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     and we much enjoyed not only those occasions, but also the pleasure of getting to know their respective Presidents
and their partners. Twenty years later we still enjoy the
Michael Darby
Mark Taylor
n After many happy years of our own offices, initially in Fenwick Street, and then at One Old Hall Street, the Institute started the move to regional offices meaning the closure
of our Old Hall Street office
and sad loss of local staff - in particular Andrea Betteridge. I am still unsure if this was for the better or worse for LSCA?
Marion Hodgkiss
n It was a long time ago that I was inveigled into standing for the position of LSCA President. I thought it would be a good idea as it would allow me to
annual reunions - held every June around the country
- although the activities in which we all partake have become somewhat more sedate these days!
Coming back to the present it is great to see that, as the ICAEW’s oldest district society, we are marking our first 150 years in such a fitting manner. As always, Liverpool will be
able to set a standard for others to follow!
Good luck and make the most of it, Andrew!
2000 2001
I was even accused by
one firms senior partner of “prostituting” the profession
by doing so - strange as accountants have always charged for their ‘services’ – but all worked out well in the end, and this, with a few exceptions became our home for a good few years.
to, and after the Presidential year there were many aspects of policy and direction taken by ICAEW that I disagreed
with or thought might benefit from more input from the
local membership. Having complained about it for a while I was told – if you don’t like it do something about it. That
is how I ended up on Council – but that is a different story altogether.
It was a privilege to represent the LSCA membership both locally and nationally and although it was time consuming on occasion
I would not have missed it for the world.
      We initiated the development of Professional Liverpool with
a grant from Government Office North West and the
drive of Geoffrey Piper. The Society became one of the founding local institutions, and this really heightened the key point of Liverpool having the broadest range of professional services outside London (ahead
have more exposure to the local membership. Little did I know it would lead to ‘greater things’
The presidency was more than I expected it to be but the main advantage of being a strong society is that there are plenty of people there willing to help, with advice or past experiences, all of which helped.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the job is meeting members that you would
not normally encounter in
your day to day job, and this includes those from the other professional bodies. The Liverpool Chain Gang is strong
of Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester). Took another year or so to be formalised under Andy Lovelady’s Presidency, but I’m delighted to hear it continues to thrive.
I took the Annual Dinner to
the Crowne Plaza (goodbye to the Adelphi) with the focus on a great night out with fellow professionals.
and there is a lot of cross Institute activity in the city and surrounding areas.
A second aspect is the connections I made with the Presidents from the other ICAEW societies. We still meet up for weekends away twice a year, and there are usually 18
to 24 attendees (including their spouses). Not much Institute business is discussed nowadays but we have stayed at some lovely places, and enjoyed copious amounts of food and drink. Even my husband, who is not an accountant, looks forward to these weekends - unless it is our turn to organise.
During the years leading up

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