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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Northern Society Awards winners

Congratulations once again to the finalists and winners in the Northern Society Awards which were presented at our dinner.

Our awards recognise not only those who attained first place in the ICAEW exams in the calendar year 2017 (our Order of Merit Awards) but also those who demonstrated an exceptional contribution to their firm or wider general community through their professionalism, acumen or teamwork (Northern Society Presidents’ Awards).

You can read more background about the different Northern Society awards on this website.

2018 winners

The winners were:

Order of Merit awards

Northern Society Order of Merit Professional Stage Student of the Year – Khadija Hayat, PwC and Christopher Rome, Armstrong Watson

Northern Society Order of Merit Advanced Stage Student of the Year – Jennifer Armstrong, EY

Presidents’ awards

Northern Society Presidents’ Award Professional Stage – Benjamin Stern, National Audit Office

Northern Society Presidents’ Award Advanced Stage – Ross Jackson, Armstrong Watson

Congratulations all finalists and winners for your contributions as ICAEW Chartered Accountants in connecting communities.

About Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) 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.

About ICAEW

There are over 1.7m chartered accountants around the world – talented, ethical and committed professionals who use their expertise to ensure we have a successful and sustainable future.

Over 149,000 of these are ICAEW Chartered Accountants. We train, develop and support each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair.

We’ve been at the heart of the accountancy profession since we were founded in 1880 to ensure trust in business. We share our knowledge and insight with governments, regulators and business leaders worldwide as we believe accountancy is a force for positive economic change across the world.

ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) is a founder member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the Global Accounting Alliance.

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Northern Society Business and Awards Dinner with Jo Caulfield

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants Business and Awards Dinner will be on Friday 11 October 2019.

Join Keith Proudfoot, President of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants, fellow Northern Society members and their guests for an inspiring talk by our keynote speaker Jo Caulfield.

Our Business and Awards Dinner will be held on Friday 11 October 2019 in the Banqueting Hall, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne from 6.45pm until late to allow for informal networking after the meal.

Event information

Our principal guest speakers this year will be Jo Caulfield and ICAEW President Fiona Wilkinson.

During the course of the evening we will raise funds in support of Macmillan Cancer support.

Event information

Why you should attend:

  • meet fellow ICAEW members, their guests and ICAEW staff – it’s a great chance to network
  • meet ACA students and celebrate their exam successes and achievements
  • Order of Merit, Presidents Awards will be announced
  • we will raise funds in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Recognition awards will be presented to:

  • Order of Merit Advanced Stage ICAEW exams – highest scoring student of the year
  • Order of Merit Professional Stage ICAEW exams – highest scoring student of the year
  • The Presidents’ Award

Pre-dinner drinks 18:45, Dinner 19:30.

Dress Code: Black Tie/Posh frocks

Special message for sole practitioners and members in business:
Again we will be hosting tables exclusively for Members in Practice and Members in Business allowing the opportunity to be seated with fellow chartered accountants.
If you think that this would be applicable to you then please contact Joanne Lucking to discuss this further.

Programme
Time Description
18:45 Drinks reception
19:30 Guests take their seats
Dinner
Awards Ceremony
Charity raffle
Keynote speaker
Followed by networking
01:30 Carriages
Cost
Rate Cost
Early bird (Expires 30 August 2019) £58.33 + VAT
Standard rate £62.50 + VAT
Retired/younger members (under 35)/Students/Past Presidents* £41.67 + VAT
   

*Please email the Events information team at events@icaew.com confirming which discount would need to be applied to your booking. We will apply the discount for you and place in your online basket so that you can proceed to book online.

Speaker – Jo Caulfield

Jo Caulfield is a stand-up comedian, host, and comedy writer. She has worked on some of the biggest shows, and with some of the biggest names, in British comedy.

Not only has Jo been the regular warm-up performer for Have I Got News For You for many years, she has appeared as a guest on the show, as well as on Mock The Week and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Jo has also appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

On Radio 4, Jo has her own acclaimed shows, It’s That Jo Caulfield Again and Jo Caulfield Won’t Shut Up, as well as regularly appearing on shows including The News Quiz, The Now Show, and The Unbelievable Truth. She has written for Ruby Wax, Joan Rivers, Ant and Dec, and Graham Norton, who said of Jo, ‘I never knew I could like a woman so much’.

Charity

Helping everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can.

We provide practical, medical and financial support, and campaign for change.

At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So we’ll help you find your best way through. From advice about money and work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, we’re here when you need us most. Read more at Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

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Munro Walk – Mount Keen

Join us and ICAEW Members in Scotland for a social walk to the Munro summit of Mount Keen in Glen Esk in Angus.

Description

This year our guided Munro Walk, to which all IMS (ICAEW Members in Scotland) members as well as family and friends are welcome, will ascend the Munro summit of Mount Keen in Glen Esk in Angus. Mount Keen is Scotland’s most easterly Munro. It is situated in the eastern Cairngorms, and gives excellent walking with wide panoramic views (weather permitting!).

Cost
Rate Cost
Price No Charge
Guide

Aruthur Custance
Arthur Custance is an ICAEW member who was a partner with Armstrong Watson in Carlisle before retiring from full-time practice and moving north to Kinlochleven. Arthur now has more time to pursue his passion for walking. He has been a keen walker since he was a teenager, and has climbed all the Munros and Corbetts in Scotland as well as all the Wainwright summits in the English Lake District.

Directions to starting point

From all directions other than from Inverness or Aberdeen the best way is to proceed to Perth and then follow the A90 road as far as Brechin. The A90 bypasses Brechin. At the far end of the bypass leave the A90 and take the B966 road and follow this through Edzell. About one mile beyond Edzell the road crosses a bridge over the River North Esk. About 200 yards beyond the bridge take the road on the left signed “Tarfside” and “Invermark”. Follow this road for fifteen miles to the car park near the end of the public road.

If travelling from Inverness take the A9 south as far as Dunkeld. Here take the A923 to Blairgowrie and here join the A926 and follow this through Kirriemuir to its junction with the A90. Directions thereafter as above.

If travelling from Aberdeen take the A90 south as far as Brechin and here take the B966. Directions thereafter as above.

When arriving at the start please introduce yourself to Arthur Custance, who will be leading the walk. For those who do not know him he will be driving a blue Volkswagen Passat.

Accomodation

Anyone wishing to stay at the Glenesk Hotel can make a booking direct with them (phone +44 (0)1356 647 333). There are also a number of b & bs in Edzell: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/edzell-p241451

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Return to work with confidence – CABA

Gain practical tips to boost your confidence and develop the skills to make returning to work a smooth process.

Return to work with confidence – a wellbeing and personal development workshop

Audience: practice / business

Duration: 3 hours

Having a break from working life can leave you feeling you lack the confidence to return to work. Your own thought patterns and feelings of fear and anxiety can make the process even more difficult. This workshop will help you overcome these challenges. With a focus on overcoming negative thinking and practical tips to boost your confidence, you will develop the skills to make returning to work a smooth process.

Key outcomes

  • Explore the thoughts and feelings experienced when returning to work after a period of absence
  • Know how to deal with negative thoughts
  • Identify some strategies of how to minimise fears and manage anxiety
  • Recognise the importance of acknowledging yourself and what you have to build self-esteem and confidence

Suitable for

Anyone who has had a career break for any reason and would like to build their confidence to help them return to work.

Price

This workshop is free for ICAEW members.

Please note: registration starts 30 minutes earlier than the start time listed.

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NEYCAG: Women in Finance

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day.

To celebrate International Women’s day NEYCAG will be hosting an event with inspirational speakers to talk about their careers in the profession and how they have used the ACA to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

Event information

We will also hear from the IoD North East Chair on building your confidence in the work place.

Cost
Rate Cost
ICAEW Member No Charge
Student No Charge

Please note: This event is open to younger members up to 10 year qualified and students.

Programme
Time Session
18:00 Networking and buffet
18:30 Welcome and CABA update
18:40 Dr Yvonne Gale, NEL Fund Managers – How the ACA has helped her career to date
18:55 Dr Joanna Berry, Durham University – confidence building
19:10 Speaker TBC
19:20 Q&A
19:30 Close
Speakers

Yvonne Gale
NEL Fund Managers are an economic development impact investor committed to growing the North East economy by investing in growing local small businesses.
Yvonne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate Member of the Institute of Economic Development. She holds a DBA, MBA, IOD Diploma in Company Direction and is an FCA approved person. Dr Gale’s area of research is investment decision making. She is also a member of the Advisory and Decision Committee for the UAE Ministry of Finance-backed, Mohammed bin Rashid AED 2 billion Innovation Fund.
Prior to joining NEL, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with BDO Binder Hamlyn and has held senior management positions in several high growth businesses. She brings a wealth of experience of working with growing businesses.

Joanna Berry
Joanna was born and brought up in Hartlepool, NorthEast England. Her academic experience runs from her Oxford University law degree (1985) to her MBA and PhD from Newcastle University. Her MBA focused on the impact of broadband connectivity on the TV industry, and her PhD took this one step further, using her creation and management of a London-based record label as a lens through which to assess the impact of digital technologies on the music industry’s business models and value chains.
Joanna is Regional Chair for the Institute of Directors and Board member of the Social Acumen Community Trust, where she focuses on community businesses and social enterprise. She is Board member for the NorthEast LEP “ScaleUp NorthEast” programme, where she is advising companies across the NorthEast LEP geography and in most industrial sectors, to help them scale and succeed.
Her professional experience encompasses law (mostly company and contract, practiced in South Africa from 1985 to 1987) but also science, creativity and technology. Joanna has undertaken a variety of international business development roles in marketing, advertising and publishing. Roles include Manager of Europe and East Asia for the World Economic Forum and international PR manager for Mobil 1 Motorsport with McLaren.
Joanna has founded, bought and run a variety of digital and creative companies, and continues her personal and practical involvement with new venture start-ups. Her current research and teaching interests encompass innovation, entrepreneurship, big data, ageing and health and the digital/creative industries. She places a particular emphasis on supporting the ‘women in STEM’ agenda in a variety of ways. She works closely with the Assistant Dean of External Relations and undertakes a wide variety of public and media activities, writing regular columns for NorthEast business paper The Journal and presenting a variety of insight activities with regionally-based businesses including Kromek, Ford Aerospace, Aston Martin, Barbour and intu MetroCentre.

 

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Finalists for Northern Society Awards 2018 announced

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants is delighted to announce the finalists of the Northern Society Awards 2018.

The awards will be presented at the Northern Society Business and Awards Dinner on Friday 12 October 2018 in Newcastle.

Order of Merit Awards

We will continue to recognise the academic success of our students who achieved first place in their ICAEW exams (the Northern Society Order of Merit Award) which has been awarded for many years and we will also present the Presidents’ Awards.

Presidents’ Awards

The Presidents’ Awards will be awarded to one student at Professional Stage and one student at Advanced Stage who have demonstrated both:-

a) Academic excellence, by finishing in the top 20 of highest overall marks in the Northern Society Order of Merit; and

b) Made an exceptional contribution to their firm/organisation by their professionalism, business acumen, teamwork or to the Northern Society or wider general community.

The Qualified Person Responsible for Training (QPRT) at the relevant firm was invited to submit a written citation in support for all ACA students at their firm who had a registered address in the Northern Society area who finished in a top 20 position at Professional Stage or Advanced Stage in the 2017 calendar year exams.

These were considered by a Judging Panel consisting of the President of Northern Society, the Immediate Past President of Northern Society and an independent member being the President of Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society who agreed on the finalists.

Congratulations to all the finalists on your success.

The winners will be announced at the Northern Society Business and Awards Dinner on Friday 12 October 2018.

You can book your tickets for the dinner if you have not already done so.

Presidents’ Awards Advanced Stage – Shortlisted finalists

Bryan Gillingham – National Audit Office
James Ellis – Kenneth Easby & Co.
Khadija Hayat – PwC
Terri Robertson – Deloitte
Ross Jackson – Armstrong Watson

Presidents’ Awards Professional Stage – Shortlisted finalists

Gemma Johnston – Deloitte
Lewis Dickinson – Dodd & Co
Jamie Dobson – Dodd & Co
Sarah Gardner – King Hope
Laura Atherton – National Audit Office
Benjamin Stern – National Audit Office

Read more about the Northern Society Awards

About Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) 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.

About ICAEW

There are over 1.7m chartered accountants around the world – talented, ethical and committed professionals who use their expertise to ensure we have a successful and sustainable future.

Over 149,000 of these are ICAEW Chartered Accountants. We train, develop and support each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair.

We’ve been at the heart of the accountancy profession since we were founded in 1880 to ensure trust in business. We share our knowledge and insight with governments, regulators and business leaders worldwide as we believe accountancy is a force for positive economic change across the world.

ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) is a founder member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the Global Accounting Alliance.

 

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Northern Society Business and Awards Dinner with Alan Johnson

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants Business and Awards Dinner will be on Friday 12 October 2018.

Join Alan Johnston, President of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants, fellow Northern Society members and their guests for an inspiring talk by our keynote speaker Rt Hon Alan Johnson.

Our Business and Awards Dinner will be held on Friday 12 October 2018 in the Banqueting Hall, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne from 6.45pm until late to allow for informal networking after the meal.

Our principal guest speakers this year will be ex-postman, union leader, Home Secretary and (for a brief period) Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson and ICAEW President Paul Aplin.

During the course of the evening we will raise funds in support of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland. Your donation will be kindly funds matched by Barclays Business.

Event information

Why you should attend:

  • meet fellow ICAEW members, their guests and ICAEW staff – it’s a great chance to network
  • meet ACA students and celebrate their exam successes and achievements
  • Order of Merit, Presidents Awards will be announced
  • we will raise funds in support of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland. All monies raised will be match funded by Barclays Business

Recognition awards will be presented to:

  • Order of Merit Advanced Stage ICAEW exams – highest scoring student of the year
  • Order of Merit Professional Stage ICAEW exams – highest scoring student of the year
  • The Presidents’ Award

Pre-dinner drinks 18:45, Dinner 19:30.

Dress Code: Black Tie/Posh frocks

Special message for sole practitioners and members in business:
Again we will be hosting tables exclusively for Members in Practice and Members in Business allowing the opportunity to be seated with fellow chartered accountants.
If you think that this would be applicable to you then please contact Joanne Lucking to discuss this further.

Cost
Rate Cost
Price £66.67 + VAT
Earlybird price (bookings before 31 August 2018) £58.33 + VAT
Retired/younger members (under 35) * £37.50 + VAT
Sole practitioners / Business member rate* £54.16 + VAT
DS Presidents* £0.00 

*Please email the Events information team events@icaew.com confirming which discount would need to be applied to your booking. We will apply the discount for you and place in your online basket so that you can proceed to book online. 

Programme
Time Description
18:45 Drinks reception
19:30 Guests take their seats
Dinner
Awards Ceremony
Charity balloon pop
Keynote speaker
Followed by networking
01:30 Carriages
Speakers
Rt Hon Alan Johnson

Orphaned at 12, Alan Johnson started his working life stacking shelves at Tesco. He then became a postman and union official before rising through the New Labour ranks to hold one of the great offices of state as Home Secretary. But despite his meteoric success he does still have one regret – that his early ambition to become a pop star will (probably) never come to fruition.

After serving as General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union, Alan entered Parliament in the 1997 landslide as MP for Hull West and Hessle. He soon climbed the junior ministerial ladder, with a series of portfolios from competitiveness and employment relations to higher and further education – despite having left school at the age of 15.

Seven years after entering parliament Alan was brought into Cabinet as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In less than a year he was promoted to Trade and Industry and then Education and Skills, before Gordon Brown became Prime Minister and moved him to Health. He stayed at the helm of Labour’s flagship department for two years, before taking over from Jacqui Smith at the Home Office where he remained for the rest of the Labour term of office.

Alan has served as a Director of Unity Trust Bank, on Labour’s National Executive Committee and on the Council of the TUC and of Ruskin College, Oxford. After 20 years as an MP, Alan stepped down from Parliamentary life, but remains an active voice in Labour politics, and on Brexit and electoral reform. He is a regular in the media, often appearing on the This Week sofa and even fronting his own programme on Radio 4, Alan Johnson: Failed Rock Star.

His moving, entertaining and passionate memoir This Boy won the prestigious Orwell Prize for non-fiction, and its sequels Please, Mr Postman and The Long and Winding Road were equally acclaimed.

Paul Aplin

Paul Aplin, President of ICAEW joined A C Mole & Sons with an honours degree in biology and chemistry in 1980. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985; a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1989 and became the firm’s first tax partner in 1992.

He has served as Chairman ICAEW Tax Faculty and until May 2016 chaired its Technical Committee. He writes for various tax and accountancy journals and is regularly quoted on tax issues in the national press. He is a member of the Tax Journal editorial board. Paul acts for a wide range of personal and company tax clients.

Paul was named Tax Personality of the Year in the 2007 UK Tax Awards for the part he played in persuading the government to reverse its decision to shorten the tax return filing deadline. He received the Outstanding Industry Contribution award in the 2013 British Accountancy Awards and was listed as 7th in the Accountancy Age 2014 “Financial Power List” of people who influence tax and financial policy in the UK.

He was appointed OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2009 for public service and services to the accountancy profession.

Away from the office he is a keen hill walker and climber, with a 21,000′ Himalayan and many high Alpine peaks to his credit; his other interests include photography (he is a licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society), keeping ducks and walking his border collie.

Charity

Hospice Care is not just about buildings or services; it is a philosophy that places the patient, family and carers at the heart of care. It can be provided in hospitals, hospices and the community which may include the patient’s own home, residential care or anywhere the patient considers home.

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland (Hospice at Home) provides high quality care and support for adults who have palliative and end of life care needs, and also for their families and carers. Hospice at Home supports and cares for patients and carers, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, partners and friends.

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Northern Society and ICAEW sponsor Accountancy Firm of the Year 2018 award

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) and ICAEW are pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring the Accountancy Firm of the Year (over 200 employees) Award at the North East Accountancy Awards 2018.

We have supported the North East Accountancy Awards for the last 12 years and we are delighted to continue to help recognise the success of the business and finance profession in the North East.

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Hear what Keith Proudfoot, former ICAEW Director, Northern and Scotland has to say about the North East Accountancy Awards in the short video above.

Keith’s work was recognised at the 2015 North East Accountancy Awards when he won the Unsung Hero Award for the ongoing volunteeting support he has provided Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust where he has been a Trustee and Northern Stage (Theatrical Productions) Limited where he has been a board member. Keith retired from ICAEW in December 2017 and he is now Deputy President of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants.

To enter the Accountancy Firm of the Year category a firm must have an office with an employee count of over 200, which has enjoyed an exceptional year and can demonstrate outstanding achievements. The judges will be looking at a number of areas including growth, innovation, client service and CSR.  Full details are included on the North East Accountancy Awards website.

The awards dinner will be held on Thursday 28 June 2018 at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead.

Last years 11th annual North East Accountancy Awards were presented at a dinner held on 29 June 2017 and ICAEW Chartered Accountants celebrated the success of fellow north east finance professionals in a glittering evening that was hosted by Nadine Dereza.

The event, which involved close co-operation from CIMA, AAT, CIPFA, ACCA, CIOT as well as ICAEW was attended by 400 people.

Keith Proudfoot, former ICAEW Director Northern & Scotland, presented the Accountancy Firm of the Year Award 2017 to KPMG.

The North East Accountancy Awards recognise excellence within the fields of finance, accounting and tax from all industry sectors operating within the North East. They are supported by all the major accountancy institutes, and Northern Society of Chartered Accountants and ICAEW have been pleased to support the awards since their inception and by being category sponsor of Accountancy Firm of the Year 2018. You can read more at accountancyawards.co.uk

About Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) 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.

About ICAEW

There are over 1.7m chartered accountants around the world – talented, ethical and committed professionals who use their expertise to ensure we have a successful and sustainable future.

Over 149,000 of these are ICAEW Chartered Accountants. We train, develop and support each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair.

We’ve been at the heart of the accountancy profession since we were founded in 1880 to ensure trust in business. We share our knowledge and insight with governments, regulators and business leaders worldwide as we believe accountancy is a force for positive economic change across the world.

ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) is a founder member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the Global Accounting Alliance.

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Newcastle International Airport ‘behind the scenes’

It was not a ‘typical’ Thursday afternoon for those who attended a recent ‘Behind the Scenes Airport Tour’ to Newcastle International Airport arranged by the Tyne and Wear Society of Chartered Accountants.

A group of 12 enjoyed a bespoke tour of certain areas of Newcastle International Airport.

The group were escorted airside across the airfield to the airport fire station for a tour and demonstration of the firefighters tackling a fire.

The group could look around the fire engines used at the airport and also had an opportunity to see the new snow plough that the airport had recently purchased in time for the forecasted bad weather.

Our visit was before the recent snowfall and the ‘Beast from the East’ winds from Siberia where the snow ploughs were used to good effect to clear the runway at the airport.

The tour finished with a presentation in the Airport Boardroom where a video about the airport was played and future developments were discussed. The group were then invited to ask any questions they might have including those about potential future routes and why other routes had been cancelled from the airport schedule.

The Tyne and Wear Society of Chartered Accountants Committee would like to thank Graeme Mason – Planning & Corporate Affairs Director, Mark Hunt – CFO, and Leon McQuaid – Aviation Development Manager for their help and assistance running this event.

The event provided our members with a great opportunity to learn more about the key role Newcastle International Airport plays in supporting the region’s economy by providing important transport links from the north east to key locations around the world.

About Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle International Airport is run as a Public Private Partnership between seven local authorities in the North East region and AMP Capital who each have a 51% and 49% shareholding respectively of the company.

The airport first opened in 1935. Newcastle International Airport is now the largest airport in the North East. It is a jobs generator, supporting 3,450 jobs on site and a further 15,425 across the region. The airport serves a catchment area of the North East, South Scotland, Cumbria, and North Yorkshire and contributes £1.16 billion into the regional economy every year.

The airport serves 80 destinations and 4.8 million passengers thravelled through the airport in 2016. Read more facts about Newcastle International Airport on the airport website.

About Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Tyne and Wear Society of Chartered Accountants is a branch of 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.

Members of the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants are ICAEW Chartered Accountants. ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports more than 147,000 members worldwide.

As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. Together we contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world.

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Karen’s new year message to members

The following is an extract from Karen Muir’s new year message to members as published in NorSCA News. Karen is President of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants.

Karen Muir, President of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

My year as President seems to be racing by, I am just over half way through and I am really enjoying my term of office.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Northern Society Business and Awards Dinner in October. I hope you all enjoyed it, especially our guest speaker Steph McGovern.

DSOH Conference

I attended the District Society Office Holders’ Conference in September where ICAEW outlined their current priorities.

 

These include:-
Brexit – where the ICAEW is looking at ways of promoting trade and investment, supporting best international practice, reducing uncertainty and providing support to members and students;
VAT simplification – how can the regulatory burden for members and the businesses they advise be reduced;
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – compliance with new rules when they come into force in May 2018. Members need to evaluate whether their existing practices and procedures (and those of their clients) will meet the new standards and plan how they will address any shortcomings. There is a lot of useful information and guidance on the ICAEW website to help members prepare for this.

There is currently a Members Working Party looking at District Societies and their role in the 21st Century and how they can work more collaboratively with the ICAEW to help deliver services to members. A large part of the conference included breakout sessions where these issues were discussed with fellow office holders and the results fed back to Fiona Wilkinson (ICAEW Vice President) who is leading on this work.

There is a further DSOH conference in February where hopefully we will be brought up to date with the results of the review the Members Working Party is undertaking.

Wide range of events across Northern Society

One thing I have discovered whilst attending conferences and events with my fellow District Society Presidents is that the Northern Society is one of the more active societies in the country engaging with local members through all stages of their professional lives.

This is due to all the volunteers and members of the various committees across our region, from the students’ societies and branch committees to the retired members group.

We are always looking for ways in which we can support our members so please don’t hesitate to contact any of the officers of NorSCA and the various committees if there is something you would like to see us organise in your area.

ICAEW Director retires, we await ICAEW announcing replacement

Finally, after 17 years, our ICAEW Regional Director Keith Proudfoot retired at the end of the year.

The recruitment process for his replacement is underway but I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank him for all of the work he has done for Northern Society, our members and our business communities over the years.

I am also delighted that Keith has assumed the office of Vice President of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants. Welcome to the NorSCA Presidential Team Keith!

Karen Muir
President

About Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) 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.

Members of the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants are ICAEW Chartered Accountants. ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports more than 147,000 members worldwide.

As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. Together we contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world.

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News

Northern Society Awards winners

Northern Society Awards winners

1 February 2019

Congratulations once again to the finalists and...

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Message from the President

Message from the President

1 February 2019

As all of my predecessors told me...

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Redworth conference – 25 years of Quality CPD

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9 January 2019

When it comes to CPD that counts,...

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Redworth 2019: 25th Anniversary Conference for General Practitioners

Redworth 2019: 25th Anniversary Conference for General Practitioners

1 March 2019

Join us for our annual conference for...

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Tyne and  Wear Sole Practitioners’ Lunch – March – Practical Tax

Tyne and Wear Sole Practitioners’ Lunch – March – Practical Tax

6 March 2019

Join us for our monthly Tyne and...

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NEYCAG: Women in Finance

NEYCAG: Women in Finance

7 March 2019

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day....

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