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NOTE: The full interview with Peter Jenkins will appear online tomorrow as well as in this week’s issue.
In an exclusive interview with Accountancy Age, Jenkins talked positively of the global recognition that the UK accountancy profession gained following the Enron scandal.
But he said the profession should speak with ‘one voice’. ‘As we become more global – and that’s where the profession has got to be – we have got to be seen as global leaders. We’ve had fantastic press coverage in the past year. The fact that we’re seen to be leaders is a very positive thing,’ he said.
The chartered accountant, who has just become a member of the ICAEW council, added that the institute needed strong leadership and had to ‘be seen to be the global business qualification’.
‘If we’re going to be global, it would be nice to think that we could actually consolidate within the UK.’
He added that Peter Wyman, who was president until June, had done a good job in upholding the profession’s image during that year.