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   Presidential Year – Professional Role at that Time
 Common Themes
 Positive Take Aways
 Other Advice
   Sole Practitioner B Appleton & Co
        Partner – Macfarlane & Co, Liverpool
  Formed long term friendships from being on LCASA committee
 • Excellent training for other subsequent career options
 • Wished to have been more assertive in earlier stages of career. A possible legacy of being at a school for “young ladies”
    Director & part owner of training company
  Understand the hard work involved in qualification
   • Opportunities to meet other professionals across ICAEW when on committee
   • Consider Apprentice route as this would be debt free
• It is you who are the main barrier to success
  Self employed accountant and business consultant
  A peer group in a student house tried to dissuade choice of career due to hard work involved.
 • Many good female role models in earlier stage career
 • Just do it! Hard work worthwhile in the end
• Query what has happened to all the women who went through training?
   Business Consultant and Researcher
  Hard work
  Good business qualification
  • More nuanced development required for females rather than “one size fits all” at that time.
   MD of Jan McDermott & Co
   Transition from AAT to ACA training was huge jump in additional work and complexity.
  ICAEW badge positively recognised as quality mark by many small business owners who form client base.
  • Qualification was AAT route after A-levels and then onto ACA qualification.
• Becoming ICAEW president as a female is fairly niche demographic.
   from the 1970s. In addition, it shows the consolidation from “Top 10” to “Top 4” national accountancy practices.
We shall highlight each person’s story and perspectives over the next few issues of Chartered ONE, and we start today with Ann Morris who was our President in 1997.
Thank you to those who participated and gave their time and advice to the benefit of current and future generations.
A number of common themes emerged from the individual responses that are equally applicable today:
• Achieving the ACA qualification requires
hard work and this should not be under
• The hard work is worth it as the ACA
qualification is a good business qualification to have as a foundation, no matter what you go on to do in the remainder of your career.
• There were no regrets about embarking on a career in accountancy. Indeed all respondents seemed to thoroughly enjoy their careers.
• Different career paths were taken once
qualification achieved and respondents explored other avenues such as tutoring or coaching.
• Respondents’ careers did not appear to be held back by being female. This was despite some of the earlier training contracts being at a time (1973 & 1974) when there were a low proportion of female trainees.
• Two out of five respondents expressed a lack of confidence or assertiveness when younger, possibly due to being female. However this was not detrimental to their career progression in the profession. This is an interesting observation raising the following questions:
· Would the female individuals have been even more successful if they had learned to be more confident / assertive at an earlier age?
· Were the young male peers feeling equally less confident and that explains why female career progression not affected overall for those in this review?
• Three out of five respondents raised families whilst pursuing their careers.
• Long lasting bonds of friendship were formed from being on LCASA and the local district society.
The overwhelming advice to those currently contemplating a career in accountancy is
to “just do it!”. It is all about self belief: only the individual is the main barrier to career progression.
A suggestion for potential new entrants was to consider entry via the apprentice route – shorter and no debt at the end of it.
All the respondents appear to have had quite different and unique experiences during their presidential year. All appear to have been eventful and enjoyable. Well done to those who embraced the leadership responsibility!
At a national level, the current proportion of female entrants to the profession is around 50% but it can sometimes be as low as 45%. However, female membership does drop away at qualification level. In addition it takes time for the increased percentages
to work through the total membership over time. Overall female membership represents approximately 29% of the total membership.

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