46th One Stop Update for the Accountant in Business

Keeping abreast of the latest updates and strategies to be an opportunity ready finance professional

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Simon Moor, Managing Partner, Rival Accounting
Opening Overview: Global and local trends, regulations and the business environment
  • Examining the current global environment and its impact on business in New Zealand
  • Trade agreements and global macro-economic trends that will influence policy and decision making
  • The evolution of business regulations, ethics and trust
  • Impact of the wellbeing budget for NZ businesses
Kirk Hope, Chief Executive, BusinessNZ
The One Stop Economic Update: The local economic updates you need
  • Impact of continued pressure on economic growth for New Zealand
  • Global growth projections and what this means for New Zealand business
  • Local political and OCR decisions and how they continue to influence policy direction
Tony Alexander, Independent Economist
Morning break
CFO Address: Driving innovation and change from the finance function
  • Reimagining the finance function in the digital age
  • Harnessing technology to enable an Agile finance function
  • Utilising data to augment commercial decision-making ability
  • The disruption narrative – when do innovation frameworks become BAU
Jason Bull, Chief Financial Officer, Vital Ltd
C-Suite Address: Sustainability, performance and the modern finance function
  • Embedding sustainability and social responsibility as central strategy within the business
  • Tying business performance to non-financial indicators – the rise of integrated reporting and it’s important to stakeholders
  • What is the role of the finance team in driving socially responsible practices within a business?
Paul McElwee, Chief Financial Officer, Tamaki Regeneration Company
Case Study: Transforming the finance function for the future of work
  • The future of business – how will technological change continue to influence organisational design in the future
  • What does the future workplace look like – how does finance continue to stay relevant and create value?
  • Managing the generational gap, greater workplace flexibility, diverse teams and the need for changing finance skills
David Toon, Chief Financial Officer, Electra
Lunch break
The One Stop Tax Update
  • A run through of the latest Inland Revenue rulings, statements and new tax rules that businesses need to be aware of
  • Developments regarding the Government’s recent announcements and top tax priorities and what businesses can expect
Robyn Walker, Partner, Deloitte
The One Stop Employment Law Update
  • An overview of legislative changes including:
    • Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018
    • Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill
    • Privacy Bill
  • The future of the Holidays Act and what this means for payroll processes
  • Recent developments in pay equity, equal pay and collective bargaining agreements
  • Changes to leave entitlements including Paid Parental Leave and Domestic Violence Leave
Chris Scarrott, Lawyer, Cullen The Employment Law Firm
Sally Togher, Lawyer, Cullen The Employment Law Firm
Afternoon break
Reimagining the journey - delivering on customer excellence
Jodi Humphries, Business Agility Consultant, Adept Group
Keynote - Resilience in the age of burnout: Put your own oxygen mask on first

Dr Denise Quinlan will briefly present the case for wellbeing for working professionals: that wellbeing is protective against burnout and mental illness, enables engagement and productivity, and enhances job satisfaction. Most busy managers are committed to supporting their staff wellbeing and resilience. It is vital, however, that managers learn to put their own oxygen masks on first in order to help build thriving, effective teams that support rather than detract from organisational wellbeing and productivity.  This session will provide an overview of the latest research on burnout and resilience and share powerful evidence-based strategies that should be part of every professional’s resilience and wellbeing toolkit.

Dr Denise Quinlan, Director, The New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience
Summary remarks from the Chair and Networking Drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Simon Moor, Managing Partner, Rival Accounting
Implementation of IFRS standards and the role that various regulators play
  • The importance of consistency when implementing new and also applying existing standards
  • Where the regulatory focus has recently been in NZ and around the world
  • The importance of carefully considering transition options prior to adoption
  • Endorsement of standards by offshore regulators: some likely developments
Mark Hucklesby, National Technical Director, Audit, Grant Thornton
CRO Address: Managing different stakeholder attitudes to risk
  • What defines competent risk management and a good risk culture
  • Developing and understanding risk strategy – and how this is communicated to stakeholders
  • Communication guidelines to enable a stronger risk culture both internally and externally
Yong Han, Chief Risk Officer, HSBC
Integrated reporting for increased transparency and insights
  • Stakeholder engagement – the key to knowing what to report
  • Developing a best practice approach that will assist the decision-making process
  • Influencing behaviour and shifting the focus to a more comprehensive view of the factors that contribute to increased strategic alignment and long-term sustainability
Judy Ryan, Principal Consultant, RyanJones
Morning break
The One Stop Excel and PowerBI Update
  • Techniques, tips and tricks to get the most out of Excel
  • Exploring PowerBI’s the ability to analyse and summarise trends
  • Using PowerBI to give better visual representation to collected data
  • Important recent and upcoming updates for Excel and PowerBI
Danny Bedingfield, Trainer, Ace Training
Optimising processes to create a truly digital, data driven organisation
  • Identifying low hanging fruit to automate processes and provide added value
  • Cultivating capability to source, manage and analyse data to solve business problems
  • Bringing data into the heart of your strategy to enable process improvement
Tracey Lloyd, Business Lead - Analytics, Business Transformation, Inland Revenue Department
Lunch break
Cybersecurity and financial protection in the Information Age

As cyber threats continue to challenge businesses, companies are needing to examine and improve cyber practices to keep their businesses running as well as protect their customers, data and information.  Hear from Joanne Lu as she shares the latest cyber threats and trends, including real world examples, and what this means for protection your business in today’s digital age.

Joanne Lu, Director - Risk Advisory Services, Deloitte
Deploying Agile across the finance function and across the organisation

• Stepping up the ability to respond to changing market dynamics and new demands on the business

• Obtaining insightful information to predict the future market trends to stakeholders

• Optimising efficiency while being flexible to demand

Bram Surti, Senior Agile Coach - Group Technology, NZ Post
Afternoon break
Mastering the art of difficult or challenging communications
  • Overcoming challenging situations and colleagues through positive communications
  • Moving positively through workplace conflict and creating a path for growth and change
  • Learning to talk solutions and opportunities instead of difficulties and problems
Keith McGregor, Director, Personnel Psychology New Zealand
Closing Keynote: Accelerating business performance through company culture
  • What is culture and what can it do for my business?
  • How to identify the culture that will improve your business results?
  • Tips and tricks on creating the right culture for your business
Katie Williams, HR Director, Vodafone
*Winner of HR Person of the Year 2019 Award by NZ HR
*Winner of HR Generalist of the Year 2019 Award by NZ HR
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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