The ICAEW has denied that its launch of a new group in Scotland last week is in response to competition north of the border from ICAS, writes Gavin Hinks.
Launching the Institute Members in Scotland Group at a special event in Edinburgh, ICAEW president Graham Ward, pictured above, made clear the move had not come as a result of increasing competition for students.
The institute said it was an initiative that had arisen spontaneously among members in Scotland who had come to perceive the absence of a district society in Scotland.
But the founding of the new group may have come as a result of new feeling at the ICAEW that it should be represented.
During his inaugural speech Ward said it was no longer enough for the institute to just have a London office. ‘We need to be in all major cities.
‘This is why the Institute Members in Scotland group is so vitally important,’ he said.
More than 150 people attended the meeting on Wednesday last week but there are between 1,500 and 2000 ICAEW members in Scotland who could potentially become involved.
A poll revealed 87% of institute members in Scotland said they wanted to take part in events organised by the new group.
The ICAEW’s website can be found at www.icaew.co.uk.
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