About the Ulster Society

Chartered Accountants Ulster Society is the oldest district society of the Institute and serves around 4,600 members throughout Northern Ireland. The Chairman is Richard Gillan.

The Ulster Society provides professional, educational and social services and events for its members (in practice, in business, in the public sector and charity/ voluntary sector) and is a strong voice for Northern Ireland's business sector. The Society also actively fosters relationships with other accountancy, professional organisations and government bodies.


The professional body for Chartered Accountants in Northern Ireland has expressed the disappointment and frustration of the business community at the collapse of power-sharing talks yesterday. Zara Duffy, Head of Chartered Accountants Northern Ireland, which represents over 4,600 local Chartered Accountants said: “It is frustrating that we have now been without a functioning Executive and Legislative Assembly for thirteen months. “Our members are not only disappointed in the failure of our local politicians to find a way to work together, but they are frustrated by the knock-on effects that this deadlock is having in terms of investment, decision-making and Northern Ireland’s reputation around the world. “The failure to reach agreement is creating an instability which is now affecting jobs, essential services and the quality of life for people in Northern Ireland. “The UK will leave the EU in just over a year, and we expect Northern Ireland to be more adversely affected by this than the rest of the UK.  This is already creating a great deal of uncertainty around future business relationships and trading realities. Unfortunately the democratic deficit that exists without a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly only intensifies this uncertainty.”

Feb 15, 2018

Ulster’s Chartered Accountants have come together to raise funds for local charities Inspire and The Fostering Network. Chartered Accountants Ulster Society raised £7,600 for Inspire and the Fostering Network at its Charity Lunch. This total was doubled to £15,200 by the event sponsor Barclays.   The charity event also raised over £6,000 worth of toys for the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul.   Pamela McCreedy, Chair of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society said: “The Charity Lunch is always one of our most successful and enjoyable events. It’s a tremendous opportunity for the local business community to come together and help to make a difference for local charities. We’re delighted to have raised this amount for charities which are doing such fantastic work in Northern Ireland.   John Mathers, Corporate Development Director of Barclays said: “Barclays is delighted to, once again, sponsor the Ulster Society Charity lunch. Ulster Society members are extremely generous in their donations of toys and money, helping to make a real difference for many families who are in a less fortunate position. We know that the funds raised will make a really positive impact for these two organisations.”   Pictured at the cheque presentation in Belfast are Regina Cox, Inspire; Zara Duffy, Chartered Accountants Ireland; John Mathers, Barclays; Pamela McCreedy, Chartered Accountants Ulster Society; and Nikki Gregg, The Fostering Network.  

Jan 29, 2018

Local Chartered Accountants have welcomed the appointment of the New Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley MP. Zara Duffy, Head of Chartered Accountants Northern Ireland said: “We welcome Ms Bradley to the role of Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at a time when we are facing some significant challenges caused by uncertainties around Brexit and political instability. “During the year ahead, it is vital that our politicians, our public sector decision makers and business leaders start working together to find a way through instability and start to address the issues that are affecting jobs, services and the quality of life for people in Northern Ireland. “As a Chartered Accountant herself, we know that Ms Bradley will be well aware of the business realities and the importance of political stability for everyone in Northern Ireland. We look forward to working with Ms Bradley to ensure that Northern Ireland is a great place to live, and a great place to do business.”

Jan 09, 2018