Welcome to Sage Sessions, our series of events designed to bring you the latest in product innovation, industry experts and updates on compliance issues such as Making Tax Digital and GDPR.
We're investing in you - our valued accountants, bookkeepers and business partners, to provide an opportunity to connect, inspire and share thoughts and ideas.
You'll have the opportunity to network, gain invaluable market insights and see the latest product demonstrations through Sage experts and guest speakers.
*Agenda & Speakers are subject to change
- Alan Laing
- John Stokdyk
- James Ashford
- Jacquie Mount
- Merryn Somerset Webb
Managing Director, Sage UK and Ireland
Alan joined Sage in 2015 as the Executive Vice President for Partners and Alliances responsible for Sage’s indirect business worldwide and since March is Managing Director for the UK & Ireland. Alan has more than 30 years’ experience working in the technology industry in Digital Equipment Corporation, Oracle and Avaya. Alan also held the positions of CEO of the CMS supplier Mediasurface, and GM of Portal Software, one of the first ISPs in the San Francisco bay area.
AccountingWEB's global editor-in-chief John Stokdyk , is an innovative technology journalist and online media pioneer, and has been involved with Web-based media since 1997. He remains fascinated by online culture and has a passion for helping people and organisations to communicate clearly and effectively.
James Ashford works exclusively with leading firms of accountants from around the world, helping them to become more profitable and to systemize their firms so they can deliver maximum value and incredible experiences to their clients. James is the founder of GoProposal, bestselling author of Selling to Serve and Director within a thriving firm of accountants called My Accountancy Place.
Head of Technical Policy, ICB
Jacquie spent over 25 years teaching adults and teenagers at Mid Kent College, starting as a part time lecturer and finishing as Head of the Business School. She has also acted as an examiner, assessor and verifier for many years, specialising in the field of bookkeeping, accountancy and IT. She first joined ICB as their Head of Education in 2000, spending 5 years there in a full time capacity prior to moving into practice and setting up her own bookkeeping business. She returned to ICB in 2013 and is now the Head of Technical Policy spending a lot of her time working with HMRC on issues to do with the development of Making Tax Digital and the Tax Agent Strategy.
Merryn Somerset Webb
Merryn Somerset Webb is Editor-in-Chief of MoneyWeek and a respected commentator on economics, financial markets and personal finance. She has been named the Personal Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2017 prestigious Harold Wincott awards.
Merryn was a senior scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where she gained a first class degree in History and Economics. She then became a Daiwa scholar and spent a year studying Japanese at London University