TS: ICAEW dinner unites the districts

Then again, whoever arranged the seating plan for the evening event was either up to up to no good or a troubleshooter.

Don Heady, a campaigner against district society reform, and the latest thorn in the institute’s side, was sat with Michael Hockney, architect of these reforms.

Facing the two rivals was John Collier, ICAEW general secretary, assuring inquisitive council members that conversation was pleasant.

Collier, we understand, made the two sparing partners promise not to talk about egms or district societies.

TS tried to imagine the conversation. Hockney: ‘So Don, how’s retirement treating you? You must have a lot of time on your hands to get up to all sorts of mischief. Er, sorry…I mean…’

Who needs Big Brother when you’ve got ICAEW dinners.

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