High-risk decision lessons at Annual Dinner
Behaviour, systems, culture, leadership, inclusion and high-risk decision-making were all on the table when 140 members and guests met last month for the London Society of Chartered Accountants 2019 Annual Dinner.
The evening, held at the Royal College of Physicians, began with a sparkling wine reception in the Dorchester Library before proceeding into the Ostler and Long Rooms for a three-course meal.
LSCA President Helen Brennan opened formal proceedings at the last event of her presidential year, remarking on how the role of diversity and inclusion leads to a culture of challenge and openness in the profession. This, she noted, was particularly relevant at a time of intense scrutiny of auditors.
Newly instated ICAEW President Fiona Wilkinson continued the theme by reflecting on the significance of the centenary of the admission of the first woman – Mary Harris Smith – to membership of ICAEW. Harris Smith applied several times to join ICAEW and was turned down, finally becoming a member in May 1920, at the age of 76.
Fiona also congratulated Helen on her appointment as Chair of ICAEW’s Diversity Advisory Group. Fiona went on to present prizes to some of the highest scoring candidates in ICAEW’s professional exams in the London area.
After a dinner of goat’s cheesecake, duck and Eton Mess, guest speaker Martin Bromiley gave a presentation on “Lessons from organisations and people at the extremes”. This included Martin’s own experience of the loss of his first wife due avoidable medical errors, his initiation of an investigation into those errors and his founding of the Clinical Human Factors Group.
The speech was profoundly touching in parts and dealt with serious matters, but was full of humour and positive energy.
The formal part of the evening ended with a prize draw for a magnum of champagne. Many guests continued to network over drinks in the Dorchester Library until close to midnight.
The dinner raised £1,000 to support the work of the Clinical Human Factors Group. Donations can also be made online.
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