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APA Conference & Awards 2023

  • location-iconNational Motorcycle Museum, Solihull
  • time-icon17th October 2023
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Headline Speakers


Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards

Eddie was ranked 55th in the world which qualified him as the only GB applicant for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

With the UK firmly backing the plasterer from Gloucestershire, Eddie took to the slopes followed by a whirlwind of international press and media.

Eddie competed in the 70m and 90m jump events but unfortunately came last in both events.

Although he did not win an Olympic medal, he did win a place in the hearts of spectators all around the globe. This was ultimately due to his lack of success, but more importantly, his pure determination and ‘have a go’ attitude.

Keynote Speakers


Dani Wallace

Former serial self-saboteur, having grown up on the council estates of Preston, Dani has survived the adversity of domestic violence, homelessness and single parenthood to become a leading voice in empowerment and have quickly become one of the most exciting motivational speakers to hit the UK stage in a long time!

Drawing on over 20 years' experience in business, from presenting & eventing to leadership & management training, Dani uses her knowledge of both traditional employment in the corporate sector and self-employment in the entertainment industry to deliver memorable, inspirational and thought-provoking talks in her own unique and distinctive style bringing truth, humour and a shit ton of practical advice.

Fearless leader of the I Am The Queen Bee Movement and creator of the Fly Anyway Foundation, Dani helps people the world over Show Up Wise Up and Rise and is a reminder to anyone who enters her orbit that they too, regardless of their journey can #FLYANYWAY!


Mary Schaeffer

After spending fifteen years in the corporate financial community, Mary Schaeffer went on to author ten books, writing predominantly about her experience in business and finance.

As the editorial director and publisher of Accounts Payable Now & Tomorrow, as well as a successful e-Zine, Mary is a nationally recognised expert on accounts payable.


Susan Walsh

With over a decade of experience fixing your dirty data, Susan Walsh is the Classification Guru.

Susan is Founder and Managing Director of The Classification Guru Ltd, a specialist data classification, taxonomy and data cleansing consultancy. She is an industry thought leader, TEDx speaker, DataIQ100 2022 & 2023, DataIQ Data Champion 2022, author of ‘Between the Spreadsheets: Classifying and Fixing Dirty Data’ and the “Fixing Dirty Data – The Basics of Data Cleaning” course. She’s also the creator of the COAT philosophy.

Susan and her team bring clarity and accuracy to data for procurement teams and beyond; helping teams work more effectively and efficiently; and cutting through the jargon to address the issues of dirty data and its consequences in an entertaining and engaging way.

Susan is passionate about helping you find the value in cleaning your ‘dirty data’ and raising awareness of the consequences of ignoring these issues.

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Join us for the largest Accounts Payable Conference in Europe, with a full day of panels and workshops before an evening of celebration, good food and entertainment. Choose between the full experience with a Conference and Awards Gala Dinner ticket, or opt to attend the Conference only.

  • Conference Only: £49pp
  • Conference & Awards Dinner: £99pp

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Kat Moy

AP Association

With over a decade of experience within Accounts Payable, working for some leading companies within the UK, her passion to drive and motivate the industry led to Kat becoming the Head of Education at the Accounts Payable Association.

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Karen Young

Karen is a Director and recruiting expert for the Accountancy & Finance recruitment division at Hays UK&I. She provides strategic leadership to a team of over 300 accountancy and finance recruitment professionals across over 90 offices.

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John Sunderland Wright

John is a leading expert in improvement programmes helping inspire people to be the best they can be.

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Lubnah Allam

EG Group

Lubnah’s passion is to drive change through people, process and systems whilst challenging the status quo and her drive to see things through to completion has made her a force to be reckoned with in the industry.

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Nicola Stevenson


Nicola has worked in Accounts Payable and Credit Control for more years than not, gaining hands on experience in a variety of roles. After a brief spell in a process improvement role, she moved back to Accounts Payable management, as she enjoys the transactional environment and working with a team to deliver to KPI's.

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Rebecca Howard

Coventry Building Society

Rebecca Howard is Head of Supplier Relationship Management at Coventry Building Society. Rebecca's team looks after supplier performance management and sustainable procurement.

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Nicholas Brierly


Dynamic, driven and accomplished business and finance professional with significant experience of delivering high quality finance, business and customer services objectives/solutions in the private and public sectors.

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Mark Harrison

Mark has 40+ years of experience in Credit Management (O2C, I2C, C2C). Starting right at the bottom but with great support and dedication, Mark's career path has taken him into a wide range of industry verticals and where he's been part of technology innovations and implementations.

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Dan French

Dan is the Founder and CEO of Consider Solutions, serving global brands including Aston Martin, BT, Bombardier, Sony Music, Starbucks and UNICEF.

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Sarah Turner


Sarah Turner is a highly experienced professional across P2P processes, Change Management and Leadership.

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Mandy Wilson

InterDigital Inc

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Gareth Jones

Xylem Inc

Gareth Jones has a Business and Finance BA Degree and is a highly motivated, results-driven P2P SME professional with over 20 year’s experience in Purchasing, AP and Cash Management /Treasury for blue chip companies.

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