Thought leaders and industry experts explore the key issues and opportunities for today’s finance professional.
Episode 22: Hazel Smith CA
Listen to our latest ICAS podcast episode focusing on the support offered by the ICAS Foundation.
Hazel Smith CA shares her journey from studying economics and finance at the University of Strathclyde to the present day, where she works in external audit for Bentley’s Chartered Accountants in Brisbane.
Hazel has been able to fulfil a life dream of hers, moving to Australia. During her conversation with Indy, she talks of how the ICAS Foundation provided support in the form of mentoring, funding and networking opportunities in order to facilitate her move to Australia and work as a CA there.
The ICAS Foundation has been providing bursaries and mentoring for 10 years, and during that period has supported over 300 young people from less advantaged backgrounds to study finance and accounting at University.
Episode 21: Anxiety
The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety.
Many of us experience feelings of anxiety. It's not uncommon to face many uncertainties and challenges in our lives, and anxiety is a natural response to such pressures.
Listen to our latest ICAS podcast episode, hosted by Jonny Jacobs CA, Finance Director of Starbucks, ICAS Council member and Trustee Board Member of the Mental Health Foundation.
Jonny is joined by Javed Bobat, Finance Recruiter at Fide - Ethical Finance Recruitment, who discusses the link between neurodivergence and anxiety while also sharing his experience of living with ADHD.
Lianne Stewart CA, Founder of Flow by Season shares her experience of what anxiety feels like to her. Plus, Samantha Frost CA, Director of Think Consulting and member of ICAS Council and ICAS Members’ Board, details her experience of supporting businesses to deal with anxiety and the many forms it can take in the workplace.
Sharon Maina, Accounts and Audits Trainee
Indy Singh Hothi CA, ICAS President speaks to Sharon Maina, Accounts and Audit Trainee, Martin Aitken & Co.
In this episode, Sharon shares her experience of what it was like to study her ICAS qualifications during the pandemic and the many lessons she's taken away from that stage in her learning journey. Sharon also tells Indy about her experience in volunteering and her current role at a Glasgow-based accountancy firm.
Sharon received support from the ICAS Foundation. Launched in 2012, the ICAS Foundation supports social mobility, ethnic diversity and gender diversity in students studying accountancy and finance at university.This podcast episode will be of interest to anyone thinking of becoming a CA and those wanting to find out more about the learning journey.
Ken Okoroafor CA, Founder, The Humble Penny
Listen to ICAS President, Indy Singh Hothi, ICAS President, talk to Ken Okoroafor CA. Ken and his wife Mary are the Founders of The Humble Penny. They aim to help others achieve financial independence and create financial joy in their lives.
This podcast episode delves into the work of the Humble Penny, Ken's definition of an entrepreneur and the importance of financial independence.
Carol Adams CA, Professor of Accounting
Listen to the latest ICAS podcast episode to find out more about sustainability reporting and why it is so important.
Indy Singh Hothi CA, ICAS President speaks to Carol Adams CA, Professor of Accounting at Durham University Business School and Chair of the ICAS Sustainability Panel about her extensive knowledge on how sustainability data reporting can lead to positive changes in our profession.
Tara Cemlyn-Jones, Founder, 25x25
On this episode of the podcast, Indy is joined by Founder and Coordinator of 25x25, Tara Cemlyn-Jones.
Tara discusses the mission of 25x25 to have 25 women CEOs in the FTSE100 by 2025 and 25% of the FTSE thereafter, the power of data in driving diversity and how CAs can be champions for a balanced society. Tara is also Non-Executive Director at Crossword Cybersecurity plc and an expert in capital markets, M&A and digital transformation.
Tara has over 25 years experience raising capital in public and private markets and growing companies through acquisition and international expansion, as a founder and as an investment banker.