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 Chair is Maeve Hunt.

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.


Each year at our Charity Lunch, members generously donate thousands of pounds worth of toys to the Salvation Army and SVP's Family Appeal. This year, unfortunately our Charity Lunch cannot go ahead, but we are pleased to say that the Family Appeal is up and running. We hope you will still be able to support the appeal this year. Established in 1980 by The Salvation Army, the Family Appeal with St Vincent de Paul is the largest cross community Christmas appeal in Northern Ireland. As we all face a different kind of Christmas in 2020, your generosity will help families faced with making impossible choices. Whether you wish to donate £5 for a stocking filler, £10 towards a book so that a mum can read her child a bedtime story on Christmas Eve or £15 for a cosy Christmas coat, we are grateful for your donation and it will be split jointly between both charities. The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul are committed to ensuring that no child in Northern Ireland wakes up without a gift under the tree on Christmas morning and your support is crucial in helping us achieve this. Please donate HERE Thank-you and Merry Christmas! Maeve Hunt Chair, Chartered Accountants Ulster Society    

Nov 25, 2020

A virtual conference run by the Ulster Society in partnership with Danske Bank yesterday aimed to help local businesses to ‘bounce back’ from the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis. The ‘Bouncing Back Virtual Conference’ focused on the importance of leadership and resilience as businesses, advisers and their clients look to recover and rebuild the local economy. The half-day event was chaired by speaker and broadcaster David Meade and featured a range of speakers on the theme of leadership and resilience. First on the schedule was James McSporran, Learning & Development Consultant, who asked the question ‘What sort of leader do we turn into when things don’t go our way?’  In a fascinating presentation, James challenged delegates to honestly examine their mindset in adversity and how it might be causing more harm than good. Next up Vicky Davies, Deputy Chief Executive of Danske Bank spoke about how both the bank and some of its clients had addressed the COVID-19 health crisis – and the key lessons that she had taken from that. Following the coffee break Conor Houston, Houston Solutions Ltd took an overarching view of some of the main leadership challenges facing business and society, covering some major issues such as COVID-19, Brexit and Sustainability. Next, the conference welcomed Chartered Accountants Ireland President, Paul Henry who spoke about the support that the Institute has offered to members during the pandemic and introduced and Dee France, Member & Student Support and Wellbeing Manager at Chartered Accountants Ireland who talked about CA SUPPORT. The morning concluded with a panel of local business leaders and advisers talking about their experiences during the pandemic. Panel members who were quizzed by David Meade included Kieran Kennedy of O’Neills Sportswear; Miles Canning of athletic equipment supplier BLK Box; Marianne Hood, Chair of the Institute of Hospitality NI; and Brian Ambrose of Belfast City Airport. Maeve Hunt, Chair of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society said: “The challenges for business throughout this year have been plain to see. The qualities of leadership and resilience have never been needed more. Throughout this conference we’ve aimed to look to the positive and to examine ways in which businesses can successfully adapt and recover. “We’ve enjoyed a strong line-up of expert speakers, a panel of business leaders who have faced unprecedented challenges over the last year and taken some valuable insights from our partner Danske Bank. I hope that delegates have come away motivated and thinking positively about how they can take their business forward despite the lingering challenge of COVID-19. Guest speaker Vicky Davies, Deputy Chief Executive of conference partner Danske Bank said: “We’ve really enjoyed the ‘Bouncing Back Virtual Conference’ and hearing from some excellent local business people about how they have adapted and transformed their businesses over this difficult year. Despite tough times still to come, I believe that the stories we heard at the conference should give us all a sense of hope for the future.” Pictured are (from left) Vicky Davies, guest speaker and Deputy Chief Executive, Danske Bank; and Maeve Hunt, Chair, Chartered Accountants Ulster Society.  

Nov 20, 2020

On 16th November the Ulster Society held a webinar introducing HM Government's Trader Support Service (TSS). The webinar was delivered by representatives of a consortium selected by Government to deliver the TSS.  This session covered: What the Northern Ireland Protocol means for your business How to prepare for the changes that result from the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol What the Trader Support Service does (including what it doesn’t do), and how it will work as a customs intermediary service for NI trade What you need to do to be ready to keep your goods moving from 1 January 2021. A recording of this webinar is available to view on demand and for free HERE. A pdf copy of slides from the TSS presentation is available HERE A Q&A of questions submitted by the audience during the webinar is available HERE

Nov 18, 2020