New ICAEW president to focus on ‘trust in the profession’

William Brooks, who will serve as head until 2022, also said he will turn his attention to ‘promoting and implementing’ ICAEW’s strategy for the next decade

Newly elected ICAEW president William Brooks, has outlined the plans for his presidency – promising to “focus on trust in the profession” and the role of chartered accountants in “supporting the transition” to more sustainable economies. 

Brooks, who will serve as head until 2022, also said he will turn his attention to “promoting and implementing” ICAEW’s strategy for the next decade.

Speaking on his first day of office, Brooks told colleagues that the profession has entered a “decade of transition”-  adding that the sector “needs to adapt and evolve” to ensure that it continues to serve the public interest at the end of this period.  

He said: “As key agents of trust, chartered accountants are at the centre of sustainable decision-making, not just financially but also socially and environmentally. Tackling global challenges requires global collaboration so it is vital that our profession remains attractive to talented people from diverse backgrounds.”

Brooks was elected to the ICAEW council in 2011 and has been an active member of ICAEW since 2000. 

He served as an examiner for the ICAEW final admitting exam (the Advanced Case Study, as a member of the disciplinary committee and as president of the London Society of Chartered Accountants.

He succeeds David Matthews as ICAEW president. He will serve a one-year term until June 2022, when he will hand over to Julia Penny. 

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