Hosted by ICAEW’s Audit and Assurance and Financial Reporting faculties, Going concern and resilience: lessons learned from COVID-19 will provide valuable insights to those working in and with small and medium-sized and other non-public interest entities to help navigate a route to a resilient future.
This virtual half-day event, with additional technical pre-recorded presentations available on-demand, will explore what has been learnt from the COVID-19 crisis and how these lessons can be used to plan for and mitigate risks in the future. With a particular focus on going concern, find out how reporters and auditors can contribute to strengthening business resilience.
Featuring a keynote speech from Mark Babington, the newly-appointed Executive Director of Regulatory Standards at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) responsible for the FRC’s technical and public policy work including audit and corporate reporting. Join a debate with panellists from across the financial reporting and audit ecosystem to discuss experiences from the crisis. Short, pre-recorded presentations on technical topics will also be made available to watch on-demand prior to the live event with the opportunity to ask the presenters questions on the day.
This event is exclusively available to members of the Audit and Assurance Faculty and Financial Reporting Faculty, as well as to subscribers to International Standards. To find out more about the benefits of joining either of these faculties, please use the links below:
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Keynote addressMark Babington, Executive Director, Regulatory Standards, FRC
Interactive Q&A session with Mark Babington
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Breakout Q&A sessions (on-demand presentations available in advance)
- Preparing and auditing going concern – Hugh Morgan, Technical Director, RSM and Ben Hamar, Associate Director, Smith & Williamson
- Impairment of assets and asset valuations - Tessa Park, Partner, Moore Kingston Smith
- Common COVID-19 accounting & auditing issues with ICAEW’s Technical Advisory Service session – Kirsty Jones, Professional Consultant, ICAEW and Cerys Freemantle, Professional Consultant, ICAEW
Interactive coffee break with delegate networking
Panel session and Q&A
- Chair: Stephanie Henshaw, Partner, Francis Clark and Chair of Financial Reporting Faculty Board
- Sophie Parkhouse, Technical and Training Partner, Albert Goodman
- Matthew Howells, Partner and Head of National Assurance Technical Group, Smith & Williamson
Further speakers to be confirmed shortly
Mark Babington is the Executive Director of Regulatory Standards at the Financial Reporting Council. He leads the division responsible for the FRC technical and public policy work covering audit, corporate reporting, corporate governance and stewardship, actuarial and the FRC Lab. The division also includes the all FRC’s Investor and Stakeholder Engagement work. Prior to joining ExCo, Mark led the FRC’s UK Audit Policy programme, measures to support greater competition in the UK audit market and work to support the reform of international standard setting for auditors, by global regulatory authorities.
Stephanie Henshaw is a corporate audit partner based in Exeter, delivering audit, assurance and advisory services to a wide range of clients, from manufacturing and service companies to not-for-profit entities. She has a particular interest in effective narrative reporting and corporate governance. Stephanie enjoys finding pragmatic solutions to seemingly complicated problems, providing support to the entire firm across a range of clients and working alongside tax and corporate finance on reconstructions and acquisitions.
Sophie Parkhouse is Technical and Training Partner at Albert Goodman. From a technical perspective, Sophie is the main point of contact for all financial reporting technical queries, providing her excellent technical knowledge to the firm and its clients. Sophie has also taken on the roles of Head of Privacy, MLRO and Practice Assurance Principal in order to ensure that the firm is compliant and that policies, procedures, and output are of high quality. In her training role, Sophie is responsible for the ongoing development of overall CPD training strategy, delivery of internal technical training and having oversight of the professional accountancy and tax training provided to Albert Goodman’s people.
Matthew Howells is a partner at Smith & Williamson, where he is head of their National Assurance Technical Group. He is responsible for the firm’s audit methodology and compliance with audit and accounting regulation. He regularly presents internal and external webinars and training courses on financial reporting and audit matters. He sits on the ICAEW’s Technical and Practical Auditing Committee and the Financial Reporting Editorial Board. He is also a member of the Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting Expert Group of the Quoted Companies Alliance, the independent membership organisation that champions the interests of small to mid-size quoted companies.
Tessa Park is technical partner at Moore Kingston Smith. Tessa provides advice to partners and staff on implementing key aspects of financial reporting and auditing standards, including IFRS. She also facilitates training in these technical areas to partners and staff, and acts as second partner on a number of Moore Kingston Smith’s listed audit clients.
Hugh Morgan heads RSM’s National Technical team in London and provides advice to audit and corporate finance teams on all aspects of auditing and accounting. Hugh is an RI and is responsible for performing EQCR reviews of RSM’s listed and high risk clients. He is actively involved in audit technical issues at the ICAEW sitting on a number of working parties and is a member of the Institute’s Technical and Practical Auditing Committee.
Having qualified with a top-20 accountancy firm and subsequently becoming audit manager in their not-for-profit team, Kirsty Jones moved to BPP where she taught financial reporting and auditing across a wide range of professional qualifications as well as designing course programmes and writing training materials. After spending 3 years at BPP, Kirsty moved to a top-10 audit firm working in London as their Technical Manager, delivering audit and accounting training for the firm and providing technical support to the audit department. This set her up well to join the ICAEW Technical Advisory Service in 2017, where she advises fellow members on accounting, audit, company law and ethics matters.
After starting her career outside of the accountancy profession, Cerys Freemantle made the decision to retrain in 2012. Having trained at a smaller practice and qualified with ACCA, Cerys moved to Mazars where she worked in the audit department on a varied portfolio, later developing a specialty in the audit of pension schemes. While at Mazars, she became involved with the Audit Quality Team, helping to develop internal guidance for the Audit Department and working to keep the audit software up to date with the changing standards. After several years in audit, Cerys decided to make the move into industry but found herself drawn back to the more technical aspects of the profession. Having joined the ICAEW Technical Advisory Service, she now enjoys the variety of technical enquiries presented on a daily basis, advising members on accountancy, audit, and company law.
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