A steaming success: £250,000 raised for ICAS Foundation

British Belmond Pullman
By CA Today

23 June 2017

It was a fundraiser like no other ICAS had seen. The amount raised for the ICAS Foundation will have a life-changing effect for many aspiring young CAs.

The Steam Train Special was the vision of ICAS President Sir Brian Souter who, upon taking office earlier this year, pledged to do all he could to give back to the profession.

“As a young person from a relatively humble background, I only managed to study accountancy at Strathclyde University because I received a bursary.

“The Carnegie Trust dropped a ladder for me and my career would never have happened without it.

“Now I want to help make sure that ICAS can drop hundreds of ladders to the socially excluded to support a new generation of CAs, through the truly inspirational work of the ICAS Foundation,” said Sir Brian.

Sir Brian Souter presenting a cheque for £250,000 to the ICAS Foundatoin
Sir Brian Souter CA and ICAS CEO Anton Colella presenting a cheque for £250,000 to the ICAS Foundation

The Steam Train Special

With an ambitions target of £250,000 set for the fundraiser, the hosts were determined to match their guests’ generosity with an unforgettable evening.

After a reception at the Caledonian Club with a performance by The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, guests were whisked away on vintage buses to Victoria Station. What followed was a journey on the iconic Belmond British Pullman, which was hauled by the Union of South Africa steam engine. The trip concluded with dinner and a spectacular firework display on Grosvenor bridge.

The evening was co-hosted by Sir Brian and ICAS CEO Anton Colella.

“So much of what we are doing at ICAS is about the next generation of CAs and the next generation of leaders.

“The ICAS Foundation is a huge part of this. Each student receives financial support and a mentor who is a CA.  

“Many of the students have completed paid internships in our ICAS firms and businesses, learning on the front line,” said Anton.

ICAS President Anton Colella with Sir Brian Souter CA and ICAS Foundation Students
ICAS President Anton Colella with Sir Brian Souter CA and ICAS Foundation Students. 

The ICAS Foundation

Guests included ICAS Council members Catherine Burnet, Colin Crosby and Sandy Manson, and ICAS Foundation students Feyishayo, Nicole and Liam.

“Supporting myself through university seemed an impossible task, but with the help of the ICAS Foundation I am managing to meet additional costs.

“I am determined to succeed and hopefully I can inspire other young people to believe in themselves,” said Nicole.

Linda Jamieson, Director of the ICAS Foundation said, “This fundraiser has raised a phenomenal amount of money for the ICAS Foundation, helping fund bursaries.

“I would like to thank everyone who donated and all those who worked tirelessly in the background.

“But above all I would like to thank Sir Brian, without his generosity and support the evening wouldn’t have been possible.

“He has helped shape a new future for many deserving young people.”


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