Thursday, June 09, 2011

Anal Issues

Accountancy Age reports that Alan Livesey, an ex ICAEW Scottish council member, is none too happy with the ICAEW over rules "fudging" at the recent elections.

The ICAEW is trying to ditch its "boring Blighty" connections/brand, by growing internationally (coming soon a motion to change the name). As such council composition has been changed, and the number of reps from UK constituencies cut (eg Scotland lost one of its two council members - can you guess who?).

Note: does anyone not see the irony that the "English" Institute has Scottish councillors, given that the "English" Institute once rejected a merger with its Scottish brethren and vice versa?

Anyhoo, it seems that "technical errors" meant that the required period between voting and Tuesday's AGM (constitutionally set at 14 days) was breached, forcing an emergency suspension of election rules.

This was approved by the majority of council members. However, Livesey argues:

"There appears to be one set of rules for the masses and another, seemingly unchangeable set of rules for the institute."

All very "anal" maybe, but it rather misses the point.

As long as the ICAEW claims to be the "English" Institute, it should not bring in non institute members to council without first clarifying to its main membership why international growth is to the benefit (as opposed cost) of its members and brand value of its qualification.


  1. To be fair to your institute, they do have a reasonable number of members up here in the wild wastelands of the north (Scotland, not 'north of Luton'!)so I can understand why you have a Council member up here

  2. The trouble is the concept of local UK council members for local ICAEW members (akin to a Victorian trading association) implies that the issues facing the ICAEW and its members are very localised.

    However, the ICAEW's current strategy is "international"; based on the concept that the ICAEW needs to be a "global player" and that the issues we face are global.

    The latter view of the ICAEW's place in the world contradicts the former, to my view.

  3. Fair points, Ken. I see what you are getting at.

  4. Mr. Ken Frost, ASS HOLE, You are a burden to whole of the profession,bloody shitpot, its because of you the profession had lost a unique opportunity to consolidate, Mother Fucker, You are born loser..!!!!

  5. Anon 23 June, regardless of what you think of Ken, there's no need for that.

    The fact that Ken has let your comment stand speaks volumes about him. (and before you ask, I'm not a fan of his views, I just think respect is important among professionals)

  6. King Ken was the Chartered Accountants saviour. He single handedly took on the establishment and won.

    Thank you King Ken.

  7. Mother Fucker Ken Frost,
    Go Fuck Your Sister..!!!!
    ASS HOLE !!!

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