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  The Past Presidents recall...
Our Editor has done his best to track down the 37 surviving Past Presidents. Martyn is pleased to report that most seem in very good health, and here they have provided their very personal perspectives of their time as President and some thoughts on our Society and the impact it has had on their lives.
Arthur Green
n Arthur Green is our longest surviving President, and occupies a special place in our Society’s history.
He was our President in
Ian Morris
n The Liverpool Society has always comprised members willing to give their time to help others, be they members of the Liverpool Society of Chartered
Michael S Potts DL
n I owe a lot to the Society. In
the summer of 1970 I arrived in Liverpool as the new partner in charge of the Coopers & Lybrand office, which had been opened in 1920 and their first in the UK outside London. I didn’t know anyone outside the office but
in no time started to meet the clients and their advisers.
Prior to 1970 I had been articled in London rising to audit manager after 10 years and then to Dublin as a partner for just over 2 years to assist in the merger of three Irish firms into C&L. Many
of my Irish partners were active within the Irish Institute and I gained an understanding of how it functioned for its members.
On arrival in Liverpool I made
1971, and 16 years later became only the second of our Presidents to occupy the position of President of the ICAEW.
Accountants or others.
“It has therefore been a privilege and a delight to be a member especially at the time of such an important
He played a very key role in many of the initiatives during the 1980’s when our City needed strong leadership.
He has also, for a number
Celebration and to be led into such Celebrations by a man who has exemplified the above. Good Luck to you Andrew and to the Liverpool Society of
I was Secretary when David Lowry was President and it was a real pleasure to assist him in his year of office. I was very active with the Technical Advisory Committee, which worked closely with the Institute. In 1982 I had the pleasure and privilege to
be appointed President of the Society. After an unforgettable year my wife and I still hold reunions with the past presidents and their wives of the same year from around the country and after 35 years we have reluctantly decided to call it a day having been overtaken by age and infirmity.
After my presidential year
I became more involved with the Institute and in due course
of years now, as “Father of the House” responded with great wit and charm at our annual Past Presidents’ lunches.
Chartered Accountants for their friendship in this special year for me and to wish them well for their commemorations in the future.
became a member of the Institute Council. That broadened my outlook on professional life and
I enjoyed working on a number of committees meeting more people and continuing to gain in experience.
In 1992 after 36 years with C&L I decided to change direction moving from being a practising accountant to someone who could participate in a range of organisations such as charities, the University of Liverpool and companies of all size. etc. I am now almost fully retired and I don’t think I could have had such an enjoyable career had it not been for the Liverpool Society and the opportunities it gave me.
That is why I owe it a lot !
                myself known to the Liverpool Society and it wasn’t long before I was involved with committees and attending functions. This brought me into contact with practising accountants as well as those in commerce and industry. That produced a number of friendships which I still enjoy. One felt very proud to belong to a founding society and the friendship we all enjoyed was I believe quite exceptional.
I was happy to participate in many aspects of the Society.

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