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Vote now! ICAEW Council elections 2017 15 April 2017

Vote for one of the two Robs!  ICAEW members across the north east, Teesside, northern Yorkshire and Cumbria now have the chance to vote for their representative to ICAEW Council.

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Voting for your Northern representative has started

Elections will take place for members to join ICAEW Council – the supreme governing body of the Institute charged with holding the remunerated Executive Directors to account.Voting will take place between 11 April and 2 May 2017. Members with a registered address in the Northern constituency (which covers the area of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants) will be invited to vote and ICAEW will contact you directly with details – so look out for your email.

Use your Vote!

Use your vote! Members are encouraged to use their vote to ensure there is a strong voice representing the views of the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants and to help shape the future of your profession.

Read more at icaew.com/councilelections

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Two nominations were received by the closing date and we have invited both candidates to say a few words to Northern Society members and readers of norsca.co.uk

Candidate statements

The following statements have been supplied by the candidates for the readers of NorSCA News.

You can read their official ICAEW candidate statements on the icaew.com website.

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Robert Barrigan BA FCA
Robert R Tindle BA Hons FCA
Is it really only four years since I was first elected as your council member?  It has been an honour to represent such an active and successful Region/District Society.  Inevitably it is only after a while that you really learn the ropes and are at your most effective. That is why I am standing for re-election this time around – I want to continue the job I set out to do before I finally retire in a few years’ time and hand over the reins to someone else. I have absolutely no intention of hanging on and on – ICAEW needs to refresh itself on an ongoing basis and only serving a small number of terms as Council member is for me very much part of that process.

So what have I done to date and what do I intend to do?

Part of the role is representational and I have of course often raised specific concerns on behalf of individual members or firms directly with the Executive. I also strongly believe in both resisting initiatives by the “Centre” to control all matters ICAEW and in Council holding the Executive and Officers firmly to account. I have spoken out and voted in Council against a number of such initiatives – indeed we on Council have in my time specifically rejected a number of proposals from the ICAEW Executive and Board. The recently imposed Regional Reorganisation is another example – it was not even mentioned (let alone debated) at Council – I fail to see how having only one Regional Director for the area from The Wash to Shetland can possibly be in the interests of my constituents and important points of Governance are at stake. I have already made sure that these will be debated in Council.
At its simplest, the Centre needs to remember that it is responsible to Members and not the other way round. I would very much welcome receiving your vote to enable me to continue pushing this message.

Rob Barrigan
ICAEW Council Election Candidate
rob@rob-barrigan.co.uk

Twitter: @Rob_Barrigan

Finding Solace
When you become Past President as I did last summer, I was not expecting the sheer desolation and profound loneliness that comes with the role.One minute you are making important decisions (white or red wine?) and being called “Mr President”; you are copied into the full vibrant mass of communications between Keith, Joanne, Branches and committees not to mention our communications Tsar.

Then.  Nothing.
No one calls me.  No one e-mails me.  I’m ignored.  I go to the occasional event, (when invited), to find that I’m no longer President but “Past it”, a phrase delivered with a strange grimace and a shade too much irony.
I did expect it.  Sort of.  And solace found as I embarked on a Trans Siberian Rail Trip (Darlington to Beijing via Moscow and Mongolia) with my daughter immediately after my denouncement.   (See my Blog.)

Hey Ho!
Then. Out of the blue I’m asked, “Tindle will you stand as Council Member?  The Institute is fiddling with our Regional Director and threatening Northern Society courses.  We need someone to fight our corner.”

How can I not step up to the plate (sorry, Americanism).  I find my finest quill, dig out my most accurate abacus; and pack fresh underwear.

Dusting down my NorSCA “Past” President and Treasurers badges; I check my ICAEW Committee credentials and apply for a short leave of absence from my Practice.  (A reprieve from Auditing Standards, FRS102, worrying about MTD or advising clients how to stay out of the taxing “clarts”).

Mandate offered?
To be a strong and articulate advocate for Northern Society in Council; protecting, arguing for and promoting the best interests of members in the North.

I know from close experience over many years that we have a very special but precious members organisation in NorSCA.  Help protect it.  VOTE TINDLE.

Rob Tindle
ICAEW Council Election Candidate
rob.tindle@tindles.co.uk

Twitter: @rob_tindle

Polls close Tuesday 2 May 2017

You can vote online until Tuesday 2 May 2017 at 12noon BST.

How to vote?

Voting takes place through a secure website.

Each ICAEW member with a registered address in the Northern constituency is entitled to vote (The Northern England constituency covers the same area as the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants – North East England, Teesside, northern Yorkshire and Cumbria).

You should have received an email from a sender called “ICAEW Chief Executive” (the email title was “ICAEW Council elections 2017 – Vote now”) and contained within your email was a voting link button that when clicked will take you to the secure voting page.

If you have not received the email you need to contact the ICAEW Members Information Team in Milton Keynes on 01908 248250.

About Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants represents 4,000 ICAEW members and ACA students working in business and the finance profession across the North East of England, Teesside, Northern Yorkshire and Cumbria.

We have been assisting businesses in the north of England and producing chartered accountants for over 130 years.

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