Our next Q&A features Glenn Collins, head of technical advisory at ACCA UK. In addition to co-hosting an ACCA Update on opening day, he’ll be heading up a Keynote panel debate on the changing face of the accountancy practice and the growing importance of technology and strategies to deliver maximum business success.

Glenn is responsible for advice and support to ACCA members on a range of issues, including audit, financial reporting, business and credit advice, taxation, company and business law, ethics, export and access to finance.  A Fellow of ACCA, he spent 16 years in public practice, specialising in audit and business advice, before joining ACCA.

How did you get in to the profession?

I responded to adverts from a building company and an accountancy practice.  In a mark of efficiency, the accountancy firm replied first and I’ve never looked back!  I joined a local practice straight from school and studied for my ACCA qualification.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?

Sifting through the large volume of information that we receive and filtering out that which is most relevant to ACCA’s practitioners and their firms.

And the most rewarding?

When ACCA’s members tell us the information/guidance we have provided has made a really positive impact on their practice and its clients.

What do you see as key trends for the accounting sector in the coming years?

Technology is increasingly driving what we do.  However, SMEs (especially family businesses) will still value the human element that comes from a practitioner who fulfils to finance director service for their business.

How important is Accountex to you and the sector?

Accountex provides ACCA with a great platform to engage with both our members and other accountants.  The opportunity to talk with so many people under one roof is incredibly powerful.

What do you want visitors to take away from your session?

If accountants embrace technology, it will enhance the way they do business in the future.

Who or what inspires you to be even better?

I once met an ACCA member whose family lived in a slum in Calcutta.  Passing our qualification and entering the profession allowed him to take his family out of that slum and provide a better life for them.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Change will always happen and you need to work out what you need to do.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most people don’t know:

I enjoyed walking down into – and then back up – the Grand Canyon in 2017 on my birthday.

See Glenn at Accountex 2018

For session details and timings, please visit: www.accountex.co.uk/speaker/glenn-collins.

To register for a free ticket to attend, please visit https://eventdata.uk/Visitor/Accountex.aspx?TrackingCode=ACX108.

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