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Alliance who have continued to support our Society ever since.
My Annual Dinner was one of the last to be held at St George’s Hall, and I was delighted that
we were able to attract such a heavyweight speaker as Sir Terry Leahy, then Chief Executive of Tesco. My successful weekend was complete when the following day I sat with Terry and watched Everton thrash Sunderland 7-1!!
My time as President continues to reap rewards as Peter and I made many lifelong friends and enjoy our annual reunions up
and down the country. I hope our Society continues for many more years so that future Chartered Accountants have the opportunity to serve the Society and enjoy what was a great experience.
our own.
Where I, and countless other
LSCA members, have been able to contribute to our profession has been at National level.
I like to think that my own contribution to the functioning
of our Institute was to act as an exam moderator - firstly on the, then, law paper followed by the audit paper and finally both audit and accounting papers - always at PE1/Part1 level. I served for some 27 years; substantially longer than the norm of 6 years.
      n As I sit here on the Interislander ferry sailing from Wellington
to the South Island of New Zealand I have time to reflect
on many happy memories of my year in office.
It was interesting to finally visit Moorgate Place after many years of membership of the Institute, as many members outside of
Michael Cox
n I was articled to Wilson, de Zouche & Mackenzie “WZM” on 6th September 1965 on 4 year articles having decided to qualify as a chartered accountant by way of tertiary education rather than go to university.
I passed all the exams, having along the way come second in the Liverpool Society area at Intermediate to Martin Cooke, a future President of our Society. I was admitted as a member on 5th November 1969.
After 6 months teaching at Caer Rhun Hall and a year in London with Price Waterhouse I returned to Liverpool on
1st April 1971 as a partner in WZM until WZM merged with the Liverpool office of Grant Thornton “GT” on 1st July 1997, retiring on 30th June 2011 just before my 65th birthday.
I served on the committee of the Liverpool Chartered Accountant Students’ Association “LCASA” becoming
London probably never visit in
the whole of their careers. Those visits made me very proud to be both a member of the ICAEW and, more importantly, of the Liverpool Society.
My year of office in 2007- 2008 spanned two great events for the City of Liverpool, firstly the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the granting of the City’s Charter by King John, and secondly, the beginning of our celebrations as Capital of Culture. More importantly, from my daughters’ perspectives, Liverpool One opened and there were endless more shopping opportunities!
That last point is probably quite significant as the £1 billion investment by Grosvenor Estates
treasurer in 1968/69.
I was President of LCASA
in 1978/79 remaining on the LSCA committee at Ian Morris’ instigation becoming secretary in 1984 and 1985
I returned to the committee and became President of LSCA in 2008/09 during Liverpool Capital of Culture year. I enjoyed my year representing Liverpool and in particular the spectacularly well supported dinner in St. George’s Hall.
I am proud that three WZM partners, R C de Zouche, Kenneth Mackenzie and Cecil Taylor were all Presidents of LSCA and that our sesquicentenary President, Andrew Lovelady, was a WZM trainee. In addition two WZM London office articled clerks, Donald House and Roger Lawson, became Presidents of the Institute.
What has changed in the last 50 years? A great deal but in particular in the 1960s there was no audit regulation - we relied
into Liverpool One really kick- started the renaissance of our great City. We were also at that point receiving much in the way
of financial investment through European funding such as Objective One. At the risk of being political I find it quite sad and
very poignant to be writing this article on 2nd February, two days after the UK has left the European Union. I hope that is not a decision we will regret but I do fear for
the future progress of Liverpool without such sources of funding.
During my year of office we made great strides to engage more with our members in business and I was delighted
to be able to take our National President, Richard Dyson, to visit a number of members at Royal Sun
on the audit recommendations in the ‘N’ section of the ICAEW members’ handbook. Now
audit is subject to international regulation. For the better? Possibly not if the criticisms of the major firms are the bellwether.
I perceive a reduction in the influence of District Societies at National level. For example the demise of the District Technical Advisory Committees and
their Tax sub-committees have removed local ability to enhance the quality of pronouncements at national level.
From a personal point of
view I regret the giving up of our premises at 5 Fenwick Street, where the officers, sitting in
those three high backed chairs backed by the ‘honours board’
of past presidents provided some inspiration and sense of professionalism at least to this then articled clerk. Modern boardrooms are by comparison soulless - and we don’t even have

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