March 3, 2022

Interview: Rukasana Bhaijee on benefits of inclusion in the workplace

It is not so long ago, when corporate discussions about “diversifying the workforce” meant one thing only: more women. But true diversity, true equity, true inclusion, encompasses so much more in 21st-century business and society: greater awareness of and representation around gender, race, disability, religion, culture, ethnicity, age, language, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity and sexual orientation. A big picture of the whole world.
March 2, 2022
Why the chief sustainability officer is becoming more common

Why the chief sustainability officer is becoming more common

This rapidly growing role spans every area of an organization, from corporate strategy to disclosure. As organizations work toward becoming net zero and meeting the requirements of the Paris Agreement, jobs that help foster corporate sustainability are becoming more common, especially in the financial sector. One such position is the chief sustainability officer (CSO).
February 8, 2022
change process

Why people are critical in the change process

When entering a period of organisational change, leaders need to remember that people are their most vital asset. Patrick Gallen explains how organisations can best engage with employees to transition successfully.
February 1, 2022
CAW CEO optimism hits 10 year high

CEO optimism hits 10-year high

CEO optimism for 2022 is a tick higher than the 76% optimism level from a year ago and fully 54 points higher than 2020, when more than half (53%) of CEOs predicted a declining economy. These are findings from PwC’s 25th Annual Global CEO Survey, which polled 4,446 CEOs in 89 countries and territories between October and November 2021.
February 1, 2022
Sandy Needham

How to keep up with “Accounting’s Beating Heart” with Sandy Needham C.A.

We sat down with Sandy, former CAW Network USA President and newly released 2021 author. CEO and bottlewasher. This is how Sandy Needham C.A. described what it's like to start your own business. “If you don't do something about it, nobody's gonna do anything about it. So, in the long run, you have got to decide what really is important,” said Sandy.
January 10, 2022

What to expect from 2022 – Part 1

In the first of a two part series, ICAEW Chief Executive and Chair of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, Michael Izza, looks at the biggest issues facing business and the wider economy, with help from experts from around the Institute.
January 4, 2022

Lord Michael Hastings on improving corporate citizenship

Lord Michael Hastings tells Laurence Eastham how far business has come in recognising its responsibilities to society – but why the journey has really only just begun. Business has incorporated a new language. It’s one that gives values and purpose equal rank alongside revenue and profit. And it’s a shift that reflects a growing consensus that the priv09ate sector must exist to serve planet and society, rather than solely shareholders. Profit still carries critical importance, but it is no longer king.
January 4, 2022

Baroness Lane Fox on digitalisation, accessibility and equality

Digitalisation is supercharging business practice, but it must not happen at the expense of accessibility and equality, Baroness Lane Fox tells Laurence Eastham. Baroness Martha Lane Fox is one of the UK’s leading voices in technology and digital transformation. It’s a reputation that has been well earned, not only from co-founding Lastminute.com in 1998, but also from a decade’s worth of public service. From 2009 to 2013, she was the UK’s digital champion, creating the Government Digital Service that sits within the Cabinet Office.
December 21, 2021

ACAUS worth celebrating

This is an article published in the Winter 2021 edition of 'Reflections' magazine. Reflections is written for retired partners with what used to be Deloitte Haskins and Sells. Deloitte then split to merge with different firms. The UK (and other countries / offices) merged with Coopers and Lybrand at the start of 1990 to become Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte. (CLD). The US (and some other countries /offices) elected to merge with Touche Ross to become Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Today they are commonly referred to Deloitte. CLD meantime merged with Price Waterhouse to become Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC). Roger Musson - who was a partner with both DHS and CLD is featured in this article. Roger was our second ACAUS president and interviewed with us when Ian Wise wrote 'ACAUS at 40'.This was published earlier in 2021 (available on Amazon). This then led to Roger sharing his recollections of his time in New York with Reflections magazine.
November 16, 2021
Interview Jacky Wright Microsofts Chief Digital Officer on technology ethics and business

Interview: Jacky Wright, Microsoft’s Chief Digital Officer on technology, ethics and business

Jacky Wright, Corporate VP and Chief Digital Officer, Microsoft US, tells Laurence Eastham why business and society thrive at the intersection of technology and ethics, and why we’ve now hit a critical juncture. As Corporate VP and Chief Digital Officer, Microsoft US, Jacky Wright has a pivotal role in the digital revolution. In fact, driving innovation at one of the world’s tech giants is why she’s just been named the most influential black Briton by Powerlist.
November 16, 2021
Call for Chartered Accountants to build on position of trust and lead on future challenges

Call for Chartered Accountants to build on position of trust and lead on future challenges

The Chartered Accountancy profession must use its position of trust to act on tackling the challenges of the recovery after Covid-19 and on building towards a sustainable future. This was the call from an event with panelists across the world, held to launch results of a survey into international business leaders’ trust in Chartered Accountants.
August 20, 2021
Long Walk Inisght

Walk LEJOG: A Clackett Adventure

Tim Clackett was part of the executive committee of ACAUS for six years. He served as treasurer and then as secretary. He was also a partner at BDO in Los Angeles for many years. Having experienced his fair share of the business world, Tim is now a full time adventurer.
August 18, 2021
women on board

Women on boards – how do we reach equality?

The pandemic has pushed back gender parity across the UK FTSE 350 to 2036, with women holding just 22% of all executive committee roles. Just 15 of the top companies have female chief executives. While we’ve made some progress in recent years, what needs to change to reach true equality?
June 11, 2021
Cycle of life

Andrew Demery CA: Cycle of life

When Andrew Demery CA left the UK for Australia, he set a new path for his life and career. Rachel Ingram speaks to the BikeExchange CFO about the transition from practice to industry and expat life.
May 20, 2021
Escolha Do Povo

Manuel Jose Rodrigues: Creating Just Business Opportunities for Small Scale Farmers

When I first started this project, many people told me it would not work. Seven years later I am amazed at what we have achieved in a very difficult environment and would like to share the idea/message with others. This is a sustainable and scalable blueprint. This is a classic example of where business can do good and play a positive role in changing the world.
October 26, 2020
climate related risk

The Consideration of Climate-Related Risks in an Audit of Financial Statements

The issue of climate change is at the forefront of the minds of many investors and other stakeholders as its impacts are becoming increasingly apparent. The IAASB has recognised that climate change is likely to have some impact on most, if not all, entities and, as a result, has implications for auditors.
April 30, 2020

Top Young CAs 2019: where are they now?

After a search across the world of finance, business and beyond, and a vigorous judging process, the 2020 class of ICAS Top 100 Young CAs will be revealed in June. As we prepare to celebrate the rising stars of the profession, all 35 and under and excelling in their respective fields...
April 2, 2020

Graham Russell CA of WPP has made the world his home

Graham Russell CA went to Jamaica, aged 23, for a two-year work placement. Decades on, his itchy feet have seen him live throughout the world, now settled down in Manhattan with WPP. Businesses can only become more global, he explains.
March 19, 2020

How Three CAs are Transforming the World of Finance

As we enter a new decade, trust in business and financial literacy are at an historic low – a ticking time bomb for society. ICAS members have the skills to help says President Mike McKeon CA.