Transitioning to the new normal
As a member of the IFA, I want to thank you for your support. We are all doing what we can for those around us and we’ve tried to do what’s best for you, our members. That’s why we took the decision to cancel or postpone our physical events and hold regulatory committees via a secure online platform.
UK members have been supported at a regional level by branch ambassadors through the Member Support Group and at an international level by our representatives who have been oﬀ \ering help and support by sharing useful information, and links to online programmes and webinars for CPD.
Though restrictions are beginning to ease, we don’t know when events venues will be able to open safely.
With that in mind, we are exploring ways to bring you a series of virtual workshops and the annual conference online. The conference will look at the insights we have gained in dealing with the challenges of continually adapting to changing scenarios.
Topics will include how we protect our well-being, tax, practice development, and fraud. I do hope that you will be able to join us at one or more of these events.
Just before lockdown, we undertook two member surveys: one for those in business and practice and one for retired members.
We had an excellent response rate of 21% and 22% respectively. More than 91% of respondents stated that the main reason for joining and retaining their membership is the recognition that being a member of a professional accountancy body brings.
The results have also given us much food for thought. We are currently prioritising areas identiﬁed where there is room for improvement, and how we involve those who indicated that they would be interested in taking part in further research. I will be sharing further details of the survey with you over the coming months.
Thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaires and for all your continued support. It has never been more important.
John Edwards FFA FIPA, IFA CEO