Our 2021 Conference may be virtual, but we will be putting on a show to remember
Mary Schaeffer, Mandy Hickson and Loose Woman, Brenda Edwards, will be speaking during the conference
Former RAF Fighter Pilot & Motivational Speaker
Mandy was the only female pilot on her Front-Line Tornado Squadron, flying multimillion-pound fast jets for the Royal Air Force. She has operated in hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq.
Drawing on her experience of calculated risk-taking, decision-making under pressure and the critical role of the human in the system, she transfers vivid lessons from the cockpit to other management and leadership contexts.
Mandy is a highly demanded keynote speaker and has been invited to share her insights with some of the most successful organisations across the world where she describes the Strategies, Tactics & Behaviours that she adopted when the stakes were at their highest. She talks with humour and great passion to inspire those around her.
Author of the best-selling book ‘An Officer, not a Gentleman’ an inspirational journey of a pioneering female fighter pilot.
Singer, Actress & Panelist on Loose Women
Brenda’s life changed forever when she became the last woman standing in the semi-finals of the UK’s X Factor in 2005, leaving the audience and judges spellbound week after week. In 2006, she was presented with the Screen Nation Award for Favourite Reality TV Star. In 2016 Brenda was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer; as of 2021, she is 5 years free of cancer and uses every opportunity to raise money and awareness for various cancer charities.
Brenda is currently starring in the UK Tour of Hairspray as Motormouth Maybelle, alongside appearing as a regular panellist on ITV’s Loose Women and as a presenter for BBC’s Songs of Praise.
Brenda is proud to have independently released her Debut Album “Bring It Back”
Founder, AP Now
Mary S. Schaeffer is the founder of AP Now, a B2B organization focused on creating business intelligence around the accounts payable and payment functions. Mary is one the world's most renowned AP Gurus and was recently named a Top 50 Influencer in Accounts Payable. She has written 20 business books and is a frequent and popular speaker at both online and live events.
Mary joins us again this year to give her insight into the global world of AP Fraud & more importantly prevention!
What you can expect
As the global economy starts to re-focus on priorities, this year’s Theme is entitled “The AP Leaders Essential Tool Kit for 2022”
As always, we will be bringing together Industry Leading speakers & content combined with our unique light entertainment approach to keep our community engaged & informed!
This year, more than ever, AP Leaders will definitely need to be part of the #The world’s biggest Accounts Payable Conference
Tom Wright is one of the most sought-after close up, stage and wedding magicians in the entertainment industry. He has a unique style of visual magic & off the wall comedy. Guaranteed to leave your guests not just entertained, but totally amazed. During the conference, you can expect Tom to be giving some light entertainment throughout the entire day!
Full Agenda coming soon
Entry to the Virtual Conference is a ticket-only affair, and early booking is advised to ensure you don’t miss out.
This year’s conference is once again proud to be supporting the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity.
The APA will be donating a proportion of all ticket sales and we will also be holding a Prize Draw to win a fantastic piece of AP artwork.
Working with the fabulous artist Sammie Edgar from Journey of Words, she will be creating a bespoke piece of wall art just for us that encapsulates what being part of the AP Industry and membership of the APA means to its members.
We would encourage you to donate to the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity Covid-19 appeal throughout the day and everyone will be entered into the Prize Draw on the day.