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Surprise presentation for Chairman at DFK UK & Ireland's Annual Conference

Bob Law, Chairman, DFK UK & Ireland with Peter Winter, Partner, CBW

A surprise presentation was made during DFK UK & Ireland’s Annual Conference in Oxford to celebrate outgoing chairman Bob Law who is due to pass on the torch in April.

The presentation was made during a dinner at Trinity College to thank Bob, former chief executive of Langdowns DFK based in Hampshire, for all of his efforts during his three-year chairmanship.

DFK UK & Ireland financial director James White gave a speech about 10 lessons he has learnt from Bob, and an array of photos from his time as chairman were shown.

The annual conference, sponsored by Encompass Corporation which provides verification checking services to banking, finance, legal and accountancy firms, was held at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel, in Oxford, and hosted by newest member Shaw Gibbs.

Technology was a prominent theme of the event, and delegates were able to attend a workshop on cyber security with Dr Stephen Hill, from Snowdrop Consulting Ltd.

Internal sessions on technology were also held, including a session on making tax digital, and presentations were made by visiting firms SLD, based in San Francisco– this year’s DFK International firm of the year, and Zainer Rinehart Clarke, based in California.

Roland Graf, President of DFK International also attended for the first time in his new role.

Delegates also enjoyed a packed programme of social events including golf, clay pigeon shooting and a tour of Oxford, as well as dinner at Trinity College.

Caroline Cassidy, executive officer of DFK UK & Ireland, said: “It was an excellent event attended by firms not just from the UK and Ireland, but also other DFK regions.

“The event began with a round of golf which was won by Bill Wright, from SLD in San Francisco. It was excellent to welcome Bill once again, he’s been to our conferences before, but it does mean that he’ll have to attend the conference next year to bring the trophy back!

“Technology was one of the themes of the conference, and Dr Stephen Hill was incredibly interesting during his workshop on cyber security. He told some very good stories and was very well-received by delegates.

“Networking was another key part of the event, and there were lots of opportunities for delegates to get to know each other as well as share ideas and best practices.”

Bob commented: “One of the highlights of the conference was the dinner and drinks reception at the beautiful Trinity College. I was completely surprised with James’ presentation and it was an excellent way to celebrate my time as chairman.

“We also announced Cater Backer Winter (CBW) as our firm of the year. Although they have only been members of DFK International since April 2015, they are a very strong firm and have been highly involved in DFK. Their managing partner Peter Winter will be taking over from me as our chairman in April next year.

“It was also nice to welcome John Richards, a partner at RMT in Newcastle, who has recently retired. He came to say his goodbyes and was also given a small presentation to thank him for his time as our tax chairman.”


[10 NOVEMBER 2017]