ICAS President Ken hosts sell-out Commons event

Ken McHattie
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

2 June 2016

ICAS President Ken McHattie CA and Chief Executive Anton Colella greeted members at a sold out House of Commons reception on Wednesday evening.

The annual event in the Palace of Westminster gave CAs a chance to meet the recently elected president and hear from guest speaker John Pienaar, BBC Deputy Political Editor and presenter of BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics.

Addressing the gathering,  Ken said: "The ICAS vision is to create the leading global professional community.

"That's quite an ambition but I really do think it does represent what we want to do for you, our members, and if we pick through various elements of it, one of them is to influence.

"The key behind that, we think, is to be as influential as we can in places like this, like Westminster, places where things happen."

Members' Dining Room

Anton said: "We are delighted to have so many here tonight, particularly so many young members.

"A number of weeks ago we launched the top 35 CAs under 35 competition and had a record number of nominations, some of whom may be in this room. Next year we want to double that number."

John Pienaar (pictured below with Anton Colella) has been a well-respected figure in political media for more than 20 years and told the audience that, despite his tenure, he still feels a 'schoolboy-like reverence' when walking through the Palace of Westminster doors.Anton and John

He said: "You couldn't have come here at a better time, a more fascinating time, a more defining time in our country's history and in contemporary politics.

"If we wake up on 24 June, having decided to leave the European Union, we will have redefined our place, not just in Europe, but in the world.

"We will have redefined our politics which will take an entirely different shape, almost overnight."

More than 170 ICAS members were in attendance and were received in the prestigious Members' Dining Room, the largest event venue in the House of Commons.

Topics under discussion ranged from the EU referendum on 23 June to the evolving landscape within ICAS itself.

Images credit: Chris Renton


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