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.


Ulster’s Chartered Accountants gave out some Christmas presents and provided a boost to local children’s charities by presenting hundreds of toys to the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul Family Appeal.  Chartered Accountants Ulster Society raised a total of £19,500 with support from event sponsor Barclays. This total will be shared between Friends of Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda and the Alzheimer’s Society.   The toys and funds were collected at the Society’s Christmas Charity Lunch at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, attended by over 500 Chartered Accountants.   Richard Gillan, Chairman of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society said: “Our Charity Lunch is one of our most important events and a fantastic opportunity to make Christmas a little bit brighter for a lot of families. “Chartered Accountants have raised money and donated toys which will bring some Christmas sparkle to children this Christmas. This event is always one of our busiest and most enjoyable events and it’s especially important at this time of year that we can support fantastic charities which make a big difference. We’re particularly pleased that with the support of Barclays we have been able to make this a record year in terms of funds raised.” John Mathers, Corporate Development Director of Barclays said: “Barclays is delighted to support the Ulster Society Christmas lunch, in this our fifth year of doing so.  The lunch is a highlight of the calendar for members and welcomes in the festive season.  Guests have once again been extremely generous in their donations of toys and money, helping to make a real difference to many both locally and further afield.” Pictured before the charity lunch with just a few of the toys collected are Richard Gillan, Chairman, Chartered Accountants Ulster Society; Zara Duffy, Head of Chartered Accountants Northern Ireland; and John Mathers of event sponsors Barclays.

Dec 16, 2019

‘Leadership on the Line’ Conference brings sporting and business leaders together in Belfast A Conference in Belfast next week will examine the leadership parallels between business and high-level sport.  The Leadership on the Line Conference, taking place at Kingspan Stadium on Tuesday 15th October, will examine how leaders of elite sports teams create a winning culture and how those lessons can be applied to business. The Conference, organised by Chartered Accountants Ulster Society in partnership with Danske Bank, will hear from Andrew Trimble, former Ulster Rugby star and founder of Kairos Software; Arlene Boyles, Assistant Coach of the Ireland Hockey Team which reached the Women’s World Cup Final in 2018; and Bryn Cunningham, former player and current Operations Director of Ulster Rugby. Delivering a keynote address at the conference will be Dr. Phil Glasgow, Head of Rehab and Physiotherapy with Irish Rugby and formerly Chief Physiotherapy Officer for Team GB at the Rio Olympics. The event will be hosted by Andrew Toogood of Proclaim Consulting. Richard Gillan, Chairman of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society said: “Culture and teamwork are as vital to the business world as they are on the playing field. Whether it’s in business or in sport, results matter. “Watching from the stands or reading a ghost-written autobiography may be as close as some of us get to understanding the mindset that is required to compete in elite sport. Most of us, however, understand the importance of either leading or contributing as part of a team in our working lives. “The ability to leverage the potential within our organisations is more important than ever before. Leadership on the Line will be a fascinating insight into team and leadership dynamics, and I hope that it can make a real contribution to the discussion around creating a winning organisational culture.” Shaun McAnee, Managing Director of Corporate and Business Banking with Danske Bank said: “Danske Bank is once again delighted to be sponsoring the Ulster Society’s annual conference. Through the bank’s many sports sponsorships we have learned over many years that business can learn a lot from the world of sport and I look forward to hearing the speakers’ views on successfully leading and inspiring high-performance teams. Strong leadership is always important to business growth, and that is particularly true in the current economic and political climate.” The Leadership on the Line Conference takes place at Kingspan Stadium on Tuesday 15th October. More details and booking available at our events page Pictured ahead of the conference are Shaun McAnee, Danske Bank; Zara Duffy, Chartered Accountants Ireland; and Richard Gillan, Chartered Accountants Ulster Society.  

Oct 10, 2019

Registering for an EORI number is just the first step to prepare for Brexit... In order to continue to trade with the EU after Brexit, Chartered Accountants Ireland is urging Northern Ireland businesses to do two things; register for an EORI number and assess whether or not they have gaps in customs knowledge that could prevent them from trading with the EU post Brexit. While customs knowledge is critical, obtaining a customs registration or an EORI number is the first step that businesses must take to be able to continue to trade with the EU after Brexit.   Richard Gillan, Chairman of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society said: “Without an EORI number, Northern Ireland businesses will not be able to trade with the EU after Brexit. Getting an EORI number takes five minutes online with HMRC and while it should be the starting point in terms of their plans it should be by no means the only thing they should do.  Businesses need to look at customs software, get familiar with customs returns and think about who will do the customs administration for trade with the EU. “Regardless of whether customs duties apply, in order to move goods between the UK and the EU, traders will need to have customs expertise and third party software to file these declarations with the HMRC; otherwise they will need to hire an agent such as a broker or freight forwarder to do this on their behalf.   “No matter what form Brexit will take, traders need to file customs returns with HMRC before they can trade goods with the EU.  The returns need to be completed correctly; otherwise goods could be detained at ports and borders because HMRC officials will need to check that the proper declarations are in place.” After Brexit, UK businesses will need to apply the same processes to EU trade that apply when trading with the rest of the world and HMRC estimate that customs declarations are expected to increase fivefold to over 250 million declarations per year once the UK leaves the EU.  Richard Gillan said “Businesses need to be proactive in their preparations to be able to complete paperwork. While some traders are experienced in the customs formalities required to import and export to the rest of the world, it will be a first for many other businesses, particularly the smaller enterprises.  We are urging these businesses to use the time between now and 31 October to upskill in the area of customs. ” Regardless of the form Brexit will take, businesses must do the following to prepare and they must do that now: 1.         Register online with HMRC for an EORI number – it takes a few minutes to apply and a number should issue immediately or within 3 working days if checks are needed 2.         Become familiar with the new customs administration.  Decide whether you will do the customs administration yourself or whether you need to hire a customs agent.   ENDS Notes to editors To move goods into or out of the EU you need an Economic Operator and Registration Identification (EORI) number.  Therefore Irish and UK traders who trade with each other will need to apply for an EORI number. HMRC and Irish Revenue use this number to identify you and collect duty on your goods.  In the UK, you can apply online to get an EORI number on gov.uk. 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. Reference: Garry Webb, garry.webb@charteredaccountants.ie or Mob 07841 152045 www.charteredaccountants.ie

Jul 31, 2019