Special Brexit Insight sessions announced for ICAS Conference

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By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

2 September 2016

ICAS announces additional Brexit insight sessions for the ICAS Conference 2016.

For the past few months it seems as if the two words on everyone’s lips are ‘Brexit’ and ‘uncertainty’.

When will the UK leave the EU? How will the UK negotiate the best Brexit deal? What will happen to UK citizens living in EU countries and vice versa? What effect is Brexit having on the accounting profession and the financial services industry as a whole?

These are just some of the vital questions that will be covered during this year’s ICAS Conference.

In keeping with its continued commitment to providing its members with the highest quality information and analysis on the issues that matter to them, ICAS is pleased to announce an additional round of sessions at this year’s conference focusing on Brexit Britain.

A session on “Britain beyond Brexit” will see two leading politicians go head to head. Stephen Gethins MP, the SNP’s Westminster spokesman on Europe will debate what happens next for Scotland, Britain and Europe with constitutional law expert Professor Adam Tomkins, who is a Conservative MSP at Holyrood.

ICAS will also call on expert insight from four key thought leaders.

  • Peter Wilding, the Chairman and Founder of British Influence, will call on his 20 years of experience working in  EU affairs to predict how the Brexit negotiations will pan out.
  • BBC Special Correspondent Allan Little will argue how Brexit marks the continuing decline of the West’s influence in the world.
  • Bill Jamieson, one of the wisest of Scottish business journalists, will give his own unique insight into what it all means for business, politics and economics.
  • Laura Lambie, of Investec, will try to unravel the contradictory messages for investors and stock pickers.

Conference organiser and ICAS Executive Director, Atholl Duncan said: “There is unprecedented interest in Brexit among CAs. No other issue has attracted so much attention. ICAS members are thirsty for knowledge to help them understand what happens next.  

“We have tried to put together a programme which will provide insight and new perspectives on the challenges facing British business while also providing a platform for our leading politicians to go head to head on the arguments which will dominate Scottish, British and European politics for the next months and years.”

Further key speakers on Brexit are still to be announced.

The ICAS Conference, which takes place at the EICC in Edinburgh on Thursday September 29th, 2016, will also include keynote sessions from the UK’s top CAs, entrepreneurs and educators.

Jo Malone has been responsible for creating some of the world's most-loved fragrances. She will be speaking at the ICAS Conference about her journey of building her new brand, JO LOVES and the highs and lows of starting again in business.

Nick Leeson, the man whose unchecked risk-taking caused one of the biggest financial scandals of the 20th century, will take to the stage to share his story.

Nick will be discussing how the lack of accounting safeguards allowed him to gamble Barings Bank into the ground, and how those actions saw him sentenced to six years in a Singaporean prison.

Daniel Susskind, lecturer of economics at Balliol College at the University of Oxford, will be discussing the impact that constantly evolving technologies will have on the accounting profession in the future.

ICAS is delighted to welcome Investec Wealth & Investment as our first ever principal partner for The ICAS Conference. The ICAS Conference takes place at the EICC on Thursday 29 September 2016.

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