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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

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.

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.

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

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.



Retired and Semi-Retired Group: A walk with John Hunston around Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument

What better way to spend a Sunday than a walk on the northern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors?

Our route

Starting from the centre of Great Ayton, where Captain Cook was born and a pretty village with the usual facilities, the walk will include an ascent of Roseberry Topping, a prominent feature visible from miles around, and Cook’s Monument, a tribute to the legendary explorer, set at the summit of Easby Moor.

Walk details

The walk will start at 11 am and should take around four to five hours, following a seven mile route incorporating ancient woodland, high moorland and of course wonderful views.

The total height gain is about 1000 feet, with one fairly short, steep section onto Roseberry Topping, then another much easier ascent onto Easby Moor.

Waterproofs should be carried to ensure it doesn’t rain (!) and walking boots worn; warm clothing and a packed lunch including drink will also be required.

We will meet in the centre of Great Ayton, by the statue of Captain Cook as a young man on the High Green opposite the Co-op. There is on-street parking in Great Ayton.

Open to all members and non-members as well as retired and semi-retired members.


NEYCAG Pre-Drinks Reception at NorSCA Annual Dinner

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Join us for our NEYCAG drinks reception at the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants Business and Awards Dinner.

Take the opportunity to network with other NEYCAG members attending the NorSCA Dinner.

We are delighted that Nigel Wright will be supporting us in hosting a pre-drinks reception at the NorSCA Dinner.

For catering purposes, please book your place for the NEYCAG pre-drinks reception in advance using the link below.

Dinner tickets

Need to book your dinner tickets to attend also? You can do that too!

For full details of the Northern Society Business and Awards Dinner please see norsca.co.uk/dinner


Women in Finance

Three times as many female members take career breaks compared to males. This can result in disengagement with the profession and loss of talent from the sector. Gender diversity in the workplace is fundamental to business success. Research has shown that companies with more women in leadership positions are more profitable and more efficient.

On Thursday 17 November, the North East Young Chartered Accountants Group (NEYCAG), in partnership with Nigel Wright and PwC, are hosting a Women in Finance Seminar.

The event aims to provide an “off the record” and informal opportunity for female members of the North East Young Chartered Accountants Group (NEYCAG) to hear about the experiences of senior female finance professionals.

Following brief introductions from the speakers, there will be a talk show style discussion addressing a range of topics.


18:30 – Registration opens and refreshments will be served

19:00 – Women in Finance Forum

20:00 – Networking

21:30 Close


Women who have recently qualified and up to 10 years post qualification – Free


Our speakers will include:

Yvonne Gale – Chief Executive, NEL Fund Managers

Jeanette Brown – Partner, Dodd & Co, Chartered Accountants

Lynne Hodgson – Finance Director, North East Ambulance Service

Alison Lander – Coutts & Co.

Angela Hildreth – Finance Director, Shield Theraputics

Catherine Young – Wetton Young


NEYCAG Parmo and pint night

Why not join NEYCAG for this free event at the award winning Mahujos by the river?

Kindly supported by the Northern Society, join like minded younger members on Teesside for an evening of networking over a pint and award winning Parmo. Mahujos won the world Parmo competition in 2013. 

Places are limited so book your place to avoid disappointment.

This event is for members up to the age of 35


NEYCAG & NCASS bowling evening

Join NEYCAG and NCASS for this social event at Lane 7, Newcastle.

Kindly sponsored by Michael Page this event gives younger members the opportunity to network while having fun. Who will be the bowling champion of the night?

The cost of the ticket is £5 and includes admission and 2 drinks from the bar.

This event is for those members up to the age of 35


NEYCAG & NCASS – Developing your personal brand with CABA

We are pleased to announce that NEYCAG will be working with CABA here in the North East.

The first event will be a course on ‘Developing your personal brand‘, which will be held at the Sandman Hotel in Newcastle on 9 December 2015.

About the event

Everyone has a personal brand, a uniqueness that helps them stand out from the crowd – whether or not they’re aware of it.  We all have qualities that shape and influence how people see us and how we see ourselves.

After completing this session you’ll understand:

  • why personal branding is an essential aspect of career adaptability
  • how to undertake an open and honest review of yourself
  • understand how others see you
  • discover how you can use your strengths, skills, passions and values to send a clear, consistent message about who you are and what you offer.

You’ll also have the opportunity to practise the skills you need to develop your personal brand, helping you to create a powerful first impression, communicate more effectively and build strong relationships both in and out of work.

About CABA

You can read more about the support that is available from CABA on our comment pages.

Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (CABA) provides advice and practical support to current and former ICAEW chartered accountants and their families.

For further information about CABA, visit caba.org.uk
For more information about courses, visit caba.org.uk/courses

For advice and information call 01788 556 366 or chat to an advisor online 24 hours a day.
CABA provides a 24 hour UK helpline for counselling and legal advice. Should you require this, please call 0800 107 6163.


NEYCAG – Gin tasting evening

Join us to learn about the different styles of gin, botanicals and styles of tonic.

Kindly sponsored by Hays Financial for NEYCAG members, this social event gives you the opportunity to learn about the different styles of gin.

During the course of the evening you will taste five carefully selected gins from Dacantus ‘speciality G&T’ menu. The price of the event includes gin tasting, G&T of your choice (from one of the five gins tasted) and a selection of tapas.

This event is for recently qualified members under the under of 35.


NEYCAG Breakfast: Taxation of rental income- a practical overview

Join NEYCAG for a breakfast briefing where Rebecca Benneyworth will give NEYCAG members an insight into the taxation of rental income.

This free event is open to recently qualified/younger NEYCAG members (up to the age of 35). Please pre-book to secure your places(s).

Registration is from 07:45.

This session will look at some of the practical issues with the taxation of property income. It will include:

  • Property income – the various types: unfurnished letting; furnished letting; holiday lets; overseas property
  • Deductions permitted from rental income – general rule and some examples
  • Interest – when it is allowed, and what for
  • Repairs – when they can be a problem
  • Declaring information on the tax return – jointly owned property

Complimentary breakfast refreshments will be available on arrival.



NEYCAG - North East Young Chartered Accountants' GroupNEYCAG Summer BBQ, Join fellow young professionals for a evening of networking at our annual NEYCAG summer BBQ.

Kindly sponsored by NRG our annual BBQ gives NEYCAG members the opportunity to network in an informal setting.

18:00 for 18:30 Arrival
19:00 BBQ is served

This free event is open to recently qualified/younger NEYCAG members (up to the age of 35).

In order to make your booking, please email [email protected] or call the central events booking team on 01908 248159.



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