London President’s letter to local members
Vicky Andrew, the newly appointed President of the London Society of Chartered Accountants, outlines her aims for the year and encourages local members to reach out.
It is a huge honour to take on the role of President of the London Society of Chartered Accountants.
It is becoming a cliché to say that we are living in unprecedented times, but I can think of no better description for the circumstances in which we now find ourselves. When I first became aware that I would be taking on this role, I had a very different vision to what has turned out to be the reality.
2020-2021 is significant for our society, as it marks the 150th Anniversary of representing Chartered Accountants in London. There are plans to celebrate this in due course. We await guidance from the Government and ICAEW as to when that will happen, and what form it will take. In the meantime, I have been exploring the possibility of a souvenir publication to mark the occasion.
I have found that the role of LSCA President has involved a great deal of preparation and planning – even before taking office! I would like to acknowledge the support, advice and mentoring I have received from recent past Presidents: Krutsna, Angus, Malcolm, Helen, and especially Nathan.
Our Regional Office team play a huge role in supporting the President and various committees, and I would like to thank Harpreet, Veronica and the rest of their team for their help and support. The senior office holders in London are also supported by ICAEW nationally through Melanie Christie and her Regional Operations team.
“Diversity of thought; diversity of sector”
If I am going to have a snappy catchphrase for the forthcoming year (and I am not sure that I am) it will be “Diversity of thought; diversity of sector.” This is about so much more than just ticking boxes. I have noticed how committees and boards are enriched by having individuals from different backgrounds who bring different perspectives to the table.
I am also determined to send out a message that LSCA is a “big tent” which exists to serve all our current and future members, whatever the size of their organisation, and regardless of whether they are in practice, in business, in the not-for-profit sector, or retired.
The LSCA’s Main Committee meetings will focus on engaging with issues which Chartered Accountants are facing in London. In line with the themes highlighted by the new ICAEW President David Matthews, we will be considering:
- Post pandemic reset & recovery
- Climate change and sustainability
- Future of audit/audit reform
Over to you
Increasing member engagement is a challenge faced by all our active members and volunteers. In this respect, I believe that the pandemic has had at least one positive outcome; for the time being our courses are being planned and delivered at a national level, online, and initial figures indicate that attendance overall has increased.
With this in mind, I would like to highlight my intention to increase virtual channels of communication with our members. As well as contributing a monthly article to London Accountant in my capacity as President, I will post weekly on LinkedIn on the ICAEW London and ICAEW Younger Members London groups. Finally, there is an email address firstname.lastname@example.org and I encourage you to use it.
I am very aware that for the time being I cannot get out and about to meet our members. Therefore, I urge you to contact me instead: what do you like about what we are doing? What could we do better? Any other feedback – it will all be welcome.
Over to you!