Accountants in the Modern World Conference | AIA

Event Date: 
12 September 2017
Event Time: 
09:00 to 16:00

As technological advancements continue unabated it is critical that today’s accountants are fully up to speed and comfortable working within an ever-changing digital landscape. The Accountants in the Modern World Conference 2017 focuses predominately on the way in which business technology has advanced business functions and operations to higher levels than ever before. Our key note speaker will deliver a much required analysis regarding Making Tax Digital. 

AIA are also delighted to announce that our President, Les Bradley FAIA will be in attendance at the conference. Les is looking forward to meeting and networking with all of our attendees in what promises to be an insightful and thought provoking day. 

In addition to highly informative presentations, as a delegate you will also benefit from:

- Opportunity to ask speakers direct questions and receive expert advice

- Networking opportunites with peers

- 6 CPD units and a certificate of attendance

- Opportunity to see what our carefully chosen exhibitors can do for you and your business

- Lunch and Refreshments provided

The Accountants in the Modern World Conference 2017 will take place in the Wesley Euston Hotel, London. For further information on the hotel and preferential room rates please click here.



09:00-09:30 | REGISTRATION |


11:00-11:15 | BREAK |



11:15-12:45 | SESSION 2 | OFFICE 365 | ALEX EGGAR, TechATP

12:45-14:00 | LUNCH |

14:00-15:30 | SESSION 3 | GDPR | MATT KEEFE, RADCaT Ltd.



15:30-16:00 | NETWORKING |


Richard Wild

 Richard is the Head of the Tax Technical Team at The Chartered Institute of Taxation. His tax career has spanned over 20 years, mainly in Indirect Taxes, including roles in a Big 4 litigation team, and as an Anti-Avoidance Adviser with HMRC. Prior to specialising in tax, Richard worked in small accounting practices in Sheffield where he grew up, first qualifying as an Accounting Technician, and then a Chartered Accountant. Richard joined the CIOT in November 2015, and heads up the team of Technical Officers who work across a wide range of taxes.

Notwithstanding the deferral of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for many businesses, as announced by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General on 13 July, MTD should remain high on the list of agents and clients priorities. This session will explore the background to the MTD proposals, the revised timescales which place VAT at the forefront of MTD, and what this means for VAT registered businesses and their advisers. It will also cover developments on MTD for individuals - for example how HMRC will be using third party data such as from banks and building societies to pre-populate taxpayers’ digital tax accounts, as well as MTD for business – what is envisaged for both incorporated and unincorporated businesses. The session will also look at how agents will need to update their HMRC credentials to obtain functionality for MTD, and where to obtain further guidance.


Dai Davis

Dai Davis is a Technology Lawyer and Chartered Engineer.  He holds Masters degrees in both Physics and Computer Science.  He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  Dai has for decades consistently been recommended in the Legal 500 and in Chambers Guides to the Legal Profession.  Having been national head of Intellectual Property Law and later national head of Information Technology law at Eversheds, Dai is now a partner in his own specialist law practice, Percy Crow Davis & Co.  

He has a nationwide legal practice and travels regularly throughout the UK.  Dai advises clients on intellectual property in Information Technology products, and all types of computer and technology law issues including such topical matters as Open Source, IT Security, Cloud Computing and Data Protection issues.  Dai is a non-executive director of FAST (The Federation Against Software Theft) and a Freeman of the WCIT (Worshipful Company of Information Technologists).  

He is primarily a non-contentious lawyer.  A further “super specialism” that Dai has practised for over two decades is high-tech product safety and product recall, including the law relating to CE Marking.

Blockchain technology is the power behind Virtual Currencies, the most well know of which is Bitcoins.  What are virtual currencies and how do they work.  Virtual currencies are based upon a distributed leger.  What is a distributed ledger and how does it differ from a traditional ledger?  How should Bitcoins be treated in corporate accounts?  Why are virtual currencies so secure?  Will that always be the case?  

And who uses Bitcoins and why?  Why should governments, regulators and banks be worried?  Why are some banks spending significant resources developing their own internal distributed ledgers and what are they using them for?  What legislation is likely?  

Being a computer scientist as well as a lawyer, Dai is well placed to explore the answers to these questions and provide an insight into this powerful technology.  Dai will then briefly go on to explore the other uses of the Blockchain technology.  

11:15-12:45 | SESSION 2 | OFFICE 365 | ALEX EGGAR, TechATP

Alex is a Cloud Specialist who's been working with Microsoft Productivity and Collaboration technologies for over 12 years. He's been involved in the evolution of Microsoft Cloud services since starting as a SharePoint consultant in 2004, continuing to evolve and align his skills from both a technical and non-technical perspective. Today he enjoys working with customer to enable their cloud strategy, providing advice and guidance on device and data security, digital communications, collaboration, information architecture and adoption / change management.



14:00-15:30 | SESSION 3 | GDPR | MATT KEEFE, RADCaT Ltd.

Matthew Keeffe is the HR Director, GDPR Practitioner and Employment Law specialist working with RADCaT Ltd. Matthew is a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and holds a post-graduate qualifications in Employment Law. Having spent 20 years as a Data Protection Officer and HR/Employment Law Representative in the public sector and latterly with medium and large employers in catering and care industries. Matthew has assisted companies in increasing business performance and compliance with both Human Resource practices and robust employment law compliance. Under Matthew’s tenure as HR Director he has managed to position the business as Morson Cyber Security’s GDPR compliance partner, and is building similar relationships with large insurance providers. Matthew enjoys walking the dog and travelling abroad when possible, and is soon to complete a Masters in Employment Law.

RADCaT Ltd have kindly been asked to present on the subject of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), at seminars taking place Association of International Accountants on 12th and 14th September 2017.  The presentation will include an in depth overview of GDPR and will cover data subjects enhanced rights and various other areas of change relating to data. We will then advise on the steps you can take toward compliance and the interaction with FCA, HMRC rules. Also we will touch on Cyber Security and some subtle changes to PCI DSS regulations on the inception of GDPR.  RADCaT Ltd can assist you with a strategy to ensure you are GDPR compliant before the 25th May 2018.


Expensify delivers cloud-based receipt and expense management through a user-friendly web and mobile application. With direct integrations to accounting software and other workflow tools, Expensify is the industry-leader in receipt and expense management.

Tom Rhys Jones is the Business Development Lead at Expensify UK, and works with accountants across the country who are implementing Expensify. With a background in helping businesses with digital transformation, he's passionate about staying ahead of the curve with progressive technology.



On the day AIA team members will be on-site to ensure the day runs smoothly, so you can relax and enjoy what promises to be a digitally thought provoking set of presentations. Our team will be happy to assist throughout the day. 


Clare Armstrong - Event Coordinator

As Event Coordinator, Clare will be on-site ensuring the conference day runs smoothly from a logistical point of view. Any queries relating to speakers, venue, catering etc. please contact Clare on +44 191 493 0283.



Sharon Gorman - AIA Head of Development

AIA Head of Development, Sharon and Development Executive, Debbie Dodds are looking forward to meeting and networking with attendees throughout the day. They are also both very keen to listen to any feedback our attendees may wish to provide.




Debbie Dodds - AIA Development Executive




£95.00 | AIA members (CPD643)

£125.00 | Non-members (CPD644)

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