Hundreds of leading professionals from across the accountancy, education, payroll, and HR sectors, came to the ICC in Birmingham for IRIS World 2020 on 11th of February 2020. Below you can watch all of the speakers, panel debates, and discussions. So whether you missed any sessions on the day or simply want to recap, it’s all available here. Enjoy watching!

IRIS World 2020 Highlights

 
 

Keynote Speakers

 


Look forward with certainty
Time 9:30am to 10am

IRIS CEO Elona Mortimer-Zhika shares how IRIS is investing to meet your evolving needs, so you can look forward with certainty during these turbulent times. Elona discusses how IRIS is committed to supporting you, whatever challenges arise, through technology.

 


Look forward to your future
Time 10am to 10:30am

Chief Product Officer JF Sullivan talks to delegates about the importance of modernising your approach to keep up with the competition in a changing market. IRIS understands each of our customers is unique, needing an individual approach to addressing challenges.

 


Under pressure
Time 10:30am to 11am

Cally Beaton, media executive, entrepreneur, performer and comedian, looks at how to engender change (both personal and organisational), inspire teams, and develop a positive, agile and inclusive environment.

Accountancy highlights

 


Examples of Excellence
Time 11:30am to 12pm

Gareth Charles, Growth Director, hosts a panel discussion with leading accountants Stuart Harris, Alastair Barlow, and David Jones, discussing their experiences in developing high quality and consistent client services to create a successful practice.

 


Product Update on IRIS Innovation
Time 12pm to 12:30pm

Jonathan Priestly, Senior Product Director, and Paul Onions, Product Director, talk to customers about the latest exciting developments at IRIS, including IRIS Elements, and IRIS Training Centre, and the Product Road Map.

 


Harnessing the power of your products
Time 2pm to 2:30pm

Do you know what an IRIS expression is? How about an interactive e-checklist? David Parker, Product Specialist, leads the discussion, providing expert knowledge to show new ways to improve your productivity, saving you time and money.

 


Progressing your goals
Time 2:30pm to 3pm

Leading accountant and IRIS customer Kevin Whitehouse and Gareth Charles, Growth Director, take delegates on a journey to help you achieve your personal objectives, whether it’s obtaining a better work/life balance, ensuring there is growth in your business, or working towards an earn out.

 


Building a better future
Time 3:30pm to 4:15pm

A panel of industry experts, chaired by IRIS Chief Evangelist Steve Cox, discusses how accountancy firms can achieve success. What have they tried and tested? What has been proved successful? The panel debates the latest trends, explores strategies that work, and ask: what is ‘the next big thing’?

 


Closing remarks
Time 4:15pm to 4:30pm

IRIS Chief Evangelist Steve Cox offers final reflections for the day and recaps the key takeaways for accountants.

 


Examples of Excellence
Time 11:00am to 11:30am

Head of Finance at Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy, Katie Campbell, discusses the importance of consistency and centralisation of finance processes for MATs. Efficiency, visibility and transparency are vital for school leaders to plan for a financially sustainable future; Katie shares her experiences of utilising software, including the PS Financials suite, in supporting her Trust.

 


Product update on IRIS Innovation
Time 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Product Director, Winston Poynton, shares some exciting details on the IRIS Education product roadmap. From updates and enhancements to new product innovations, Winston showcases the integral role of IRIS Education software in supporting education organisations of all sizes in achieving efficient and successful school management today.

 


Harnessing the power of your products
Time 2:00pm to 2:30pm

You’ve got a range of fantastic tools at your fingertips; software to save time, streamline processes and improve accuracy – but are you getting the most out of your solutions? Technical Application Consultant, Veerinder Singh Bhoda, shares some handy hints and trips and explores ways for schools to feel all the benefits of their IRIS Education platforms.

 


Progressing your goals
Time 2:30pm to 3:00pm

In today’s digital world, how are schools utilising software to drive security, engagement and efficiency? Stuart Piggott from Culcheth High School and Patrick Taggart from Romero Catholic Academy take to the stage to showcase the fantastic and innovative ways their schools are working with IRIS to support their staff, student and parent communities.

 


Building a better future
Time 3:30pm to 4:15am

Our panel of education sector experts take to the stage to discuss key topics and challenges confronting schools today. From school finance and digital inclusion to parent engagement and EdTech, our panellists leave no stone unturned.

 


Closing remarks
Time 4:15pm to 4:30pm

Product Director, Winston Poynton, rounds up a day of discussions, debates, knowledge sharing and networking.

 


Harnessing the power of your products
Time 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Product Specialist, Becki Hicken, talks through the questions she’s most frequently asked about the Cascade system. Packed full of helpful hints and tips on harnessing the power of Cascade, Becki’s session includes everything from ways to navigate the system quicker and tailoring the system to suit your business; to onboarding options for new starters, importing your own data, scheduling reports, and much more.

 


Progressing your goals
Time 2:30pm to 3pm

HR Officer at Lewis Silkin, Lowri Williams, reveals how Cascade has helped her organisation progress its goals.

 


Building a better future
Time 3:30pm to 4:15pm

Chief People Officer, Stephanie Kelly, hosts a question and answer session with a panel of HR experts from a range of industries. Taking questions live from the audience (and a few we prepared earlier), the panel discuss all the latest HR trends, challenges and everything the future of work is likely to bring.

 


Closing remarks
Time 4:15pm to 4:30pm

Closing the fantastic IRIS World event, Chief People Officer, Stephanie Kelly, offers her heartfelt thanks to all Cascade customers and urges them to think of IRIS not just as a provider, but as a trusted partner too. After summarising the day, Stephanie reminds us that IRIS is working hard to delight its customers, helping us all to look forward with confidence.

Payroll highlights

 


Examples of Excellence
Time 11:30am to 12pm

In the ‘Examples of Excellence’ discussion, Head of Business Development at Cox & Co Payroll Solutions, Tracy Jerram and Head of Payroll at Throgmorton, Virginia Freeman discuss their transition into digital payroll and their recent migrations. The discussion also provides further insight into the latest technology and strategies to streamline payroll processes and deliver the perfect payroll.

 


Working Smarter, Not Harder
Time 12pm to 12:30pm

In the ‘Working Smarter, Not Harder’ presentation, Nigel Francis, Operations Director, IRIS Software Group, explores how payroll automation will help our customers work smarter, sharing the IRIS Payroll Professional roadmap and other important updates.

 


Harnessing the power of your products
Time 2pm to 2:30pm

In the ‘Harnessing the power of your products’ presentation, Simon Clark-Jones, Implementation Manager, IRIS Software Group, discusses how customers can improve their speed, accuracy and utilise their IRIS products to their full potential.

 


Payroll Legislation Update
Time 2:30pm to 3pm

In the ‘Payroll Legislation Update’, Chairman of the Board at CIPP, Jason Davenport, provides insight into the latest payroll mandates so you can look forward with certainty. Jason also explores how businesses can ensure their employees get paid on time, while also keeping up with all the changes.

 


Building a better future
Time 3:30pm to 4:15pm

In the ‘Building a better future’ panel discussion, our panel of payroll sector experts debate what is around the corner for payroll following RTI, AE and GDPR. The panel also explores the next wave of payroll legislation and the impact it will have while also providing insights on how you can prepare for the upcoming changes.

 


Closing remarks
Time 4:15pm to 4:30pm

Chief Operating Officer, David Lockie, rounds up a day of discussions, debates, knowledge sharing and networking.