Job losses as ICAEW revamps regions

A meeting of the institute’s ruling council this morning approved the establishment of a regional structure which it said would ‘support locally members in the institute’s existing 22 District Societies’.

The new structure establishes 10 ICAEW Regional Business Centres with a remit to improve the practical support offered to District Societies, Town Groups and Branches and to develop productive relationships with regional government and business forums.

Implementation of the report’s recommendations will enable the new structure to be up and running by the end of July 2001.

In each region there will be a staff team led by a Regional Manager, supported by a Co-ordinator based at the Regional Business Centre. Locally-based staff in each team will work on a peripatetic basis supporting members.

Existing district society staff, of which there are around 50, will be invited to apply for the new jobs, although the institute has set aside money for redundancies. Early retirements are also expected.

The institute said:’Existing members of District Society staff will be retained where possible.’

Institute President Graham Ward commented: ‘Adopting a regional structure provides an opportunity to place the institute and its members at the heart of the UK’s developing regional powerbases, and strengthens the role of the District Society, Branch and Town Group network in serving members locally.’

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