CPA Congress 2018


13 CPD hours

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Saturday 27 October

8.00am - 8.40am
Registration and arrivals
8.50am - 8.55am
Welcome address – President’s welcome
9.00am - 9.50am
Trends and business impacts
KN1: The world as we know it, or don’t
  • Sebastian Payne
    Political leader, writer and commentator

    Sebastian Payne is a political leader writer and digital opinion editor at the Financial Times. In this role, he writes frequently about British politics, policy and Brexit, as well as overseeing the paper’s online opinion section. He also presents the FT Politics podcast and appears regularly on the BBC and Sky News. He was previously an editor at The Spectator magazine and a reporter at The Daily Telegraph. In 2014, he was the 35th Lawrence Stern fellow at the Washington Post, reporting the U.S. midterm elections.

    He graduated from Durham University in 2010 with a BSc in Computer Science and an MA in Investigative Journalism from City University London. He grew up in the north of England and lives in north London.


10.00am - 10.20am
Morning tea
10.30am - 11.50am
Trends and business impacts
A1: Humanification in an artificially intelligent world

Our world is going digital. Exponential technologies promise the birth of an entirely new economy. Technologies like AI and augmented reality will have a radical impact on businesses, communities and our personal lives. This will raise some serious questions: what does it mean to be a human-being and how do I lead life and work in this exponential digital era?

  • Christian Kromme (NL)
    Visionary thinker, futurist and best–selling author Christian Kromme was an innovative tech-entrepreneur for 15 years until he discovered the DNA behind disruptive innovation and how to use this to predict the next big wave of technological disruption. Now Christian is one of the most in-demand futurist keynote speakers, speaking in front of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, business leaders and policymakers about the radical impact of disruptive technologies on humans and organisations.

    He is a world-renowned expert in disruptive technologies and the author of the best-selling book ‘Humanification - Go Digital, Stay Human'. As a tech-entrepreneur, Christian has participated in several successful ‘disruptive’ start-ups, often spin-outs in completely different industries, but always focused on the interface between humans and increasing technology.

    In 2002, Christian founded his own agency that helped organisations to dramatically increase their rate of innovation. In 2014, he sold the agency to a multinational and started to focus on his passion, giving inspirational keynotes on disruptive technologies and the impact on human beings.

12.00pm - 12.50pm
Trends and business impacts
D1: An economic outlook for today
  • Tapas Strickland
    Market Economist, National Australia Bank Tapas joined NAB after having spent 6 years at the Reserve Bank of Australia. There, he held positions in domestic analysis and in international financial markets. He also worked as an economic adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising the Gillard, Rudd and Abbott governments. /~/media/corporate/allimages/speakers/speaker-placeholder.jpg?h=180&w=180
1.00pm - 1.50pm
2.00pm - 2.50pm
Personal development
B1: Straight talk for leaders: Facilitating behavioral change

The future of leadership is ‘explicit intelligence’ (EQ). When leaders grow their EQ, others know where they stand, there is no room for doubt, expectations are clear, and there is more time for action. In this session Suzanne will share the secrets to honing the art of straight talk to positively change working relationships.

  • Suzanne Waldron
    Leadership and Behavioural Change expert Suzanne is a behavioural change facilitator whose Master's research focused on moving ideas into action through pro-social leadership. Working with senior leaders across Europe/USA/Australia, her focus is on explicit communication and solid peer-to-peer relationships. 
    She's an active ambassador for R U OK?, TEDxPerth Curator and Co-founder/director of the documentary series Stories Out Loud. A published author and media contributor, Suzanne has been nominated for Western Australian of the Year 2016 and twice for 40under40 award.
3.00pm - 3.50pm
Strategy and leadership
C1: Battlefield to the boardroom: Lessons for managing strategy and risk

Military commanders face ambiguous and fast-moving circumstances, which can change in rapid and unexpected ways. What can business leaders learn from the military’s approach to risk management? During this session General Sir Richard Shirreff will share some of his insights into the military approach in managing corporate risk from his experiences as a General and former Deputy of NATO forces.

  • Sir Richard Shirreff
    Managing Partner, Strategia Worldwide Ltd

    Sir Richard Shirreff was born in Kenya in 1955 where he spent his early years. Educated in England, he graduated from Exeter College, Oxford (Modern History) before being commissioned into the British Army from Sandhurst. In his 37-year career, he commanded soldiers on operations at every level from platoon to division. This has included combat in the Gulf War of 1991 as a tank squadron leader and again in Iraq as a divisional commander, together with other operations in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Bosnia. 

    In addition, he had extensive staff experience at brigade, Army HQ and in the Ministry of Defence. He commanded NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and his final post before withdrawing from the Army was NATO’s 4 Star Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR). In February 2016, he co-founded Strategia Worldwide Ltd, a consultancy which helps clients protect the value of their investment by understanding and managing risk comprehensively. In 2016 his novel ‘2017: War with Russia’ was published in the UK and USA. It became a best seller and has been translated into eight languages.

4.00pm - 4.20pm
Afternoon tea
4.30pm - 5.20pm
Trends and business impacts
The practical futurist
  • Andrew Grill
    Practical futurist

    Former Global Managing Partner at IBM. Andrew is a popular and sought-after presenter on issues around digital disruption, workplace of the future and digital eminence. 100% digital, Andrew believes that to “get digital you need to be digital” and his engaging keynotes provide actionable insights on how to achieve corporate goals on a global and long-lasting scale. An experienced corporate leader, Andrew has launched and run technology companies in Europe and Australia and worked with some of the world’s leading companies and organisations, includingVodafone, Nestle, BBC, American Express, John Lewis, and Unilever. 

    Andrew’s first-hand experience of the digital world and the power of social media networks spans three decades, and can be traced back to the early 1980’s when he found himself online via bulletin board and email. His passion and involvement in the digital world continued into later life, launching Australia’s largest commercial property website, PropertyLook, and Australian location technology company Seeker Wireless to the world stage. 

    Prior to his current role at IBM, he was head of international client strategy for Visible Technologies, owned by WPP. Andrew regularly contributes to a wide range of media outlets including The Drum, Changeboard and ANZ Blue Notes along with numerous online blogs and publications.

5.30pm - 6.30pm
Drinks reception
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Dinner and awards ceremony


  • Economy, regulation and business

  • Finance fundamentals

    Enhance your core accounting and finance skills in the areas of tax, audit and assurance, compliance, financial planning, analysis and reporting.

  • Operational transformation

    Find out how to transform your business using improved processes and management skills, the latest technologies and shared services.

  • Personal development

    Refine your skills and become a highly productive, effective and well-rounded individual.

  • Sector in focus

    Hear the latest trends and opportunities specific to your sector, including corporate, SME, not for profit and public sector.

  • Strategy and leadership

    Become an outstanding finance leader by enhancing the power of innovation, successfully managing change and driving a high-performance culture.

  • Trends and business impacts

    Understand shifts in the domestic and global economy, the regulatory environment, the latest fraudulent activities, and consumer and competitive markets to build risk mitigation strategies.