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Virtual CPD Update – London Society:
The future accountant – poised with mental fitness, wellbeing and resilience

We are privileged to have some exceptional speakers for our three-part session.

Roya Hekmatpanah previously a chartered accountant aims to bring mindfulness and self-compassion to ambitious professionals in an accessible and relevant way, so you can flourish in your career without sacrificing your wellbeing. Roya will focus on the ‘how’ of keeping yourselves well and make it practical for you to practice.

Aekta Patel, a former Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 recipient, has recently been recognised in the Timewise Power List 2021 which celebrates the most successful workers who have either been hired part-time from day one, or promoted whilst working part-time. Aekta will speak about pursuing successful part-time careers whilst discussing resilience and diversity.

Robert Hicks, Group HRD of Reward Gateway, the 2019 HRD of the Year in the HR Distinction Awards, will share his passion and personal insights into what Reward Gateway and the wider HR community are doing for their employees in terms of wellbeing.

Chaired by Anita Millar, London Society Committee Member



Time: Tile: Speaker:
3.15pm Welcome and introduction Anita Millar
3.18pm Mindfulness for people who don’t do mindfulness Roya Hekmatpanah
3.55pm 9 Top Tips for achieving success without over-working (learn from a flex worker!) Aekta Patel
4.32pm Trends, Ideas and Modern HR Themes in 2022 Robert Hicks
5.07pm (approx) Close


Roya Hekmatpana, All Humanity

Roya Hekmatpana, Founder, All Humanity, Chartered Accountant and previously Audit Mgr at KPMG. The Mindfulness Network, Chair of The Board Of Trustees

Aekta Mahajan Patel, Global Head of Venture Capital, Department for International Trade

Prior to this, she worked closely with Number 10 and Ministers in the Cabinet Office.
A former Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 recipient, Aekta has recently been recognised in the Timewise Power List 2021.

Robert Hicks, Reward Gateway

Robert Hicks is the Group HR Director at Reward Gateway. In his time with Reward Gateway, he has made HR the heart of the company by ensuring the team is central to the strategic direction of the business. From starting with a team of 4, he has built a team of 20 passionate individuals who now focus on 5 key responsibilities; L&D, Engagement & Internal Communications, People Operations, Talent Attraction and HR Business Partnering. Named the 2019 HRD of the Year in the HR Distinction Awards, Robert brings his passion and experience with companies of all sizes, from small tech-start-ups to companies with a staff of over 200,000 to every interaction he has.