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Southern Newsletter, June 2020

News from the Southern District Society.

June 2020 update

Undoubtedly, 2020 has already proved itself the strangest year in my life to date, and the lives of everyone I know, both professionally and personally. Had the year gone to plan, I would have completed my two-year stint as president of ICAEW Southern at the AGM in May, after a thoroughly enjoyable annual dinner in March and a celebration of 100 years of women in chartered accountancy in April. But neither was to be, and similarly our regular group and CPD meetings, including town group meetings were cancelled until they could be reinstated as virtual meetings.

But that is enough of what hasn’t happened. Over the past 12 weeks much has gone on behind the scenes, thanks to the work of committee members and especially our regional director Bev Waters.

We now have a full programme of virtual activities, to be delivered via our LifeSize account, and a burgeoning set of town groups, meeting virtually. Details of all these are to be found at icaew.com/events.

Contact us: Initial contact for all events, activities and groups is our regional director, Bev Waters, reached via: Beverley.Waters@icaew.com.

AGM

This is now scheduled for 8 September, please put it in your calendar, time flies! While we would like an early evening event in Bournemouth, and this might be possible with the easing of the lockdown on restaurants and pubs, nothing is guaranteed at present except the date. If necessary the AGM will be virtual via the LifeSize account.

Until then I remain president and am also acting honorary secretary, Ashley Milne is deputy president and James Wallis continues as vice president. We have two volunteers up for election as office holders, and are keen to hear from anyone else interested in contributing. We cannot stress too strongly that we need to be quorate on 8 September, with 20 or more attending, so please reserve the date now.

Virtual events

Town Groups: We now have a town group meeting virtually for Basingstoke on 14 July and plans for groups in Salisbury including Andover, Portsmouth & Havant, and Winchester for the Autumn. Emails will be sent to members in those areas inviting them to attend and participate.

Sector Groups: Our charities sector group next meets on 20 July and we are in the process of setting up further groups for some of the main economic sectors in our area. Through August and September we will be holding the initial meetings for airports, school/education/bursars/educational trustees, tourism/hospitality and rural/agriculture. Please contact Bev Waters if you would like to be included in these groups via: Beverley.waters@icaew.com in the first instance, but invites will be circulated to members in these sectors once dates have been set.

Members in business: The meetings James Wallis, Vice President, hosts are continuing via video conferencing. We contact regular attendees with information on how to join in. Others should register their interest with Bev Waters or look on the ICAEW events sections of the website. Upcoming dates include:

There is no charge for all the virtual events mentioned above and just require registration on the ICAEW Events pages.

2021

We are looking to reinstate our Annual Dinner and the Excellent Women event that was to have celebrated 100 years of women in chartered accountancy. Our speakers for these events, human rights and media lawyer Mark Stephens CBE and Bianca Jagger (for our 2020/21 charity) for the dinner, and former RN commander Vee Arden and world speed record and powerboat champion Shelley Jory-Leigh for Excellent Women are all interested in new dates in 2021, but these have yet to be arranged, given present uncertainties.

Local and national support

ICAEW Southern supports members in our area and endeavours to ensure a two-way flow of information between the institute nationally and our region.

In the light of the OECD’s gloomy prognostication for the UK, as likely to be hardest hit by Covid-19 of all the major economies, we would direct members to the coronavirus hub on the ICAEW website (icaew.com/coronavirus) and the ICAEW’s emailed daily and economic insight bulletins.

Martin Cavey
ICAEW Southern President