ICAEW urged to appoint ombudsman

The ICAEW should
introduce an independent ombudsman to protect members as the body opens up its
disciplinary tribunals, senior figures have suggested.

Last year’s South Western Society president Simon Deane, and former
Birmingham West Midlands president John Kelly said there was a ‘common view’
among other 2006 district presidents for the introduction of an ombudsman to
represent the needs of members, particularly those facing disciplinary

‘Chief executive Michael Izza said he wanted to make the institute more
responsive to members’ needs, which he has failed to do so far,’ said Kelly.
‘There’s a view that the institute is a police rather than representative, so
someone independent is needed.’

Kelly suggested Ian Morris, the popular immediate past president of the
ICAEW, would be a good choice for the ombudsman role.

The plea for member protection follows Society of Professional Accountants’
chairman Peter Mitchell’s concerns over plans to introduce public
disciplinaries. An ICAEW spokeswoman said of Kelly and Deane’s call: ‘We are
aware of the suggestion and are currently looking into it.’

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