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ICAEW South West President, David Norris - May 2020

As we come to the end of the second month in lockdown, hopefully we are all adapting to remote working, while looking forward to a time when we can meet face to face again. Disappointingly we had to cancel the Annual Dinner, a celebration of 100 years of women in chartered accountancy after our AGM, along with various regular groups and CPD courses. The good news is that we have been able to reinstate as many as we can, using our LifeSize account.

Event update

David Norris
Thanks to the tireless work of the Regional Executive Trudi Cole, the business members breakfasts are now running monthly and we are running a range of town groups.

Members in business have a range of online courses being planned and of course Mercia is running a full program of Virtual Classrooms to keep members up to date.

May saw the first regional meeting for members working in the Charity sector and this was a great start. Being a virtual meeting, we were able to bring members from all over the region and we are looking to take this idea into other sections. Please get in touch if you have an idea for a sector that would benefit from a regional networking virtual event.


The district’s first ever virtual AGM convened via LifeSize on the 13th May. Thank you to those who came and supported the meeting and I was very proud to be the first ICAEW South West President to be confirmed via a virtual vote.

Many thanks to my predecessor, Sophie Parkhouse, who did a great job as president and it is just a shame she did not get her own annual dinner to celebrate her year. I am sure she will be involved in the 2021 dinner and we can raise a glass to her then.

At the meeting we confirmed Ros Aala (Accountancy Learning) as Deputy President and Adam Croney (Thomas Westcott) as Vice President, and I look forward to working with them over the coming year.

The coming year

With Covid-19 an economic disaster as much as a health one, and possibly more so in the longer term, our emphasis is clearly one of survival and adaption. We need to survive the current situation as practices / businesses while helping our staff and clients to do the same. We also need to ensure we look for ways to make the most of the situation by innovating new products, services and ways of working.

In this regard, we would direct members to the coronavirus hub on the ICAEW website. www.icaew.com/coronavirus  It contains a plethora of articles, webinars and links to government documents to help accountants navigate all the topics their clients and/or employers need to understand. This of course is linked to the courses and networking events we have indicated above, where members can share their experiences.

Members might also like to keep an eye on the ICAEW’s daily briefing emails, which provide a quick guide and links to new information and updates as they are added. 

Please email Trudi Coles (Trudi.coles@icaew.com) if you have any queries or require further information.