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Top role for CA boosts number of women in senior roles

Sue Dawe CA, EY’s Head of Financial Services in Scotland, has joined the accountancy firm’s UK Board. Sue’s appointment means that five of the 10 positions on the Board are now held by women, strengthening the diversity of the firm’s senior leadership.  Here Sue talks to Andy Harbison about her new role and how she… Read More Top role for CA boosts number of women in senior roles

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Toxic tone from the top

By Chris Sheedy Toxic leaders exist only if the culture allows. What does a toxic tone from the top look like, and how can it be changed? At her first job interview after graduating from a Law degree in the 1990s, Katriina Tahka learned an important lesson about the way the business world worked at… Read More Toxic tone from the top

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Ensuring the independence and effectiveness of internal audit

What actions in an internal audit can accountants take to demonstrate independence if their responsibility as the third line of defence becomes blurred with the first or second line? The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA) highlighted this issue in a position paper titled The Three Lines of Defence. As a refresher, this paper also neatly summarises the… Read More Ensuring the independence and effectiveness of internal audit

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ICAS publishes paper on organisational culture and values

By Ann Buttery, Head of Ethics, ICAS Policy Leadership As part of ICAS’ ‘The Power of One’ business ethics initiative, the ICAS Ethics Board has published the next in the series of papers on ethical leadership – Organisational culture and values. This ICAS paper recognises that corporate culture is an organisation’s guiding force; that successful… Read More ICAS publishes paper on organisational culture and values

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One giant leap for finance in the civil service

Leading the transformation of the civil service finance function is a challenge, but one worth taking on, explains Connie Costello On 30 September 2016, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform announced that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform had taken a significant step towards the modernisation of Government financial management administration. The Government… Read More One giant leap for finance in the civil service

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Get ethical…

By Penelope Kenny Organisations often struggle to foster an ethical culture. To help you on your journey, Penelope Kenny has created a roadmap that’s suitable for both business and practice. In the wake of recent governance scandals, Chartered Accountants’ ethical standards are being debated in the streets and in the media. As a Chartered Accountant,… Read More Get ethical…