Editor's note

Issue 627  November 2021

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DAFA 2021 winners announced

This month IAB and The Accountant hosted the Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2021 at the Waldorf Astoria in London. The event was deemed a great success by 250 delegates, speakers and sponsors alike.

The editorial team was thrilled to meet and greet subscribers, industry friends and business partners face to face, with whom we have been working throughout the pandemic, and it was heart-warming to be given the opportunity to put faces to many new names and personalities that flew in for the event.

The feedback was that we had a quality speaker line-up and the agenda was expansive, dealing with business management issues and digital investment within a fast-transitioning industry, and looking into mental health and well-being from individual practitioners’ and organisations’ perspectives.

The awards night dinner was well attended and enjoyed by all. Many congratulations to our well deserving winners. Do visit to review the winners for 2021.

In this issue, RSM International CEO Jean Stephens discusses its Virtual Academy programme for its rising stars, while PrimeGlobal CEO Steve Heathcote tells of its DEI report in collaboration with Thomson Reuters on the pandemic’s impact on underrepresented communities and how to improve policies and practices.

The Women in Leadership Series this month spotlights Anna Ganjolla, director – theatre practice at Moore Kingston Smith, who discusses how AAT qualifications have led her into a niche, yet critical field of accounting, and Chris Biggs, partner at Theta Global Advisors, sheds light on the debate on auditor independence.

Do also read a feature on how alternative data can be sourced and used to enable investors to predict growth. Find out more about Morison Ksi’s rebrand to Morison Global, and see additional features on succession planning, workforce management and growth and expansion for Russell Bedford in Brazil.

There are also rankings reports and tables on France and Germany with additional tables for Italy and the Netherlands, along with the news round-up.