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President for ICAEW Birmingham and West Midlands

Author: ICAEW

Published: 18 May 2022

Ben Powell ACA has been elected as President of ICAEW Birmingham and West Midlands.
Ben Powell

Ben’s appointment was confirmed at ICAEW’s Birmingham and West Midlands recent annual meeting and his focus will include continuing to develop ICAEW’s influence within the regional political and business agenda; and provide member support via activities and events both virtually and in person.

Ben is a partner and heads up the corporate offering at Ballards LLP in Worcestershire, an award-winning firm of chartered accountants that offers a range of services spanning audit, taxation, transaction services, recruitment, and digital consultancy.

Ben will represent nearly 7,000 ICAEW Chartered Accountants living and working in the local area. His role as President will focus on developing close connections with and between members by bringing new and innovative events and initiatives to the area.

ICAEW Birmingham and West Midlands plays an important role in supporting local members to address the challenges facing the accountancy profession and businesses. It also plays an important role in facilitating networking for professionals through local activities and initiatives. 

Speaking of his appointment, Ben said, ‘I am passionate about the West Midlands and what we offer to the wider culture and economy of the UK. This role offers the chance to represent the great chartered accountancy profession and ensure our voices are heard regarding the Levelling Up agenda and the need to move towards a sustainable and green economy. 

ICAEW and its members are leading players in driving the needed change to protect the economy and the environment for future generations. With many early career committee members and a vibrant student society, the future looks bright for our profession in the West Midlands’. Khuram Javed ACA of DKR has been appointed as Deputy President and Tracey James FCA of Holder Blackthorn as Treasurer. Rebecca Crowther ACA of Crowe UK LLP was elected as Chair of ICAEW Worcestershire back in 2021 for a two-year term. 

ICAEW West Midlands next meets virtually on 27 June. Any ICAEW member wishing to learn about how they can become more involved in local ICAEW activities is welcome to join the meeting. For further details, contact Linda Conway, local ICAEW Regional Executive at linda.conway@icaew.com

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Notes to editors:

1. There are over 1.7m chartered accountants around the world - talented, ethical and committed professionals who use their expertise to ensure we have a successful and sustainable future.

Over 150,000 of these are ICAEW Chartered Accountants. We train, develop and support each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair.

We’ve been at the heart of the accountancy profession since we were founded in 1880 to ensure trust in business. We share our knowledge and insight with governments, regulators and business leaders worldwide as we believe accountancy is a force for positive economic change across the world.

2. ICAEW is a founder member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the Global Accounting Alliance