Our Faculty of Specialist Instructors
Our courses are taught by an international faculty of instructors comprising over 30 subject-matter specialists based around the world. Each IASeminars instructor has the technical knowledge and the teaching skills to communicate advanced accounting and other financial issues to a senior and discerning audience.
In pursuing its broad range of worldwide professional activities over the last 15 years, IASeminars has also collaborated with a number of prestigious organisations that have sponsored, endorsed, marketed, branded, hosted or spoken at our events. These business partners include several major accounting firms, specialist consultants and professional institutes - see our current affiliations page.
Bill Kemp (United Kingdom) is IASeminars' Senior Instructor and Consultant. Bill specialises in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and the comparison of IFRS with UK and US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). In the recent past, he has delivered public and in-house training courses around the world to a diverse audience from industries including financial services, retail, real estate, oil & gas, telecoms, and IT. Bill is a UK chartered accountant, and was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at Oxford University. An experienced educator, he was formerly Managing Director of a major London financial training company. Bill’s work also includes training and consulting on financial statement analysis and business valuation, and he teaches on the International Accounting MSc program of the London School of Economics.
Isabelle Andernack is a French Chartered Accountant (Expert-comptable) and a Member of the French financial analysts’ institution (Société française des analystes financiers SFAF). She has some 20 years of professional experience in both the private and public sectors, including such activities as training, accounting, and managing the transition to new accounting systems. She also has significant experience in planning and implementation of an organization's transition to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Isabelle has worked on many high-profile accounting and audit training and consulting engagements in the public and private sectors. For example, she has recently implemented an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system for an international organization where she had previously led the conversion from cash accounting to accrual accounting under IPSAS, in order to improve its management and long-term financial and business strategy. Isabelle, who is fluent in English and French, is also a lecturer at EDHEC, ESSEC, Paris Dauphine University and at SFAF (Training Centre for Financial Analysts). She is the author of L'essentiel des IFRS (Eyrolles), foreword of Philippe Danjou, IASB Board Member as well as Interpretation and Application of IPSAS (Wiley), with Caroline Aggestam Pontoppidan.
Kevin Appleby delivers management accounting training in Europe. He is a Chartered Accountant who works as a management consultant and business coach. He supports clients in developing strategy, planning and budgeting, cost control and performance management. When not working with clients, Kevin is equally at home in the classroom teaching all these subjects. His training is vividly illustrated with experience gained across a 30 year career of putting theory into practice to solve real life business issues. Kevin’s career covers both private and public sector. He qualified with BDO before becoming business accountant for ICI’s European plastics business. A consulting career with PwC and later with smaller niche consultancies have led him to work with companies that include Novartis, Virgin, EDF and Scottish Power. Kevin’s public sector experience includes clients in defence, transport and local government. One of the highlights of his career was his involvement in London 2012 developing performance reporting for the construction of the Olympic Park. His most recent experience includes implementing zero based budgeting for coal fired power stations and applying his activity based costing and financial modelling experience to clients in health and social care.
Nick Auer is a qualified accountant and a learning and development practitioner with 16 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. He designs and delivers bespoke training programmes and has significant experience in financial reporting, financial management, commercial awareness, value for money and performance improvement. Nick works with clients to implement training strategies, analyse training needs and evaluate training. Nick has designed and delivered many financial reporting programmes including a variety of open and Client specific IFRS, IPSAS and UK GAAP courses. These range from the basic to the advanced and compare IFRS to UK GAAP in areas like Property Plant & Equipment, Intangible Assets, Employee Benefits, PFI, Leases, Financial Instruments, Provisions, Revenue Recognition, Business Combinations and Presentation of Financial Statements. Nick also delivers a whole range of other financial training including budgeting, in-year management, cost control, investment appraisal, procurement and contract management. He has been working with Defence, Equipment and Support (DE&S) for over 4 years, leading a programme to improve their financial capability. The programme includes modules on improving accounting for activities in line with IFRS, preparation of effective audit evidence, and planning, budgeting and forecasting. Nick does a lot of Finance Business Partnering training helping delegates to use their technical finance expertise with their understanding of the business, whilst being able to influence senior managers to make better business decisions. This requires a change in attitudes and behaviours as well as improved knowledge and soft skills.
Ervin L. Black
Ervin L. Black, Ph.D., currently is the Director of the Steed School of Accounting and holds the W.K. Newton Chair in Accounting as a professor of accounting at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1995 and has held faculty positions at Brigham Young University, University of Arkansas, and University of Wyoming. Professor Black’s research and teaching are primarily in the financial accounting and international accounting areas, with emphasis on examining the usefulness of firm financial characteristics in different settings. Journals in which he has published include The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Accounting Organizations and Society, Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Accounting Horizons, and the Journal of the American Taxation Association. Professor Black is active in the International and Financial Reporting Sections of the American Accounting Association, having served as the President of the International Accounting Section. He also has served on the AAA council for 3 years. He currently serves as the editor of the Journal of International Accounting Research.
Chris Boland (Canada) is a professional IFRS consultant specializing in assisting clients with their transition from Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the application of new IASB standards. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Canadian Chartered Accountant, and also holds the Certified Management Accountant designation. Chris has extensive experience with matters such as IFRS, SOX, anti-fraud measures and corporate governance. Prior to establishing his public practice and teaching career, Chris was General Manager (Accounting, IFRS, Internal Controls and Tax) at Canada Post Corporation. His earlier positions at other organizations included being CFO and VP Finance; Director of Tax and Treasury, Controller; Manager of Financial Reporting and Controller (Overseas Operations); Manager of Financial Reporting; and Budget Analyst. He was also an Auditor at the Office of the Auditor General. Chris also has over 20 years of other experience in sectors which include telecommunications and software.
Felicia Gaie Booysen is a South African Chartered Accountant and an experienced lecturer in financial accounting. She was a lecturer at the University of South Africa, teaching post-graduate financial accounting students. She is also an author of two academic text books on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Apart from her teaching responsibilities at the university, she also presented financial accounting classes to the trainees of the Auditor General in South Africa and was involved in a special project of the South African Institute of Chartered Accounts (SAICA) that provided additional tuition to learners that were selected for the Thuthuka Education Upliftment Fund. Before joining the academic fraternity, Felicia worked at a major financial institution in South Africa where she gained financial reporting experience in pension funds. In addition to her many years of financial accounting and IFRS experience, she also worked as a corporate tax consultant at KPMG. Felicia obtained her Master’s degree in Accounting Sciences (cum laude) from the University of South Africa.
Linda Hayes (Canada) is a Chartered Accountant who teaches many courses on intermediate and advanced financial accounting topics under IFRS. Her previous experience at ATB Financial (an Alberta Financial Institution) included external reporting under IFRS, accounting for derivatives and hedging, foreign exchange and general ledger management. Linda has been teaching at both the undergraduate and MBA level for over 15 years, and has also been involved in training candidates for the Canadian Chartered Accountant designation. Her work experience also includes six years of public accounting at Deloitte and Grant Thornton, as well as other industry experience. Linda has a degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Douglas T. Hicks
Douglas T. Hicks (United States) is a consultant, author and educator focusing on the decision costing needs of small and mid-sized companies. Over the past 28 years, he has worked with over two hundred businesses to help them develop the cost information they need for effective pricing, product/service line management, customer relationship, capital investment, cost reduction and other critical decisions. Doug's clients have ranged from $2 million to over $3 billion in annual sales and have included firms in health care, packaging, distribution, printing and marketing services as well as automotive, aerospace, food, furniture, heavy-duty equipment and other manufacturing industries. Doug has also been a frequent speaker and seminar leader on management accounting topics for both trade groups and professional associations, including the Institute of Management Accountants. His articles have been published in a wide variety of professional and trade magazines and his books on Activity-Based Costing have sold over 15,000 copies worldwide.
Jade Jansen (South Africa) is an associate professor at the University of the Western Cape where he serves as the Deputy Head of Department and the Subject Head of the Financial Accounting subject area. As the Department's expert in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), his expertise includes extensive knowledge of IFRS 9, IAS 32 and IFRS 7. He is a CA(SA) with an M.Com (Accounting Sciences) from the University of Pretoria and is currently completing a PhD preparation course at the same University. He has been extensively involved with the training of various programmes, preparation of students for the examinations of and facilitating on CPD events for various professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA). In addition, Jade has and currently serves on various committees and sub-committees of various professional accounting bodies such as SAIPA and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).