The egm has now been set for London on 11 July but speaking at the Founding Societies dinner in Liverpool last night, institute president Graham Ward said that many supporters had now reversed their earlier stance.
‘This is an important show of confidence in our new structure,’ he told an audience of almost 200 people in Liverpool town hall.
The withdrawals – many of which are believed to have come from the Sheffield society – come too late to prevent the egm going ahead. The cost of staging the meeting, printing and distributing information and scrutinising the vote is expected to run to Pounds 100,000.
Ward said the changes to institute’s regional structure would bring benefits for members.
‘Our plans to introduce a new regional framework of quality support for members will strengthen the existing 22 societies, lift the bureaucratic burden from volunteers, and promote chartered accountants as prominent opinion formers with key regional stakeholders,’ he said.
At the dinner Lord Alton of Liverpool presented the Founding Societies Centenary Award to John Anderson in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution’ to the profession. Anderson runs Caer Rhun Hall in Conway, North Wales, where he has trained many thousands of chartered accountants over the last 30 years.
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