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(Leeds) Management Accountants Conference 2017 - Great Expectations


Thursday, 12 October 2017 from 09:00 to 16:30 (BST)

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Please note this event is for colleagues whose HEI is a member of BUFDG.  If you have a query about whether you are eligible to book a place, please email Gill at

Management Accountants Conference 2017 - Great Expectations

09.00 - Arrival and Refreshments

 09.25 - Welcome to your Conference: Rachel McLone, BUFDG

 09.35 - The Way We Live Now:  Keynote Address: John Cunningham (Finance Director, Manchester Metropolitan University) 

10.10 - The Golden Bowl: What Do Academics need from us?  We hear from Academics and get insight into what they find most valuable from Management Accountants. Peter Mackreth, Dean of the Carnegie School of Sport and Damien Page, Dean of the Carnegie School of Education (Leeds Beckett University).

 10. 40 – Break

 11.05 – Breakout Sessions

 1. The Searchers: Efficiency: Practical examples of efficiencies in the higher education sector. How they can be measured and how they should be reported.  Stephen Butcher, Head of Procurement and Efficiency (HEFCE)

2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Budgeting and financial scenario modelling – What are the others doing? Paul Cropper, Deputy Finance Director (Huddersfield University)

3. The Matrix: Business Planning: from Idea to Delivery. Liz Welch, Director, Transaction Services & Andy McKenzie, Business Planning Accountant (The Univerity of Edinburgh)

4. Stand and Deliver Business Partnering – What role do you play? Annette Perry, Change and HR Consultant (Develop Global)

 11.55 – The Peaceful Warrior – Telling the Finance Story James Kennedy CFO Middlesex

James will draw on experience in practice, the private and public sector to provide delegates with insight into how their work can have more impact. Management Accountants have a unique insight into the organisations they serve but it can be difficult to get people to listen. James will outline strategies and tips which can enhance the value you provide to your organisation by telling the story in a way that focusses the attention on what matters.

 12.40 Lunch

 13.35 The Blind Side - An interactive exercise in developing an eye for accuracy – Hugh Murray, Director, Scott Bradbury Training

‘Accuracy - Learning from Mistakes’ – external presentation from ‘Scott Bradbury’ with an interactive exercise. Giving members practice insights into why all human beings make mistakes and examples of what they can do to reduce error. 

 14.25 Break

 14.50 Breakout Sessions (repeated)

 15.40 The Secret of My Success - Career Question Time.

A panel with a wealth of experience will share their insight on career paths and development for Management Accountants. The panel will include views from those within the sector, an outside perspective and how to build your knowledge and experience. We'll be asking for your questions before the day to ensure we address what you'd like to know.

Susan McPheat – Deputy Finance Director – St George's University of London

Peter Easterbrook – Finance Business Partner – Kingston University

Julie Charge – Executive Director of Finance – University of Salford

Kerry Shepherd – Partner, Minerva Search

 16.25 Conference Summary and Close: Rachel McLone, BUFDG

Venue details can be found here.  If you would like to book onto the London event, please click here.

Do you have questions about (Leeds) Management Accountants Conference 2017 - Great Expectations? Contact BUFDG

When & Where

Cloth Hall Court
Well Met Conferencing (Leeds Beckett University)
Quebec Street
LS1 2HA Leeds
United Kingdom

Thursday, 12 October 2017 from 09:00 to 16:30 (BST)

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The British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) is the representative body for higher education finance staff in the United Kingdom. 

Our members are the Directors of Finance and Chief Financial Officers of almost all UK higher education institutions, and our events are run for them and their staff. 

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  • to be the recognised channel for the provision, analysis and dissemination of information and comment to all members and other stakeholders concerning best practice in financial management and related topics in higher education.
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  • to provide appropriate opportunities for training and development of higher education finance directors and their staff.
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