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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

General Practitioners Quarterly Meeting – CABA update

A quarterly meeting for small & sole practitioners.

Event information

We will be joined by CABAs representatives who will update members on the well being and resilience resources that are available to members and their families.

Join our quarterly roundtable discussion group for small practice or sole practitioners working across the Northern region. The discussion topics have been suggested by members in practice. At each meeting we will get a general update from your ICAEW Practice Committee (IPC) Representative Geoff Little.

Rate Cost
ICAEW Member No Charge
Time Session
12:30 Welcome
12:35 Update from IPC Rep – Geoff Little
12:45 Speaker
13:15  General discussion, sharing of best practice, networking
14:00 Close


Tea Break chat – Small Business Commissioner

An update for members on the role of the small business commissioner from one of their Non-Execs

Event information

If you work in a small business or are a practitioner with small business clients then this ‘tea break’ update will inform you of the role of the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) and how they can assist with late payment problems.

The session will include:

  • Who is the Small Business Commissioner (SBC)?
  • What does the SBC do?
  • Late payments assistance
  • How to manage cash flow
  • Case study – The SBC in action
  • Why small business should use the SBC

This is a free event, however pre-booking is required to be sent the information required to join.



Becoming a woman of achievement – Newcastle

Becoming a Woman of Achievement.

This interactive workshop is part of a programme designed to develop your leadership presence. It is suitable for members at all stages of their work life, in both business and practice, who have career and leadership ambitions.

There are three titles within the programme:

  • Becoming a woman of Power
  • Becoming a woman of Influence
  • Becoming a woman of Achievement

They are suitable for members at all stages of their work life, in both business and practice, who have career and leadership ambitions.

They will help you enhance your reputation, build gravitas, learn how to communicate to create maximum impact and provide an opportunity to network with your professional peers.

Event information

Aimed at helping you to raise your profile, be seen and heard by the right people, demonstrate your skills, talents and suitability for seniority and achieving ‘a seat at the table’, this practical day will ensure that you leave with:

  • a plan for raising your profile and achieving your career and leadership ambitions;
  • practical tips and advice for developing skills in all 14 of the strategies for being visible;
  • tools that will enable you to be seen and heard by key influencers;
  • strategies for building your confidence to step outside your comfort zone;
  • techniques for developing ‘your voice’ and becoming known in your wider industry;
Rate Cost
Price £50.00 + VAT

Susan Ritchie
Susan is an experienced International coach and author who works with women to develop their leadership presence “Leadership presence is about taking your existing attributes, skills and talents and polishing them so they shine so brightly, that others can’t ignore you. And you don’t have to be a world leader to have it! “


Northern Society Graduation and Prizegiving 2020 – postponed in response to COVID-19

We look forward to recognising the success of all Northern Society ACA students who became exam qualified during 2019 in our annual Graduation and Prize-giving Event.

The graduation event this year will be at Newcastle Civic Centre and will be hosted by Keith Proudfoot, President of Northern Society and we are delighted that we will be joined by Fiona Wilkinson, ICAEW President

Our newly passed and prize-giving ceremony is one of the largest events for successful ICAEW students and has proved very popular in the past.

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants 

Students who have won exam prizes and those students who became exam-qualified during 2019 will be invited to attend the event with up to 3 guests. The pass list for the November 2019 Advanced Stage exams has recently been published – congratulations to all successful students. 

Details of the event

***Sadly this event has been postponed in response to HM Government announcements regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Participants will be contacted again when revised details are confirmed.***

ICAEW registered students in the Northern Society area who became exam qualified during 2019 will be contacted by email with full details.

In order to secure your place, please respond to the email and RSVP to Joanne Lucking joanne.lucking@icaew.com as soon as possible. Joanne will also be able to assist should you need further information.

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants would like to thank CABA, CAPET and Newcastle University Business School for their kind support for the graduation event.

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.


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.


Teesside Society Annual Dinner 2019

Join us for our annual sell out dinner on Teesside – book early to avoid disappointment.

Speaker – Kevin Connelly

Kevin Connelly is one of the stars of BBC’s Dead Ringers.

Whilst managing his brother-in-law’s hotel near Thirsk, Kevin would entertain customers with impromptu impressions.

As a result, he was invited to speak at the Yorkshire Cricket Club dinner. Engagements followed thick and fast, and Kevin eventually decided to abandon catering and become a professional entertainer.

Aside from Dead Ringers, Kevin’s many television credits include Sports Review of the Year, It’s Just Not Cricket with Rory Bremner, and The Full Motty.

He was also the resident comedian on ITV’s Sports Show, providing instant celebrity comment on the week’s sporting disasters.

Kevin’s impressions are not limited to sporting personalities. His after dinner repertoire includes a host of politicians and TV stars.

Rate Cost
Price £45.83 + VAT


Thrive in Retirement – CABA

Explore the practical and emotional aspects of retirement and start planning your transition.

Thrive in retirement – a wellbeing and personal development workshop

Audience: practice / business

Duration: 90 minutes

This workshop offers an introduction to exploring the practical and emotional aspects of retirement for both single people and those in relationships. As well as offering a chance to start planning your transition, it will help you mitigate the risks associated with retirement such as social isolation, loss of confidence and loss of identity so that you can maintain energy, purpose and fulfilment in this chapter of your life.

Key outcomes

  • Reflect on, and identify, key elements in your retirement plan
  • Identify and apply the Six Key Factors for retirement
  • Mitigate the risks in retirement
  • Take away a wide list of tips and ideas for generating a fulfilling retirement

Suitable for

Anyone approaching or in early retirement who would like to gain a better understanding of how to enhance their retirement, focusing on wellbeing rather than financials.


This workshop is free for ICAEW members.

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



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.


This workshop is free for ICAEW members.

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


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.



Tax update for business members

Those working in industry and commerce who need to keep abreast of current tax developments.

This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of accountants working in business. The emphasis is on recent developments in company and employee taxation as well as relevant VAT changes. Comprehensive notes and copies of slides are provided which facilitate future reference.

Event information

This course provides a concentrated update on the points that those in business need to be aware of:

  • Autumn Budget announcements
  • Feedback on Employment Status and IR35 consultations
  • Other key consultations affecting businesses
  • Current developments in company taxation
  • Topical employee taxation issues
  • Value Added Tax developments particularly Making Tax Digital
  • HMRC pronouncements and recent tax cases

Registration from 09:00.

Bookings close 7 November 2018.

Rate Cost
Price £75.00 + VAT
Retired Member £37.50 + VAT
Career Break Member £37.50 + VAT



Teesside Society 2017 Annual Dinner at Wynyard Hall

Teesside Chairs Emma and Angela - Northern Society of Chartered AccountantsEmma Read and Angela Foster, Co-Chairs of the Teesside Society of Chartered Accountants (TSCA), invite you and your clients, colleagues and friends to our Annual Dinner on Friday 24 November 2017 at Wynyard Hall from 18:45 until late.

Teesside Dinner - Northern Society of Chartered AccountantsLook forward to a special evening this November – you don’t have to be a Chartered Accountant to enjoy the evening with us – our dinner is open to all.

We would love for members to bring their colleagues, clients and guests to enjoy a memorable evening and a superb networking opportunity.

Our principal guest speaker this year will be Lembit Opik.

During the course of the evening we will hold a raffle to raise funds for MFC Foundation which has been kindly match funded by Barclays Business.

Teesside 2017 - Northern Society of Chartered AccountantsCost

Tickets are £41.67 + VAT

Online booking closes on Friday 10 November.

Speaker – Lembit Opik


Born in 1965 in Bangor, Northern Ireland to Estonian parents, Lembit Öpik is one of the most characterful and recognised politicians of his generation.

Newcastle upon Tyne

In 1988, after some dramatic years in student politics, Lembit joined American multi-national giant Procter & Gamble, where he worked in the advertising department on a number of household brands including Ariel and Fairy Liquid, rising to the role of Global Human Resources Training & Development Manager.

At the same time he pursued a parallel career in politics as a Liberal Democrat councillor in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Drinks-at-Teesside-Dinner - Northern Society of Chartered AccountantsMontgomeryshire

In 1997, Lembit was elected to Parliament as the MP for Montgomeryshire in Wales. Very quickly he began to be recognised as one of the more energetic and entertaining MPs in the country, with regular appearances on everything from Question Time to Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, and most of the major entertainment shows in between.

‘The show had to go on’

In 2010, Lembit lost his seat in one of the most surprising results of the General Election. Despite this blow, 5 hours later he kept his promise to appear on the election special edition of Have I Got News for You in what was regarded as one of the strongest performances for any politician on the show. As Lembit said ‘I lost my seat, not my resolve. The show had to go on.’

TSCA - Northern Society of Chartered AccountantsSince then, contrary to expectations, Lembit has continued to increase his profile and in 2010 appeared on the blockbusting reality show I’m a Celebrity – get me out of here!

In August 2016 Lembit performed in the comedy Rocking Your Vote in which he played himself. The play was on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In November 2017 Lembit will be able to add entertaining to his many feats! Don’t miss it!

In support of MFC Foundation

MFC Foundation works across Teesside, delivering sport, health, education and inclusion projects that raise aspirations and change lives amongst the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in local communities.

MFC-Foundation-logoMFC Foundation was set up by Steve Gibson in 1996 as the independent charitable arm of Middlesbrough FC. Though it uses the official ‘Boro’ brand to engage with various members of the community, MFC Foundation exists as a separate entity from the football club.

‘Our mission is simple, by harnessing the passion and power of the Football Club brand, we work to raise aspirations and improve the life chances of young people and adults across Teesside.

We work in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Teesside, engaging with those who are hard to reach through the delivery of inspiring sport, education, health and inclusion projects.’



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