The ICAEW has appointed Sharon Spice as Access Accountancy chair to promote equality in the accounting profession and improve diversity
Sharon Spice, the ICAEW’s director of global student recruitment replaces Mark Protherough who stepped down from the role last month, as Access Accountancy chair and will hold the role for the next three years.
Spice has been hired alongside Dr Antonia Sudkaemper and Sara Najjuma who will act as diversity and inclusion managers for the ICAEW as part of an ongoing commitment to reduce inequalities and widen participation and will support teams across the organisation to develop strategies and initiatives to improve equality of opportunity for members and students.
Spice said: ‘I’m delighted to have been elected the new chair of Access Accountancy. Our profession has continued to show commitment to work experience and improving social mobility during a challenging period, and we are excited about this next stage of the Access Accountancy journey and encouraging more organisations to join.’
Dr Sudkaemper will be based in ICAEW’s education and training department and will oversee the organisation’s ambition to widen access to accountancy and Najjuma will be based in ICAEW’s Human Resources department. She will provide insight, guidance, and support in developing departmental and organisation-wide strategies to promote diversity and inclusion.
Spice added: ‘We’ve taken steps to build a more diverse and inclusive profession over the past decade, but we are committed to reducing the inequalities that still exist within ICAEW and the profession. Antonia and Sara will be key to strengthening this work and ensuring it is aligned across all our activities, and we are pleased to have welcomed them to the organisation.’
Established in 2014, Access Accountancy is a registered charity and collaboration of more than 25 accountancy firms and professional bodies dedicated to improving access and progression within accountancy for people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
The ICAEW has been involved in a number of initiatives to boost diversity, inclusion and equality in the profession. Last year the ICAEW and the larger accounting firms piloted RISE, a programme offering young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds skills to help prepare them for life and work experience.