Three women have been awarded ICAEW honorary memberships for their contributions to the accountancy profession, as part of celebrations around the centenary of Mary Harris Smith being accepted as the Institute’s first female member.
Beth Brooke, Emma Codd and Melanie Richards CBE were awarded the honorary memberships for their work “championing diversity and inclusion of women and LGBT+ communities”.
They have joined eight existing honorary ICAEW members, including the HRH The Prince of Wales, Sir Adrian Cadbury, Sir Bryan Nicholson and Mervyn King.
The announcement of these honorary memberships, which were delayed from last year due to the impact of Covid-19, followed a series of activities held in 2019 and 2020 to celebrate 100 years of women in chartered accountancy.
Mary Harris Smith is celebrated as the first female chartered accountant in the world and she became ICAEW’s first female member in 1920.
Fiona Wilkinson, former ICAEW president who led the centenary celebrations during her presidential term, said: “Congratulations to Beth, Emma and Melanie, who are all deserving recipients of ICAEW honorary memberships.
“Their passion and commitment advocating for women in the profession, and promoting inclusion and social mobility, is hugely commendable and extremely fitting as we celebrate the centenary of Marry Harris Smith’s successful application as the first female member of ICAEW.”