Supporting Career Progression from MAAT to ACCA

A WIA Initiative Of course we know that the term accountant isn’t regulated. However if you are a member of a Professional Accountancy Body then you do have to abide by the bodies rules particularly regarding Practising Certificates. But what happens when you realise that one of those rules doesn’t support the career progression for […]

Women Role Models

Did you, like me, find the recent episode of Loose Women with the barny between Coleen Nolan and Kim Woodburn cringeworthy at best and bullying at worse? It beggars belief that any sensible person would think that setting up a “fake trial” between the feuding pair with Janet Street-Porter dressed up as a Judge would […]

The end of the 9 to 5 working day

According to a recent BBC article (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45253060) only 6% of people in the UK work the traditional 9 to 5 pattern. Flexible Working It seems that over half of people have flexible working patterns allowing them the freedom to juggle hectic life demands. Employer Enlightenment That said it seems that some employers still need to […]

Women-only network appoints male chairman

The BBC has reported that AllBright, a networking group with the aim of supporting female leaders “has appointed a male chairman”; I quote from the BBC article (see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45083594). Just as an aside it’s bizarre that the BBC feel the need to point out that a male is a chairman. Surely the sentence should read […]

68 new signatories to Women In Finance Charter

This month the Treasury announced that a further 68 firms had signed the Women in Finance Charter. This takes the total to 273 firms from the financial services sector; a coverage of 760,000 UK financial services employees. Among the list of new signatories is ICAEW; late to the game but now signed up which is […]

A Q&A with Shameika Byfield of shyfigures.co.uk

  What’s your name: Shameika Byfield Web site address: www.shyfigures.co.uk Social Media links: Instagram: @shyfigures Twitter: @shyfiguresltd Facebook: @shyfigures When did you start out in accountancy? I studied Accounting and Finance at Greenwich School of Management between 2010-2012. I have always aspired to become a Chartered Accountant. I am now studying AAT Level 4 to […]

Blog Guidelines for WIA

We will publish blogs that are of general interest to Women In Accountancy. Your blog should not be more than 800 words long, be well written about a compelling story or item of interest for Women in Accountancy. We are looking for blogs covering useful tips, how to guides, new things to be aware of, […]

Women in Accountancy Survey – tell us what you think

The launch of the Women in Accountancy web site is accompanied by a Survey asking some previously unasked and frank questions such as “Have you ever encountered sexist or misogynistic behaviour in the accountancy profession?”. You’ve got to hope that we won’t see a Harvey Weinstein type scandal in the profession but frankly I don’t […]

Launching Women in Accountancy

When Accountex Summit North was launched earlier in 2018 I called out the hosts of the event, Diversified Communications UK, about the lack of female speakers on the agenda. In fairness to Diversified their Events Director, Zoe Lacey-Cooper, immediately engaged with me. After a frank discussion together we launched the first Women in Accountancy Round […]