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South Eastern Society of Chartered Accountants

The South Eastern Society of Chartered Accountants has over 9,000 members, the largest membership outside of London and covers the counties of Kent; East and West Sussex; and the Southern part of Surrey (less Redhill and Reigate which are in the Croydon District Society).


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SECASS summer Newsletter 2015

SECASS is an organisation for, and run by, ACA trainees. SECASS is there to help you build a network of support, meet fellow students, develop your skills and have a good time alongside your studies! ACA trainees are automatically members of SECASS. All events are free of charge.

Work-ready students triumph in milestone final

Sixth-formers were crowned champions of ICAEW’s national business competition, BASE, on 25 June, as part of a drive to get schools and employers working together to address the skills gap. Students from Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys beat 45 other teams in the national final in Birmingham, in a year that celebrates the competition reaching more than 10,000 students in its history (since 2009).

Researchers launch survey on audit market

Sussex researchers have launched an online survey into the audit market. They are calling on all registered auditors to take the time to complete the survey to help add insight into this important market.

SESCA schools win local BASE heats

Business-savvy students from Uckfield Community Technology College and Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys beat off competition from twenty other local teams to win the Brighton and Ashford heats of ICAEW’s national business and accounting competition, BASE.

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Further information

Town groups

SESCA town groups centre on the major towns in the area

They provide members locally with cost effective CPD, as well as a valuable forum for discussion and networking.

There are currently 3 active town groups: 

Guildford Accountants Group

GAG is the Guildford Accountants Group. This is a meeting of local Chartered Accountants to discuss matters of mutual interest and to share the benefit of experience with fellow members. Meetings are informal and are organised on a monthly basis with a suggested theme, often with an invited speaker to initiate discussion. GAG is the principal member activity of the Guildford and District Group of Chartered Accountants.

Meetings commence at 6.30pm and aim to finish at about 8.00pm – all meetings will be held at The Keep, 29/30 Castle Street, Guildford, GU1 3UW.

Chairman: Sarah Shearer email: sarah@emmausaccountants.co.uk

Brighton & Central Sussex Town Group

The group arranges evening lectures on technical issues. The lectures are generally held at the West Hove Golf Club and include an optional meal beforehand.

Chairman: Paul Feist email: paulf@feist-hedgethorne.co.uk
Secretary: Peter Hedgethorne email: peterh@feist-hedgethorne.co.uk

The Kent Group

A local group servicing all accountants in Kent providing a training and discussion group facility and forum for ICAEW to contact local practices.

The group meets 6 times per season

Chairman: Stewart Pope, Telephone: 01892 543900, Email: pope@perry-company.co.uk
Secretary: Emma Palmer, Telephone: 01892 543900, Email: palmer@perry-company.co.uk

Business member forums

Finance executive forums for business members in SESCA are running on a quarterly basis in both Crawley and Guildford. SESCA regularly invites guest speakers to update business members on topics such as cyber security and airport expansion plans after which discussion continues over breakfast. The aim of these forums is to provide a networking opportunity as well as support for business members within SESCA.

Stephen Atkin is the business member representative in SESCA and is on the SESCA main committee. Stephen is Chief Executive of the Racecourse Association and has volunteered to communicate the needs of business members to the committee and to plan relevant events for the coming year. If you have any thoughts or suggestions for topics at future events or would like to start a forum in another location please let Stephen know, he can be contacted on stephen.atkin@racecourseassociation.co.uk

2014 finance executive forums:

  • Friday 27 June, Arora Hotel, Crawley
  • Friday 4 July, Radisson Blu Hotel, Guildford
  • Friday 5 September, Arora Hotel, Crawley
  • Friday 5 December, Arora Hotel, Crawley

All of the above forums run from 07:45 – 09:30. During discussions your views are greatly valued on business confidence across the region and also on highlighting urgent issues that government needs to address. Comments made are always according to Chatham House rules and will be treated as confidential. Please contact katherine.meadows@icaew.com for further details of these free events and to book your place.

Student Society

Welcome to the South Eastern Chartered Accountant Students’ Society (SECASS). As an ACA student, you automatically join SECASS free of charge because your registered home address falls within our catchment area.

The Committee:

  • Chair: Kris McGrath
  • Vice-Chair Kristina Wooddin
  • Treasurer Dafydd Hopcyns

What we do:

The ICAEW Student Council (ISC) provides student groups including SECASS with quarterly funds to help student society member’s progress through their training by holding events, networking opportunities and seminars.

We are always looking for other students to help run the society and have roles available from local firm reps to committee members.

How to get involved:

Visit www.secass.info or view our Facebook or LinkedIn pages to find out details of your next local event. We are always looking for other students to help run the society and have roles available from local firm reps up to committee members.

About us

The South Eastern Society of Chartered Accountants (SESCA) organises a variety of events for members, from Annual Dinners and Networking Golf challenges, to discussions and CPD courses through either our local Town Groups or our course provider SESCA Enterprises Limited. The SE Society also represents the interests of Chartered Accountants within the South Eastern district.

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