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International council members can communicate with members in their region through quarterly newsletters. Below you will find all the messages sent out during their current council terms.

Q3 2023

David Crackett BSc FCA

It’s a privilege to be an Elected Member of Council and having the opportunity to be more directly involved in the workings of our Institute. As Council Members we are encouraged to participate in task forces and committees with the aim of continuously improving the effectiveness of ICAEW for our Members and for the public interest.

During my six years on Council, I’ve been honoured to participate in the Governance Implementation Committee (“GIG”) and in the Nominating Committee, both providing me with in depth knowledge of the ICAEW governance structures and processes and allowing me to contribute to the positive changes which are now taking place.

It is with great satisfaction, therefore, that I have seen one of the key results of these changes taking place through the appointment of Peter Wyman, CBE as ICAEW’s first independently recruited Chair of the Board at the beginning of September. Peter has a wealth of senior experience in the public and private sectors and was selected following an open and rigorous recruitment process. He will start the role in October and will serve for an initial three-year term.

My congratulations go not only to Peter for his prestigious new position but also to all those involved in the recruitment process for selecting such an excellent candidate who will undoubtedly drive forward the positive change which is already underway.

Julia Seppä ACA

As European businesses and governments continue to navigate intricacies of the current economic climate and deal with the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine our role takes on added significance as we discharge our professional responsibilities, ensuring resilience in the face of headwinds. In parallel, we are witnessing the transformative power of Generative AI, which compels us to innovate in how we conduct business, harnessing technology to drive efficiency, insights, and growth. In the midst of urgent, let’s not forget about important – sustainability should remain at the forefront of our collective agenda. I hope you will find time to explore new Generative AI Guide for chartered accountants that has been developed by ICAEW Tech with input from other technical experts and participate in virtual sessions at ICAEW Climate Summit in November. As always do not hesitate to reach out to me via LinkedIn or email. I will be happy to hear from you.

Q2 2023

David Crackett BSc FCA

June is an important month for the ICAEW Council. In June we have our AGM followed by a changing of the guard with a new President, Deputy President, and Vice President.

My congratulations go to Mark Rhys (President), Malcolm Bacchus (DP), and Derek Blair (VP) in their respective roles. I have had the privilege of working with all of them now on Council for several years and they will undoubtedly strengthen the position of our Institute as did their predecessors before them.

In June we also have the newly elected Council Members taking their seats. Thirty-five Council Members were elected this year, of whom over twenty took their seat for the first time.

Of those re-elected my special congratulations go to Julia Seppa, my fellow Council Member for the Europe & Eurasia constituency with whom I look forward to continue working together for the next two years, further strengthening our Europe & Eurasia community.

Julia Seppä ACA

As a backbone of financial systems worldwide, chartered accountants play a pivotal role in shaping the economies. To maintain our position as industry leaders, it is crucial to embrace emerging technologies like generative AI and harness their potential. ICAEW’s hub on Artificial Intelligence is a great resource to discover the impact and opportunities AI presents for the accountancy profession and business in general. Furthermore, new ICAEW CPD initiatives are designed to provide you with continuous learning and development opportunities, ensuring that you stay at the forefront of technological advancements. I hope you will take advantage of these free resources and build expertise in emerging areas to create lasting impact on your organisations, clients and economies.

If you have any questions on this or any other topic, please reach out!

Q1 2023

David Crackett BSc FCA

For almost six years I’ve had the great privilege of being an elected Council Member for the ICAEW Europe and Eurasia constituency. As part of this privilege, I’ve had the honour of attending many of ICAEW’s prestigious events; meeting with outstanding, extremely interesting individuals; obtaining an insight into national and global events, both regarding the economy and game changing initiatives in the World at large.

It is in this context, that the ICAEW Annual Dinner which took place at the end of March in Chartered Accountants’ Hall affected me profoundly with the presentation of the ICAEW Outstanding Achievement Award for 2023 to our ICAEW Member, Richard Ratcliffe FCA. I would go so far as to say it impressed me much more than any other of the many outstanding ICAEW events I had previously attended. The award recognised Richard’s exceptional commitment, sacrifice, and resilience during his political campaign to free his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe following her detention in Iran.

Richard’s wife, Nazanin, was detained in Iran by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard on 3rd April 2016. She was later sentenced to five years imprisonment on an undisclosed national security charge by the Iranian Revolutionary Court.

From the moment she was detained, Richard campaigned tirelessly to bring his wife home and never stopped discussing the £400m debt that the UK owed to Iran from the 1970s. It was eventually repaid, Nazanin was released on 16th March 2022 and she then returned to the UK.

Richard believes that being an accountant and an auditor gave him a way of looking at the world by focusing on the substance of events regardless of their form. Although his campaign for Nazanin’s release was a world away from his day job, the ability to focus with patience on evidence behind different assertions, the ability to navigate an unknown situation, the questions about accountability, and trying to work out what mattered materially were all familiar elements of his accountancy training and experience.

The experience of campaigning was not easy: at times it was tough, at times terrifying but lots of positive things also came out of it. Richard explained this to us with great humility and great sensitivity with these words: “I also experienced real kindness, humanity, care and support from lots of lovely people. I don’t want to forget about the past because there’s lots of good things about those six years and this award is a nice reminder of that. Truth and fairness are powerful anchors for making sense of the world.”

Richard’s campaign lasted for six long and difficult years and finally ended with the return of his wife to her family in the UK. His professional training and experience undoubtedly provided the foundation of this success, but it was constructed over time with the “Support from lots of lovely people”. The role of Communities was, in fact, fundamental and the ICAEW communities both Members and Institutional contributed significantly, as did many other communities and individuals both at home and abroad.

At our annual dinner Richard thanked the ICAEW Community with positive sincerity for all their support.
I would like to thank Richard for the Breath of Fresh Air he provided us with on a cold, damp evening in March.

If you feel as strongly about communities as I do, join and participate in our ICAEW Members in Europe LinkedIn Group.

Julia Seppä ACA

2 days ago (4 April 2023) Finland became the newest member of NATO, while the ECB remains committed to focusing first on inflation, including sharp rises in interest rates.

Our members are as busy as ever and upcoming Easter is a welcome break from hectic days for many of us.

ICAEW has also announced the decision of Michael Izza to retire as a chief executive by end of the year. Winds of change are blowing, not to mention new CPD policy for our members which will come into effect in November 2023.

If you have any questions on it or any other topic, please reach out. And remember to take advantage of open access to Audit and Assurance, Financial Reporting Faculty and all ICAEW Communities!

Q3 2022

Julia Seppä ACA

There is something special in the early leaves drifting from the trees. Autumn reminds me that no matter what we are all allowed a chance to peel and start again. I hope you will check and sign up for European events available in your geography whether to brush up on your technical knowledge or join a member social. ICAEW has also made available all tech content to help members master tech and data by removing paywalls. Make a good use of it! I will be glad to hear from you.

Q2 2022

David Crackett BSc FCA

In uncertain times, grass root communities are of fundamental importance. With over 4,000 members in our ICAEW Europe & Eurasia constituency we have lots of opportunities of strengthening our bonds with fellow Chartered Accountants. KEEP IN TOUCH through our Country Groups, our City Groups, our Contact Members and our LinkedIn Groups.

Julia Seppä ACA

It’s time for a summer slowdown. I hope you can prioritise down time to pause and recharge, spend time outside, reconnect with friends, make time for summer reading, use your vacation days, and take a trip. Perhaps you may also want to refresh the knowledge of what’s available to you as an ICAEW member, so you are better equipped to navigate complexity in today’s world. Check the links in this June newsletter and keep in touch through our country groups, online communities, and LinkedIn groups. Please, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I will be glad to hear from you. Enjoy your summer! 

Q1 2022

David Crackett BSc FCA

Members in our Europe & Eurasia Constituency are facing threats and difficulties unprecedented in most of our lifetimes: After two years of pandemic, we now have war, sanctions, escalating energy prices, and inflation to deal with. 

We must help each other. Strengthen our ICAEW Community. Use all the tools available to us: communicate with your fellow ACAs and FCAs and look for support from caba. Stick together and support each other. 

Julia Seppӓ ACA

I know that many of you have been hoping for a better year filled with social interactions and, perhaps, travelling. I must admit that I was hoping for a great 2022. The year where we focus on sustainable growth and restoration of human connection.

Then Russia attacked Ukraine, and the world has changed. I know this is a difficult time for many ICAEW members, particularly for those who have employees, colleagues, friends and family in Ukraine and Russia. I am no exception to this.

I encourage you to check the links in this newsletter with relevant information on Russia sanctions, as well as on how to support and help your colleagues, friends and family and manage your own wellbeing. I also encourage you to continue helping in any way you can. Little things pave the way to peace. Please, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I will be glad to hear from you.  

Q3 2021

David Crackett BSc FCA

Just 50 years ago I graduated in what is now called Environmental Sciences but decided to train as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. Little did I know that 50 years on, I would be deeply involved, through ICAEW, in environmental issues. My message to younger members is don’t be afraid to flow with the stream, provided you can keep it clean! 

Julia Seppӓ ACA

ICAEW chartered accountants are business leaders, first and foremost. This is why we are well-placed to drive climate action. Don’t wait to get involved in your or your clients’ net zero journeys – or be the conversation starter!    

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