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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Northern Society Business and Awards Dinner with Alan Johnson

Date: 12 October 2018 18:45 for 19:30

Type: Business and Industry, Social and Networking

Organiser: NorSCA

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants Business and Awards Dinner will be on Friday 12 October 2018.

Join Alan Johnston, President of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants, fellow Northern Society members and their guests for an inspiring talk by our keynote speaker Rt Hon Alan Johnson.

Our Business and Awards Dinner will be held on Friday 12 October 2018 in the Banqueting Hall, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne from 6.45pm until late to allow for informal networking after the meal.

Our principal guest speakers this year will be ex-postman, union leader, Home Secretary and (for a brief period) Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson and ICAEW President Paul Aplin.

During the course of the evening we will raise funds in support of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland. Your donation will be kindly funds matched by Barclays Business.

Event information

Why you should attend:

  • meet fellow ICAEW members, their guests and ICAEW staff – it’s a great chance to network
  • meet ACA students and celebrate their exam successes and achievements
  • Order of Merit, Presidents Awards will be announced
  • we will raise funds in support of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland. All monies raised will be match funded by Barclays Business

Recognition awards will be presented to:

  • Order of Merit Advanced Stage ICAEW exams – highest scoring student of the year
  • Order of Merit Professional Stage ICAEW exams – highest scoring student of the year
  • The Presidents’ Award

Pre-dinner drinks 18:45, Dinner 19:30.

Dress Code: Black Tie/Posh frocks

Special message for sole practitioners and members in business:
Again we will be hosting tables exclusively for Members in Practice and Members in Business allowing the opportunity to be seated with fellow chartered accountants.
If you think that this would be applicable to you then please contact Joanne Lucking to discuss this further.

Rate Cost
Price £66.67 + VAT
Earlybird price (bookings before 31 August 2018) £58.33 + VAT
Retired/younger members (under 35) * £37.50 + VAT
Sole practitioners / Business member rate* £54.16 + VAT
DS Presidents* £0.00 

*Please email the Events information team [email protected] confirming which discount would need to be applied to your booking. We will apply the discount for you and place in your online basket so that you can proceed to book online. 

Time Description
18:45 Drinks reception
19:30 Guests take their seats
Awards Ceremony
Charity balloon pop
Keynote speaker
Followed by networking
01:30 Carriages
Rt Hon Alan Johnson

Orphaned at 12, Alan Johnson started his working life stacking shelves at Tesco. He then became a postman and union official before rising through the New Labour ranks to hold one of the great offices of state as Home Secretary. But despite his meteoric success he does still have one regret – that his early ambition to become a pop star will (probably) never come to fruition.

After serving as General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union, Alan entered Parliament in the 1997 landslide as MP for Hull West and Hessle. He soon climbed the junior ministerial ladder, with a series of portfolios from competitiveness and employment relations to higher and further education – despite having left school at the age of 15.

Seven years after entering parliament Alan was brought into Cabinet as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In less than a year he was promoted to Trade and Industry and then Education and Skills, before Gordon Brown became Prime Minister and moved him to Health. He stayed at the helm of Labour’s flagship department for two years, before taking over from Jacqui Smith at the Home Office where he remained for the rest of the Labour term of office.

Alan has served as a Director of Unity Trust Bank, on Labour’s National Executive Committee and on the Council of the TUC and of Ruskin College, Oxford. After 20 years as an MP, Alan stepped down from Parliamentary life, but remains an active voice in Labour politics, and on Brexit and electoral reform. He is a regular in the media, often appearing on the This Week sofa and even fronting his own programme on Radio 4, Alan Johnson: Failed Rock Star.

His moving, entertaining and passionate memoir This Boy won the prestigious Orwell Prize for non-fiction, and its sequels Please, Mr Postman and The Long and Winding Road were equally acclaimed.

Paul Aplin

Paul Aplin, President of ICAEW joined A C Mole & Sons with an honours degree in biology and chemistry in 1980. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985; a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1989 and became the firm’s first tax partner in 1992.

He has served as Chairman ICAEW Tax Faculty and until May 2016 chaired its Technical Committee. He writes for various tax and accountancy journals and is regularly quoted on tax issues in the national press. He is a member of the Tax Journal editorial board. Paul acts for a wide range of personal and company tax clients.

Paul was named Tax Personality of the Year in the 2007 UK Tax Awards for the part he played in persuading the government to reverse its decision to shorten the tax return filing deadline. He received the Outstanding Industry Contribution award in the 2013 British Accountancy Awards and was listed as 7th in the Accountancy Age 2014 “Financial Power List” of people who influence tax and financial policy in the UK.

He was appointed OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2009 for public service and services to the accountancy profession.

Away from the office he is a keen hill walker and climber, with a 21,000′ Himalayan and many high Alpine peaks to his credit; his other interests include photography (he is a licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society), keeping ducks and walking his border collie.


Hospice Care is not just about buildings or services; it is a philosophy that places the patient, family and carers at the heart of care. It can be provided in hospitals, hospices and the community which may include the patient’s own home, residential care or anywhere the patient considers home.

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland (Hospice at Home) provides high quality care and support for adults who have palliative and end of life care needs, and also for their families and carers. Hospice at Home supports and cares for patients and carers, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, partners and friends.

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Newcastle Civic Centre

The Civic Centre
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

Tel No: 0191 277 7222

How to book

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You can also telephone the ICAEW central events booking team on 01908 248159 and pay over the phone.

Alternatively you can download a booking form or book by email.