Top 50 Industry Influencers 2019

Caroline Adams

Senior Finance Manager
Debenhams Retail Ltd

Caroline has significant experience as a Senior Finance Manager, with an aptitude to learn and a determination to succeed. A change orientated Finance professional, who has worked in a variety of roles within Finance (and a secondment to IT…), with a broad commercial awareness.

Viewed as industry expert in Accounts Payable and Procure to Pay who is enthusiastic, motivated, and enjoys new challenges/ thrives under pressure. Likes to be creative, think outside of the box and have fun. Believes in being brilliant at the basics, get the process right then automate, automate… Has created Teams that are efficient and high performing, that keep evolving, adding value, but also having fun. Member of Fiscal Technologies Advisory Board. Enjoys life and the new challenges each day brings working in Shared Services.

Experienced in:

  • Planning and delivering Projects to budget and timescales, ensuring transformation is delivered, processes are re engineered, simplified, and benefits stated are met or exceeded
  • Significant leadership and delivery of major business systems developments
  • P2P for Overheads
  • Invoice Matching – Stock and Overheads, 3 way matching
  • Intelligent Data Capture & Workflow – OCR, Electronic invoicing, including the delivery of a bespoke B2B Supplier Portal, which allows suppliers to self serve
  • Exception Handler (Query Desk) – Automation of invoice rejections at the front door vs down stream ‘touching’
  • AP Forensics (Fraud Prevention) – Implementation of Fraud software that highlights duplicates and provides analysis of supplier behaviours
  • Supply Chain Finance Scheme & Corporate Card Scheme  – Focussed on maximising working capital
  • P Card scheme  – removed the need for petty cash in stores
  • Payment Practise Reporting – using the reports to look at payment performance metrics
  • Creating Policies, Authorisation & Control documentation, AP Handbook, In House Training literature, with a focus on continuous learning for the Teams
  • Lead and developed teams of 100+ people, ranging in experience and qualifications, with the key aim to encourage development and progression within the organisation.
  • Researching AP Best Practise and what is next in technology newness for the P2P process, together with researching initiatives to improve working capital
  • Whats next? Data – Using the data we are sitting on to highlight opportunities to increase profit
Michael Anderson

P2P Manager

Passionate about Accounts Payables with over 10 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles within the Financial Services, Retail & Construction sectors.

Proficient in all aspects of Accounts Payable and an advocate of utilising technology to improve business processes, create efficiencies and increase productivity through enablers such as RPA, Business Intelligence, EDI and Oracle Applications.

Throughout my career I have been involved in some great projects which includes setting up a number of Manchester’s largest Finance Shared Services, 3 Oracle ERP Migrations and a number P2P Transformations programmes.

Donna Austin

Invoice to Pay Manager

I am the Invoice to Pay Manager at Interserve. I have been leading finance teams at Interserve for 9 years and currently manage a team of 60+ transaction processing clerks who are responsible for effective and efficient processing of 1 million invoices a year. Outside of work my more challenging full time job is mother to two 15 year old twin boys. This makes managing a team of 60 professionals a piece of cake compared to having one child and his naughtiest mate on a daily basis.

Matt Baron-Thompson

Purchase Ledger & Expense Management

My name is Matt Baron-Thompson, I’m 39 years old and live in Southend, Essex with my wife, Emma and three wonderful children. I have worked in London for nearly 20 years in the finance industry, 16 of those in Accounts Payable. My first job in London was for Hiscox Insurance as an accounts assistant. It was an excellent first job for me as I learned a little bit of all the different areas in finance. I also learnt that, at 19, socialising in London was almost obligatory, and not cheap!

I then worked for The Daily Telegraph in management accounts for 4 years before getting my first role in AP for a Japanese Bank. I’ve worked in my current role for 12 years and I’m the sole AP controller. I love having the responsibility of overall control and take a lot of pride in making sure the AP is working efficiently. I hope to progress to an AP Manager role when the time is right.

Away from the office I’m a family man. My wife and kids mean everything to me and you can often find me at the park, playing football, just spending quality time with them.

Mark Beddoe

Head of Financial Systems and Transactional Services
Loomis UK Ltd

Mark Beddoe developed an interest in people, process and technology from his earliest foray into the world of work. As a junior AP clerk, working for a Birmingham based tour operator, he was asked to work on a project to systemise key stages in the invoice approval process. The success of that project ignited a passion for harmonising people, process and technology to deliver benefits across organisations.  Having worked in the finance function of a national retailer for 10 years followed by a 10 year stint delivering and selling solutions for a financial software house, Mark is now using the experience gained on both sides of the customer / software provider divide to lead the accounts payable, credit control and financials systems departments for the UK arm of a global cash and valuables handling business.

Lynda Biggs

Head of Financial Operations

Currently working in Christchurch, Dorset at Kondor Limited on behalf of Exertis (UK) Ltd, part of DCC Plc, with a length of service of 22 years.

With over 25 years’ experience in accounts payable and transactional finance starting as a purchase ledger supervisor at Lancashire Enterprises Plc.

In 2014 after acquisition and merger, was successfully promoted to head up the accounts payable function of Exertis (UK).

Recently receiving further promotion to Kondor head of financial operations, part of the acquisition portfolio of Exertis, on secondment to review structure, process, procedures and implement required changes.

Stephen Bradbury

Global Process Owner (P2P / O2C)
Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd

My dream job as child was to become an airline pilot, however being colour blind put a stop to that! I’ve been fortunate to work for some great companies in my career so far that has allowed me to develop both personally and professionally. My most notable achievements have been setting up a European FSS in Czech Republic and working for 2 years in Latin America on a large scale finance transformation project across P2P and O2C. I am self-motivated, have incredible passion for delivery, fixing broken “things” and seeing teams grow and people develop.

Gloria Burne

Purchase Ledger Manager
MLM Group

I am a qualified Purchase Ledger Manager with 12 years’ experience in a finance role. I started my finance career working at a solicitors firm before moving to MLM, where I began as an accounts administrator for several years before choosing to focus my career within Accounts Payable. During my time working in MLM, I have achieved APAT and APAM qualifications with the APA association and I have progressed to a management role over five years ago

I have a real passion for what I do and am an ambassador for encouraging new people to work in the Accounts Payable Industry.  Most notably in my career I have taken on a range of candidates, some with no previous accounts experience and helped them progress their careers to become competent accounts clerks.

One of my most recent achievement at MLM is the development of more sophisticated process for registering Approved Suppliers. Over the last year I have reduced the approved supplier list by almost 50% to contain the most active and relevant suppliers that the company need. As part of this project I have developed a new online portal for sourcing current suppliers and registering new ones, allowing better company engagement with the added assurance that they comply with Health and Safety and GDPR compliance standards.

I have recently demonstrated my negotiating skills through successfully managing to reduce our costs with our stationery supplier by 27%, compared to what we were doing 2 years ago. This is a remarkable achievement for which I am very proud. I have also worked along with my fantastic team on developing a programme with a software developer to make our AP system more efficient.

My working style is very focussed and methodical.  I can come across as quiet and reserved, and tend to open up more with people as I get to know them.  I have a very good relationship with my team and am fortunate to have the privilege or working with and training my son in the profession. I regularly engage with my team socially by going to out to quizzes, meals out etc which encourages a great working life with my team and myself.

Outside the office I am quite a creative person and, in my spare time, I enjoy spending time dressmaking and like to travel around the UK in our motorhome. I have a particular soft spot for the Yorkshire countryside. I also value spending time with my family and grandchildren.

My main career aspirations going forward are to continue my passion for promoting the APA, and to encourage more young people to consider careers within the profession, to develop my people management skills and continue as an ambassador to the wider industry, in an area which is often overlooked.

Patsy Christian

Accounts Payable Manager
Bourne Leisure

My career started many, many years ago as an Accounts Assistant in a small firm near to my home. I liked the role and after a while decided to move to another company to progress. After a few years I was fortunate enough to have an assistant which was my first experience of managing someone other than myself. As the years went on I worked at several companies across many industries, Local Government, Pharmaceutical, Logistics to name a few and the teams I managed grew in size and complexity, managing teams in UK and across EMEA. I am passionate about my team and their development as well as my own and I encourage everyone I work with to have an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask why.

Patsy Christian is the Accounts Payable Manager at Bourne Leisure where she leads a team of 15 team members. Patsy has a wealth of experience not only in AP having worked across a range of industries including Local Government, Pharmaceutical, Logistics and now Leisure and Hospitality, Patsy is also passionate about her own self-development and that of her team. Outside of work Patsy has got back many hours having just finished a degree programme and whilst spending valued time with family she is keen to get her teeth into something else.

Joe Cooper

UK AP & AR Finance Manager
Lowell Financial

Driven AP & AR professional that is always looking to further the industry through development, training and technology

Sarah Cotgrave

Global Accounts Payable Manager
Seadrill Management Ltd

With P2P background stretching +25 yrs, working predominately in AP for 20 yrs. this gave me experience of E2E processes to understand how important it is we all work together. I started out as office junior and now manage a team of 30 for a Global Oil Drilling Contractor, I’m passionate about AP and have a fantastic team of people around me who have supported and guided me to achieve what I have today. Every day is different and brings new challenges and opportunities for growth and development of the team, but the key to everything we do is “encouraging my team to be the best version of themselves they can be”.

Sandra Cunningham

Accounts Payable Manager
Allegis Group Limited

I have had 17 years’ experience in Accounts Payable and am currently working as the EMEA Accounts Payable Manager for Allegis Group Limited with 5 direct reports. Interested in the automation side of AP and the ways we can make improvements to our current processes and streamline our performance while making AP stand out as an asset to the company.

Lindsay Doyle

Accounts Payable Manager
Shop Direct

I am an Accounts Payable professional (APA qualified) with many years’ experience of Procure to Pay and Accounts Payable. I am very happily married with 3 sons.  Whilst the boys have been growing up I have been lucky enough to be able to progress with my career to Management level.

I have always loved AP and never been tempted to stray to another career.  We are the heart of every business and there is always a buzz around our department. When you are settled in the role, you will almost certainly find yourself liking the people who are quick at receipting their orders, the best… if you know, you know !

I have had experience of working in very different companies throughout the years, from smaller teams to Global Finance Service Centres and have a proven record of coaching and leading successful and productive teams. I have also been involved in many Projects from sourcing and implementing P2P products, expense software and scanning solutions, to currently working on the impending change to the Oracle Cloud Solution in my current role, which I am excited about.

I am proud to be a member of the APA association and think it is fantastic that we are being recognised in our profession, and have a great group of people to share our knowledge and success with.

Christine Feldwicke

Head of Purchasing and Payables
Allegis Group

Over 30 years’ experience within Accounts Payable. I began my journey as a Purchase Ledger Clerk, moving up to a Supervisor role with a local brewery, prior to moving to London where I joined Aston Carter as a Purchase Ledger Controller. Aston Carter was acquired by Allegis Group Ltd in 2011 which gave me the opportunity to develop and progress in my career to AP & Procurement Senior Manager, before moving to my current role as Head of Purchasing and Payables, covering purchases of over £12m across various jurisdictions in EMEA.

Ryan Gallear

Head of transaction processing
N Brown PLC

Started my career as a filing clerk at Damart thermawear (knicker shop!) Moved to Morrisons in 1997 (aged 19) started as a purchase ledger clerk, progressed to senior clerk, team leader, then one of 5 AP Managers. After 17 years moved onto the Co-op and covered O2C. Moved onto Hain Celestial (huge US manufacturing business) to centralise the back office functions post acquisition of Premier foods. Joined Arcadia group ltd June 2015 as head of AP and the promoted to Transactional services manager, covered AP, AR and personnel services. New role June 2019 – Head of Transactional Processing for N Brown Group PLC, brands include JD Williams, Jacamo, Simply Be, Figleaves, and many more!

2 sons, Nick 23 and Owen 16 – Nick is in the army, Owen just started at college studying media. Love the gym (lost 6 stone) attend at least 4 times a week and also tennis. 2 pugs (jack and dot) named after my grandparents – refuse to walk them being 6ft 6 – that would just look ridiculous.

Satisfaction in role – developing people, process improvement, driving business compliance and proving the AP team are not responsible for late payments!!!! transformation projects and LOVE stress! It keeps me going…

Yvonne Gardiner

Global Accounts Payable Manager – Real Estate
Aberdeen Standard Investments

I have worked in Accounts Payable for 19 years, as with a lot of AP Managers, I kind of fell into this career. I left school at 17 and went straight in to work. I have had 4 jobs in my AP career, it was during my time at Quintiles that I really learned. I had a fantastic manager and mentor, Andrina Mitchell. The skills I learned there really set me on my AP Managerial journey and I have been able to use them and improve in my time at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Accounts Payable is not always thought of as a career, but it truly is. AP is the starting point for any Finance function, it can be used as a jumping board into other Finance careers or it can be a really rewarding career….if you give it a chance.

Barbara Garside

Payment Supervisor
Guiness Partnership

I have worked for Guinness for 13 years in the Finance Department firstly in the Income team and then transferred to the Ap team. During this time I have been involved in streamlining processes and improving systems to provide a first class payments service.

With my time at Guinness I have successfully completed management courses which has helped with change management and allowed us to build an award winning Ap team who excel in all areas. One area we concentrate o as a management team is employee engagement to provide our team with support through mentoring and coaching.

Simon Gentry

Group Accounts Payable Manager
Hachette UK Ltd

Simon has been employed in the Payables and Receivables arena’s for over 35 years at Group Accounts Payable Manager and at Credit Manager in a number of different businesses in the private and public sectors, latterly in the private sector. During this time, Simon has be able to implement process improvements and implement policies to create capacity and efficiency within the teams he has managed, a key attribute of Simon is never stop looking for the next process improvement and efficiency. He has worked in the payables environments with high volumes (150k) both PO and non PO invoices and has managed teams up to 25 staff. Simon firmly believes that capturing performance metrics is one of the key drives to ensure improved performance, identify the teams weakness/strengths and has been able to develop, motivate and train high performing AP teams. During the last 25 years he has implemented/upgraded AP and AR modules, he demonstrates strong controls knowledge in the P2P process, through the use of a robust approval matrix , workflow modules and improved purchase order compliance. When not paying vendors and improving process, I am a member of a brass band and okay the cornet.

Stewart Griffiths

Payments Manager
Bio Products Laboratory

Stewart Griffiths is the Payments Manager at Bio Products Laboratory, passionate about people, process and technology and he is a recognised industry contributor. With over twenty years of experience working in transactional finance, Stewart has a proven track record of developing teams and implementing robust processes for businesses like Green & Black’s Chocolate and fashion retailer White Stuff. His goals for 2019 are to engage more with fellow industry peers to better understand the challenges the world of AP is facing and offer his advice and support whenever possible.

Kerri Hannaford

Accounts Payable Manager
Inhealth Group

Kerri is an accounts payable and treasury professional with 15 years’ experience in various healthcare settings both public and private, most recently in a shared service setting looking after 17 separate entities with an AP team of 7.

Kerri has created, implemented and documented new processes (including project managing an automation project) and procedures for the team. She has created meaningful KPI’s for the team which are used to build on and escalate queries monthly, to our stakeholders and the executive team.

Kerri thoroughly enjoys researching advances in AP technology, best practice and how best to lead her team in a more strategic manner. 2 years ago, she qualified as an Accounts Payable Association Manager and is looking forward to a long and rewarding career within the world of P2P/AP focusing on system development and change.

In her spare time Kerri enjoys walking her dog, holidays and volunteers as a scout leader.

Scott Hancock

Accounts Payable Manager
Aston University

I have been working in AP for around 2.5 years and over this time it has made me realise the importance of teamwork. Fundamentally, without my team, I would suffer to get absolutely anything done therefore I believe it is important to help them develop and grow into the professionals that they aspire to be. Never underestimate the power of a cohesive team! The APA has reinforced this development further with the offering of their APAT course which helps reinforce even the basics within the AP role.

Jacqui Harris

Accounts Payable Manager

Too many years working in finance to mention!  After following my husband’s career around both UK and Europe and fitting in various finance roles along the way, it was time to set roots back in the UK.  Immediately I found myself settling back into accounts payable, spending the past 8 years working for an extremely busy shared service team and helped implement OCR also contributed towards the installation of a new ERP system. I am currently working as the Accounts Payable Manager for Refresco and helping integrate two accounts packages.   I am Passionate about ensuring my team has the correct tools to complete their daily tasks as well as ensuring my team deliver a high quality service to all stakeholders.  I like to lead by example, I am honest and reliable and also I am willing to roll my sleeves up to get the job done! I enjoy nothing more than seeing someone successfully succeed and I think accounts payable is a great foundation for anyone considering a future career in finance.

Gareth Jones

Co-Founder APA
AP Association

Business and Finance BA Degree qualified, highly motivated, results-driven P2P contractor with over 20 year’s experience in Purchasing, AP and Cash Management / Treasury for blue chip companies in a variety of diverse public and private market sectors, domestic and internationally, with annual turnovers of up to £62bn.

Self-starter in the management of up to 124 people BAU (Local/national/SSC/BPO) to the implementation of projects including new ERP systems to consultation of change and improvement. Regularly recognised for my outstanding performance through awards and ‘exceed’ ratings in PDR reviews.

Co-Founder of Accounts Payable Association, creating the AP course content and delivering fast track courses while supporting the CEO through various activities within the business such as the creation of the virtual event website, podcats to managing associations and partners expectations.

Stephen King

P2P Consultant
King FPM Solutions Ltd

My goal is helping companies deliver Purchase-To-Pay (P2P) & Source-To-Pay (S2P) process improvements increasing efficiency, decreasing business administration, & reducing costs.

I help companies create stable platforms & global processes building sustainable growth allowing easy integrations of future business acquisitions into current Finance functions.

I have over 20 years’ experience as a Global Finance Professional within Shared Services and Finance roles in P2P (Purchase-To-Pay), R2R (General Ledger), & ERP Implementations covering UK, Europe, and the US working with some well-known brands.

If you are interested in knowing more, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please check out my previous client recommendations on my LinkedIn profile too.

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Chris Lawrence

Procurement & Accounts Payable Manager
Elevate East London

I’m currently managing a Team of 7 AP Officers and 2 Buyers for an organisation working on behalf of a large London Authority.

Away from the day job, I’m a keen aviation enthusiast, travelling around the world visiting all things aviation related.  Also, by default of being married to a New Zealander, I’ve become a big fan of the All Blacks Rugby team!

I believe the future for AP professionals is very bright.  We have gone from being just seen as the team that pays the bills, to one where we have exciting new technology at our disposal that can enable and empower us to do so much more for our organisations.

Toni Lawrenson

Accounts Payable Manager
Vaultex UK Ltd

Toni Lawrenson has been working within the Accounts Payable profession for over 15 years and has gained invaluable experience across various industries during this time.  In her current role as Accounts Payable Manager at Vaultex she is responsible for leading a team of two, and for administering both travel and expenses, and the company’s finance system. During this time Toni has implemented new processes relating to the Criminal Finances Act 2017, has managed a number of system upgrades and has been instrumental in the roll-out of the new mobile telephony contract.

When not working, Toni enjoys socialising with friends, visiting the newest bars, travelling, going to concerts and catching up on the latest celebrity gossip or reality TV show.

Ellen Leith

P2P Network

PPN is a not for profit organisation founded in 2008 to form a focal point for the purchase to pay community. Taken to market and strategised since then by Ellen Leith, PPN has been successful in providing leading P2P professionals with a sharp insight into the latest news and up-to-date information on key processes and technologies. Today PPN attracts over 14,000 readers to download research, attend insightful webinars, discover how and why other organisations may do things differently, join in with masterclass sessions and attend our annual event. Over the last few years, PPN has established itself firmly at the heart of the P2P business community, with Ellen at its head.
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Rachael Long

Accounts Payable Manager
Breedon Group

I have worked within Accounts Payable for around 25 years. During my time at Balfour Beatty as their Rail Corporate Services AP Manager I won, Divisional Manager of the Year, Business Excellence Award and my team won the Business Integrity award.

I have now been with Breedon Group for 18 months and I have a great team of 15.  Since I have been at Breedon due to past knowledge and experience I have been involved in 6 business integrations and the centralisation of the Accounts Payable, with the number of invoices increasing from 5,000 per month to 20,000, while continuously improving processes and procedures.

I thrive on seeing my team improve, so I have introduced Coaching Sessions, regular 121’s and Resilience training to help them be the best they can be.

Kelly Markey

Head of P2P

I am an extremely driven, career focused, yet highly personable manager. My background is corporate finance especially transactional functions such as accounts payable where I have made positive changes and delivered successful transitions within an SSC environment. I like to lead by example by engaging with the wider business and encourage their input to process changes to increase productivity and in turn manage a high performing team.

Dale Merchant

Group Purchase Ledger Manager
Farrow Ball

I live and work in the lovely county of Dorset and I am currently the Group Purchase Ledger Manager for Farrow & Ball Ltd, a prestigious brand of fantastic paints and wallpapers.  As such I deal on a daily basis with suppliers and colleagues spread across North America & Europe.

Over the years I have worked within Finance for various market sectors including housing associations, charities, manufacturing, retail and banking.  My particular areas of expertise include international payments, system implementation and process mapping / writing.

Living in Dorset I enjoy some great water sports and local beer, cider and music festivals but unusually do not follow English sports, unless it’s the world cups.  I far prefer North American ice hockey and, for my sins, follow the Edmonton Oilers.

My main aim for the near future is to create operating and fraud policies, establish KPIs and expand paperless processing / automation within my section.  I am also looking forward to networking and sharing knowledge with my fellow influencers and association members.

Daniel Pearson

Head of UK Transactional Finance
Lowell Financial Limited

Daniel Pearson has spent most of his career within the financial services sector, within Insurance, Fund Management, Investment Funds and Debt Purchase, with many years of experience in companies around the UK.

He started his career at Norwich Union Insurance in Norwich and subsequent moved to Aviva plc in York. More recently holding a number of senior positions at Lowell Financial Limited, one of Europe’s biggest Debt Purchase business, at its European HQ in Leeds.

Heather Peters

Accounts Payable Manager
Eschmann Holdings Ltd

I have over 30 years experience in various size companies . I adore AP and all the intricate issues that can arise. I fell into AP by accident and stayed there for a number of years before migrating, again by accident,  into Provisioning management. Finally AP needed me back again, so here I am.

Tim Pumphrey

PTP Manager

Tim has worked in Shared Services/Business Services Functions in various roles since 2012. He is an active support of Forums and Associations and is passionate about Collaboration, Team Work, Process Excellence, Automation and Standardisation. He completed his Diploma in Global Business Services in 2018 and is a holds an International Certificate of Competence for Powerboats.

James Plunkett

Payroll Manager
Norfolk County Council

My name is James I am 42 years old, I work fulltime within Finance and am very passionate about my working life. I am an advocate of new technology and always drive to succeed in whatever challenges I am presented with. My spare time is most taken up by my family (mainly the kids and activity’s). Although it is also important that you have downtime time and this is the time I go running to keep fit and healthy.

Giuliana Quadernucci

P2P Management Consultant
Account on Time Ltd

Giuliana has been in the accounts payable field since 2003, her first AP role with the London Borough of Lambeth is where she improved invoice turnaround performance from 55% in 2004 to 97% in 2011. She has implemented No PO No Pay and invoice scanning in 2004 and electronic invoicing in 2009. She has a huge amount of experience using Oracle ERP and more recently SAP. In 2013 Lambeth were highly commended by Treasury Today for Innovation in AP/AR. She has continued promoting innovating techniques, automating processes and removing manual intervention for invoice transactions across multiple organisation since becoming a contractor in 2014.

Jamie Radford

Co-Founder, APA

Yvonne Rimmer

Accounts Payable Manager
Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd

Like most people, I feel into the world of Accounts Payable over 25 years ago.  I started as an administrator and progressed along with my qualifications through to becoming the Accounts Payable Manager at Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd.  I am responsible from invoice receipt through to being responsible for all payments leaving Britvic being made. For me, being a manager is watching my people succeed and develop in their roles and eventually progressing into our Financial Accounts teams here at Britvic. I am a qualified Accounting Technician, Prince Practitioner and have the APAM qualification. Outside of work, I have found a new love for gardening, reading, cooking and relaxing with my family.

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Michael Ryan

Director of Finance Shared Services & Transformation

Michael Ryan is a Business Transformation leader with over 20 years experience implementing Change in a blue chip environment. He knows how challenging it is to create sustainable Change. Michael is an energising Motivational Speaker who lives and breathes Change because he believes it starts with you! Michael also wrote a book in just 3 weeks, and it is all about resetting yourself, finding your path when you hit middle age and football!

Samantha Ryan

Shared Services Manager
Yorkshire Water

Mother, cat lover, exuberant leader, little bit crazy, workaholic and self-confessed AP / P2P geek. Having spent a number of years (undisclosed, a lady never gives away her age) managing AP / P2P teams, I have a passion for this under-appreciated and over-worked profession. The day I see any business elevate their P2P team to stand alongside and not beneath their Finance colleagues is the day I can say “job done”!

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Sandra Sabadini

Head of Exchequer Services
Capita – Public Services

I have worked for almost 20 years in credit control and credit management , in 2018 i was offered the opportunity to lead the AR, AP and P2P department where I currently work. As usual I never know what I get myself into and I jumped in … feet first. I signed up for the APA manager course plus the P2P online course and both have helped me hugely to deal with the considerable new responsibilities.

Nadine Samuel

Finance Project Change Manager

My name is Nadine Samuel, a Professional Finance Transactional Change Manager who has a variety of High profile of Company’s in my change Portfolio.  My motto in life is to “Strive for Excellence” which was my Primary School Motto from my island of birth Montserrat.  I enjoy Finance Transactional services but my passion to always be one step ahead of my competition has led to my increase love for Change Management.  I decided to combine both of my loves in 2015 by taking on the challenge of stepping away from my specialist area of Accounts Payable and taking on a role as Heads of Payments, Transactions and Processes in Network Homes, where some of my team achievements includes:

  • Network Homes Team of the Year
  • Customer Service Team of the Year
  • Procure to Pay Network Accounts Payable Manager of the Year
  • Procure to Pay Network Accounts Payable Team of the Year Finalist

As part of the next step in my Change Management Career, I have just joined Tavelport as a Finance Change Project Manager.  This amazing Company will enable me to grow even further as a Change Manager as I continue fulfilling my passion of transformation.  I can make a difference, I am the difference.

Mary Schaeffer

Founder and Publisher
AP Now

Mary S. Schaeffer is the founder of AP Now, a B2B media firm focused on creating business intelligence around the accounts payable and payment functions. Schaeffer is the host of the AP Now podcast. She has written 18 business books and is a frequent and popular speaker at both online and live events. Previously she held positions as an Assistant Treasurer for the Equitable Life Assurance Society, a Financial Risk Manager for O&Y and a Corporate Cash Manager for Continental Grain. She has an MBA in Finance from NYU and a BS in Mathematics from York College (CUNY).

Niall Shaw

Payables & Receivables Manager

Since 1996, I have worked in a number of shared service AP teams, covering construction and civil engineering, personal finance, manufacturing, house-building and consumer electronics. My current role sees me lead a shared services team for a market-leading global consumer electronics repair business. We have responsibility for all UK entities, as well as The
Netherlands and Belgium. I actively encourage continuous improvement, and as one of the first people to successfully achieve APAM accreditation, I look forward to continuing to promote and work with the AP Association, so that my staff can enjoy the benefits of being an APA member.

Marie Simpson

Accounts Payable Project Manager
Saputo Dairy UK

My career began in finance in the insurance industry and credit card debt recovery before serving 23 years within the NHS Service covering all areas of transactional services, including running a Shared Service centre and as the Head of Payments at one of the largest NHS trusts.

Over the last 5 years I have moved into consultancy and interim projects specialising in system implementations, change management, process, procedural and system improvements and project management. Utilising my qualifications in MCICM, CAPP and Prince2.

I have two amazing daughters, three grandchildren, love travelling and attend soul music events all over the world.

John Stovold

Marketing Manager

Educate, inform & inspire. Our ability to tell stories and inspire our audiences should be at the heart of what we do. This applies in the B2B world as much as it does in any other, and shouldn’t be overlooked.

John Tallon

Accounts Payable Manager

I have specialised in AP and P2P since 2007, developing a passion in the discipline and using my knowledge and experience to ensure AP is able to meet any opportunity or challenge. Striking a balance between a robust, controls-based process while remaining commercially responsive is, I believe, at the heart of an efficient function. Together with the drive for constant improvement, it puts AP front and centre in any productivity initiative.

Most teams in an organisation rely on us and look to AP for leadership in workflow design and maintenance, training and support during the introduction of new technologies and for guidance and advice to ensure all the systems knit together seamlessly.

I welcome any opportunity to enthuse the next generation of AP professionals, fostering their development and encouraging everyone in my teams to present their ideas for improvements. There is a real sense of achievement when they are refined, implemented and enhance the processes. There’s never been a more exciting, interesting and fun time to dive into AP and P2P and the future will undoubtedly bring new opportunities to progress and improve further.

Outside of work, I love being in the great outdoors, especially hiking but also playing sports or just meeting up with friends and family.

Clare Tracey

Accounts Payable Team Manager
NWSSP (NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership)

Manage 3 Welsh Organisations, Velindre/ Public Health Wales & Health Education Improvement Wales. I look at improving the service we provide as a team & encourage others to develop through learning. Developed a training orientation for Accounts Payable in NWSSP for a department of 80 including working instructions (iSO 9001 Quality Audit).

John Wallace

Chief Executive Officer

As Documation’s founder and the driving force behind product strategy John has established the company as a leader in its field with a reputation for delivering brilliant software with care and expertise. With a wealth of experience in innovation, leadership and consultancy, John is a recognised thought-leader in the field of Finance process automation and transformation with a particular focus on AP.

An experienced leader with first class communication skills John is passionate about the creation of a strong, values led ‘Growth Mindset” culture as the driver for sustainable quality and growth. John has an absolute commitment to ensuring that the whole team take ownership of continuous business improvement and this is directly reflected in the exceptional service provided to Documation’s customers. In John’s words, “in a successful organisation, everyone has to be leader”.

Matt Whiddett

P2P Programme Manager
Brent Council

A transformation specialist with over 20 years experience in the public sector, delivering change, savings and new ways of working. Currently working on a P2P transformation programme at Brent Council.

Sonya Winters

Hays Recruitment

I am a results driven, people oriented, self-motivating professional with extensive knowledge in the Requisition To Pay and wider Finance space. I have strong and proven capabilities when it comes to Finance Transformation and have directed and coordinated many Finance Integrations and Process Migrations throughout my career. Have experienced the full life cycle of shared service centres. I am a passionate leader and pride myself on my people management skills and my ability to transform teams from the ground up. I focus heavily on grass roots level employees and developing individuals in to organisational leaders. I am an avid motivator and thrive to inspire high performing team members across the organisation.

Expert Attributes:

  • Organisational Development
  • Finance Transformation
  • Requisition To Pay
  • SOX Controls
  • Human Capital Development
  • Project Management

Highlights Throughout Your Career:

  • Shared Service Transitions
  • Implementation of Pan-European cash pool
  • Oracle R12 – Integration
  • Baxalta to Shire Integration
  • Shire To Takeda Integration
Martina Wright

Purchase-to-Pay (P2P) Team Lead MCO UKIE

Martina is the P2P Team Lead for the UK and IE Sanofi business based in Reading. She has worked for the company for the past 18 years. Martina’s proven track record of delivering smooth day to day operations, and constantly challenging the status quo has landed her the UK/IE project lead to transfer P2P processes to a Global BPO hub in India. In her free time she enjoys horse riding and traveling.

Karen Young

Hays Recruitment

Karen is a Director and recruiting expert at Hays Accountancy & Finance. She provides strategic leadership to a team of over 400 accountancy and finance recruitment professionals across nearly 100 UK offices. With 22 years of finance recruitment experience, Karen has a track record of recruiting top finance talent for businesses across a range of industry sectors, and is a trusted industry voice on recruitment, career planning and market insights.

Alistair Thacker

Head of Technology

Alistair is the Head of Technology at Kefron, the company behind Kefron AP – the leading cloud-based AP automation system.

For over 20 years,  Alistair has been the technical lead for innovative and easy-to-use AP systems from companies such as Microsoft, SoftCo, Evolution and Kefron.

He has delivere over 100 AP automation projects for organisations large and small, across a diverse range of industries.
Alistair shares his time between Kefron’s Dublin and London offices, meeting with key clients and technical partners, speaking at AP conferences and events, and leading the Kefron software development teams as they continue to evolve their industry-leading AP software.

Debra Richardson

Debra R Richardson LLC

Debra is an accounts payable speaker, consultant, and trainer with over 20 years of experience in AP, AR, general ledger, and financial reporting for Fortune 500
companies including Verizon, General Motors and Aramark.
For eight years, Debra has focused on Global Vendor Maintenance. In her consultancy, she focuses on authentication techniques,  internal controls and best practices to prevent fraud in the vendor master file.

She hosts a weekly blog/podcast:  “Putting the AP in hAPpy”.

Nicola Cargill

Purchase & Sales team Leader
Milford Haven Port Authority

I’ve been with the company for nearly 28 years, first starting as temporary cover, then to Purchase Ledger Clerk, after a few years was promoted to PL Team Leader and now also cover SL Team Leader duties too.  I’ve learned lots during my time here and I’m always looking to improve processes and develop my skills.  I’ve always felt that I’ve been supported in my role and enjoy my job!

Diane Bamford

Manager – EMEA Accounts Payable

Simon Giles

Head of Purchase to Pay

Kelly Hardy

Requisition to Invoice Manager
Royal Mail

Shelley Page

Head of AP Projects

Garry Stevens

P2P Project Manager
Fiscal Technologies

Sonya Winters

Associate Director – P2P