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  John Anderson OBE, DL
1989
and Sheffield, initiated the Founding Societies award for outstanding achievement.
It still gives me immense pleasure and pride that I was honoured with the award in 2001.
An abiding memory of the award dinner in the city’s Town Hall, was the sounding of the fire alarm part way through the presentation which, I believe, provided much relief and entertainment - an object lesson to any inclined to take themselves too seriously.
So LSCA proclaims the 150th Anniversary of its beginning as the senior founding society.
Long may you flourish.
1991
part of the whole, reaching as far as Caernarfon as I recall.
I have to confess that having been fairly involved in the LSCA from almost the day I arrived in Liverpool until the year until I ceased to be the Immediate Past President, my involvement tailed off as other work pressures increased. Fortunately, however, most of the Liverpool practices have always generously contributed ‘manpower’ to assist the Society in its aims and it has provided them, as it did for me, a wonderful involvement in the accountancy related activities of a great District Society.
n As one who well remembers the centenary of the LSCA I
am amazed to be extant and able to congratulate you on the 150th.
It was a great privilege to have been your president
in 1989/90. A lasting
memory is of good friends and colleagues giving untrammelled encouragement and support. This fellowship and the upholding of the highest standards of ethical professionalism are the enduring qualities of the Liverpool Society and its members.
Whilst my memory of my own year remains strong, I also have very vivid recollections of
Trevor Leary
n Having recently moved up to Liverpool from London in 1980, the LSCA was a great introduction for me into
the business community of Liverpool, an area I had almost no knowledge. I suspect, in common I am ashamed to
say with many Londoners. It was made all the easier since there were several very senior partners in well-established Liverpool accounting firms already heavily involved, including, in fact particularly, Joe Hurst from (now) EY who represented the LSCA on
the ICAEW Council for many years and who for me was a very valuable mentor and a great friend. They made my introduction to the LSCA a most enjoyable experience.
Starting on the Committee, I progressed, at Maurice Rider’s insistence, onto the Technical Advisory Committee which
John Anderson with the Founding Societies Award
the centenary of the LSCA in 1970 – a mere 50 years ago.
This was somewhat overshadowed by some
in due course I chaired for several years and then after
a spell as Secretary I became
a very proud President of
the Institute’s oldest District Society in 1991. Julia and I quickly made many friends
of the Presidents at the other District Societies and the attendance at their Annual Dinners, and they at ours, were a major feature of that year. Indeed I won Ian McNeil’s much coveted “Golden Parsley Award” as the only president who attended every one of the District Dinners! Our annual Reunions of the “Chain Gang” continue to this day although naturally a few of our number have dropped by the wayside for various reasons.
I was never involved with the Education & Training Sub-Committee, other than as an attendee at courses, but I remember vividly what
significant, and still topical national events, and decimalisation was well under way so accountants were able to celebrate the end of adding pounds, shillings and pence.
1970 also saw the election
of the conservative Edward Heath as Prime Minister
who proceeded, in his best strangulated French, to secure the entry of the UK into the EEC.
LSCA did mark our centenary in 1970, but I recall a wider range of major national celebrations taking place in 1980 with the centenary of ICAEW.
To mark that event the Liverpool Society, together with those of London, Manchester
a vibrant group that was with a succession of irrepressibly enthusiastic chairmen. Indeed that Group was a huge contributor to the solvency of our District Society and the courses and activities they
put on were regarded as high quality and well supported.
I remember feeling rather envious that that was an area I never really took much part in.
The other area I recall well were the Branches of the Liverpool Society, principally
in Southport, Chester & North Wales and the Isle of Man, where I made many friends.
All the activities of the main Society were mirrored there and provided a great link into the LSCA’s “patch” which was a large one. I remember well the Town Discussion Groups which John Malthouse ran and into which he put an immense effort to make their members feel
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