It’s because the bigwigs at Lincoln’s Inn Fields see the opportunity to get one over on old rivals CIMA.
CIMA chief executive John Chester also stands down from his post this year. In the normal course of events the bodies would begin the process of sounding out Whitehall mandarins. And though adverts would be placed, a right-thinking ageing civil servant would soon be eased in to the role.
But with CIMA and ACCA both in the market, this time there’s competition.
And with Chester only announcing his intention to retire in January – Rose said she would go some time ago – ACCA are confident of getting the best man.
‘We may get a back-stabbing civil servant at the top,’ said one insider, ‘but we’ll get the best back-stabbing civil servant.’
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