Our next Q&A features Kath Haines, Chief Executive of CABA — the charity that supports the well-being of the chartered accountancy community. She’ll be appearing in an exclusive Keynote panel session discussing the key challenges facing women in finance.

The session will also feature: Laura Dymott, a Forensic accounting and investigations team manager; consultant Isabelle Campbell; and Sally Hemming, a senior manager of employee relations at EY. The panel will be facilitated by Catherine Morgan, FCA.

How did you get in to the profession?

I have always had a passion for numbers, and was delighted to land a temporary holiday job at the Inland Revenue where I worked for an accountant. This sparked my interest into the profession and I have never looked back.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?

As chief executive of a charity I am the lynchpin between the staff and our Board of trustees, who are all volunteers. Managing the diverse expectations and demands of each group can be challenging.

And the most rewarding?

I’m pretty grounded but don’t like to be beaten by anything! What gives me a buzz is being able to see others develop and if I can help them achieve their potential that really is the biggest reward for me.

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

I expect a number of trends to dominate the accountancy sector over the next few years:

• Evolving technology such as cloud, mobile and optical character recognition solutions will help accountants to dramatically increase productivity, ensuring faster response times to client queries and requests for critical financial data
• The rise of robots and AI may help remove manual tasks from accountants adding value to the expertise they offer
• The accounting and tax law may be affected by Brexit, changing how the sector operates and how it’s accountable

How important is Accountex to you and the sector?

Accountex is an important event to learn about the rapidly changing accounting environment. It is a great opportunity to network, listen to some key players in the industry and find out more about what the industry is doing as a collective. I am excited to be there, to not only promote how CABA can help support individuals wellbeing, but also to learn about new trends and be part of a thought provoking panel discussion.

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

I want visitors to walk away feeling empowered and inspired from the session. I will be joined by an excellent panel to discuss the burning question, ‘Can women have it all?’ I’ll be sharing my own personal experiences on the hurdles I’ve had to overcome, how women can support each other and what we can do together to help bring about change.

Who or what inspires you to be even better?

To see the care that we deliver make a difference to the industry is really a big inspiration for driving my motivation.

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

Always remember to look after yourself. You can’t do a good job for others if you’re not well enough yourself, so it’s important to take time for yourself and not feel guilty about it.

See Kath at Accountex 2018

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

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

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