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
Dr Angela Liew, Senior Lecturer and Lead Researcher in The Future of Accounting Work, University of Auckland
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: Reimagining the finance function in the digital age
  • Keeping pace with rapid change in the digital age
  • Finance as a business partner in an Agile business
  • Utilising data to augment commercial decision-making ability
  • The disruption narrative – does BAU even exist anymore?
Kevin Palmer, Chief Financial Officer, Trustpower
C-Suite Address: Sustainability, performance and the modern finance function
  • Embedding sustainability and social responsibility as central strategy within the business
  • Reporting of non-financial indicators – the rise of sustainability/integrated reporting and its importance to stakeholders
  • What is the role of the finance team in driving socially responsible practices within a business?
Reuben Casey, Chief Operating Officer, Kathmandu
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
Annamaria Maclean, Partner, Deloitte
Sam Hornbrook, Associate Director, 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
Carl Blake, Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson
Afternoon break
Reimagining the journey - delivering on customer excellence
  • Bringing the customer to the heart of the organisation – being customer driven and what this means for your role
  • Internal vs external customers – ensuring your strategy isn’t a one size fits all
  • Understanding the role finance can play in enabling great customer experiences
Jodi Humphries, Business Agility Consultant, Adept Group
Inspirational Keynote

In 2014 Dr Lucy Hone was faced with unimaginable loss. A respected academic in public health, Lucy was forced to turn to her substantial academic training and professional practice to foster resilience in very personal circumstances. Lucy will share her journey in building resilience, and inspiring in times of extreme hardship. 

  • Adjusting to adversity and fostering resilience in yourself and those around you 
  • Pragmatic strategies for coping with challenge and loss
  • Inspiring passion and motivation for long-term goals 
Dr Lucy Hone, Director, The New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience
Summary remarks from the Chair and Networking Drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Dr Angela Liew, Senior Lecturer and Lead Researcher in The Future of Accounting Work, University of Auckland
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
Cecilia Tse, Chief Risk Officer, Auckland Council
Case study: Auckland Council's journey to implementing integrated reporting in their Annual Report

This session will focus on a more practical rather than technical approach.  Francis will share Auckland Council’s journey in how they implemented the integrated reporting approach from the beginning.  Specifically covering:

  • What Auckland Council did and how they have applied integrated reporting
  • How it aligns to the new XRB accounting standard (PBE FRS 48 Service Performance Reporting)
  • “Implementing integrated reporting in practice” – Practical examples from Auckland Council’s Annual Report
Francis Caetano, Group Financial Controller, Auckland Council
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
Allison Kennedy, 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
Adis Kulasic, Business Transformation Manager, Inland Revenue Department
Lizzy Goggin, Subject Matter Expert - Business Transformation, Inland Revenue Department
Lunch break
Case study: Cyber-attack war stories in the financial arena

As cyber threats continue to challenge businesses, companies are needing to examine and improve cyber processes to protect customers, data and their information. Hear from Kent Durbin, CFO Douglas Pharmaceuticals as he shares war stories of three serious near misses and explores practical steps Douglas implemented to improve financial controls and overall cyber security.

Kent Durbin, Chief Financial Officer, Douglas Pharmaceuticals
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

Nicki Raistrick, Managing Director, Innovate and Transform
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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