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 In a more enlightened world it is worth acknowledging not only Barbara, but also Anne Morris (1997), Marion Hodgkiss (2001), Eileen Quinn (2007), Jan McArd (nee McDermott) (2010) and Carol McLachlan (2018).
Eleven Past Presidents have been invited to be President on more than one occasion, with the first Harmood Banner having the longest ‘reign’ at eight years. J.S Harmood Banner was President on three occasions, with Robert Blease and J. Merret Wade each occupying the role twice.
It is entirely fitting that following his debut as President in 2003, Andrew Lovelady is our President, in 2020, and becomes the twelfth.
We have therefore had 120 unique Presidents, in this long line of succession, each President standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before.
In fact, Andrew Lovelady acknowledged this sentiment, first espoused by Bernard of Chartres (nanos gigantum humeris insidentes) and given its more popular English meaning by Sir Isaac Newton, by providing each attendee at the recent Annual Dinner with a special £2 coin in honour of the occasion. Those learned readers will be aware that the edge of this coin declares “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.”
Both Arthur Green and Ian Morris, together with Laureate John Anderson have also been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Society.
We may speculate that it is high time that we had another Life Member.
One of the most prized possessions belonging to the Liverpool Society is the President’s Badge of Office, which was acquired in singularly haphazard fashion.
It was not until the Society had been in existence for 41 years that the committee thought it time to obtain such a medal — and even then the appeal for
the £75 needed to cover its
cost raised a mere £15 4s 6 d.
The deficiency was met by past
and present committee members, who each contributed £3 10s towards the purchase of a jewel.
Elkington’s, the Lord Street jewelers produced the badge which is of solid 18-carat gold, with beautifully wrought oak
leaves and acorns in high relief supporting the badge of the Institute, which is treated in fine enamel in heraldic colours, at the head of which appears the year of the foundation of the Liverpool Society, 1870.
The badge also features a ribbon-loop in the form of a shield bearing the full arms of Liverpool, as well as a representation
in gold of the Lancaster Rose. At the back there is a cabinet opening in which the name of each successive President. William Denton, received the badge from R S Blease, the oldest member.
LIVERPOOL CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION (LCASA) Established on 28 February 1883, the Liverpool Chartered Accountants Students’ Association is itself 137 years old. The inaugural meeting of the Association was chaired by A W Chalmers, FCA in the Law Associates Rooms, Cook Street Liverpool.
The prime objectives of the Association were the advancement of its members in the knowledge and study of accountancy and its kindred subjects.
The major functions of the Association in the early days was to provide a forum for training students through a lecture programme which concentrated on subjects particularly geared towards students’ examinations. Until 1963 an Accountant’s working week included Saturday mornings and Articled Clerks’ Saturday mornings were spent attending these LCASA courses. Life has moved
on and now in the 21st century the Association’s main purposes are to promote cultural and social activities and to act as a forum for discussing issues affecting the profession.
It is interesting to record that, of the Association’s Presidents, three have
become President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England
and Wales and over 50 have also been elected President of the
Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants.
LCASA continues to be a vibrant force today, and
its current Chair, Annabel Wickstead is demonstrating
great energy and has reinvigorated the Association.
The Society continues its support for our students and each year appoints
its Immediate Past President as LCASA President, and our current incumbent Carol
McLachlan is proving to be a strong mentor and guide to our next generation.
The formation in 1947 of the Chester and North Wales branch of the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants was admirably supported by colleagues from the Liverpool Society.
Students were catered for with Saturday morning lectures at the Westminster Hotel in City Road, Chester - a temperance hotel naturally, to make sure the students were kept on the straight and narrow. Among the lecturers were Arthur Green and Tony Colvin from Liverpool in their first flush
of qualification but already showing the contribution which they would make to the accountancy profession.
In recalling service, it is inevitable that various father and son teams appear among the names of Chairman of the Society namely Messrs Sunter, Hargreaves and Elphick. It was during John Elphick’s year as Chairman that the idea of past Chairman’s Jewels was instigated and he presented
the first to his father Brian Elphick who had been Chairman in 1958/59.
Membership has grown from small beginnings to 250 by 1967 and over 1,100 today, and the Chester & North Wales branch continues to be a vibrant part of the Liverpool Society.
This group was started in the 1960’s
with the senior partners of a number of practicing firms in Southport agreeing that it would be useful to meet informally to discuss practice matters. Southport group members, therefore, started to meet over a sandwich lunch on a totally informal basis. These meetings were successful and the group was formalised and at that time it
is believed, Philip Slater, the then senior partner of Lithgow Nelson & Co, became the first informal chairman of the group.
As well as the formal meetings a number of social events were arranged, and members vividly recall a visit to a brewery and a trip down a coal mine — when these still existed
in the area. Shortly after that it was agreed
to also hold an Annual Dinner which was eventually held at the Prince of Wales Hotel to accommodate the numbers wishing to
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