention) – Implementation of Fraud software that highlights duplicates and provides analysis of supplier behaviours
- Supply Chain Finance Scheme & Corporate Card Scheme – Focussed on maximising working capital
- P Card scheme – removed the need for petty cash in stores
- Payment Practise Reporting – using the reports to look at payment performance metrics
- Creating Policies, Authorisation & Control documentation, AP Handbook, In House Training literature, with a focus on continuous learning for the Teams
- Lead and developed teams of 100+ people, ranging in experience and qualifications, with the key aim to encourage development and progression within the organisation.
- Researching AP Best Practise and what is next in technology newness for the P2P process, together with researching initiatives to improve working capital
- Whats next? Data – Using the data we are sitting on to highlight opportunities to increase profit
Transformation Programme Director & Founder
Cadenza Business Solutions Ltd
Caroline is a people-focused Transformation Programme Director and accountant (ACMA CGMA) with a track record of success in the finance transformation arena.
She leads her programmes by example and is equally at home in both the private and public sector. Her key strengths are Source to Pay, Record to Report and finance systems implementations, together with leading organisational change. Caroline has been running her consulting business for over 12 years and is a keen mentor.
Accounts Payable Project Co-ordinator
Breedon Group PLC
I have worked in AP for around eight years, and I love the thrill of not knowing what the new working day may bring! As a new member of the APA, I am looking forward to building a greater network, and sharing my experiences with others.
Procurement & Accounts Payable Manager
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
I’m currently managing a Team of 7 AP Officers and 2 Buyers for an organisation working on behalf of a large London Authority.
Away from the day job, I’m a keen aviation enthusiast, travelling around the world visiting all things aviation related. Also, by default of being married to a New Zealander, I’ve become a big fan of the All Blacks Rugby team!
I believe the future for AP professionals is very bright. We have gone from being just seen as the team that pays the bills, to one where we have exciting new technology at our disposal that can enable and empower us to do so much more for our organisations.
Head of Purchasing and Payables
Over 30 years’ experience within Accounts Payable. I began my journey as a Purchase Ledger Clerk, moving up to a Supervisor role with a local brewery, prior to moving to London where I joined Aston Carter as a Purchase Ledger Controller. Aston Carter was acquired by Allegis Group Ltd in 2011 which gave me the opportunity to develop and progress in my career to AP & Procurement Senior Manager, before moving to my current role as Head of Purchasing and Payables, covering purchases of over £12m across various jurisdictions in EMEA.
Westgate Moore Associates
Chris is a Director of Westgate Moore Associates; specialists in best practice solutions in accounts payable, providing solution for prevention, communication, savings and compliance.
Chris became director of WMA in 2016 when the company focussed solely on recovery audits. In the years that followed, the company has emerged at the forefront of best practice, as a result of being able to draw upon the knowledge and expertise that were honed engaging, listening and communicating with AP managers.
Accounts Payable/P2P manager/specialist
Currently looking for her next opportunity
From Manchester and married with 3 children, Claire started her career in AP 24 years ago as a 17 year old office junior at Tavern Wholesale, then moved onto Compass Catering, Jungheinrich, Syncro, Bupa Hospitals, Alpha Lsg Ltd and most recently Pretty Little Thing.
Service Improvement Officer
NWSSP (NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership)
Manage 3 Welsh Organisations, Velindre/ Public Health Wales & Health Education Improvement Wales. I look at improving the service we provide as a team & encourage others to develop through learning. Developed a training orientation for Accounts Payable in NWSSP for a department of 80 including working instructions (iSO 9001 Quality Audit).
Group Purchase Ledger Manager
I live and work in the lovely county of Dorset and I am currently the Group Purchase Ledger Manager for Farrow & Ball Ltd, a prestigious brand of fantastic paints and wallpapers. As such I deal on a daily basis with suppliers and colleagues spread across North America & Europe.
Over the years I have worked within Finance for various market sectors including housing associations, charities, manufacturing, retail and banking. My particular areas of expertise include international payments, system implementation and process mapping / writing.
Living in Dorset I enjoy some great water sports and local beer, cider and music festivals but unusually do not follow English sports, unless it’s the world cups. I far prefer North American ice hockey and, for my sins, follow the Edmonton Oilers.
My main aim for the near future is to create operating and fraud policies, establish KPIs and expand paperless processing / automation within my section. I am also looking forward to networking and sharing knowledge with my fellow influencers and association members.
Founder & CEO
Dan is Founder and CEO of Consider Solutions, who provide thought leadership, analytics, technology integration and best practice insight on the journey towards ‘World Class Finance.
They serve global brands including BT, Bombardier, Sony Music, Starbucks and UNICEF. Though based in London, in the “Before Times” Dan travelled around the world for work. For recreation, he enjoys skiing, playing blues guitar and red wine though, for safety reasons, not all at the same time.
Head of UK Transactional Finance
Lowell Financial Limited
Daniel Pearson has spent most of his career within the financial services sector, within Insurance, Fund Management, Investment Funds and Debt Purchase, with many years of experience in companies around the UK.
He started his career at Norwich Union Insurance in Norwich and subsequent moved to Aviva plc in York. More recently holding a number of senior positions at Lowell Financial Limited, one of Europe’s biggest Debt Purchase business, at its European HQ in Leeds.
Accounts Payable Assistant
Alexandra Palace Trading Ltd
In previous roles I have taken on various finanace/AP tasks. I am currently an AP Assistant at Alexandra Palace, I do AP at AP!
I enjoy problem solving, interacting with colleagues and suppliers and thinking of new ways we can improve current processes, especially if it saves time and money.
I successfully completed the APA Team Leader Course this year, it’s so great to have a recognised certification. Here’s to the future!
FT&E Consulting Ltd
David is an inspirational leader and senior Finance & Shared Services consulting professional with an impeccable track record.
An assertive, persuasive, persistent and practical business leader with a wealth of transferable skills acquired during a career spanning financial controllership, shared services, and business change management.
David has an aptitude to rapidly assess, understand and appreciate the current business state and assimilate the development of solutions to achieve positive outcomes
Invoicing and Payments Team Manager
Debra R Richardson
Debra R Richardson LLC
Debra is an accounts payable speaker, trainer, and business owner. An accredited Accounts Payable Manager, Procure to Pay Manager and Payment Reporting Specialist, she has over 20 years’ experience in accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, and financial reporting for Fortune 500 companies including Verizon, General Motors and Aramark. Debra focused on Global Vendor Maintenance for US, APAC, EMEA, and LATAM countries, and implemented a vendor self-registration portal for 140k+ global vendors across five ERPs. Debra now focuses on helping accounts payable teams protect the vendor master file from fraud and “Pay the Right Vendor” with blogs, webinars, and other free and paid content and resources. She hosts a weekly podcast: “Putting the AP in hAPpy”.
Invoice to Pay Manager
I am the Invoice to Pay Manager at Interserve. I have been leading finance teams at Interserve for 9 years and currently manage a team of 60+ transaction processing clerks who are responsible for effective and efficient processing of 1 million invoices a year. Outside of work my more challenging full time job is mother to two 15 year old twin boys. This makes managing a team of 60 professionals a piece of cake compared to having one child and his naughtiest mate on a daily basis.
Purchase to Pay Network (PPN)
The Purchase to Pay Network (PPN) is the UK’s leading provider of finance, P2P, Accounts Payable and Business content.
Established over 12 years ago, the Network boast a community of over 15,000 professionals from a diverse range of large and enterprise sized organisations. Passionate about digital and professional transformation across the industry, PPN has established itself as the go-to environment for people and organisations looking to progress.
Business and Finance BA Degree qualified, highly motivated, results-driven P2P contractor with over 20 year’s experience in Purchasing, AP and Cash Management / Treasury for blue chip companies in a variety of diverse public and private market sectors, domestic and internationally, with annual turnovers of up to £62bn.
Self-starter in the management of up to 124 people BAU (Local/national/SSC/BPO) to the implementation of projects including new ERP systems to consultation of change and improvement. Regularly recognised for my outstanding performance through awards and ‘exceed’ ratings in PDR reviews.
Co-Founder of Accounts Payable Association, creating the AP course content and delivering fast track courses while supporting the CEO through various activities within the business such as the creation of the virtual event website, podcats to managing associations and partners expectations.
I’m a 40 something mother of 2 young girls who like to keep me on my toes. I’ve worked full time in Finance all my life and I have a passion for all things Accounts Payable.
I believe Communication is the key to a successful AP Function and I’m always inquisitive to learn about other people’s experiences.
My other passion is Motorsport and I volunteer as a Silverstone Racemaker in my spare time.
Purchase Ledger Manager
MLM Consulting Engineers Ltd (Part of Sweco UK)
I am a qualified Purchase Ledger Manager with 12 years’ experience in a finance role. I started my finance career working at a solicitors firm before moving to MLM, where I began as an accounts administrator for several years before choosing to focus my career within Accounts Payable. During my time working in MLM, I have achieved APAT and APAM qualifications with the APA association and I have progressed to a management role over five years ago
I have a real passion for what I do and am an ambassador for encouraging new people to work in the Accounts Payable Industry. Most notably in my career I have taken on a range of candidates, some with no previous accounts experience and helped them progress their careers to become competent accounts clerks.
One of my most recent achievement at MLM is the development of more sophisticated process for registering Approved Suppliers. Over the last year I have reduced the approved supplier list by almost 50% to contain the most active and relevant suppliers that the company need. As part of this project I have developed a new online portal for sourcing current suppliers and registering new ones, allowing better company engagement with the added assurance that they comply with Health and Safety and GDPR compliance standards.
I have recently demonstrated my negotiating skills through successfully managing to reduce our costs with our stationery supplier by 27%, compared to what we were doing 2 years ago. This is a remarkable achievement for which I am very proud. I have also worked along with my fantastic team on developing a programme with a software developer to make our AP system more efficient.
My working style is very focussed and methodical. I can come across as quiet and reserved, and tend to open up more with people as I get to know them. I have a very good relationship with my team and am fortunate to have the privilege or working with and training my son in the profession. I regularly engage with my team socially by going to out to quizzes, meals out etc which encourages a great working life with my team and myself.
Outside the office I am quite a creative person and, in my spare time, I enjoy spending time dressmaking and like to travel around the UK in our motorhome. I have a particular soft spot for the Yorkshire countryside. I also value spending time with my family and grandchildren.
My main career aspirations going forward are to continue my passion for promoting the APA, and to encourage more young people to consider careers within the profession, to develop my people management skills and continue as an ambassador to the wider industry, in an area which is often overlooked.
I have over 30 years experience in various size companies . I adore AP and all the intricate issues that can arise. I fell into AP by accident and stayed there for a number of years before migrating, again by accident, into Provisioning management. Finally AP needed me back again, so here I am.
Accounts Payable Manager
Too many years working in finance to mention! After following my husband’s career around both UK and Europe and fitting in various finance roles along the way, it was time to set roots back in the UK. Immediately I found myself settling back into accounts payable, spending the past 8 years working for an extremely busy shared service team and helped implement OCR also contributed towards the installation of a new ERP system. I am currently working as the Accounts Payable Manager for Refresco and helping integrate two accounts packages. I am Passionate about ensuring my team has the correct tools to complete their daily tasks as well as ensuring my team deliver a high quality service to all stakeholders. I like to lead by example, I am honest and reliable and also I am willing to roll my sleeves up to get the job done! I enjoy nothing more than seeing someone successfully succeed and I think accounts payable is a great foundation for anyone considering a future career in finance.
Norfolk County Council
My name is James I am 42 years old, I work fulltime within Finance and am very passionate about my working life. I am an advocate of new technology and always drive to succeed in whatever challenges I am presented with. My spare time is most taken up by my family (mainly the kids and activity’s). Although it is also important that you have downtime time and this is the time I go running to keep fit and healthy.
Finance Systems Manager
Starting my AP career at Burtons in 1989 was the start of my obsession with all things AP. Not wanting to be an accountant, I worked my way from company to company gaining the best P2P knowledge, general accounting and people management.
My highlight was joining Wm Morrisons with a team of 200, a system implementation and outsourcing. This led me on to focus more on transformation and system implementation. Still learning in an ever-changing world!
Accounts Payable Manager
I have specialised in AP and P2P since 2007, developing a passion in the discipline and using my knowledge and experience to ensure AP is able to meet any opportunity or challenge. Striking a balance between a robust, controls-based process while remaining commercially responsive is, I believe, at the heart of an efficient function. Together with the drive for constant improvement, it puts AP front and centre in any productivity initiative.
Most teams in an organisation rely on us and look to AP for leadership in workflow design and maintenance, training and support during the introduction of new technologies and for guidance and advice to ensure all the systems knit together seamlessly.
I welcome any opportunity to enthuse the next generation of AP professionals, fostering their development and encouraging everyone in my teams to present their ideas for improvements. There is a real sense of achievement when they are refined, implemented and enhance the processes. There’s never been a more exciting, interesting and fun time to dive into AP and P2P and the future will undoubtedly bring new opportunities to progress and improve further.
Outside of work, I love being in the great outdoors, especially hiking but also playing sports or just meeting up with friends and family.
Chief Executive Officer
As Documation’s founder and the driving force behind product strategy John has established the company as a leader in its field with a reputation for delivering brilliant software with care and expertise. With a wealth of experience in innovation, leadership and consultancy, John is a recognised thought-leader in the field of Finance process automation and transformation with a particular focus on AP.
An experienced leader with first class communication skills John is passionate about the creation of a strong, values led ‘Growth Mindset” culture as the driver for sustainable quality and growth. John has an absolute commitment to ensuring that the whole team take ownership of continuous business improvement and this is directly reflected in the exceptional service provided to Documation’s customers. In John’s words, “in a successful organisation, everyone has to be leader”.
Accounts Payable Manager
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
I have worked in or around accounts payable since the early 1980s, working my way from Bought Ledger Clerk to Senior Finance Operations level via AAT, mainly in professional services but with a brief stint in FMCG.
Apart from building, managing and stabilising accounts payable and finance operations teams, I have been involved in numerous projects and believe strongly that high quality accounts payable data drives business excellence – even if the business doesn’t always know it…
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.
Shared Financial Services Manager
I am an extremely driven, career focused, yet highly personable manager. My background is corporate finance especially transactional functions such as accounts payable where I have made positive changes and delivered successful transitions within an SSC environment. I like to lead by example by engaging with the wider business and encourage their input to process changes to increase productivity and in turn manage a high performing team.
Accounts Payable Manager
Kerri is an accounts payable and treasury professional with 15 years’ experience in various healthcare settings both public and private, most recently in a shared service setting looking after 17 separate entities with an AP team of 7.
Kerri has created, implemented and documented new processes (including project managing an automation project) and procedures for the team. She has created meaningful KPI’s for the team which are used to build on and escalate queries monthly, to our stakeholders and the executive team.
Kerri thoroughly enjoys researching advances in AP technology, best practice and how best to lead her team in a more strategic manner. 2 years ago, she qualified as an Accounts Payable Association Manager and is looking forward to a long and rewarding career within the world of P2P/AP focusing on system development and change.
In her spare time Kerri enjoys walking her dog, holidays and volunteers as a scout leader.
Accounts Payable Manager
I am an Accounts Payable professional (APA qualified) with many years’ experience of Procure to Pay and Accounts Payable. I am very happily married with 3 sons. Whilst the boys have been growing up I have been lucky enough to be able to progress with my career to Management level.
I have always loved AP and never been tempted to stray to another career. We are the heart of every business and there is always a buzz around our department. When you are settled in the role, you will almost certainly find yourself liking the people who are quick at receipting their orders, the best… if you know, you know !
I have had experience of working in very different companies throughout the years, from smaller teams to Global Finance Service Centres and have a proven record of coaching and leading successful and productive teams. I have also been involved in many Projects from sourcing and implementing P2P products, expense software and scanning solutions, to currently working on the impending change to the Oracle Cloud Solution in my current role, which I am excited about.
I am proud to be a member of the APA association and think it is fantastic that we are being recognised in our profession, and have a great group of people to share our knowledge and success with.
Manager, Financial Services Systems & Disbursements
An experienced Accounting & Finance Manager with over 25 years of varied experience. Louise’s work with Tier 1 ERPs across different areas has given her the necessary knowledge and experience to implement and improve P2P, Travel Expenses, Corporate Card Administration, and Cash Management processes.
Her current portfolio also includes system support for GL, Procurement and Financial Planning. Continuous improvement goals and the application of new technologies are her driving force.
Head of Financial Operations
Currently working in Christchurch, Dorset at Kondor Limited on behalf of Exertis (UK) Ltd, part of DCC Plc, with a length of service of 22 years.
With over 25 years’ experience in accounts payable and transactional finance starting as a purchase ledger supervisor at Lancashire Enterprises Plc.
In 2014 after acquisition and merger, was successfully promoted to head up the accounts payable function of Exertis (UK).
Recently receiving further promotion to Kondor head of financial operations, part of the acquisition portfolio of Exertis, on secondment to review structure, process, procedures and implement required changes.
P2P Process Improvement Manager
Maciej is a Procure-to-Pay expert, with over 12 years’ experience in the P2P area as a Process Improvement Manager, Head of a P2P Department, Regional Operation Lead and a Project Manager.
Maciej has been recently leading programs and projects focused on topics like Fraud Prevention, Internal Control Framework, Risk Mitigation in P2P, Procurement Transformation, P-Cards, Virtual Cards and End-to-End process optimisation. Maciej lives in Germany, is a father of 3 kids, a hobby football player and a certified diver. You can reach Maciej at www.linkedin.com/in/maciejboryslawski.
Accounts Payable/Purchasing Manager
Mandy Jenkins, APAM is the Accounts Payable/Purchasing Manager for InterDigital, Inc. out of Wilmington, Delaware. Mandy has specialized in Accounts Payable for the last fifteen years with vast experience in system implementations, process improvement, and managing efficient, high-volume departments.
Her role with InterDigital has her overseeing the Accounts Payable and Purchasing for twenty-five separate legal entities, with both a domestic and an international AP team.
I am a Finance professional with over 25 years’ experience in Accounts Payable Management, team leadership and staff development, raising the standard across Account Payable departments.
Since starting my AP career at the BBC, I have worked mostly for companies that were going/gone through change and in need of stabilisation or improvement which includes EMI/Sony Music Publishing, GSK, Perform Group and Yoox Net A Porter.
In 2011, after 6+ years at Menzies Aviation, I was made redundant; since then, I have completed several contract assignments.
At the end of May 2019, after completing an Interim Transaction Services Manager at Octavia Housing, I took a pre-planned career break to spend quality time with my loved one. Some of this time was spent in Jamaica visiting my parents – it was amazing! Since returning to work last December I have successfully completed two back-to-back Project Accounts Payable contract roles (AMC Network and Deltek).
Having managed other transactional functions, I can honestly say that nothing compares to AP. Accounts Payable is my love and passion – My Vocation.
Really great that Accounts Payable is now getting the recognition that it truly deserved –-real progress!
Proud to be APAM certified and honoured to be part of the Top 100 Influencer group.
Thank you, APA.
Global Process Analyst
Dentsu Aegis Network
My career began in finance in the insurance industry and credit card debt recovery before serving 23 years within the NHS Service covering all areas of transactional services, including running a Shared Service centre and as the Head of Payments at one of the largest NHS trusts.
Over the last 5 years I have moved into consultancy and interim projects specialising in system implementations, change management, process, procedural and system improvements and project management. Utilising my qualifications in MCICM, CAPP and Prince2.
I have two amazing daughters, three grandchildren, love travelling and attend soul music events all over the world.
Head of Financial Systems and Transactional Services
Loomis UK Ltd
Mark Beddoe developed an interest in people, process and technology from his earliest foray into the world of work. As a junior AP clerk, working for a Birmingham based tour operator, he was asked to work on a project to systemise key stages in the invoice approval process. The success of that project ignited a passion for harmonising people, process and technology to deliver benefits across organisations. Having worked in the finance function of a national retailer for 10 years followed by a 10 year stint delivering and selling solutions for a financial software house, Mark is now using the experience gained on both sides of the customer / software provider divide to lead the accounts payable, credit control and financials systems departments for the UK arm of a global cash and valuables handling business.
Purchase-to-Pay (P2P) Team Lead MCO UKIE
Martina is the P2P Team Lead for the UK and IE Sanofi business based in Reading. She has worked for the company for the past 18 years. Martina’s proven track record of delivering smooth day to day operations, and constantly challenging the status quo has landed her the UK/IE project lead to transfer P2P processes to a Global BPO hub in India. In her free time she enjoys horse riding and traveling.
Founder and Publisher
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).
Accounts Payable manager
My name is Matt Baron-Thompson, I’m 39 years old and live in Southend, Essex with my wife, Emma and three wonderful children. I have worked in London for nearly 20 years in the finance industry, 16 of those in Accounts Payable. My first job in London was for Hiscox Insurance as an accounts assistant. It was an excellent first job for me as I learned a little bit of all the different areas in finance. I also learnt that, at 19, socialising in London was almost obligatory, and not cheap!
I then worked for The Daily Telegraph in management accounts for 4 years before getting my first role in AP for a Japanese Bank. I’ve worked in my current role for 12 years and I’m the sole AP controller. I love having the responsibility of overall control and take a lot of pride in making sure the AP is working efficiently. I hope to progress to an AP Manager role when the time is right.
Away from the office I’m a family man. My wife and kids mean everything to me and you can often find me at the park, playing football, just spending quality time with them.
P2P and Oracle Consultant
Passionate about Accounts Payables with over 10 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles within the Financial Services, Retail & Construction sectors.
Proficient in all aspects of Accounts Payable and an advocate of utilising technology to improve business processes, create efficiencies and increase productivity through enablers such as RPA, Business Intelligence, EDI and Oracle Applications.
Throughout my career I have been involved in some great projects which includes setting up a number of Manchester’s largest Finance Shared Services, 3 Oracle ERP Migrations and a number P2P Transformations programmes.
Financial Transformation UK
Michael Ryan is a Business Transformation leader with over 20 years experience implementing Change in a blue chip environment. He knows how challenging it is to create sustainable Change. Michael is an energising Motivational Speaker who lives and breathes Change because he believes it starts with you! Michael also wrote a book in just 3 weeks, and it is all about resetting yourself, finding your path when you hit middle age and football!
Associate Director | Invoice to Pay
Bristol Myers Squibb
I’m an AP professional with a passion for automation, continuous improvement and customer service. I recently joined BMS, prior to this I spent over nine years with ConvaTec as P2P GPO, where I led numerous projects including OCR automation, insourcing, process mapping and internal controls framework development.
I’ve been doing AP for over 25 years, I love the variety of work. With the right people and the right technology, we can deliver an outstanding service to our customers.
Finance Project Change Manager
My name is Nadine Samuel, a Professional Finance Transactional Change Manager who has a variety of High profile of Company’s in my change Portfolio. My motto in life is to “Strive for Excellence” which was my Primary School Motto from my island of birth Montserrat. I enjoy Finance Transactional services but my passion to always be one step ahead of my competition has led to my increase love for Change Management. I decided to combine both of my loves in 2015 by taking on the challenge of stepping away from my specialist area of Accounts Payable and taking on a role as Heads of Payments, Transactions and Processes in Network Homes, where some of my team achievements includes:
- Network Homes Team of the Year
- Customer Service Team of the Year
- Procure to Pay Network Accounts Payable Manager of the Year
- Procure to Pay Network Accounts Payable Team of the Year Finalist
As part of the next step in my Change Management Career, I have just joined Tavelport as a Finance Change Project Manager. This amazing Company will enable me to grow even further as a Change Manager as I continue fulfilling my passion of transformation. I can make a difference, I am the difference.
Invoice to Pay Manager
Purchase Ledger Manager
I started in accounts payable over 20 years ago as an input clerk gaining experience across multiple UK and International industries over the years.
I currently work for a food import business, with my team who deal with multiple office sites and suppliers around the world. During the past 12 months I have achieved the APA Mangers Certification which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Payables & Receivables Manager
Since 1996, I have worked in a number of shared service AP teams, covering construction and civil engineering, personal finance, manufacturing, house-building and consumer electronics. My current role sees me lead a shared services team for a market-leading global consumer electronics repair business. We have responsibility for all UK entities, as well as The
Netherlands and Belgium. I actively encourage continuous improvement, and as one of the first people to successfully achieve APAM accreditation, I look forward to continuing to promote and work with the AP Association, so that my staff can enjoy the benefits of being an APA member.
Head of Financial Processes
University of Central Lancashire
As a member of the Finance SMT, I currently lead a large team of finance staff comprising of Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Cash & Treasury, Payroll & Pensions and have responsibility for Payment Acceptance and PCI DSS including the University Online Store and Payment Gateways.
I lead and support the development of new systems, processes and ways of working including P2P automation, Online Payments and banking technologies amongst others.
Intu Properties Ltd
33 year old who loves AP as much as he loves coffee and that’s alot! Experienced transactional supervisor and p2p expert.
His dream is to become an Accounts Payable Manager and that’s why he did the certification with the AP association.
Finance Transformation Accountant
Target Group part of the Tech Mahindra Organisation
With 25 years within a SSC environment, like to think a bit of experience, lucky enough to have worked in some of the most forward thinking SSCs, AT&T, AGCO, National Grid, Cushman & Wakefield, as a Shared Services Transactional Finance manager.
Specialised in International Cash Management, then Credit Control, AR, Payroll and my favourite of course AP, latterly P2P and today transformation projects which is what it has been all about, process improvement, automation and most satisfying of all developing my teams to fulfil their potential and more.
Purchase & Sales team Leader
Milford Haven Port Authority
Purchase & Sales Ledger Team Leader
Milford Haven Port Authority
I sort of fell into accounts payable when I started out at Milford Haven Port Authority in 1992. I found I enjoyed the variety of accounts payable interesting as every day was different. Accounts payable has come on in leaps and bounds since paper-based systems and is now far more automated. I’m always looking at ways to improve systems and make things easier in our business. I’m still with the same firm, but this year has been very different with Covid and working from home with all the challenges that brings!
I have worked for Innospec Limited for 10 years. I started off as an AP assistant and today an AP supervisor. During my 10 years I have been involved in successfully implementation of two ERP systems.
Following the successfully streamline process, I have started working with the Global AP team not just in the UK, bringing fresh ideas and highlighting any areas they can improve in the P2P stream.
Accounts Payable Manager
My career started many, many years ago as an Accounts Assistant in a small firm near to my home. I liked the role and after a while decided to move to another company to progress. After a few years I was fortunate enough to have an assistant which was my first experience of managing someone other than myself. As the years went on I worked at several companies across many industries, Local Government, Pharmaceutical, Logistics to name a few and the teams I managed grew in size and complexity, managing teams in UK and across EMEA. I am passionate about my team and their development as well as my own and I encourage everyone I work with to have an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask why.
Patsy Christian is the Accounts Payable Manager at Bourne Leisure where she leads a team of 15 team members. Patsy has a wealth of experience not only in AP having worked across a range of industries including Local Government, Pharmaceutical, Logistics and now Leisure and Hospitality, Patsy is also passionate about her own self-development and that of her team. Outside of work Patsy has got back many hours having just finished a degree programme and whilst spending valued time with family she is keen to get her teeth into something else.
Director of PMO
Euro Car Parts Ltd
Philip is currently the Director of PMO at Euro Car Parts having served as their Head of Shared Financial Services for almost 2 years. Prior to his time with Euro Car Parts, he held various positions within UK and Global Shared Service functions, for Fortune 500 companies. With roots in Credit Management, Philip has turned his earnest analytical and honest mindset to process efficiency through the adoption of technology and “right-first-time” logic, so as to minimise companies’ Cost-to-Serve.
Accounts Payable Manager
I am the Accounts Payable Manager at Homeserve, I manage a team of five and as a team we look after the Accounts Payable function for all six Homeserve Entities within the UK. I have worked within AP from the bottom up for the last 18 years (wow) and I have never been tempted to stray! Outside of work I live with my husband Chris in Staffordshire and my hobby is shopping! It was once said to me that I am in the perfect job as I spend money all day!
Accounts Payable Manager
I have worked within Accounts Payable for around 25 years. During my time at Balfour Beatty as their Rail Corporate Services AP Manager I won, Divisional Manager of the Year, Business Excellence Award and my team won the Business Integrity award.
I have now been with Breedon Group for 18 months and I have a great team of 15. Since I have been at Breedon due to past knowledge and experience I have been involved in 6 business integrations and the centralisation of the Accounts Payable, with the number of invoices increasing from 5,000 per month to 20,000, while continuously improving processes and procedures.
I thrive on seeing my team improve, so I have introduced Coaching Sessions, regular 121’s and Resilience training to help them be the best they can be.
Rebecca is a Supply Chain professional with 23 years’ experience working with international organisations, to bring greater value from Procurement. Her expertise lies in optimising post-contract supplier management, negotiating performance improvement and Procurement learning and development. She is a strong proponent good collaboration between Procurement and Accounts Payable functions, and of AP being a core feature of Sourcing and Supplier Strategies.
Accounts Payable Manager
Regina Italiano is an accounts payable expert with 26 years of increasingly advanced experience. Italiano currently serves as Accounts Payable Manager at a small liberal arts college in Mississippi. Prior to that she served in the billing department of a large copier dealership before moving into accounts payable.
In her current role Italiano has seen it all when it comes to managing the accounts payable functions in a college setting. In her spare time she is a devoted mother of three and a partner to her husband Guy Italiano of 29 years. Regina is a leader in her church and has a passion for serving the youth of the community.
Accounts Payable Manager
The University of Edinburgh
My aim is to inspire, empower & support employees to progress within the Finance industry – particularly those entering the industry fresh out of University or through Apprenticeship programmes.
Developing team members to be the best version of themselves and seeking opportunities at every turn. A real passion of mine is the early detection/prevention of Fraud and raising awareness of how fraud can enter our day-to-day lives.
Head of transaction processing
N Brown PLC
Started my career as a filing clerk at Damart thermawear (knicker shop!) Moved to Morrisons in 1997 (aged 19) started as a purchase ledger clerk, progressed to senior clerk, team leader, then one of 5 AP Managers. After 17 years moved onto the Co-op and covered O2C. Moved onto Hain Celestial (huge US manufacturing business) to centralise the back office functions post acquisition of Premier foods. Joined Arcadia group ltd June 2015 as head of AP and the promoted to Transactional services manager, covered AP, AR and personnel services. New role June 2019 – Head of Transactional Processing for N Brown Group PLC, brands include JD Williams, Jacamo, Simply Be, Figleaves, and many more!
2 sons, Nick 23 and Owen 16 – Nick is in the army, Owen just started at college studying media. Love the gym (lost 6 stone) attend at least 4 times a week and also tennis. 2 pugs (jack and dot) named after my grandparents – refuse to walk them being 6ft 6 – that would just look ridiculous.
Satisfaction in role – developing people, process improvement, driving business compliance and proving the AP team are not responsible for late payments!!!! transformation projects and LOVE stress! It keeps me going…
Purchase Ledger Manager
Waterlogic GB Ltd (formally Angel Springs)
My name is Samantha Foster and I am a Purchase Ledger Manager for Waterlogic GB Ltd with over 25 years’ experience in the industry working with many lucrative businesses managing several members of staff. I started off as a Clerk and over the years have proved myself to be a very hard working positive leader with tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.
I enjoy using my skills to contribute to the exciting challenges we continue to face. Purchase Ledger is my LIFE and I love it. I am inspired daily by my two wonderful children. In my spare time I like to Travel and spend time with my Dog.
Shared Services Manager
Mother, cat lover, exuberant leader, little bit crazy, workaholic and self-confessed AP / P2P geek. Having spent a number of years (undisclosed, a lady never gives away her age) managing AP / P2P teams, I have a passion for this under-appreciated and over-worked profession. The day I see any business elevate their P2P team to stand alongside and not beneath their Finance colleagues is the day I can say “job done”!
Accounts Payable Manager
Allegis Group Limited
I have had 17 years’ experience in Accounts Payable and am currently working as the EMEA Accounts Payable Manager for Allegis Group Limited with 5 direct reports. Interested in the automation side of AP and the ways we can make improvements to our current processes and streamline our performance while making AP stand out as an asset to the company.
Sandra H Firman
Manager Invoice Management Team
Department of Justice and Community Safety, Melbourne, Australia
After completing my first career as a primary school teacher I began my accounts payable career in Perth Western Australia, then working for 14 years as the full administration person in our small/medium family marine business back in New Zealand.
With a sense of adventure, we moved to Melbourne Australia in 2001 and I have had a wonderful career in the Victorian state public service as an accounts payable professional for the past 17 years implementing scanning and simplified, compliant AP workflows.
Head of Exchequer Services
Capita – Public Services
I have worked for almost 20 years in credit control and credit management , in 2018 i was offered the opportunity to lead the AR, AP and P2P department where I currently work. As usual I never know what I get myself into and I jumped in … feet first. I signed up for the APA manager course plus the P2P online course and both have helped me hugely to deal with the considerable new responsibilities.
Accounts Payable Supervisor
Finning UK & Ireland Ltd
I am Accounts Payable Supervisor for Finning UK & Ireland, starting at the company in 1998 as an Accounts Payable Clerk, I worked my way through the department taking on extra responsibilities. Finning is the world’s largest Caterpillar dealer delivering unrivalled service, we sell, rent and provide parts and service for equipment and engines to customers in various industries.
I lead a team of four using a SAP ERP system to transact 60,000 invoices per year, we are focused on continuous improvement to increase the accuracy and velocity of our processes
Accounts Payable Manager
I have been working in AP for around 2.5 years and over this time it has made me realise the importance of teamwork. Fundamentally, without my team, I would suffer to get absolutely anything done therefore I believe it is important to help them develop and grow into the professionals that they aspire to be. Never underestimate the power of a cohesive team! The APA has reinforced this development further with the offering of their APAT course which helps reinforce even the basics within the AP role.
Manager of the APQ Quality Accreditation – The Q Programme
Park Avenue Consulting
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management, (CICM) Sharon holds professional qualifications including a diploma in credit management and a certificate in Accounts Payable Management. With a career in working capital improvement spanning over 30 years, Sharon is mainly known for her role as an assessor for CICMQ, the quality accreditation from CICM and more recently, Manager for The Q Programme, the quality accreditation from The Accounts Payable Association.
As a former Credit Manager, Sharon and her team achieved 4 consecutive periods of CICMQ Accreditation from 2011 – 2019 and were recognised as a CICM Centre of Excellence in 2017. Sharon is a firm believer in the development of people and that learning never stops by sharing knowledge through a best practice professional community.
Sid has spent his life innovating, designing and developing ground-breaking solutions for Working Capital, Payables and Receivables solutions for the World’s largest Corporations and Banks. A serial entrepreneur Sid was and the Founder of HMSL an Accounts Payable Invoice Processing Service. HMSL was Processing, Matching and Posting Millions of Invoices per annum for some of the largest Global Shared Services Organisations, Bottomline Technologies acquired HMSL in 2005.
Sid founded Invapay in 2007, a B2B Payments Platform partnering with Global Shared Services Organisations and Banks to optimise Working Capital, Supplier Discounts and Rebates, Invapay was acquired by Optal in 2017. Sid though his Family Office is an Investor and Board Member of “CardUp” a Global B2B, C2B Payments Business www.cardup.co, also an Investor and Chairman of “Check an Invoice” a Global Invoice Fraud Detection and Processing Service www.checkaninvoice.com.”
Group Accounts Payable Manager
Hachette UK Ltd
Simon has been employed in the Payables and Receivables arena’s for over 35 years at Group Accounts Payable Manager and at Credit Manager in a number of different businesses in the private and public sectors, latterly in the private sector. During this time, Simon has be able to implement process improvements and implement policies to create capacity and efficiency within the teams he has managed, a key attribute of Simon is never stop looking for the next process improvement and efficiency. He has worked in the payables environments with high volumes (150k) both PO and non PO invoices and has managed teams up to 25 staff. Simon firmly believes that capturing performance metrics is one of the key drives to ensure improved performance, identify the teams weakness/strengths and has been able to develop, motivate and train high performing AP teams. During the last 25 years he has implemented/upgraded AP and AR modules, he demonstrates strong controls knowledge in the P2P process, through the use of a robust approval matrix , workflow modules and improved purchase order compliance. When not paying vendors and improving process, I am a member of a brass band and okay the cornet.
Associate Director – P2P
I am a results driven, people oriented, self-motivating professional with extensive knowledge in the Requisition To Pay and wider Finance space. I have strong and proven capabilities when it comes to Finance Transformation and have directed and coordinated many Finance Integrations and Process Migrations throughout my career. Have experienced the full life cycle of shared service centres. I am a passionate leader and pride myself on my people management skills and my ability to transform teams from the ground up. I focus heavily on grass roots level employees and developing individuals in to organisational leaders. I am an avid motivator and thrive to inspire high performing team members across the organisation.
- Organisational Development
- Finance Transformation
- Requisition To Pay
- SOX Controls
- Human Capital Development
- Project Management
Highlights Throughout Your Career:
- Shared Service Transitions
- Implementation of Pan-European cash pool
- Oracle R12 – Integration
- Baxalta to Shire Integration
- Shire To Takeda Integration
Global Process Owner (P2P / O2C)
Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd
My dream job as child was to become an airline pilot, however being colour blind put a stop to that! I’ve been fortunate to work for some great companies in my career so far that has allowed me to develop both personally and professionally. My most notable achievements have been setting up a European FSS in Czech Republic and working for 2 years in Latin America on a large scale finance transformation project across P2P and O2C. I am self-motivated, have incredible passion for delivery, fixing broken “things” and seeing teams grow and people develop.
P2P Global Process Lead
My goal is helping companies deliver Purchase-To-Pay (P2P) & Source-To-Pay (S2P) process improvements increasing efficiency, decreasing business administration, & reducing costs.
I help companies create stable platforms & global processes building sustainable growth allowing easy integrations of future business acquisitions into current Finance functions.
I have over 20 years’ experience as a Global Finance Professional within Shared Services and Finance roles in P2P (Purchase-To-Pay), R2R (General Ledger), & ERP Implementations covering UK, Europe, and the US working with some well-known brands.
If you are interested in knowing more, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please check out my previous client recommendations on my LinkedIn profile too.
Bio Products Laboratory
Stewart Griffiths is the Payments Manager at Bio Products Laboratory, passionate about people, process and technology and he is a recognised industry contributor. With over twenty years of experience working in transactional finance, Stewart has a proven track record of developing teams and implementing robust processes for businesses like Green & Black’s Chocolate and fashion retailer White Stuff. His goals for 2019 are to engage more with fellow industry peers to better understand the challenges the world of AP is facing and offer his advice and support whenever possible.
FOUNDER AND CEO
Shared Services Link
Susie West, CEO and Founder at sharedserviceslink, is proud and passionate about finance shared services. In 2007, after working in the industry for a decade, she set up sharedserviceslink, now widely considered the premier global business community for professionals looking to improve performance in shared services.
Her central aim is to help individuals, companies and the market mature through the sharing of peer-generated best practice information. Susie has chaired over 100 conferences and presented at over 120 events and on over 250 webinars, on subjects including shared services, outsourcing, business process, AP and P2P.
Group Accounts Payable Supervisor
Advanced Insulation Systems Plc
I have over 30 years experience in the AP field during which I have managed teams large and small . I have a proven track record in setting up new teams and developing existing teams. I enjoy the challenge of something new that has been thought to be unachievable .
In my current role I have implemented the electronic invoice process system and am currently testing the Digital Invoice Process before the go live within the next month or so. I am proud to say that I work for a leading company Advanced Insulation is an award-winning Gloucester head quartered global supplier of fire protection, insulation and marine products working closely with customers to deliver innovative, effective and sustainable solutions.
They have been working closely with the oil , gas, subsea, marine and renewable sectors since 2007. By investing up to 10% of its revenue into R&D year on year, the company have grown substantially, through organic growth and acquisition both in UK and globally.
Tim has worked in Shared Services/Business Services Functions in various roles since 2012. He is an active support of Forums and Associations and is passionate about Collaboration, Team Work, Process Excellence, Automation and Standardisation. He completed his Diploma in Global Business Services in 2018 and is a holds an International Certificate of Competence for Powerboats.
Tom Flynn has been proudly serving the AP and P2P communities for over 20 years. He serves as VP, Marketing at SpendMend and host of the TMI video podcast. Prior to this, Tom co-founded Lavante and AuditSolutions, companies dedicated to helping AP/P2P professionals better manage suppliers and payments.
Tom is an evangelist on leadership and workplace cohesion, a frequent speaker, and a published author. Tom lives in California with his wife, Maew and daughter, Izzy.
Accounts Payable Manager
Vaultex UK Ltd
Toni Lawrenson has been working within the Accounts Payable profession for over 15 years and has gained invaluable experience across various industries during this time. In her current role as Accounts Payable Manager at Vaultex she is responsible for leading a team of two, and for administering both travel and expenses, and the company’s finance system. During this time Toni has implemented new processes relating to the Criminal Finances Act 2017, has managed a number of system upgrades and has been instrumental in the roll-out of the new mobile telephony contract.
When not working, Toni enjoys socialising with friends, visiting the newest bars, travelling, going to concerts and catching up on the latest celebrity gossip or reality TV show.
Fund Control Analyst
Aberdeen Standard Investments
I have worked in Accounts Payable for 19 years, as with a lot of AP Managers, I kind of fell into this career. I left school at 17 and went straight in to work. I have had 4 jobs in my AP career, it was during my time at Quintiles that I really learned. I had a fantastic manager and mentor, Andrina Mitchell. The skills I learned there really set me on my AP Managerial journey and I have been able to use them and improve in my time at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Accounts Payable is not always thought of as a career, but it truly is. AP is the starting point for any Finance function, it can be used as a jumping board into other Finance careers or it can be a really rewarding career….if you give it a chance.
Purchase Ledger Manager
Dental Partners Holdings UK
Like most people, I feel into the world of Accounts Payable over 25 years ago. I started as an administrator and progressed along with my qualifications through to becoming the Accounts Payable Manager at Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd. I am responsible from invoice receipt through to being responsible for all payments leaving Britvic being made. For me, being a manager is watching my people succeed and develop in their roles and eventually progressing into our Financial Accounts teams here at Britvic. I am a qualified Accounting Technician, Prince Practitioner and have the APAM qualification. Outside of work, I have found a new love for gardening, reading, cooking and relaxing with my family.
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Manager – EMEA Accounts Payable
Head of Purchase to Pay
Requisition to Invoice Manager
Head of AP Projects
P2P Project Manager
Head of Technology
Associate Director – P2P
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