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ICAEW Virtually Live speaker

Oliver Deacon

Leadership coach, Oliver Deacon Coaching

Oliver will be discussing remote working and managing virtual teams, and will be part of our panel session discussing the future of finance.

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Oliver is an ICAEW member, a qualified ACC Executive Coach and a former Finance Director at Microsoft. He brings a refreshing and inspiring perspective to modern finance.

Throughout his career to date, Oliver has helped teams manager change through integrating the skills and cloud tools of the next generation of finance, and is now a leadership coach (oliverdeaconcoaching.com). 


Title Effectively leading remote finance teams 
Day 18 August
Time 10:45 -11:15

In this session, Oliver will cover why effectively leading remote teams is now an essential skill for all leaders. As teams have transitioned to home working, productivity, transparency and cohesion have been materially impacted, so in this session hear what leaders can do to help their teams succeed remotely.

Key takeaways:

  • The four core leadership skills that need increased focus.
  • How a communication strategy can improve agility and maximise productivity.
  • Which practical frameworks will help improve productivity for remote teams.
Title The future of finance panel discussion
Day 20 August
Time 14:00 - 14:45

Oliver will join a panel examining the seismic transformation of finance and how finance leaders can practically leverage the opportunities of this digital revolution through technologies like cloud, process automation and machine learning. The discussion will focus on real-life applications of technology in the finance function.

Key takeaways:

  • Grow you understanding of where finance will be in 10 years’ time – through people and technology.
  • Begin building a high-level long-term vision for your organisation.
  • Get clear actionable takeaways to help your organisation accelerate its cloud journey.
Oliver Deacon, leadership coach and speaker at ICAEW virtually live 2020

More information

COVID reveals benefits of cloud working

Businesses have been forced to adapt their ways of working almost overnight in light of the coronavirus lockdowns and those with cloud-based systems had a significant head start, explains this video.


The four skills remote managers should focus on

In this article Oliver Deacon argues that to succeed in leading remote teams managers need to dedicate more time on communication, context, clarity and culture.


Leading remote finance teams

Oliver is facilitating this virtual workshop series and draws upon his first-hand experience of leveraging innovation and tech to lead a highly effective virtual finance team.