Celebrating Black History Month UK
We’re proudly celebrating our role as an ally organisation and highlighting why creating real change is what’s important - not only for a month every year, but permanently.
Since 1987, October has been recognised as Black History Month in the UK. Black History Month is a time for people to come together to draw lessons from the past and apply them to the present and future. It's also a moment to uphold our commitment to learning and to stand united against racism.
ICAS prioritises equality, diversity and inclusion
At ICAS, we place a strong emphasis on equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and wholeheartedly embrace EDI in all aspects of our work. Our ICAS Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion committee is passionately dedicated to amplifying the voices of individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life.
In 2021 we launched our Black Talent action plan to identify and understand the barriers faced by Black Members. This understanding allows us to take targeted actions to enhance experiences and outcomes for our members.
Additionally, we are establishing a Black Members’ Network – a community led by our members, open to both Black members and allies. This network aims to inspire, support, and nurture our existing Black members and students throughout their careers. Our objective is to foster a sense of belonging by providing a secure platform where members can network, socialise, share experiences, pose questions, challenge norms, and receive support and advice related to racial equality.
Sharing the stories of Black Members
We are taking this opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of some incredible CAs who are making an enormous contribution to ICAS, and to the wider accountancy profession, helping create a better and more inclusive society
- Temi Labor CA shares her experience of working in the Middle East as a black woman.
- Diana Muendo CA talks about the diversity of art and big hair. You can also hear more from Diana on entrepreneurship and the pandemic in CA magazine.
- Marta Philips CA shares what CAs can do to tackle racial inequality in the workplace.
- Kudzai Zendera CA highlights being proud of his heritage, uniqueness and willingness to stand up for what he believes in.
- Buki Ishola CA shares her perspective on maintaining mental fitness and how reflection is one of the greatest assets in understanding yourself. Buki also chats about becoming a change agent for other minority professionals in CA magazine.
- Cole Agbede CA talks about the importance of EDI in the accountancy profession.
- Ken Okoroafor CA chats to us about founding The Humble Penny and helping others achieve financial independence and create financial joy in their lives.
- ICAS student, Sharon Maina discuss financial literacy, the power of volunteering and breaking into the accountancy workforce.
- Afua Kyei CA, CFO of Bank of England, discuss responding to turbulence, making the profession future-facing and the threat of climate change.
- Bolanle Adekoya CA, one of the first female partners at PwC Nigeria, talks about tackling adversity in the finance industry and the opportunities that abound in Lagos, Nigeria.
An evening with mastermind journalist Clive Myrie aboard HMS Belfast in London
Join us for a very special evening with award-winning BBC journalist, News at 10 anchor and Mastermind host Clive Myrie at HMS Belfast in London Thursday 2 November at 18.30 GMT. Hear stories from his new book ‘Everything is Everything: A Memoir of Love, Hate & Hope’.
Clive will explain how he found his voice as a black journalist covering some of the biggest stories in modern history, and what he believes is the common thread running through successful businesses today.
This insightful and inspirational evening is a chance to make new connections and catch up with fellow CAs, while exploring this iconic London landmark.