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
- Charan Gill
- Caroline Plumb
- Jacquie Mount
- David McWilliams
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.
Entrepreneur & Motivational Speaker
Charan arrived in Glasgow from India in 1963 with his grandfather’s words in his ears: “You will be judged on your ambition.” Against his parents’ will, he left school at 16 and worked in Glasgow’s ship-building yards, and only when a vacancy came up to clean the toilets at his friend’s curry restaurant did he start to realise where his fortunes could lie…climbing the ranks to cutting veg, waiting tables and eventually buying a stake in the business, Charan battled the odds to become one of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs, with a thriving empire of 17 restaurants across the country.
Caroline is Founder and CEO of Fluidly a venture-backed startup using data and machine learning to deliver intelligent cashflow for SMEs. A serial entrepreneur, she previously co-founded an innovation consultancy and recruiting business. The businesses have won a number of Best Agency awards and have regularly been listed in the Sunday Times' 100 Best Small Companies to Work For. Caroline is one of the Prime Minister's Business Ambassadors, representing the Professional & Business Services sector. She is on the industrial advisory board of the Oxford University Engineering department and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List in 2016. She has three very noisy small children.
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.
Author, Journalist, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Documentary Maker
Voted the most influential economist in the UK and Ireland in 2015, David is an expert in how the trends in growth, currencies and financial markets will uniquely affect businesses. He was the only economist in Ireland who accurately forecast a strong UK Brexit vote and the first economist to identify the Irish boom as nothing more than a credit bubble, warning of its collapse and the consequences for the country. His objective is to make economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms as possible.