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Sharon Critchlow

Conference Speaker

Sharon is Director at Discover Your Bounce, which is a personal development and workplace wellness provider. She is a qualified Accountant with over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles and growing successful businesses in the financial services sector. Now a qualified coach and mentor, Sharon is passionate about people becoming the best that they can be and allowing their true talents to shine.

As an international best-selling writer and speaker Sharon is a vocal changemaker. She brings passion to the subjects of the wellbeing, future of work, diversity, emotional intelligence and environmental social governance.

Writer of numerous articles published across the globe on wellbeing topics, she is the co-author of Amazon best-selling book: Love Your Life! 100 tips for more peace and happiness.

Sharon is a Council member for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) encouraging people into the profession and supporting their development. She also sits on the Regulatory Board at ACCA.



Kriss Akabusi MBE

Conference Speaker

Kriss rose to fame on the athletics track, having begun his international athletics career in 1983 as a member of the 4 x 400 metre relay squad. He will always be remembered for helping Great Britain clinch gold from the mighty Americans at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo. Having amassed three Olympic medals, as well as World, European and Commonwealth titles, Kriss was bestowed with an even greater honour in 1992: an MBE awarded by her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his services to the country through athletics.

Kriss is also a qualified life coach, having earned his Masters in existential coaching.


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Justin Urquhart-Stewart

Conference Speaker

Justin Urquhart-Stewart, the co-founder of 7IM ensured the principle of doing the right thing was always just as important today as it was in the outset.

Currently, Justin acts as Chairman to Regionally, a new investment service he co-founded, that redirects investment from London to the UK regions, specifically for scale-up SME’s and global private, non-retail investors.

As an enthusiast of financial education and service, he is the champion of providing clients the very best, clearly expressed.



Andrew Grill

Conference Speaker

Actionable Futurist and former IBM Global Managing Partner Andrew Grill is a popular and sought-after keynote speaker and trusted board-level technology advisor.

With a broad career spanning over 30 years in large corporates such as IBM, British Aerospace and Telstra, as well as 12 years running technology start-ups, Andrew is a highly experienced authority on a wide range of topics related to technology trends and the digital world.

Unlike traditional Futurists who paint a picture of the future in 10, 20 or even 50 years’ time, Andrew delivers practical and immediately actionable insights in every session.

A strong digital advocate and former Engineer, Andrew believes that “to get digital you need to be digital”, and his engaging keynotes provide actionable insights on how to harness digital technologies to achieve corporate goals on a global and long-lasting scale.

Andrew has spoken in over 40 countries worldwide. Recent clients include senior executives from DHL, Nike, Nestle, Adobe, Worldpay, Barclays, Euler Hermes, Mars, Vodafone, Arriva, Johnson Matthey, Taylor Wessing, Bunzl, De Beers, Sanofi, NHS, Thomson Reuters, Royal London, ANZ, KPMG, Schroders, Mercer, British Airways, Finnair, UK Government, Westpac, Qantas, Aon, American Airlines, and Shell.

He is also a seasoned TEDx speaker, having presented at 5 separate TEDx events.



Michael Roberts

Conference Speaker and Host

Michael joined 2020 as CEO over a year ago. He is a chartered accountant by background and has worked in auditing, corporate finance and private equity.  Prior to starting with 2020 he also completed an MBA degree from London Business School.

Since joining 2020 he has enjoyed meeting a large number of 2020 members and is looking forward to meeting many more in person as Covid allows!


Ian Fletcher

Conference Speaker and Host

Ian is a well known lecturer and business consultant and has gained a reputation for his entertaining style and practical approach to practice management. Ian majors in management issues, specifically dealing with the systemisation of accounting practices. He is the co-author of books on business consulting and adding value.


Gordon Gilchrist

Conference Speaker and Host

Gordon Gilchrist is recognised as a global leading consultant to accountancy firms in the areas of marketing, strategic planning, practice management, and increasingly, succession issues including buying, selling and merging of accountancy practices.

He trained as an accountant in the UK and later worked with Grant Thornton. He has been consulting with firms in the UK, Ireland and South Africa since 1989 and has worked with three of the Top 4 firms, 75% of the Top 20, and over 2,000 independent firms.

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