Ethics

April 7, 2021

Auditing Profession in Peril

If the audit profession in South Africa is serious about restoring trust it will need to reassert the primacy of professional scepticism and independence. There needs to be a balance between radical thinking and practical solutions. Greater clarity and transparency in the profession will ultimately result in a regime that allows auditors to better assess, assure and inform. Only then can real change come about.
March 27, 2021
fraud

The financial controller who stole £20,000 from her company

The risk of fraud committed by staff and contractors within organisations is on the rise. Much of the work carried out by chartered accountants can help prevent internal fraud from happening in their organisations.
February 4, 2021
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Audit must evolve to remain relevant and trusted

Audit has endured a battering of late, but now is the time for us all to work together to rebuild trust in the profession, says ICAS Deputy President Bruce Pritchard CA. Although my days as an auditor are behind me, I still care deeply about the profession. My views on what needs to change in this area may now come from the perspective of the CEO of a US-listed biotech firm and NED, but auditors need to understand public perceptions about their trade.
February 4, 2021
Change maker

Changemaker: A kinder magic

As Chief of Staff for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Claire Harbron CA acts as an operational linchpin in the world’s fifth-largest philanthropic organisation – an undertaking that is demanding, emotionally charged and endlessly rewarding. The alleviation of acute malnutrition in Nigeria; establishing decarbonisation programmes in India; the treatment of billions at risk of infection from parasitic worms: it’s not hyperbolic to suggest that the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) addresses many of the weightiest and most fundamental issues confronting humanity.
January 8, 2021

ISCA Practitioners Conference 2020

The Conference, which highlighted the changing audit and business landscape, and the challenges brought about by the pandemic, also discussed the strategies that practitioners could adopt to build up their resilience for tomorrow. In the brighter future when historians write about the Covid-19 crisis, it will hopefully be, for the audit profession, a tale of human ingenuity and adaptability.
December 17, 2020
Young Leaders

Four key traits for outstanding young leaders

What skills and qualities do leaders need to possess in order to navigate an uncertain world and motivate others along the way? As the latest Finance & Business 2030 Building Resilience webinar made clear, leadership qualities the world needs now are not focused inwards on the self but are directed at others.
December 13, 2020

Altered states

From Comic Relief to local practitioners, we talk to finance professionals about the difficulties of returning to work after an extended absence for illness, and their advice for others Mark Wildig, director of finance at Comic Relief, says: “My first day back was daunting – like all the first days […]
December 11, 2020
stay-agile

6 steps to staying agile in 2021

The challenges of the new year will look mightily familiar. ICAS President Catherine Burnet CA outlines how rethinking the lessons of the pandemic will help CAs boost the fledgling recovery. The ending of one year and the beginning of another always brings fresh hope that things are about to change for the better. And while many will be eager to say goodbye to 2020 – a year that will be remembered for unprecedented disruption and uncertainty – the hard work is not over yet.
December 11, 2020
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Meeting of minds – Pharma’s market

In a new series, CA magazine brings together ICAS Deputy President Bruce Pritchard CA and Sophie Baillie CA to hear how the life sciences sector has evolved – and how the roles of CAs have changed along with it.
December 11, 2020
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Learning curve

By Alice Deaken What CAs need to learn – and how – is in an accelerated state of flux. So what does that mean for our educational methods and models? Nick Scott asks Alice Deakin CA, ICAS’ newly appointed Executive Director of Learning Even before the pandemic, the pace of […]