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Summit Agenda

Your sessions for the day


08:50 - 9.15 Registration
09:00 - 09:15 Refeshments and Networking in the Exhibitor Zone
09:15- 09.30 Welcome and introduction
09:30 - 10:30 Keynote Speaker
10:30 - 11:00
Morning Coffee in the Exhibitor Zone  (sign up for demos)
11:00 -11:40 Breakout sessions - A & B
11:45 - 12:15 Breakout sessions - A & B
12:30 - 13:30
Buffet Lunch - Meet the Exhibitors
13:30 - 14:35 Roundtable sessions A, B, C & D
14:40 - 15:40 Plenary session
15:40 - 15:45 Coffee and Afternoon tea - Meet the Exhibitors
15:45 - 16:30 AP Awards, Prize Giving & Champagne reception
16:30 - 16:45 Closing


Keynote Speaker: Tim Harford - The Art of Adapting – Brexit, conflict and automation

“If at first you don’t succeed, try again.” We’re so often told to learn from our mistakes, or to be flexible and change course when necessary, that these statements have become a cliché. But why is it so hard to adapt to a changing world – and how can we do a better job? With stories and ideas from psychology and behavioural economics – as well as aviation, ballet and a TV game show – Tim describes the art of adapting.

The Digitisation of Purchase to Pay

Mélani Flores - Procurement Advisory EMEA, The Hackett Group

The session will provide insights on what the digital transformation means for P2P and how companies are getting prepared for and starting to take advantage of it. We will review the opportunities and challenges ahead around processes but also data and talent management. We will discuss how the acceleration of digital transformation will be a critical enabler for breaking through the functional cost barrier that has existed for both, Top Performer and Non-Top performer organisations, as well as a key driver for step-change effectiveness improvements.

Making Finance Fit For the Future

George Connell, VP Strategy - Finance Operations, Royal Dutch Shell

So you've been tasked to "transform" your financial operations. But where do you start? Who do you start with and where do you want to end up? All these questions and more will be answered during this session - where we'll look into the future of low cost automation and robotics and what your strategy roadmap should look like. Come away from the presentation with key practical steps to take now and a guide to a more interconnected future.

Rethinking Finance Transformation - Why you Should Always Start With Why

Andrew Parris - Director of Shared Services, Tarmac

Increasingly our working lives are dominated by metrics and KPIs. But are we measuring the right things in the right way? Join this session to find out why the starting point of any measurement has to start with looking at the outcome or results your organisation needs. Perhaps set for the right reasons at the time, for too many P2P departments, adhering to a broad range of KPIs is frequently just a tick box exercise. Discover the route that Tarmac took on their road to improved business monitoring and performance.

Hold Everything - We Need RPA, or is it AI?

Andrew Burgess - Strategic Advisor on AI and RPA

So you've heard about Robotic Process Automation, and you know you should be looking into it for your own organisation - but what is it and where do you start? Should you be looking at Artificial Intelligence as well, or instead of RPA? In this session, Andrew Burgess draws on his practical experience and will break down the best use cases for RPA and AI, and will define what RPA and AI are, and importantly, what they aren't. Understanding what these different automation technologies are and what they can do can mean the difference between frustration and failure of projects and getting them to deliver real value to your organisation.

Fraud - the Secret Growth Industry in your P2P

Rakesh Sangani - CEO, Proservartner and Senior Advisor for GBS

With the latest Kroll report showing that 97% of UK organisations experience some level of fraud, it's time for organisations to look at the gaps in their systems which allows this to happen. Too often organisations fail to thoroughly investigate their processes to check for inherent risk or weakness – sometimes relying too heavily on outdated technology, or a system that they’ve inherited, to do the work for them. Join this session to uncover the tale tell signs and some easy steps you can take to make sure you're as well protected against risk as possible.

It's Your Career - So Why Aren't the C-Suite Listening to You?

Michael Ryan, Director Finance Transformation

Find out how to make your voice heard in your organisation. After all, you're the person at the forefront of change within your area of expertise. You know where the systems break down, and you've probably got some good ideas about how to improve them. In this session, Michael Ryan will discuss how to draw up an effective business case to take to the C-Level and get your voice heard. In the process he'll talk about the importance of business partnering and relationship building.

Masterclass with Documation CEO John Wallace.

What do Hogroasts, P2P, Churchill and Artificial Intelligence have in common? All of them are woven into the fabric of this entertaining and informative talk. Software robots can make a big impact on Finance process efficiency and cost but how well do they adapt to changing circumstances and can they learn from experience? Automation software is often implemented on a ‘fit and forget’ basis which brings an initial benefit but fails to deliver maximum ROI because it is not engineered to improve results such as accuracy,‘touchless’ processing and fraud detection over time. Even worse, silent software can fall into disrepair and results get worse because of a failure to adapt to change. Starting with a brief examination of the differences between robotic process automation (RPA) and ‘background’ robotic software, John will cover some common examples of automation in P2P processes and explain how the right feedback loop between robots and their human counterparts in the Finance Team can bring even greater benefit through incremental improvement once the honeymoon period is over.

How Change Management is Key to Unlocking ROI

Lucy Brownsdon, Director Centre for Facilitation

Without the full co-operation of your stakeholders, any finance change agenda will be doomed to fail before it begins. In this session, learn how to truly engage with your team so that they understand and commit to the change. Embed your transformation in the DNA of your finance function and energise and inspire your team throughout the change process.

Business Wargaming - Stress Test your Strategy

Chris Paton, Managing Director, Quirk Solutions

Chris Paton is a strategy expert & the UK’s leading business war-gaming exponent. A former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines, who served as the Senior Strategy Adviser on Afghanistan to the MoD, Chris now helps organisations and individuals to optimise their planning procedures to ensure that their goals are achieved. In an organisational context, war games ‘stress test’ plans to identify potential risks and opportunities. The beauty of this technique, Chris says, is that it gets all the stakeholders in a room at the same time and breaks down inter-departmental and cross-functional barriers. The process not only improves planning, it also improves communication between the various stakeholders.

War gaming is particularly effective at helping organisations understand risks and issues that they may or may not have foreseen and assess how significant these are. In that sense it provides foresight – identifying what issues will need to be monitored in future and what decisions will need to be made moving forward.


Here’s what our attendees say:


European Shared Services Director, Informa

“Overall excellent day that exceeded expectations, thank you”


AP Manager, Birmingham City Council

“I thoroughly enjoyed the event from start to finish. I thought the whole day was slick and professional,
it was a pleasure to attend.”


Regional Process Owner PTP, Hitachi Europe Ltd

“A lot to take away. Could lead to some interesting discussions back at base.”


Shared Services Manager, The Adecco Group UK & Ireland

"I go to a lot of conferences and I can honestly say that your event is the most friendly and educational. I have taken away so many new ideas and my team are so excited with their award."