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Chartered Accountants Abroad

Five Chartered Accountants consider the benefits of working overseas and share their tips for those who wish to broaden their horizons. Paul Murray Title: Commercial Manager – Sales, Programming & Operations Company: Seven Network Location: Sydney, Australia There are great personal development opportunities in multicultural nations such as Australia. I was fortunate enough to enter the market here at manager level thanks to my Big 4 background and extensive client exposure, something that wouldn’t usually happen in Ireland. Having started my career in Rugby Australia, I am now responsible for $1 billion in revenues and $500 million in costs at Seven Network, the most-watched free-to-air television network in Australia, and manage a team of seven women who all hail from different countries. The diversity in our team has really helped me develop from a people management perspective. My top tip Reach out to recruiters before you make the move abroad. This gets your name into the market and generates early opportunities. It also saves time, which is important as Sydney, in particular, is an expensive place to move to. Sarah McEneaney Title: Partner, Digital Talent Company: PwC Location: Chicago, US I’ve spent my whole career living, working and travelling all over the world. I would encourage anyone to take advantage of these opportunities, whether they present themselves or you have to create them. Working with people from so many cultures, and navigating situations and solving problems – often as a “minority” – are skills that are difficult to acquire without living them. Working overseas can allow you to have impact at a global scale – my experience has truly borne that out. As PwC’s Digital Talent Leader in the US, I am responsible for future-proofing our workforce of 50,000 colleagues and considering the impact of technology on the firm’s people strategy. My top tip A professor of mine once said: “Beware of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that come along every single day”. I wish I had heard this sooner, but I’m becoming more judicious in what I say yes to and what I decline. Oh, and get more sleep – that’s the true magic for better work. Caoimhe Toouli Title: Partner, Audit and Assurance Company: KPMG Location: Sydney, Australia I left Ireland in 2002, bound for Silicon Valley on an international secondment sponsored by KPMG. I really only wanted to go for 12 months, but had to commit to 18 months and I haven’t looked back. In my view, diversity of experience is invaluable for professional development. You can only grow when challenged by new situations, new people and new environments. Working overseas completely tests one’s ability to adapt and respond to change and difference. For me, working overseas in places like Silicon Valley and Sydney exposed me to much larger capital markets than in Dublin, more complex corporate structures and different cultures. This challenged and enhanced my experience, ensuring I continued to learn and develop throughout my career. As change is the only constant, you must remain open to change and continually adapt your managerial style. But if you are thinking specifically of working overseas, my one piece of advice would be to back yourself. Don’t be afraid to change direction; talented people will succeed anywhere in the world. Matthew Britton Title: Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis Company: Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Location: Abu Dhabi   During my four years in Abu Dhabi, I worked for a sovereign wealth fund. The role involved running the strategic financial planning process, evaluating investment projects and providing management with performance insights. My team boasted 11 nationalities and the company itself employed people from 65 countries. This in itself was incredibly interesting, but it was also very rewarding from a communication perspective.  Navigating cultural nuances and understanding how to influence effectively in a diverse environment has certainly benefited my career. In addition, the mission of the organisation is to secure the wealth of future generations so in a sense the “shareholders” are not even born yet. This brings with it a very different mindset to that of a PLC and learning to adapt to that culture – and, more importantly, to respect that culture – was a valuable learning. My top tip There is an understandable tendency for Irish people to gravitate towards other Irish people when living and working overseas, but being overseas gives you a great opportunity to develop a wider international network – something that needs to be nurtured from an early stage. Margaret Berney Title: Senior Financial Analyst Company: Tarion Warranty Corporation Location: Toronto, Canada Moving to Canada certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone, both professionally and personally. Learning from a new culture has expanded my skillset to that point that I now excel in my role and work extremely well with all colleagues, irrespective of their nationality or background. The move also impacted my outlook on work as I no longer see difficult situations as a challenge. I tackle them with confidence and this is perhaps attributable in part to the new environment I work in and the different philosophies and approaches I encounter each day. The only thing I would do differently in terms of my career overseas is to do it sooner. My top tip If you have an inclination to work abroad, follow your gut instinct and make it happen. Most won’t regret the decision and even if it doesn’t work out, you can always move home having learned from the experience. You can read more about living and working overseas in Chartered Accountants Abroad, the publication from Accountancy Ireland for Chartered Accountants Ireland members abroad.

Aug 06, 2019
Press release

The courses will be run in Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Newry starting on 30 September Chartered Accountants Ireland, in association with the Irish Exporters Association, today (11 September) launches a brand new continuous professional development (CPD) course - Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2. Starting on 30 September 2019, the course is designed to support the increasing demand for customs expertise in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, regardless of the outcome of Brexit. This is the latest initiative by Chartered Accountants Ireland to help businesses prepare for dealing with customs compliance and skill up in this area in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Businesses should be using the time between now and 31 October to improve their knowledge of customs procedures, and close any gaps in their knowledge that could prevent them from trading outside their domestic market. This course provides participants with insights into how to manage their dealings with EU/International customs efficiently and explores areas such as goods classification, origin, valuation and transit. Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 will run in the morning and evening respectively, and participants can book either the morning, or afternoon session, or both. Courses are being run in Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Newry. Director, Members at Chartered Accountants Ireland, Mr. Brendan O’Hora commented “We are delighted to launch this course in response to calls from our members to address the increasing need for customs expertise as a further support to businesses of all sizes in preparing for Brexit. We would encourage our members and business professionals dealing with customs compliance to book onto one of these sessions to get the essential information that they will need to know before the UK leaves the EU”. This course is suitable for accountants, and other business professionals, who have limited knowledge of customs. Attendees can be working in practice, finance, procurement, supply chain, operations or freight forwarding. No previous experience or knowledge of customs is required. Interested parties can visit the CPD programmes page of our website to learn more and register for the course. Notes to editors Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 is scheduled to be delivered as follows. For venues and further details please use the links below  Location Day and date Brexit Customs Level 1  More information Brexit Customs Level 2   More information Belfast Monday, 30 September 09:30 – 13:00   Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30   Link to booking >> Derry Tuesday, 1 October 09:30 – 13:00  Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30  Link to booking >> Newry Wednesday, 2 October 09:30 – 13:00  Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30  Link to booking >> Dublin Thursday, 3 October 09:30 – 13:00  Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30   Link to booking >>     About Chartered Accountants Ireland Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s largest and longest established professional body of accountants founded in 1888.  The Institute, which is an all-island body, currently represents over 27,000 members around the world.  The Chartered Accountants Ireland Brexit Action Group coordinates extensive lobbying and public information activities to help its members North and South of the border prepare for the departure of the UK from the EU. References: Akriti Gupta, akriti.gupta@charteredaccountants.ie or Phone: 01-523-3970

Sep 11, 2019

On 20 September, Chartered Accountants House will open its doors for Culture Night 2019.This will be the third year running this event and we are looking forward to welcoming members, their families, staff and all visitors to our building and to share in our programme for the evening.Here's what we have on offer so make us part of your Culture Trail! Art tour with curator Derville Murphy - 8:00pm - free but registration required Those familiar with the building will know that on all of five levels there is a diverse collection of artworks throughout. The collection includes works by, among others, Basil Blackshaw RHA, Sean McSweeney RHA, Dorothy Cross, Brian Ballard and Catherine Rock. Originally curated by Derville Murphy, we are delighted to have Derville here to walk visitors around the building for a guided tour and background to the works and artists featured. You can register for the free tour here. Visual art: foyer, 5:00pm - 9:00pm Ashling Smith - digital media artist Incorporating still and moving imagery and sound, Ashling's work explores the relationship between time and memory, place and identity. Ashling has recently completed her first solo exhibition "Crossing the Lens" in Draíocht, Blanchardstown. Ashling will present a selection of her work for us on Culture Night. Madeleine Hellier - stained glass artist Madeleine is an experienced artist and sculptor working mainly through the medium of glass. Madeleine frequently collaborates with artist Claire Halpin and their work is in the current "Sculpture in Context" exhibition in the National Botanic Gardens.  Bayside Rocks - rock painting exhibition and workshop Starting out as simple folly to make neighbours smile, the Bayside Rocks project has gone from strength to strength over a couple of years. Wandering around Dublin 13, you might come across a brightly painted rock or you can leave your own for someone to find. On Culture Night, you will see a sample of the work, watch rocks being painted and even have the opportunity to create your own rock art. Music: cafe from 5:00pm Vincent Judge - 5:00pm Vincent is a solo musician whose set will comprise mainstream folk/rock to get us started for the night! Diarmuid Kennedy - 6:00pm Diarmuid is a new piano composer from Dublin. Having been compared to Erik Satie, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Philip Glass, his inspiring music is receiving international airplay on radio stations in Seattle, UK and the Netherlands. RTÉ Lyric FM's Marty Whelan described his debut single "The Velvet Strand" as "beautiful". Since April, Diarmuid has performed in a number of festivals in Dublin and is delighted to play music from his debut EP "Experiential Piano" in Chartered Accountants House for Culture Night. Join his 100,000+ viewers on YouTube here. Sandymount Gospel Choir - 7:00pm Established in 2009, Sandymount Gospel Choir perform at events, churches and festivals in as wide a range of locations as Bunratty Castle, Darkness into Light walks amongst others. We loved them so much last year at Culture Night we had to invite them back again under the great direction of Cathy McEvoy.  Anna Jordan - 8:00pm Anna Jordan is a composer and singer who writes music and performs solo and as part of a two-piece band: SELK. She has composed for short films and has recently released her debut EP: Dust.

Sep 09, 2019