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August 18, 2015

News briefs: AAT expands in Ireland, ICAEW enriches governance structure’s diversity

News briefs: AAT expands in Ireland, ICAEW enriches governance structure’s diversity

The UK-based Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has expanded to the Irish market, where it has launched its qualifications and membership services, in competition with the neighbouring country’s accountancy technician bodies.

AAT, a full member of the International Federation of Accountants, said the move is aimed at supporting the recovery of the Irish economy through the training of skilled technician accountants. It also means the association is present in 40 countries, including Botswana, India, South Africa and New Zealand.

AAT said the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland) has granted six exemptions to those who continue further their professional career.

CPA Ireland CEO said Eamonn Siggins said: "Continuing then on the CPA route to a professional qualification is the natural progression route for AAT graduates and with generous exemptions available, students can seamlessly make the significant career transition from technician to qualified CPA.

ICAEW enriches diversity of governance structure

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has enriched its governance structure appointing the first non-chartered accountants to its board.

Jill May has a background on investment banking and is a non-executive director and panel member of the Competition and Markets Authority, a UK government competition watchdog.

Michael Stewart comes from the world of corporate communications and is president and CEO of Edelman’s Europe and CIS region as well as a member of the public relations firm’s global executive committee.

The board is accountable to and advises ICAEW council, which is the institute’s main governing body.

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