Voting opens for the 2023 ICAS Council elections and AGM business
Voting for the ICAS Council elections and AGM business is now open, with all Members encouraged to get involved, make their selections and help shape the future of ICAS.
Your nominations are in and voting opened on Monday 3 April for the contested Open seat in the ICAS Council elections. Members are also asked to vote on the 2023 ICAS AGM resolutions.
Who will I be voting for?
The Open Seat positions
Three nominations were received from the membership for the ICAS Council Open seat vacancies. You can choose your preferred candidate from the following three candidates:
- Arjan Bains CA
- Louise Page CA
- Stephen Allan Robinson CA
Meet the candidates
Follow the links below to learn more about the three candidates, including their professional biographies and what they view as this election's three key issues for ICAS, its Members and CA Students.
Arjan Bains CA
Arjan's three key issues
Key Issue 1
Developing a clear, compelling Value Proposition that ensures ICAS remains relevant, engages stakeholders, and yields positive change across all relevant sectors (focussed in Finance and Accountancy)
Key Issue 2
Responding to the sustainability crisis both within the organisation and society, upskilling and engaging stakeholders.
Key Issue 3
Protecting and diversifying income, including considerations over:
- New ways of learning/working
- The need for relevant, alternative qualifications and learning pathways
- Opportunities for greater partnerships that will expand opportunities for both ICAS and its members
Arjans's statement and professional biography
At a glance
- Passionate about sustainable, holistic growth for a better world
- Senior ESG Consultant at KPMG - with over 6 years at the firm including 5 years in financial audit alongside achieving a fully sponsored degree and the CA qualification.
- Member of ICAS’ Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Board Committee.
- Member of KPMG’s Inclusion and Diversity Steering Committee for the Midlands,
- Member of NSPCC Birmingham Business Board, and is the Chair of the Young Professionals board
- working to connect businesses and drive activities to support the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
- One Young World Ambassador, recently representing KPMG UK - speaking about Ethical leadership to 4,000 global future leaders
- Shortlisted Future Face of Health and Wellbeing by the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.
What do I bring to Council?
- ICAS as trailblazer: My background and experience provide a perspective that will help ICAS not just address its material risks and opportunities, but lead the charge.
- Personal drive: I’m passionate about a better world, and making the member experience (present and future) the best it can be.
- Relevant skills: From challenging the status quo to presenting to executives, I possess the skills required to be effective in the role – with demonstrable experience at a global level.
Why am I interested in joining?
- The opportunity to promote positive change for both ICAS and its stakeholders
- Access a wonderful opportunity for personal and professional development.
- Connect and engage with a diverse range of perspectives
Louise Page CA
Louise's three key issues
Key Issue 1
During the pandemic ICAS moved quickly to remote learning with online teaching and examinations. This met the immediate need to continue student learning through the pandemic. The challenge now is ensuring that the content of the ICAS qualification syllabus evolves to remain relevant in our changing world.
Key Issue 2
I think ICAS faces the challenge of how to support existing members with different post qualification needs. Regulatory, economic and environmental factors are all changing at pace. The challenge for ICAS is how to support members with these different needs in different ways to remain relevant to members.
Key Issue 3
Increasing costs due to high inflation and staff shortages is a key issue faced by many businesses current and ICAS will be no different. The challenge I see ICAS facing is how to balance the costs of compliance, education and improvement with income.
Louise's statement and professional biography
I trained and worked in practice for 9 years, training in a small firm which gave me exposure and experience in a wide range of activities and providing broad base of experience to me early on in my career. After practice, I moved to financial services where I gained experience in asset management finances, governance, global operations, and marketing operations. After 15 years in financial services in finance and operation roles I moved to CFO roles.
I was privileged to be voted onto the ICAS council in April 2020. During the last 3 years on council my understanding of the worked carried out by ICAS and the challenges that the organisation faces has grown immensely. Having been part of agreeing a refreshed strategy for ICAS at the end of 2022 I would love to be able to use the knowledge and insights gained over the last three years to help with the delivery of that strategy and to help support the executive team work through the challenges that ICAS faces.
Stephen Allan Robinson CA
Stephen's three key issues
Key Issue 1
Changes in technology will have a significant impact on many aspects of the profession and on being a CA. ICAS must be able to respond to these changes and be in a position to help and educate ICAS members.
Key Issue 2
ICAS must continue to show that being a CA is a professional qualification available to everyone, regardless of their background, whilst maintaining rigorous entry standards.
Key Issue 3
Members will continue to require that ICAS demonstrates that it can provide meaningful assistance, support and value to all CA's throughout their entire business careers.
Stephen's statement and professional biography
I would be delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the ICAS Council if elected.
I retired as a non-executive director from the Board of FareShare in December 2022 after 16 years. Fareshare is the UK's leading food-redistribution charity and during my period on the Board, it grew in size to redistribute 128 million meals worth of food to 9,500 charities in communities across the UK. In addition to being a Fareshare trustee, I was Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for 6 years and was a member of the Nominations Committee.
Previously, I had a career of over 20 years in the City in investment banking and equity capital markets, advising on M&A and raising equity capital for UK-listed companies ranging from small-cap companies to FTSE-100 companies. I was a director of de Zoete & Bevan (part of BZW) and spent 10 years there. I joined Merrill Lynch and helped build up its UK corporate broking and ECM businesses, becoming a Managing Director of investment banking and Co-Head of UK corporate broking and ECM. Laterally, I was at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson as a Managing Director and Co-Head of Corporate Broking.
I qualified as a CA with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Glasgow and then transferred to the Corporate Finance department of Deloitte Haskins & Sells in London. I am a member of The Association of Corporate Treasurers.
The following positions that were open to nominations were not contested, meaning that the candidates listed below will be appointed with effect from the AGM:
Scotland North Electoral Area
Emily Kennedy CA was the only candidate who submitted a nomination and so she has been elected unopposed.
Scotland East Electoral Area
Margaret Bunyan CA was the only candidate who submitted a nomination and so she has been elected unopposed.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland Electoral Area
Michael Kay CA and Jonathan Mills CA were the only candidates who submitted nominations and so they have been elected unopposed.
Are any other matters to be voted on?
Members are also being asked to vote on 2023 ICAS AGM resolutions:
- Receive and approve the Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements, and
- Approve the re-appointment of Martin Gill, BDO LLP as ICAS Auditor.
Full information can be found on the ICAS Mi-Voice voting site, accessed through your voting email (see further information below). You can learn more about the 2023 ICAS AGM and register for the event here.
How do I vote?
From Monday 3 April, Members will receive an email from Mi-Voice, the independent election scrutineer who is managing the voting on behalf of ICAS. The email will contain a link to the secure ICAS elections website, which will have further details of the selections that are required to be made, information on the candidates who have been nominated for election, and the all-important opportunity to vote.
Members who have elected not to receive emails from ICAS will be notified by letter and can either vote online or request a postal ballot pack.
Not received your voting email?
Voting emails will be sent to ICAS Members on 3 April 2023 from email@example.com. If you don’t see the email in your inbox, please check your spam or junk mail folders, and failing that, please contact the Mi-Voice support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When does voting close?
Voting will close at 12 noon (BST) on Wednesday 26 April .
When will we know the results?
The results will be announced at the 2023 ICAS AGM on Friday 28 April.