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ICSA Announcements April 2016

30 March 2016

Monthly updates from ICSA: The Governance Institute

Member Notice

ICSA Annual Conference 2016

This year’s ICSA Annual Conference took place on 8 and 9 March at ExCeL London. With more than 600 attendees and over 50 sessions covering key governance topics, the event marked our biggest conference to date. Next year’s conference is set to take place on 4 and 5 July, we look forward to seeing you all then.

Student Notice

New qualifications for international finance

ICSA has developed a new suite of qualifications aimed at those working in the international finance and business sector. ICSA’s Level 5 International Finance Administration (IFA) suite of qualifications will replace the ICSA Diploma in Offshore Finance and Administration (DOFA) from January 2017.

These new qualifications provide students with the necessary skills to advance their career and have been designed to give students more choice, flexibility and the opportunity to study a qualification that is suitable for their lifestyle and career path. The qualifications that will be available are:

  • ICSA Level 5 Advanced Certificate in International Finance and Administration
  • ICSA Level 5 Subsidiary Diploma in International Finance and Administration
  • ICSA Level 5 Diploma in International Finance and Administration (DipICSA)

In addition to these new features, the topic of fund administration has been added to the programme. These new qualifications can help students perform effectively in the roles that support many different aspects of the international finance sector.

If you would like to know more about these qualifications, please contact our client relations team on supportservices@icsa.org.uk or visit the ICSA website.

IFA launch events

ICSA will also be holding the following launch events:

Policy update

Academy inquiry

The Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into the performance, accountability, and governance of multi-academy trusts (MATs). As the direction of travel for academies is to move towards larger MATs, there is a growing need to ensure that governance arrangements are appropriate for the schools to continue to deliver performance, while being accountable to pupils, parents and other stakeholders. As governance professionals, members will be all too familiar with the governance challenges facing MATs. The policy team is keen to provide evidence to the inquiry to highlight any concerns. If you are involved in the governance of academy trusts, specifically MATs, and would like to contribute to ICSA’s submission, please contact Louise Thomson, ICSA Head of Policy Not-for-Profit, at lthomson@icsa.org.uk before 18 April. Details of the inquiry can be found on the parliament.uk website.

Company culture research

ICSA: The Governance Institute has supported two major pieces of research into culture, both launched in March. The first was a joint effort with International Corporate Governance Network and the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) and identified indicators of corporate culture. The second was led by IBE, supported by ICSA and Mazars, and is titled Culture by Committee: the pros and cons. Both pieces of research are available on the ICSA website.

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