Although my appointment as the Chairman of the Chester & North Wales Society of Chartered Accountants may only have taken place at the Annual General Meeting of the society on the 12th May this year, it does however seem surprising as to how much activity and information exchange there has been since then.
The Chester & North Wales Society as members may know is a branch of the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants and in itself covers quite an extensive geographical region, the clue being in the wording “North Wales” which naturally extends right through to Anglesey. I’m still in the process of getting a handle extent of my full regional area of responsibility.
Having lived and grown up in the vicinity of Betws y Coed in North Wales I have a natural connection with the North Wales area and now living just outside Wrexham and working at Morris & Co Chartered Accountants initially in Chester and now at our offices in Ellesmere Port, I do feel like I have had a presence in a fair proportion of the society’s geographical boundary.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Martin Warren (ICAEW Director for Wales) and Charles Carter (ICAEW Director for regions) in Llanberis who are keen to ensure that our North Wales members are adequately supported and this is something where I can see that links can be forged, largely due to the society’s activities being co-ordinated essentially from the Chester area.
Involving younger members and students with the activities of the Society and developing their interest in the local society is equally important as they are the natural lifeblood of the future and I am fortunate in that the current student chair, Ceri Bairstow, works alongside me at Morris & Co.
So despite my short period in office I have also managed to attend the student society’s first event at Bollicini Italian restaurant & Cocktail bar in Chester - £5 for two courses and a bottle of wine each !! – it brought back memories of my student days quite some number of years ago !!