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Michael Izza in the south

Michael Izza, ceo of ICAEW was warmly welcomed at three business locations in the south, when making one of his regular outreach visits on 11 June. He was accompanied throughout the day by south west director, Martin Warren, ICAEW Southern’s president Martin Cavey and the district socie-ty’s senior regional executive Natalie Buckman.

ICAEW Southern set out to provide him with opportunities to meet and talk with as diverse a cross section of its members as possible. The result was a useful and interesting exchange of information and ideas concerning the future of the profession, the support that ICAEW provides for members and the major issues of the day for accountants, namely Brexit, audit and technology.

The first port of call was Chorus Accounting in Christchurch, Dorset, which is Martin Cavey’s practice. Here, two highly experienced FCAs who had not previously engaged with ICAEW Southern events took part in the round table discussion. One came with over 20 years’ experience in financial services, insurance and telecoms/technology, while the other drew on a successful career in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, audit and consultancy work along with considerable experience in the charitable sector. The result was a useful and insightful conversation.

Hosted by Ashley Milne, vice-president of ICAEW Southern, the next and largest session was held at the energy company Utilita, in Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh. Around 20 ACA and FCA members gathered to listen to Michael Izza’s informal presentation, in which he talked about the ICAEW itself and the impressive array of benefits it provides for members, the three enquiries into audit, and much more.

A lively Q&A session followed the presentation, with members raising both individual and general interest matters, that were all well fielded.

The final call in a very full day was at the Southampton branch of Smith & Williamson, a long established financial and professionals services group, and was hosted by Simon Harris, who is an assistant manager in the audit team. An audience of ACA students heard a further presentation by Michale Izza and then took part in a round table discussion.

Earlier in the day Michael Izza had stated that the profession needs to have the right demographic going forward and that its young people are important. We trust that he liked what he saw in the ICAEW’s southern region.