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Northern Chartered Accountant Students' Society

Supporting northern ACA students

Committee Members

The members of the NCASS Committee are set out below.

NCASS secondaryNCASS – Northern Chartered Accountant Students’ Society

Coverage: NCASS arranges events for ACA students in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham, northern Yorkshire, the former county of Cleveland and Cumbria.

Therese McCollam

Chair: Therese McCollam
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Therese graduated from Newcastle University in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. She then went on to work as an analyst in an investment firm in Newcastle and began her ACA qualification with the National Audit Office in September 2015. After qualifying in 2018, she went on to work in practise with KPMG where she is currently an Assistant Audit Manager.

Having held the roles of Honorary Secretary and Vice Chair of the NCASS committee in the last few years, Therese is excited to take on the role of Chair this year and is very keen to encourage students across the North East to take part in the social events organised by NCASS and make the most of the available networking opportunities.

In her spare time, Therese enjoys music and attends as many gigs as possible. She also loves netball and plays for a club in the Tyne and Wear netball league.

James Richardson

Vice Chair: James Richardson
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James is entering his further year at EY working in Corporate Audit. Originally from the area, James attended Newcastle University, studying Mathematics and Statistics. James graduated in July 2016, joining EY in the September having previously completed the summer internship.

This is his fourth year on the committee after holding the role of Inter-Professional Representative for the previous two committees. James is keen to ensure that students from across the region are able to develop their networks and professional skills through the events hosted by NCASS.

Abby BarnesHonorary Treasurer: Abby Barnes
Bailey Group Chartered Accountants
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Abby has recently moved from RSM to Bailey Group to continue as an ICAEW trainee. This is her second year on the NCASS Committee. Abby has enjoyed representing the committee at events such as the (very successful!) PQ awards and looks forward to taking on her new role as Honorary Treasurer.

Sam HutsonHonorary Secretary: Sam Hutson
Colin Hutson Accounting Limited
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Sam studied Accounting, Business Finance and Management at York University, graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2011, and then obtained an MSc in Management from Teesside University in 2012 and the Certificate in Finance Accounting and Business in 2013 from Newcastle University.

He then joined his family’s firm of chartered accountants shortly after the company opened for business in September 2013 where he continues to study for his ACA.

Sam hopes to encourage greater involvement in NCASS from Teesside students by organising more easily accessible events in the area. He has recently become a member of Northallerton and District Round Table and takes a keen interest in cricket (and sometimes plays) and football.

Mick JeffreyPresident: Mick Jeffrey
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Mick has spent 23 years at PwC, qualifying in 1999 and becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. He has lead audits for the past 13 years and leads on all people related matters for PwC locally.  Mick has twice been Chairman of the Tyne & Wear branch of the ICAEW and he is currently Secretary to the General Committee of the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) as well as being President of NCASS.

Gregory BarnettISC Representative: Gregory Barnett
RSM Internal Audit
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Gregory studied Mathematics at Manchester Metropolitan University before undertaking an ACA training contract with TMD Friction. In the past year, Gregory moved from TMD Friction to RSM to work in their Internal Audit department.

When not writing autobiographical blurbs for the NCASS website, Gregory plays Snooker and Pool to varying degrees of success and reads voraciously.

Sam HutsonTeesside Representative: Sam Hutson
Colin Hutson Accounting Limited
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Sam has also held the role of Teesside Representative for a number of years and continues to promote the Society and its events to trainees in the Teesside and Northern Yorkshire regions.

Tom CosbyInter-professional Representative: Tom Cosby
Ryecroft Glenton
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Tom is a training to become a Chartered Accountant with a view to entering the wealth management industry upon completion of my combined ACA/CTA qualification. Tom has recently graduated from Newcastle University, holding a First Class degree in Accounting and Finance. Currently working within a highly successful corporate finance team lead by Carl Swansbury, his main business is M&A with a focus on transactions within the staffing sector. 

Rich TiffanyCommunications Officer: Rich Tiffany
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Rich studied Software Engineering at Durham University before being employed as a Project Manager working on the technical production of live events for 5 years.  In January 2013, he joined RSM (then Baker Tilly) in their audit department whilst studying towards the AAT and has recently completed his ACA qualification.  In June 2018, Rich joined KPMG’s audit department.  This is his fourth year on the committee having served as Chair in 18/19, Vice Chair in 17/18 and the Inter-Professional representative in 16/17.

Outside of work, Rich enjoys the rewards of raising a young family, playing sports, including lots of running, badminton and football, music and countryside walks as well as spending time with friends.

Other members of the NCASS Committee

Aiden Carlin – UNW
Amy Napper – Tait Walker
Brodean Wood – National Audit Office
Cici Wang – Deloitte
Danielle Dixon – PwC
Erin Robson – Newcastle Business School / PwC
Hebe Dyson – Grant Thornton
Jacob Burn – UNW
Jon Slater – Deloitte
Kyra Medcalf – National Audit Office
Leo Davey – Haines Watts
Patrick Shields – EY
Rachel Horton – KPMG
Rebecca Wood – Tindles
Sophie Richardson – RSM
Taylor Jones – Newcastle Business School / PwC
Thomas Backhouse – Mazars

Attendees at NCASS Committee

Keith Proudfoot, NorSCA President
James Callaghan, ICAEW Regional Director, Northern and Scotland
Joanne Lucking, ICAEW Regional Executive, Northern
Rob Tindle, ICAEW Council Member, Northern Region
Lorna Hansell, ICAEW Business Development Manager, Northern & Scotland

CCASS secondaryCCASS – Cumberland Chartered Accountant Students’ Society

Coverage: CCASS arranges events for ACA students in Cumbria.

Chair: Hebe Dyson
Grant Thornton
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Hebe started off in Accountancy doing an apprenticeship at 18 years old at a local accountancy firm, completing VAT returns, preparing accounts, processing payrolls, client computer training. Then after completing her AAT (level 3 & 4) and payroll technician qualification started her ACA in September 2017. Hebe is now due to sit her finals in November 2019. In August 2018 Hebe moved from accountancy to join Grant Thornton as a Public Sector Auditor auditing Local Government and NHS.

Hebe has been chair of CCASS since starting the ACA qualification in September 2018 and has sat on the committee as an honorary member for 2 years beforehand.

In her spare time she likes to do a lot of sport. In particular climbing, horse riding, badminton and running. Also living so close to the Lake District means she is always out making the most of the weather, hiking or wild swimming to keep her sane during busy seasons !

Honorary Secretary: Fiona Wood

Treasurer: Ashley Willis