Friday, November 13, 2020

Nominate Elaine Clark For The ICAEW Council


 

My Twitter chum, and fellow member of the ICAEW, Elaine Clark is standing for election to the ICAEW Council in the North West. 

I wish her all the best, and would ask any members in the North West to sign her nomination papers; as she will be a force for good.

Elaine has correctly called out the absurdity of the ICAEW's regional (and indeed international) council structure that not only prevents members from one region nominating members from another, but also does not have space for a "cyberspace" council member.

 

In 2007 I noted the following:

"Why does the ICAEW claim to be international, yet council elections are decided on a local basis?

Why does the ICAEW insist on prospective candidates for council needing 10 signatures from the local area, before they are even allowed to stand?

Why does the ICAEW need 90, or more, council members?

Operating a Victorian trading association model simply will not do for the 21st century.

Until the ICAEW gets that point it will go nowhere."

In fact in 2007 I tried to stand for council, but couldn't get the nominations because the ICAEW wouldn't tell anyone in Croydon (where I was living at the time) that I was standing. 

Therefore please nominate Elaine, as she might actually achieve what I failed to achieve!

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Update on The ICAEW Investment in Engine B

In October I noted that the ICAEW had invested in Engine B, and that Michael Izza is on the Board.

AccountingWeb have now run with the story:

"The ICAEW’s recent additional investment into tech start-up Engine B was perhaps largely unnoticed by many members. Taking a 10% stake and Michael Izza joining the board seems an unusual step for an institute to take. 

Aside from the potential conflict of interest, historically, accounting institutes and major tech initiatives have largely been a failure. How will this investment stack up?

Getting to grips with Engine B and what it aims to do isn’t easy. The website is quite opaque and subsequent press releases unhelpful, especially as it describes itself as an “intelligent data access platform” using “dynamic knowledge graphs”.

Put more simply, Engine B seems to be two things:

  • A set of rules (or data models) that help to standardise structured data (like financial accounts) and unstructured data (such as PDFs). 
  • A technology platform, that allows this data to be interrogated and for other software to be linked to it...
While at some point there could be a commercial conflict with other software providers, Lyford-Smith is keen to stress that their interest is at the ‘foundational layer’. He stresses there is no conflict with the audit itself as “this isn’t the standards of the audit, we regulate the professional behaviour, in the same way we don’t regulate Excel formula creation.” 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

ICAEW Invests In Engine B

Michael Izza is also on the board. 

As per Engine B's website:

"Engine B is, quite simply, a data solution. Although primarily created for the professional and legal services industries, the impact will be exponential in its reach.

In clear terms Engine B provides:

A set of data models, which are open source and available to all.

These data models can be installed with clients to capture and house client information in an intelligent data access platform.

Client data can then be interrogated and analysed through dynamic knowledge graphs.

Knowledge Graphs are a programmatic way to model information. They can uncover hidden data and relationships that are too complex for human cognition through applying various graph-computing techniques and algorithms."

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Friday, October 16, 2020

ICAEW Exam Results Day

 


Good luck to those receiving their ICAEW exam results today!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

ICAEW's RoadMap To Carbon Neutrality

Membership fees will be used to buy carbon offsets:

"In addition, we will immediately be purchasing carbon offsets against our entire annual greenhouse gas emissions."

Happy with that?

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Council Elections

 

Council elections

Nominations for Elections to Council will open on 12 November 2020 at 12 Noon (GMT) and close on 14 December 2020 at 12 Noon (GMT)

Please ensure your constituency details are up to date by the 16 October 2020 via your ‘My Profile’ tab. 

View the Council constituency vacancies 

 

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Monday, September 07, 2020

Technical Problems With Corporate Reporting Exam In Some Exam Centres

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Thursday, August 06, 2020

#ICAEWROAR 2020

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

ICAEW Exam Booking System Update

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

ICAEW Exam Booking System Crashes

 


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