Motivation is on the agenda at Digita Annual Conference

28 February 2007

Distinguished speakers from Companies House, HMRC and two top ten accountancy practices will be joined by a multi-talented motivational speaker at software developer Digita’s Annual Conference at the Forest of Arden Hotel, near Coventry this month.Former District Inspector of Taxes and successful chartered accountant, Bill Docherty founded his company Persuasion in 2000 specialising in the Science and Art of Persuasive Communication. He trains and develops leaders and presenters in the business world and professions and regularly speaks at conferences as a motivational speaker.

Conference organiser Karen Green said:

"Bill is a very unusual individual. As well as having a successful professional career both with the Inland Revenue and in practice with Andersen, PriceWaterhouse and Robson Rhodes, he is also a Master Practitioner and certified trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming, a hypnotist, a member of the Manchester Magic Circle and an ex paratrooper.

"His widely diverse experience and motivational qualities will certainly bring something new to the conference which he will address on the subject of 'Growing your accounting Practice'."

Bill Docherty is the Chairman of the Institute of Directors for Manchester and is an advisor to the North West Development Agency and the North West Regional Assembly on European matters.

Digita’s Annual Conference takes place at the Forest of Arden Hotel, Meriden near Coventry, on 15-16 March 2007. Conference delegates can choose from different session formats designed for their peers at similar-sized firms.

For a complete conference programme and list of presentations visit


Notes for EditorsOther Keynote speakers covering hot topics include:• Julian Hatt, Head of Communications & Stakeholder Engagement, HM Revenue & Customs. A qualified tax inspector, Julian has joined a new HMRC Programme formed to implement the recommendations made by Lord Carter of Coles in his March 2006 report 'Review of HMRC Online Services'. • Arthur West, eServices Team; Phil Coates, Companies Act Implementation Manager, Companies House. Arthur and Phil are part of the new Companies House Programme formed to implement the new Companies Act 2006.• David Heaton, Tax Partner, Baker Tilly. David is an expert in employment taxes and national insurance. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983, has been a Fellow of the ICAEW since 1995 and a Chartered Tax Adviser since 1986. He has also been member of the Employer Taxes and NIC Committee of the ICAEW since 1993 and member of the Personal Taxes Committee of the CIOT since 1990. He is author of CCH's National Insurance Contributions annual, a regular contributor to Tolley's Tax Planning annual, a monthly contributor to Accountancy magazine and a regular speaker at accountancy and tax training courses.• Richard Mannion, National Tax Director, Smith & Williamson. Richard is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and is currently a member of the Institute’s Technical and Personal Tax Committees. He is also a member of the HM Revenue & Customs Working Together project. Richard won the LexisNexis Lifetime Achievement award in 2006.• Steve Besford, Director, Chilton plc. Steve joined Chiltern in 1998 as part of the tax investigations group, his previous career having included 15 years with the Inland Revenue. His principal involvement is in serious fraud enquiries instigated by the HMRC’s Special Civil Investigations office.• Shaun Crozier, IT Director Outsource Specialist ie Taxguard. Shaun manages the technology of one of the UK’s largest providers of specialised tax return services with customers throughout the UK and overseas. Controlled from a centre in Peterborough, large scale tax return preparation is performed in India as well as a wide range of additional services including will services, stock broking and insurance.

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