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Virtually Live 2020

Untold stories: 100 years of women in chartered accountancy

Speakers: Julia Root-Gutteridge, Fiona Wilkinson, Jane Berney, Christine Pattison, Helen Thornley

Schedule: 20 Aug 2020 09:45 - 10:45 BST

Overview

ICAEW marked 100 years since the first woman entered membership, Mary Harris Smith, in May 2020.

Mary was not only our first female member, but the world’ first female chartered accountant. Her entry paved the way for women to enter the profession. Hers is a story of true resilience, determination and strength of character – which moves and inspires all who hear it.

This panel discussion will cover: 

  • Life and achievements of Mary Harris Smith, ICAEW’s first female member
  • The ground-breaking women who followed in her footsteps
  • The ways ICAEW has marked the centenary, including a historic blue plaque

As recent discussions of social and economic opportunity have taken centre stage in public discourse, join this session to hear about the woman who was pivotal in opening up access to the profession, and the trailblazers who followed her.

The panel

  • Julia Root-Gutteridge, Centenary campaign manager, ICAEW (Chair)
  • Fiona Wilkinson FCA, ICAEW Immediate Past President
  • Jane Berney FCA, Manager, Business Law, ICAEW & author of ICAEW’s centenary history book
  • Christine Pattison, Member (qualified in 1972) 

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The panel

Fiona Wilkinson Previous President, ICAEW

Fiona will be participating in the panel session celebrating 100 years of women in chartered accountancy.

Dr Jane Berney is ICAEW's Business Law Manager and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020
Dr Jane Berney Business Law Manager, ICAEW

Jane will be participating in our panel session reflecting on the centenary of women entering chartered accountancy.

Julia Root-Gutteridge is a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020
Julia Root-Gutteridge Manager, Board Effectiveness, ICAEW

Juila will be hosting two panel sessions on the future of boards and on women in chartered accountancy.

Christine Pattison
Christine Pattison Retired Chartered Accountant

Christine will be participating in our panel session reflecting on the centenary of women entering chartered accountancy.

Helen Thornley is Technical Officer at ATT and a speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020
Helen Thornley Technical Officer, ATT

Helen will be participating in our panel session reflecting on the centenary of women entering chartered accountancy.

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