At the halfway point of his term, HSKS Greenhalgh Director Kultaran Singh takes a look back at the first six months of his Presidency of the NDLSCA (Nottingham, Derby and Lincoln Society of Chartered Accountants).
My first official engagement as President was attending a celebration for the Queen’s 90th Birthday at Southwell Minster in June. The event was notable for a number of reasons but primarily for the warmth of welcome myself and my wife received, a theme which has continued at the numerous annual dinners of other district societies I have attended, starting with the East Anglia Region event at the prestigious Trinity Hall, Cambridge University and most recently in Liverpool, where the BBC’s Jon Pienaar was a most excellent speaker.
There are at last seven more local society dinners which I hope to attend in 2017, as well as the NDLSCA Annual Dinner which I shall be hosting at Eastwood Hall on 17 March where ICAEW President Hilary Lindsay is the guest speaker. The Dinner is only possible due to the kindness and generosity of our sponsors, which this year include two of our clients, Nindi Kumar at N K Motors and Gary Hans at AMG Wealth, to whom I’m particularly grateful.
As well as representing the NDLSCA at dinners and meetings across the country, a major part of my role is also organising events for members locally. The first of these was ‘Develop Your Personal Brand’, held at the end of November in conjunction with the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association (CABA) and presented by Meg Burton. I am keen to promote the invaluable work of CABA during my Presidency and I am planning to organise another event on a different topic in conjunction with them in Lincoln sometime in the Spring.
On 11 April the NDLSCA is hosting a full day conference called an Update for the Accountant in Practice, which takes place at PWC’s offices at Castle Donington. Topics to be covered include regulation, probate, using social media for growth and retirement and succession planning. As with all of our events, we are particularly keen to see the younger membership attend, as they are the future of our profession.
Engaging our younger members has been one of the main aims of my Presidency and I am keen to see this continue. With this in mind I have been working with my Deputy President, George Acquah and Vice-President, fellow HSKS Greenhalgh Director Anshu Mehan, on putting together a strategy for the next two to three years, to ensure that the District Society remains pro-active in its aims and objectives.
During an exciting and busy six months it has been an honour to represent the Society at events all over the country and I am very much looking forward to building on what has been achieved so far as I enter the final few months of my Presidency.