Highlights of the year - text only version


  • ICAS CEO Anton Colella calls on CAs around the world to support the Power of One – a major initiative in ethical leadership.
  • ICAS President Jim Pettigrew CA announces the ‘Year of the Mentor’, with a renewed focus on mentoring.
  • ICAS strengthens position as insolvency regulator.
  • HMRC launches a public consultation on 'Making Tax Digital'.
  • ICAS holds debate in London on the future of assurance in the UK.


  • ICAS launches CA Connect – a new networking tool to connect CAs with global community.
  • Nicola Sturgeon meets ICAS members ahead of the EU Referendum and Scottish Elections.
  • Launch of CA Today Canada.
  • Dame Clara Furse, external member of the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee, speaks at ICAS event.


  • The ICAS Admission Ceremony 2016 welcomes more than 300 new members.
  • Membership exceeds 21,000.
  • Major ICAS/FRC research explores audit skills of the future.
  • ICAS provides expert insight and analysis on the Chancellor's 2016 Budget Statement.


  • Ken McHattie CA becomes new President of ICAS.
  • ICAS responds to the Panama papers leaks.
  • ICAS announces first ever principal partnership with Investec Wealth & Investment.
  • The ICAS Scottish Election Debate takes place in Edinburgh.
  • Three new international members are appointed to the ICAS Council.


  • ICAS launches Make Your Professional Development Count, a new professional development framework.
  • Anti-corruption statement made by professional bodies, including ICAS.
  • The ICAS Tax Conference, 'Taxing Times', is held in Glasgow.
  • ICAS Gold Medal winner announced – James Rix, BDO LLP, Edinburgh.
  • Test of Professional Expertise results issued – 84% pass rate.


  • ICAS poses 20 Questions on Brexit and kick-starts the Brexit Insights series.
  • The ICAS Practitioners’ Conference is held in Glasgow.
  • CIPFA members offered pathway to ICAS status.
  • ICAS President Ken McHattie CA hosts sold-out House of Commons event.
  • A special dinner in New York is hosted for CAs.
  • Launch of CA Today USA.
  • ICAS Foundation awarded 32 bursaries of up to £10,000. 79 CAs are providing mentor support for foundation students.


  • The top 35 CAs under 35 are announced as part of the One Young CA competition. 
  • The ICAS tax team sets out its strategy for Making Tax Digital.


  • ICAS launches a new business mentoring initiative.
  • ICAS announces a series of insight breakfasts on Brexit, FinTech and financial services across the UK.


  • Rimla Akhtar MBE is announced One Young CA winner and represents ICAS at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada.
  • The Power of One events are held around the world. 
  • The ICAS Brexit Advisory Group holds its first meeting, chaired by Mike McKeon CA.
  • ICAS holds its annual conference: ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurs...in Brexit Britain’.
  • Launch of CA Today Hong Kong and the CA Australia digital magazine.
  • 1,048 students enrolled to study CA qualification in 11 UK cities - breaking the 1000 barrier for only the fifth time in 160 years.
  • 112 students enrolled to study ITP qualification in 7 cities across the UK.


  • Anton Colella celebrates 10 years as ICAS Chief Executive.
  • ‘Extraordinary starts here’ campaign launches, with CAs sharing their career stories to encourage prospective students to join the profession. 
  • The ICAS Technical team hosts an informative session with more than 20 CA firms on the implementation of new UK GAAP.
  • ICAS becomes an associate member of the Pan African Federation of Accountants in Madagascar.


  • The new and improved digital Annual Renewal is launched for members.
  • ICAS provides expert insight and analysis on the Chancellor's 2016 Autumn Statement.
  • ‘Make sure your adviser is a Chartered Accountant’ initiative launches to raise public awareness of the value of a CA.
  • The 2016 ICAS Insolvency and Restructuring Conference takes place in Gleneagles.
  • The top 30 accountancy firms for 2016 are revealed.


  • The CA magazine's 2016/17 Salary and Careers Survey shows 36% of CAs have received an above-inflation pay rise.
  • ICAS honours the CAs who have been members for 50+ years, with special Gold Club events in London and Edinburgh.
  • 1 in 5 of Career Mentoring Programme participants are international.
  • 642 new ICAS members admitted in 2016.
  • Test of Professional Expertise results issued – 87% pass rate.
  • Test of Relevant Expertise results issued – 87% pass rate.

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