Inside ICAS: The Office Bearers top talking points from September 2021
Catch up with your Office Bearer team and their top talking points from another busy month of activity at ICAS.
President Bruce Pritchard CA, Deputy President Indy Hothi CA, and Vice President Clive Bellingham CA highlight some of the key ICAS initiatives and activities they’ve been talking about this month.
Bruce’s top talking point
…ICAS announced this month that it would be keeping its membership subscription fees frozen at their pre-pandemic rates.
Bruce Pritchard CA, ICAS President
"Whilst for many of us COVID restrictions are easing and life is returning to some degree of normality, the impacts of the pandemic are still being widely felt. We are only in the early stages of the recovery process with much work still to be done and many challenges yet to be faced. With that in mind, ICAS announced this month that it would be keeping its membership subscription fees frozen at their pre-pandemic rates – all while continuing to invest in projects that will deliver future benefits to Members, CA Students and firms. ICAS froze fees ahead of the 2021 Annual Renewal process and the decision to keep fees where they are for 2022 is a signal of a continued commitment to fully support Members and provide an extra degree of certainty for the year ahead."
You can learn more about the decision to freeze fees here.
Indy’s top talking point
...with the speakers announced so far, once you’ve hopped in you might not want to hop out.
Indy Hothi CA, ICAS Deputy President
“The team at ICAS have been hard at work this month preparing for CA Summit 2021, our immersive digital conference, which starts on Tuesday 5 October. The Summit takes place over three afternoons, with one for each of three chapters – Learn, Grow and Inspire. Each afternoon is split into short sessions, so you can hop in and out as you please, although with the speakers announced so far, once you’ve hopped in you might not want to hop out. Sharing their stories, insights and ideas will be the likes of Dame Inga Beale, the former CEO of Lloyds of London, Andy Woodfield, Global Client Partner at PwC, Vivienne Artz OBE, MD at London Stock Exchange, and the mental fitness coach, Alex Strang. During Tuesday’s Learn chapter I’ll be interviewing Becky Woodhouse CA, CEO of PURE Spa & Beauty, on the impact COVID and Brexit and her outlook for 2022."
If you’d like to join Indy, you can find out more about the Summit sessions and register your free place here.
Clive’s top talking point
It’s all part of ongoing efforts to transform learning with ICAS and enhance the overall CA Student experience.
Clive Bellingham CA, ICAS Vice President
“After six months of intensive work, September saw the launch of new interactive resources for CA Students studying the Test of Competence (TC) level of the ICAS syllabus. TC Students now have access to 53 interactive module guides, six sets of interactive PDF modules for each subject, nine panel discussions and six podcasts. All these advances are designed to enable TC Students to learn using the most suitable resources to meet their individual needs and preferred learning styles. It’s all part of ongoing efforts to transform learning with ICAS and enhance the overall CA Student experience. And of course, that work doesn’t stop at the TC level. ICAS is currently working on the enhancement of the digital offering for TPS Students, which should be live in 2022."
What else has got us talking
Talking at the top tables: From one month to the next ICAS has a full diary of high-level engagement with key stakeholders. This past month saw ICAS presenting to the Scottish Parliament's Finance and Public Administration Committee and various interactions with HMRC, including as part of their CJRS Forum. ICAS also joined with ICAEW, CIOT, ATT and CIPP in writing to the Finance Secretary to the UK Treasury raising concerns related to the furlough scheme.
Championing Unique Perspectives: ICAS published the eleventh part of this innovative campaign series that looks to profile our diverse membership, build awareness and suggest new ways in which the key themes of equality, diversity and inclusion can be integrated into our working practices. Kenneth Murray CA, Head of Forensic Accounting at Police Scotland shared his perspective of what it was like to be diagnosed with ADHD at 59 and his thoughts on what employers should be doing to destigmatise the neurodiversity.
A proven commitment to quality: ICAS has achieved ISO 9001 accreditation with LRQA, Lloyds Register. ISO 9001 is the world's most recognised quality management system (QMS) standard. It aims to help organisations meet the needs of their customers and other stakeholders more effectively. Achieving the standard will help ICAS to improve the quality of the products and services it provides to Members, Firms and CA Students.
That’s all for this month’s round-up. Join us again in a few weeks to find out what else has got us talking.