New Managers' Conference 2022

For new and aspiring managers in accountancy practices

The New Managers' Conference is for recently promoted managers or those who have been in the role for less than two years. The conference will help delegates improve their current skill set and focus their attention on the non-technical aspects of their role. 


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Full conference agenda


James Bannerman, Creative Change Agent

Managers today need a wide range of effective people skills, especially if they want to bring out the best in their team in a hybrid environment. With this in mind, the purpose of this session is to help delegates develop their ‘flexible thinking’ skills so they can adapt and adjust and support employees whether they are working from home, in the office, or elsewhere. In the process, we will explore the following:

  • The compelling links between creative business thinking and flexible thinking

  • The 4 main ways to manage others effectively (whether face-to-face or remotely)

  • Psychological tools and techniques for turning a distributed workforce into a more cohesive and high-performing team


Malcolm Kodia, Velocity Training Ltd

The main areas covered in this session will be:

  • Personality traits

  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

  • Conflict resolution

Speaker TBC

For most experienced managers, the challenges faced during their first management position will be a distant memory. In this session, the speaker will discuss their experiences as a new manager, the steps they took to overcome the challenges, the support they received to make the transition, and how to apply the advice and learning received to help you on your management journey.


Dilys Greenwood

The key to achieving effective upwards management is understanding your manager: what motivates them, what challenges they face, what their goals and objectives are; what their communication style is and more. 

As a new manager the challenges this brings as you juggle managing your own team and achieving your own objectives can seem daunting. This interactive session gives you some key tips on developing a good relationship with your manager and finding effective working practices that make their life easier and help build your reputation.  


Paul Edmunds

Delivering effective appraisals is one of the key skills that new managers need to develop. In this session we will cover the important considerations for the key stages of the appraisal process. These considerations will include brief exploration of 'Mindset', 'Skills' and 'Tools' needed for delivering effective appraisals.

  • Introduction and Context - where performance appraisals fit in the performance planning cycle. What is an appraisal for?

  • Before - what to prepare and how

  • During - key skills of setting the scene, providing feedback, asking questions, listening and communicating with clarity 

  • Follow up - how to conclude an appraisal  

One Day Conference