Day two of the professional programme started with an introduction to internal audit by Stephen Coates, President of the Institute of Internal Auditors of Australia; followed by a session on successfully transitioning to business advisory services by James Mason, Managing Director at Mindshop; and ‘Leading with Heart’ by Julia van Graas, a globally experienced hands-on advisor co-founder of Spiique.
After a networking lunch, the second round of workshops took place. Delegates were offered to attend one focusing on technology and how to create opportunities, held by Greg Clarke from ABM Systems; or to ‘Powerful tools and questioning techniques to solve any client issue’ delivered by James Mason.
Peter Bliss, wellness coach and founder of the company Business is Bliss, then joined to discuss the benefits of mindfulness in reaching peak performance as maintaining mental health becomes more important than ever in increasingly demanding workplaces.
This was followed by a presentation held by Brett Fraser on Microsoft collaborative tools and products for professional services.
The final day of the Annual Global Conference commenced with an Audit Quality Control session by Jim Sylph, Russell Bedford’s audit quality consultant, followed by a presentation on preparations for new ISQM standards by John van Dieren, managing partner from our member firm in Perth, Stantons International.
Peter Williams from Rexster Consulting discussed disruption in the accounting profession in his session ‘Seize the day’.
After a networking break, the professional programme concluded with a feedback session about Russell Bedford’s future strategy, and the AGM, ending with an introduction to Vienna, the venue for the 2020 Annual Conference, by Wolfgang Wiesner, partner of next year's host firm, RT Revisionstreuhand.
Our hosts were instrumental in achieving a fantastic non-delegate programme, and the event culminated with a fabulous Gala Dinner at The Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Reception drinks preceded the enjoyment of different master pieces from various artists. Entertainment, wonderful food and drink, more speeches, more mention of our awards (!) and excellent dancing and conversation concluded a magnificent memorable occasion.
A huge thank you to Mark Edwards and all of the Camphin Boston team, who helped coordinate an impressive itinerary for both the delegate and non-delegate programmes, delivering a truly fabulous event. Thank you and see you in Vienna!