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Northern Chartered Accountant Students' Society

Supporting northern ACA students

Newcastle NCASS 2017 Dinner raises £1,400 for St Oswald’s 28 March 2017

ncass-dinnerAt this year’s Newcastle NCASS dinner on 24th March 2017, £1,400 was raised for local charity St Oswald’s Hospice.  This superb amount was raised from raffle ticket sales, the Heads and Tails game proceeds, as well as assistance from the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NoRSCA). 

Adorned with five huge letters on the stage, guests would be unlikely to have been confused which organisation’s dinner they were attending.  The dinner was held at Wylam Brewery at Exhibition Park in Newcastle, formerly a science museum and the Newcastle Military Vehicle Museum.  Following a welcome and introduction from the NCASS President and NCASS Chair, each guest’s fate was sealed by the toss of a coin with a Heads and Tails game, expertly hosted by NCASS committee members Rich Tiffany (RSM) and Sam Hutson (Colin Hutson Accounting).  Following a hefty meal and a deft piece of table-moving, live music from Gotcha! helped to make the evening swing more lively.  The tradition of the NCASS dinner continues and much use was made of the Twitter feed (#NCASSBall17) to provide live updates to those who weren’t able to attend.  Katie Taylor (National Audit Office), NCASS Chair said “it was lovely to see so many people join us for what turned out to be a fabulous evening, with a brilliant amount of money raised for St Oswald’s Hospice”.


NCASS used the opportunity to show off its weighty award, having just won the national PQ award for “Student body of the year”.  Guests used the opportunity to network and develop professional networks across the several firms and organisations who attended. 

Chris Soan (Newcastle University Business School), NCASS President said “the annual dinner provides the ideal opportunity for ICAEW students to meet students from other firms across the Northern region.  This is a perfect example of NCASS’s raison d’être – managed by ICAEW students for ICAEW students”.

There was a lot of hard work put in by committee members, all of whom are volunteers.  In addition to attendees and firms for their support, NCASS would like to thank Newcastle University Business School and Nigel Wright for their sponsorships, as well as the following organisations for their generous donations of raffle prizes which raised the magnificent sum for St Oswald’s:

• Northern Society of Chartered Accountants
• The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
• PwC
• Deloitte
• Tait Walker
• Kaplan
• Tyneside Cinema
• Tyneside Bar Café
• Wylam Brewery
• The Stand
• Theatre Royal
• Northern Stage

Attending the evening, Win Clayton (St Oswald’s Hospice) said that “it was a wonderful opportunity to talk to an appreciative audience about St Oswald’s Hospice and its wide-reaching work.  Thanks go to NCASS”.

The date of the 2018 Newcastle dinner has been set for 16 March 2018.  Before that, NCASS has a number of events including this year’s Teesside NCASS dinner which is on 12th May.


NCASS (Northern Chartered Accountant Students’ Society) is the official body that represents ACA students under ICAEW training contracts in the Northern Society area in the North East of England and Cumbria. We have been supporting student chartered accountants across northern England since 1896.

The society is run by ACA student volunteers for ACA students and, space permitting, new committee members are always welcome.

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