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Future Positive Community Podcast

Phil Hobden Nov 26, 2020

#1: Chris Downing/The Practice Of Now Report

Kirsty & Phil talk to Chris Downing, about the Sage Practice Of Now Report 2020.

Chris is the Director of Product Marketing for Accountants & Bookkeepers at Sage as well as a former accountant in practice - having worked for over 19 years for Milsted Langdon. He's also a previous judge for the accounting excellence awards and has advised the institute on Making Tax Digital.


#2: Will Farnell/ The Digital Firm

Kirsty & Phil talk to Will Farnell, about the future of the digital firm and the impact of COVID on the accounting industry.

Will Farnell is the founder of Farnell Clark, a keynote Speaker, author of The Digital Firm and Mentor to Accounting Firms.  Also the co-founder of the App advisory plus platform which  supports accounting firms to deliver profitable App Advisory services for their  clients.


#Bonus episode/ 2021 budget

Phil Hobden speaks to Capitalise CEO and co-founder Paul Surtees and Capitalise accountant in residence Kirsty McGregor about all the key headlines from the 2021  budget on the 3rd March. 


#3: Rob Collings/ Practice to Industry

Kirsty & Phil talk to Rob Collins, Finance Lead at digital receipt platform Flux about the lessons he learned about practice when he moved to industry.  Previous to Flux,  Rob worked for over 7 years in practice for UHY East and was part of their cloud team. He also guested on a social media webinar Capitalise ran in 2019, back in the days when Webinars were still new and exciting!   


#3: Claire Bennison (ACCA)/Professional Bodies Adapting

Kirsty & Phil talk to Claire Bennison. Claire is the head of the ACCA UK, and a judge for the Women in Accountancy and Finance Awards. Claire held roles at Whitbread and Ericsson before moving into professional bodies with eight years at the CIPD before joining the ACCA, who now have c90,000 members –the  fastest growing membership all of the professional bodies as well as the  most diverse membership.  


#5: Lucy Cohen/Mental Health & Doing Things Differently

This episode (recorded at the start of April) Kirsty & Phil were joined by Lucy Cohen.  Lucy is the Co-founder of Mazuma Accountants as well as a diversity & mental health champion, author of the Millennial Renaissance and who was named 'Woman of the Year 0 Technician' at first ever Women in Accountancy and Finance Awards.


#6: John Stokdyk/The Role of The Media in Supporting Accountants

This episode Kirsty & Phil are joined by John Stokdyk. John is the current Editor in Chief for AccountingWEB - the leading online community for accounting professionals.  As editor John played a key role in delivering the highly regarded Practice Excellence and Software Excellence Awards and has been involved with Web-based media since 1997.



#7 James Ashford/The Power of Community

This episode Kirsty & Phil are joined by James Ashford.James is the founder of GoProposal, the Bestselling Author of the recently updated "Selling to Serve", Keynote Speaker and Director of accounting firm MAP.  He is also a prolific user of social media and has built one of the most active communities in the accounting space.


#8 David Dand/ Recruiting in the Accounting Industry 

This episode Kirsty & Phil are joined by David Dand. David is the director of Dand HR Associates who specialise in outsourced HR, employer branding and senior level recruitment in the accountancy, financial and professional services.  

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