District societies row forces resignation

After ten years on the ICAEW council Elaine Oddie said she no longer wanted to represent ‘members who sought an [extraordinary] meeting with council’.

‘I don’t want to represent members who hold the body in such low esteem,’ she told the 90-strong council this week.

ICAEW president Graham Ward had attempted to persuade Oddie to retain her position, but due to the row over changes to the infrastructure of the district societies and her work load, she choose not to seek re-election.

The row flared up last year following plans to replace the existing 22 district societies with ten regional bodies.

Disgruntled members now have enough member signatures to force the institute to hold an egm which could cost the institute up to £100,000.

Ward and chief executive John Collier are holding talks with Don Heady, one of the joint organisers of the campaign, and other campaigners in a bid to avert the action.


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