Head of Assurance Market Development, Grant Thornton International
Sue has had a distinguished career in the audit and assurance profession, firmly focussed on the international arena.
Sue has worked both within the Grant Thornton network and externally, re-joining Grant Thornton UK as Head of Assurance in 2015. On 1 July 2018, she was appointed Global Head of Assurance at GTIL.
Sue led the ACCA’s external affairs programme and has worked with global standard-setters and major public affairs stakeholders. She acted as Technical Adviser to an IAASB board member for 4 years and has remained an active member of the IAASB working group on Data Analytics.
Chief Audit Executive, Honda Motor Europe
Martin Sanders is Chief Audit Executive for the European Region of Honda Motor Europe Ltd.
The role heads up the Corporate Audit function providing independent objective assurance of the adequacy of control and management of risk of the £5.2billion European Business
Joined Honda (UK) in 1994 and held senior positions of Head of Sales & Marketing for Honda (UK) Cars, General Manger Honda (UK) and Europe Power Products and for the past 3 years CFO/GM for Honda Motor Europe.
Prior to Honda, he worked for Volvo Cars (UK) as Managing Director of Volvo Finance and before that worked as a worldwide auditor for British Airways PLC.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales qualified with Deloitte in the UK. He graduated with a degree in Economics from the University College Cardiff.
Martin is a Trustee and Chairman of Governance of Wooden Spoon which is the national rugby charity for children who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
He is a proud Welshman, born in Cardiff and is married with three sons.
Senior Consultant, Foulger Underwood
Philip Shohet, Senior Consultant, Foulger Underwood Kato Phil has a unique knowledge of the management and development issues faced by accountancy practices in the current and future marketplace. He gained this from many years as one of the leading practice consultants in the country providing strategic, management, marketing ,growth and merger solutions to firms throughout the UK.
Phil has authored many books and articles, spoken at national and international conferences and seminars, and is frequently asked to comment by the media on issues that affect the accountancy profession.
Partner, Grant Thornton
Steve is an audit partner specialising in listed and large private businesses operating in multiple countries and large not for profit entities.
He chaired the Partnership Oversight Board of Grant Thornton UK LLP from 2008 to 2016 and was Head of Assurance from 1999 to 2007.
Steve represents Grant Thornton globally on public policy. He chaired the Global Public Policy Committee (“GPPC”) for 3 years; this committee comprises senior partners of the world’s six largest global audit networks on public policy. As chair, Steve was accountable directly to the Global CEOs of those networks. Prior to his first national role, Steve was managing partner of Grant Thornton’s London satellite offices in West London and London Gatwick between 1992 and 1999.
Outside Grant Thornton, Steve is a member of the audit committee of the Ark Schools Trust, which operates 36 schools in England with 25,000 pupils, and chairs the audit committee of The Gurkha Museum Trust.
Partner RSM UK, RSM Employer Services Limited
Mark is the managing director of RSM UK’s online services division. The division provides Cloud based payroll and back office accounting services to a broad range of businesses, alongside time and billing and pay and bill services to the recruitment sector. In addition to his continued role in the division, Mark also works with clients in card payments sector and the recruitment sector.
On qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Mark specialised in advising businesses on Management Information and Information Technology systems. Over the last 20 years he has advised a range of businesses and organisations on all aspects of their use of IT and management information systems. Mark founded RSM UK’s online services division in 2006. In 2008 the division acquired software house IP 4 Limited and in 2015 payroll services company employer services limited.
Mark is a regular judge for the British Accountancy Awards, previously the Accountancy Age Awards.
Managing Editor, Accountancy Age
Partner, Menzies LLP
Martin is the lead partner for advisory services in the London office of Menzies. He advises businesses and their owners in the areas of strategic planning, profit improvement, success and exit planning, outsourced accounting, taxation, HR and accounting system reviews.
He also heads up the firm’s Business Services sector focusing on advertising & media, recruitment, legal and financial services clients.
Prior to Menzies, he was the managing partner of an independent accounting practice which gave him direct experience of the unparalleled dynamics and challenges involved in running your own business. As well as being a Chartered Accountant, he is also a Chartered Tax Adviser and licenced insolvency practitioner.
John is a Partner at Smith & Williamson, where he leads their Scale-Up programme: an integrated suite of solutions, expertise and support, designed to help businesses scale quickly.
John helps ambitious business founders, owner-managers and senior management teams achieve their personal financial goals, as well as the commercials objectives of the companies they run – adding value to private clients and their business interests. He has spent 15 years providing strategy and consulting advice to a variety of businesses in a diverse range of sectors, including management consulting, business process outsourcing, IT services and manufacturing.