PracticeConsultingDoes anybody really care?

Does anybody really care?

Showdown day is fast approaching for the ICAEW over its district society reforms, and it is clear institute bigwigs are pulling out all the stops to ensure its plans are not thrown into chaos by rebel campaigners.

A memo from Peter Wyman, institute deputy president, and past president Graham Ward – both partners at PricewaterhouseCoopers – has been circulated around the firm urging qualified members to vote against the objectors in the vote, the results of which will be unveiled at next week’s emergency general meeting.

Dissidents will no doubt view this as Goliath flexing its muscle’s unfairly against David, and argue that PwC’s action is stifling proper debate.

But the sad truth is that the vast majority of institute members at PwC probably don’t give two hoots about the issue, and indeed are only dimly aware that district societies exist at all. Few will actually have got involved with them.

Whichever way the vote goes, this widespread apathy and disinterest in institute affairs is the fundamental problem facing it today.

And next week’s circus, whatever the result, will certainly not help overcome it.

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