2018 Management Accountant Conference

Innovation, technology, and the future-focused Management Accountant

20 - 21 Feb 2018Cliftons, Auckland
Event Details

Agenda

8.30
Registration and coffee
9.00
Welcome from the Chair
GRAEME HEAP, Asset Analyst – Finance Development and Asset Management, SCENTRE GROUP
THE FUTURE ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS OUTLOOK
9.10
Economic update: Focusing on the implications for businesses across sectors and across the country

David will draw on his experience in his current role, as well as at Westpac, PwC and in the construction sector to discuss:

  • Strongest drivers of the Auckland and national economy today
  • Current economic and social challenges and opportunities
  • Economic impacts of the election and policy tweaks
  • Economic outlook for the next 12-24 months
DAVID NORMAN, Chief Economist, AUCKLAND COUNCIL
9.50
Partnering with the business: Connecting business vision with strategy
  • Facilitating strong internal partnerships through effective and timely communication
  • Methodologies to improve and articulate business vision and values
  • Becoming more commercially aware of business opportunities
10.30
Morning break
11.00
PANEL: The future of the Management Accountant
  • What are some of the greatest drivers of change within the Management Accountant’s role?
  • What are the technologies that are impacting the Management Accountants role now and in the next 5 years?
  • What skills are required of future Management Accountants?
  • How are emerging technologies, including AI and automation, impacting the Management Accountant’s job function?
GORDON RUTHERFORD, Senior Management Accountant, AUCKLAND DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD
STEFAN GEERTSEMA, Chief Financial Officer, THE COMFORT GROUP
BRUCE HAMPTON, Finance Manager, LUMINO THE DENTISTS
MAKING THE MOST OF THE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMATION
11.50
Supporting strategic decision making
  • Reshaping the traditional role of accountants to become more than just tax and compliance experts, instead taking on the position of trusted business advisors
  • The benefits gained by establishing a “connected practice” built on solid financial knowledge, technology and data to deliver deeper business insights
  • How new technologies and real-time data can propel business performance  
Carolyn Luey, GM Enterprise Solutions, MYOB
12.30
Lunch break
1.30
Case study: Automating back-end functions to deliver on company vision
  • Automating data trends analysis to enhance decision making
  • Improving operational accuracy by automating workflows
  • Successful execution and implementation of automated back-end functions
NICK CARTER, Management Accountant, LUMINO THE DENTISTS
2.10
Refining forecasting models: Developing a nimble approach to finance
  • Selecting and customising the best model for the business
  • Periodically reviewing projections to accurately achieve goals
  • Delivering reports to better manage expectations and cope with uncertainty
  • Removing bias when developing increasingly complex forecasting schedules
RAY NINOW, Management Consultant & Founder, IBUSINESS NZ
2.50
Afternoon break
3.20
Case study: Recognising some level of business risk is unavoidable, prioritising risks and related contingency and continually planning
  • Refining business planning strategies to meet current and future needs
  • Actions to enhance adaptability of an enterprise to achieve short and long-term objectives
  • Identifying new opportunities to improve financial performance
  • Strategic approaches to improve asset management
MARK LE COMTE, Organisational Planning Manager, BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL COUNCIL TOI MOANA
4.00
Applying Agile and Lean processes to improve accounting outcomes
  • Optimising workflows and performance
  • How process might be applied to accounting practices and translating these into business outcomes
  • Accomplishing short and medium outcomes in clear manageable phases
COLART MILES, Innovation Coach, ENTREPRENEUR & DIRECTOR
4.40
Summary remarks for the Chair and networking drinks
9.00
Welcome back from the Chair
9.10
Integrating reporting systems to drive future organisational value
  • Capturing business value through CIMA’s define, create, deliver and capture business model
  • Involving stake holders through co-creation
  • Setting clear objectives to drive strategic decision making and achieving organisational outcomes
NALAR MOHAMED, Capital Performance Manager, AUCKLAND TRANSPORT & Australasian Regional Board Member & CIMA
9.50
Recognising the unavoidable: Formalising risk management
  • Reducing uncertainty through strengthening risk management tactics
  • Drafting a systematic framework in recognising, evaluating, and acting on risks
  • Strategic approaches in managing internal and external risks
  • Developing a risk management strategy that is tolerant to change
NIGEL TOMS, Corporate Risk Manager, WATERCARE SERVICES
10.30
Morning break
BETTER DATA, BETTER OUTCOMES
11.00
Extended Excel Masterclass: Transforming Excel to streamline business reporting
  • New formulas and functions to work smarter
  • Identifying meaningful patterns from datasets
  • Increasing productivity through time saving reporting techniques
  • Delivering new and extended functionality of Power BI
ALLISON KENNEDY, Trainer, ACE TRAINING
12.30
Lunch break
1.30
The evolution of data: Harnessing the power of data and analytics
  • Improving business efficiency through effectively analysing data
  • Making sense of data to enhance insights
  • Developing approaches to support faster budgeting and processing
  • Refining dashboards to reflect key performance indicators and business metrics
GRANT HUNKIN, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Specialist, EY
LEADERSHIP, COMMUNICATION AND INFLUENCE
2.10
Developing valuable and practical negotiation skills
  • Planning your terms and boundaries
  • Techniques for acting decisively during a negotiation
  • Fostering a collaborative outcome when dealing with conflict
PETER WALES, former Head of Finance, INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT
3.00
Afternoon break
3.20
Improved decision making: Promoting an adaptive mindset
  • Increasing ability to respond pragmatically to sudden organisational change
  • Developing strategies which support better reactive judgement
  • Facilitating and managing cross-functional team input
BRUCE ROSS, Business Growth Strategist, IGNITE BUSINESS LEADERSHIP LTD
4.00
Driving a vision: Fostering leadership and strengthening relationship development
  • Leading with confidence – strengthening your identity as a leader
  • Strategies for dealing with different personality types
  • Adapting communication skills to better manage performance
  • Better managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders
BRUCE SWAIN, Director, CHANGE INSTITUTE OF NEW ZEALAND
4.40
Closing remarks for the Chair and close of conference
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