Training

Meet our faculty members

Experts in their fields, our faculty are not only course leaders, but business leaders with years of experience behind them.

Each of our course leaders has a wealth of knowledge and experience in their field, gained through working in their respective industries. You'll find an instructor for every need; be that international accounting standards, ESG compliance or one of the many other topics our faculty offers.

Read more about our faculty members by clicking on their cards below, or see their upcoming courses on our 2024 course schedule. 

VantagePoint Training faculty

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Isabelle Andernack

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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 25 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. 

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Nick Auer

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Nick Auer is a qualified accountant and a learning and development practitioner with over 25 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, UK GAAP, US GAAP and ESG courses. These range from basic to advanced and look at areas like Property Plant & Equipment, Intangible Assets, Employee Benefits, Leases, Financial Instruments, Provisions, Revenue Recognition, Business Combinations and Group Accounting. Nick has recently delivered programmes on ESG including the basics of ESG financial reporting requirements in UK, Europe and the US, the various reporting frameworks that can be used eg GRI, TCFD, Integrated Reporting, and how to apply ESG related tools including SDG indicators, materiality matrix and carbon accounting

Nick has done a lot of work in both the private sector and UK public sector including the Ministry of Defence, Health Trusts e.g. Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, Local Authorities, the Home Office and the UK Border Agency. He has also worked with Clients across many sectors in the private sector including Oil, Technology, Retail, Financial Services, Renewables, Defence, Construction and IT.   

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Victoria Bainbridge

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Victoria Bainbridge is a consultant and trainer with a specialism in public financial management. Most recently technical advisor and business development manager on international public financial management projects, alongside assignments in local commerce and academia in Germany.

Qualified UK accountant (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) and has Certified Internal Auditor qualification. Other expertise includes audit, governance and control, financial systems and processes, and project management and implementation. 

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Gill Barron

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Gill is a qualified Chartered Accountant by background, spending the early years of her career working for two of the big four accountancy practices in audit and assurance roles. She has been involved in learning and development for more than 20 years, across both technical and people skills, and across the public and private sector. Over that time, she has delivered courses across the world, as well as virtually.

Gill works with clients to design and delivery bespoke learning solutions, ranging from bite-size, on-line sessions through to five-day, case study based residential programmes. Her training portfolio includes accounting skills, business and finance skills, internal and external audit, risk, and assurance. She has delivered risk and assurance training for the energy industry, telecommunications, and infrastructure companies among others, as well as central and local government. Finance training clients include, again, central and local government, and a range of other industries including professional services firms, banks and retail.

Gill also has a keen interest in combining technical skills with people skills through training on effective communication and report writing, team building, managing difficult meetings and wider business partnering skills. She is a member of the ICAEW, associate member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and is qualified to administer psychometric questionnaires including Myers Briggs Type Indicator and 16PF. She recently qualified as an executive coach with the Academy of Executive Coaching and is a Certified Online Learning Facilitator. 

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Nick Chandler

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Nick Chandler is an ex-Partner in KPMG UK. He is a highly skilled accounting specialist who has had many years of experience advising some of the UK’s largest organisations on complex accounting matters. In addition he built KPMG’s Accounting Advisory Services team from the ground up into a successful and diverse practice.

Nick has a passion for accounting training and education and has delivered focused, engaging training to professionals at all levels during his career – from newly qualified accountants to Board-level executives. He’s also famous for being able to deliver training that cuts through the complexity of the issue being discussed in a clear and appealing way. 

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Kate Daniels

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With sixteen years of experience in managing ESG and Impact, Kate has spent the majority of her career in East and Southern Africa, leading ESG for a pan-African forestry company and later, serving as an ESG consultant to private equity funds and impact investors with an appetite for high growth African and Latin American business.

Kate served as Group Head of ESG at New Forests Company, an African forestry and value-added timber products company, during which time, she designed the sustainability strategy and delivered 5 years of GRI Sustainability reporting.

Kate currently resides in Colorado and leads Akerblom Advisory, a US-based ESG consulting firm. In her consulting capacity, Kate has worked with the IFC and World Bank, European and African private equity fund managers, most European DFIs, African Portfolio Companies, and North American credit institutions. Kate holds an MBA with a focus on Entrepreneurship from the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), South Africa; an MA in Women's Studies from University College Dublin, Ireland; and a BA in Political Science from St. Mary's College of California, USA. 

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Jerad Dias

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Jerad is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) and holding a B.Com (Special) degree from the University of Colombo. Jerad was a partner in the Audit and Assurance division at BDO Sri Lanka and Maldives. He also served as the Head of Training at BDO. He has more than 17 years’ experience mainly in audit, consulting and training functions. Prior to joining BDO, he worked at Ernst & Young (EY), Sri Lanka for nearly 10 years, including their offices located in Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Guam. After leaving EY, he worked in the BDO, Fiji office for two years as an Associate Director prior to joining BDO Sri Lanka in 2017.He was promoted as a Partner at BDO Sri Lanka in June 2020. He is specialized in general financial accounting, audit and in providing services related to IFRS training & consulting.

His local and international experience includes auditing clients in different industries including, banking and finance, leisure, telecommunication, manufacturing, transportation, food & beverage, retail and services. At CA Sri Lanka, he has served as a member of the Student Training and Skills Development Committee and the National Conference Technical Committee (2017-2019). He has also served as a member in the CAPA/National Conference Technical Committee, Audit Faculty, Financial Reporting Standards Implementation and Interpretation Committee and the SMP Task Force of CA Sri Lanka (2020-2021).

He was the Manager in Charge of the SMP Audit Toolkit development project (2012) and a member of the SMP Audit Software development project (2019) and the Practical Training Guide development project (2019). 

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Linda Hayes

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Linda Hayes is a Chartered Accountant who teaches many courses on intermediate and advanced financial accounting topics under IFRS. Linda previously managed external reporting at Servus Credit Union as well as ATB Financial (both Alberta Financial Institutions).

Linda’s experience includes 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. 

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Bill Kemp

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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. Bill taught on the International Accounting MSc program of the London School of Economics. 

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Faatima Kholvadia

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Faatima Kholvadia is a lecturer and consultant specializing in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). After graduating from the University of Witwatersrand, Faatima worked as a public accountant at PwC specialising in the Mining and Oil & Gas industries.

She also lectured at the University of Witwatersrand while completing her Masters in Commerce (Accounting). Faatima is a qualified South African chartered accountant and has worked in the UK, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. 

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Caryn Maitland

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Caryn is a qualified CA (SA and RA), who has lectured extensively on Advanced Financial Accounting at University of KwaZulu-Natal and other prestigious institutionsThroughout her professional career she has specialised in facilitating Ethics conversations, keeping assurance practitioners up to date and unpacking legislation for the financial sector. Since 2006 Caryn has conducted independent workshops and seminars for professional accountants on a range of topics and has undertaken consulting engagements on many technical issues

In 2011 she established her own business as technical freelance consultant and trainer to account professionalsSubsequently she has worked extensively with commerce and industry, assisting analysts, directors and other users of financials to interpret, prepare, analyse and forecast based on the results of financial statements.

Caryn is a technical advisor to various SAICA Eastern Region Districts as well as serving on various SAICA committees, such as the SAICA Eastern Region Council. 

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Saket Modi

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Saket Modi is an international financial trainer and consultant based out of London. He specializes in training courses on advanced accounting, financial reporting and financial analysis topics, particularly with regards to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and financial instruments.

He has facilitated courses for preparers and users of financial statements from over 50 countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean. Saket has spent considerable time working, advising and training on complex matters relating to IFRS, including recognition and measurement of financial instruments, insurance contracts and technical updates. He has designed learning materials and facilitated courses for organizations in different sectors including banks, insurance companies, oil and gas companies, governments, professional services firms, accountancy bodies and educational institutions. He has written material on IFRS Accounting for Financial Instruments for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and was invited by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board® (IAASB®) to present a paper on IFRS 9 Financial Instruments at their board meeting in New York.

In addition to international financial reporting and analysis, Saket has also facilitated courses globally on ESG reporting frameworks, including the IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards published by the International Sustainability Standard Board (ISSB). Saket has gained valuable experience working with FTSE listed companies and also with major accounting firms. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, holds IFRS certificate from the ICAEW and IPSAS Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). In addition to being a qualified accountant, Saket is also a CFA® charterholder. 

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Pateel Papazian

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Pateel Papazian has professional experience both in the USA and Lebanon. A Certified Public Accountant from the state of California, she holds an EMBA degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB). She has worked in public accounting (CPA firms) for over nineteen years, including nine years in the USA. As a Director at KPMG – Lebanon from 1998 to 2008, she has audited clients including commercial companies and non-profit organizations reporting under IFRS and USGAAPIn 2008 she moved to the microfinance sector as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of one of the leading microfinance institutions in Lebanon where she was responsible  for the overall financial management of the Institution.

In 2010 she joined AUB as Director of Financial Reporting and Compliance and was in charge of planning, supervising, coordinating and performing complex financial analysis, accounting process and control analysis, internal and external reporting and other related work. Pateel has been working as a self-employed financial trainer and consultant since October 2012.

Her curriculum as a financial trainer includes seminars on Financial Management Essentials for Non-Finance Professionals, IPSAS Accrual Basis, Management Accounting, Oil and Gas Global accounting, Financial statements analysis and Asset Management. Pateel is fluent in four languages: English, Arabic, French and Armenian. 

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Bob Phelps

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Bob Phelps BA, FCA is a trainer of long standing in the business and financial community. He specialises in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), UK GAAP and US GAAP. This has involved him partnering in learning projects with a wide variety of different clients in both the private and public sectors.

Working around the world, he has designed and delivered training within varying corporate and national cultures and has gained valuable experience of learners’ needs in what can be very different and challenging contexts. Recently he has delivered training courses to range of sectors including banking, insurance, legal, retail, real estate, oil and gas, waste disposal and engineering. Bob is a UK Chartered Accountant and was educated at private schools in Trinidad and the UK and at the University of Wales.

An experienced accountancy exam tutor, he was formerly involved in the start-up and management of a regional training centre of a national financial training company. Bob’s work also includes training and consulting on financial statement analysis, business valuation and bank prudential regulation. 

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Caroline Pontopiddan

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Caroline Pontoppidan is an experienced educator and researcher based in Denmark and specializing in International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and other international accounting and auditing issues. Since finalizing her Ph.D. in auditing, she has carried out research on the development of public sector accounting at the global level as well as providing training services for various public sector entities on International Standards of Auditing (ISA) as well as on the interpretation and application of IPSAS.

Caroline previously spent 3 years in Japan teaching and researching emerging accounting and auditing issues, and she also worked for a United Nations agency for eight years. Recently Caroline has been expanding on her work into the area of companies reporting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), integrated reporting practices and materiality assessments of CSR reports. Caroline is currently working with companies looking to become CSRD-compliant. 

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