Inside ICAS: Top talking points from April 2023
Your Office Bearer team review their top talking points from April, including details of the new ICAS 2030 strategy.
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 discussed during April.
Indy’s top talking point
It’s important to remind ourselves to be bold and courageous. It can seem daunting to step away from the familiar, but being bold will lead to positive change within our profession.
Indy Singh Hothi CA, ICAS President
"As my term as ICAS President draws to a close, I’m naturally in a reflective mindset and I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what we’ve achieved together over the past twelve months.
Reflection doesn’t just apply to the past. I’ve also been thinking about the steps we’ve taken to ensure CAs and wider society have a bright future.
With a focus on the future, a particular highlight for me was driving the creation of the new strategy, ‘ICAS 2030: Together, we will…’. The definition of a strategy states that it is made up of “a series of maneuvers or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result”. By working with my colleagues at ICAS, fellow Office Bearers, ICAS Council and the Executive team, we have created an ambitious roadmap consisting of exciting and innovative stratagems to help us create a better tomorrow.
I strongly believe that our 2030 strategy will help us respond to the extraordinary times we’re living in and the evolving needs of our members, firms and students.
Thank you to each one of you whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting during my time as President and to those who have helped support the aims of ICAS. I am excited to see how our collaborative efforts shape the future of our profession."
Read the full strategy here.
Clive’s top talking point
Let’s view change through a positive lens and embrace the new ways of thinking and working together that come with it.
Clive Bellingham CA, ICAS Deputy President
"Following on from Indy’s insights into our new strategy, ‘ICAS 2030: Together, we will…’, I would like to echo his sentiment of being optimistic and excited about the opportunities for positive change which lie ahead of us.
Together, we will deliver greater value, empower each other and be a force for good. Through the ICAS Strategy 2030, we’re leading by example to create a better tomorrow.
Part of the change will relate to the way ICAS looks. For us to stand out and communicate our bold new strategy, our brand and visual identity has been updated to reflect our strong voice and reputation.
Students and employers will benefit from a range of improvements that will be rolled out over the next twelve months. These will include a best-in-class student experience and a refreshed CA syllabus that embeds key topics such as sustainability and offers flexible routes to the qualification.
To summarise, it’s evidently a time of change at ICAS and one that’ll lead to creative and new ideas for all in our CA community."
Alison’s top talking point
Ethical leadership is about doing the right thing when nobody is watching.
Alison Cornwell CA, ICAS Vice President
“It feels as though ethical leadership and ethics more broadly have become more common points of conversation in the world of business. And understandably so, trust in our profession and many others has been called into question in recent times.
Our new strategy is clear on our relevant and rigorous career-long learning, the quality of our membership, and our commitment to ethics, standards and sustainability.
We asked for your views on your ICAS membership and have integrated key points from your feedback into our strategy. Ensuring that we deliver value for our members is of great importance to us.
In support of ICAS’ refreshed vision and the aims of our new strategy, I look forward to working together to uphold the high standard of our profession. The amount of work that has gone into shaping this strategy has been extensive, and I hope that you too will embrace the bold changes and our positive plans for a better future."