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   Martin Cooke MBE
n Unlike, I suspect, many of the past presidents of the oldest society I felt more than uneasy taking over the mantle from my predecessor, Trevor Leary. I was neither in practice nor a native of Liverpool.
My first connection with Liverpool was in May 1950, sailing out of the Mersey, at the age of 3, on the SS Empress
of Australia. I was on my way
to Cyprus where my father
was serving as a regular army officer. Thus my first school was a Greek convent in Limassol and by the age of 4 I was bilingual (the Greek was quickly forgotten). My parents were then successively stationed in Egypt, Berlin, and Finland and
I was sent back to boarding schools in the south of England.
Jonathan Mounsey
n The May 1994 LSCA AGM was the starting point of a hectic year – Suddenly the
day arrived when I had the honour of representing the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants as President.
The Society is the Oldest Society of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and one of the main tasks of the LSCA President is
But Liverpool was calling. Overseas Liverpool is best
known for the Beatles, Liverpool Football Club and, particularly in the tropics, for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
I have an association with all three!
Firstly, in 1963, at the age of 16, I bought ‘Please, Please Me’ the Beatles first single to top the charts! Then, in 1965, when I started my articles in Chester I was told that I had to support a local football club. My inquisitor, whom I didn’t take to, was an Evertonian so that was a simple decision and I subsequently became a Liverpool season ticket holder and was lucky enough to be in Madrid last June for the Champions League Final. And then in the early
to make sure that everyone in the Accountancy Profession remembers that the roots
of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales were firmly planted in Liverpool, eight years before the ICAEW was set up by amongst others, the LSCA, in 1878.
The day job has to still be completed, the family have to be looked after and you have to attempt to fly the LSCA flag at as many of the local professional dinners as you can & when possible attend events in the
21 District Societies, to support fellow Chain Gang members if you can.
Every President has to be backed by work colleagues, LSCA Committee Members and family. I was lucky to receive
1990s, I was invited to join the Council of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine with whom I have been happily involved for more than twenty years.
But of my year in office, 1992/93, I have various recollections. Yes, attending
a large number of dinners
at the Adelphi including my own, but of longer lasting memory, the Liverpool Cotton Association dinner when I was seated at the very end of the top table next to a person from Mali who spoke no English
(I speak almost no French)
and beyond him a Thai who bravely attempted to act as our interpreter – it was a very long evening! As a consequence I have always been very particular about seating plans and at my
the unwavering support of
all of those groups. There
were moments when client commitments led to many Mobile Phone Calls from strange locations. (UK mobile phones were introduced in 1985, but coverage was still very tricky in much of the country in 1994/95).
ICAEW was undergoing some structural reforms and
I saw my mission as being to ensure that ICAEW decisions were not dominated by London & Home Counties attitudes and that ICAEW remembers that one of its key roles is to support its members wherever they are in the country. In addition I had to work with the rest of the LSCA team, including those running the branches in Chester & North Wales, Southport and on the Isle of Man in serving the needs of Members in the whole Society geographic area.
own dinner insisted on a two sided top table much to the consternation of the Dinner Secretary. I also remember arranging for the ICAEW Deputy President, Michael Chamberlain (Peat Marwick) , to play the famous ‘Willis’ organ in St George’s Hall when he visited our City.
But overriding all, I
reflect upon the 35 years in Liverpool working with fantastic colleagues successively for Rensburg, BWD Rensburg, Rensburg Sheppards and
finally Investec WIN who I am absolutely delighted to say now employ about 300 in our City - almost twice as many as when I retired in 2007. I am immensely proud of my adopted City and its people.
The Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants is known for upholding standards & traditions and there were two high profile opportunities to showcase those traditions in
my year – The LSCA Annual Dinner in November and
the Celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the formation of the LSCA with a special dinner at the Liverpool Town Hall on 25 January 1995.
The Adelphi Hotel (Britannia Adelphi as it was by then) was traditionally the only venue in Liverpool capable of holding big professional dinners and, so long as one planned it properly, they generally delivered a good evening. In November 1994 the Adelphi delivered an excellent dinner to a sell-out crowd.
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