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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Our Office Holders and Committee

Yvonne Gale (Deputy President), Keith Proudfoot (Immediate Past President) and Chris Soan (President) – officers of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

The Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) is led by a President and supported by a Deputy President, Vice President, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary and other members of the General Committee.

The Office Holders and members of the General Committee are ICAEW members who undertake their role in a voluntary capacity to support their membership body.  They receive no remuneration for the time that they contribute to NorSCA or ICAEW activities.

Northern Society Office Holders

Office Holders serve for a period of one year until the next Annual General Meeting of the society.  Details of the current Office Holders are shown below.

President: Chris Soan FCA
Newcastle University Business School
[email protected]

Chris would like to encourage all members, from across the age-spectrum, not only to support social events and courses, but also to get in-touch with ideas of what they’d like the Northern Society Committee to organise

Chris is a past Chairman of the Tyne & Wear Society of Chartered Accountants.

Deputy President: Yvonne Gale FCA
NEL Fund Managers Limited

Yvonne is Chief Executive Officer of NEL Fund Managers Limited where she is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of all teams within the organisation. Her role involves sourcing funds for management, fund design, achieving maximised returns and impact for investors, and investor relations.

Prior to joining NEL in 2002, Yvonne qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a national accountancy firm and has held senior management positions in several high growth businesses.

Vice President: Professor Richard Slack FCA
Durham University Business School

Dr Richard Slack is a professor in Accounting at Durham University Business School and was head of department of Accounting from 2017 to 2019. Richard joined Durham University in 2012, having previously been Professor in Accounting at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. Richard, an Economics graduate of St Andrews University, had previously worked in the audit department at Price Waterhouse in Newcastle from 1986 to 1992 and is a qualified chartered accountant. Prior to becoming Vice President in May 2021, Richard has been actively involved with the Northern Society, being a long-standing member of the Tyne and Wear branch and served as branch chair in 2015-16.

Honorary Treasurer: Therese McCollam ACA

Honorary Secretary: Joe Walsh ACA
UNW Chartered Accountants


Keith Proudfoot FCA
Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Before becoming President, Keith served as Deputy President of Northern Society from May 2018. Keith has an extensive business support network and until his retirement from ICAEW in December 2017 he was ICAEW Director, Northern & Scotland where his aim was to help grow the local economy knowing this will help members, wherever they work.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @NorSCA_KMP

General Committee

The General Committee supports the running of the society. In addition to the Office Holders the current members and attendees at General Committee meetings include:

Members of the Committee

Andrew Jackson FCA (National Audit Office) – Past President, Northern Society

Nick Lambert FCA  – Past President, Northern Society

Rob Tindle FCA (Tindle’s Chartered Accountants) – ICAEW Council Member for the Northern constituency

Emma Hartshorne-Ferguson ACA (Bell Tindle Williamson LLP) – Chairman, Tyne & Wear Society of Chartered Accountants

Gursharan Singh FCA (Chuhan and Singh Chartered Accountants) – Chairman, Teesside Society of Chartered Accountants

Sophie Graham ACA (Saint & Co, Chartered Accountants) – Chairman, Cumberland Society of Chartered Accountants

Pam Clarke FCA (Clarke’s Chartered Accountants) – Tyne & Wear Courses Chairman

Sam Hill ACA (Clarke’s Chartered Accountants) – Tyne & Wear Courses Deputy Chairman

Geoff Little FCA (Bell Anderson Limited) – ICAEW Practice Committee (IPC) representative

Adam Langman (Metnor Group Ltd) – Business Member representative

Karen Muir (Homes England) – Dinner Secretary

Oliver Deacon (Oliver Deacon Coaching)

Alexandra Gent (FW Capital)

James Richardson (EY)  – Chairman, Northern Chartered Accountant Students’ Society (NCASS)

Attendees at General Committee

James Callaghan, ICAEW Regional Director, Northern

Joanne Lucking, ICAEW Regional Executive, Northern

Lorna Hansell, ICAEW Business Development Manager, Northern and Scotland