Inside ICAS: The Office Bearers' top talking points from 2022
Join your Office Bearer team for a review of their top talking points from what was a busy, productive and positive year at ICAS.
ICAS President Indy Singh Hothi CA joins Deputy President Clive Bellingham CA and Vice President Alison Cornwell CA to highlight some of the key ICAS initiatives and activities they’ve been talking about during 2022.
Indy’s top talking point
I want to continue to lead by example for minority backgrounds and my fellow CAs.
Indy Hothi CA, ICAS President
"One of the things I value the most as President has been the opportunity to gather and speak to so many colleagues in person. There have been many fantastic evenings and events with ICAS Members in 2022. One of the conversations that stayed with me from this year's Meet the President event was about belonging. One of our ICAS Foundation students mentioned the surroundings of the Signet Library being quite alien and different to what he was used to. It reminded me of when I first attended an event at the Signet Library and many other beautiful venues in my early career. I also felt I was in a room alien to me, from a far-removed world. I shared my perspectives on the code-switching journey that many from minority backgrounds must navigate and the strength and resilience it brings.
Watch my recent video in the CA magazine on the challenges 2022 presented and how CAs have responded.
Clive’s top talking point
We want to address the challenges and opportunities facing the finance and accountancy profession.
Clive Bellingham CA, ICAS Deputy President
"This year, we have responded to important matters promptly, bringing in our expertise to review topics from tax to regulation and more. In September, ICAS responded to the Mini-Budget 2022 calling for action on tax and net zero, HMRC resources and regulation of tax. ICAS also sent an open letter to the Prime Minister, addressing specific issues, including the need for transparency when it comes to organisations’ carbon footprints. ICAS responds to many tax calls for evidence and consultations and produces tax policy papers and reports. ICAS also regularly attend meetings with HMRC at which service levels, delays and other issues are discussed, and we raise problems being encountered by Members. We want to address both the challenges and opportunities the finance and accountancy profession faces. Being proactive on important matters is our duty as your professional body, and will continue to be a priority in 2023.
Furthermore, we want to make sure we are in the right place for our profession and our Members to help to educate, influence and regulate in 2023 and beyond. Read Indy’s final column of 2022, focusing on themes that he believes will shape the next 12 months.
Alison’s top talking point
The £25,500 raised for the ICAS Foundation is a monumental amount and I’m delighted to see the support from our community.
Alison Cornwell CA, ICAS Vice President
"When I was appointed in 2022, I set a goal to raise as much awareness around the ICAS Foundation as possible through real actions. Through the ICAS Foundation, we are able to provide financial and personal support to some very special young people from disadvantaged communities. I wanted to do something memorable and personally challenging to showcase the fabulous work of the Foundation. The training, followed by the actual 1000 mile cycling event from Land’s End at the far south west corner of England to John O’Groats in the far north east of Scotland, allowed for multiple opportunities for individuals to show support to the Foundation and our Students.
Covering a distance of 976 miles and 53,444 feet of climbs, I completed the journey in a total of 77 hours 42 minutes of cycling time. The £25,500 raised for the ICAS Foundation is a significant sum and I am also delighted that this initiative resulted in many people coming forward to undergo training to become an ICAS Foundation mentor including a large number from Teneo Scotland. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the donors and new mentors for their support.
Get in touch with us if you would like to discuss how you or your company can support our Students to achieve their ambitions with the help of the ICAS Foundation.
That’s all for 2022. We send you our season’s greetings, best wishes for the new year and look forward to talking with you again in 2023.