2019 UK & Ireland Partners, Directors & Managers Conference

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27-29 November, The Forest of Arden, near Birmingham

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Our agenda this year includes a mix of external speakers, input and some valuable contributions from our sponsors including our principal sponsor Forrest Brown, the first MGI Worldwide Global Technology Partner, Receipt Bank, and other technology sponsors and commentators. 

Shamus Rae

Driving the adoption of Artificial Intelligence in to clients and the Professions, Shamus has spent the last 21 years delivering major transformation programmes and was one of the founders of the Offshoring Industry in the late 1980's. An experienced disruptor having worked in technology globalisation in the early 90’s and now AI, Blockchain and IoT.

In addition to this, he is the UK leader for Global Business Services.

Shamus founded WNS, now one of the largest Offshore BPO providers, helped to build IBM's offshore BPO centres, including acquisitions and is currently CEO at Engine B whose mission is to drive greater automation of the tasks and functions delivered by the professional services industry today.

Connect on Linkedin : Follow on Twitter : Website: Engine B

Mark Lee FCA

Mark Lee is a chartered accountant who spends much of his time researching, writing and speaking about what accountants need to do to survive, evolve and thrive into the future.

During his career in practice he worked for all sizes of practice and was a partner at two top firms. Now, as well as being a popular speaker at accounting conferences, Mark is consistently identified as one of the most influential accountants online.  He is a frequent blogger and contributor to various accounting journals, websites and Linkedin where he primarily talks about the impact and consequences of new technology and the real (vs the hyped up) related opportunities for accountants to secure more clients, business and profits. His practice focused articles on AccountingWeb have had over one million views. 

Mark is also a proud Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association and Treasurer of The Magic Circle, which probably means he is the only truly magical speaker in the UK accountancy profession.

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Darren Clarke

Darren has been with Rickard Luckin for almost 20 years and currently heads up the Business Services Department; a team responsible for delivering the financial information and support our clients need to run their business successfully.

Darren has played an active role through various technology-driven initiatives across the firm and was inspired at the most recent MGI UK & Ireland Conference in November 2018 on the subject of Employee Experience. Combining his passion for technology with what he took away from the conference, Darren approached Rickard Luckin’s Managing Director with aspirations to start a revolution around the employee and client experience. As a result of this, he is now chairing the Steering Group on the Firm of the Future Programme - a firm-wide initiative aimed at continually improving the client and employee experience.

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Gillian Fischer

Gillian Fischer is the Global Manager of Customer Advocacy at MindBridge Ai, helping accounting firms embrace and adopt AI technology within their organization through a global framework, including change leadership, competency development, and advocacy. Gillian brings her comprehensive background in change management, business strategy and global experience to empower firms to embrace new technologies. Gillian Fischer is an engaging speaker, lecturer, and experienced facilitator. Gillian has been recognized as an emerging leader in AI and was recently nominated for a Women in AI award. 

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