HURST partner Anthony Woodings has been appointed president of ICAEW Manchester Chartered Accountants, which has 5,000 members across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. It is the local society of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and represents the views of Greater Manchester members to the national body. It is also a leading voice on matters affecting business in the region.
Anthony, 52, also sits on the ICAEW governing council as an elected member for Manchester. He is a business services partner at HURST and is responsible for the firm’s graduate recruitment programme as well as audit compliance. Anthony advises companies in sectors such as manufacturing, engineering, distribution and construction, and undertakes a range of specialist assignments.
He is a past treasurer of the Citizens Advice Bureau in Stockport and audit committee member of Stockport College. He is married to Fiona and is devoted to his twin six-year-old girls. He said of his new position: “I am looking forward to the next 12 months. It’s an exciting time to be representing Manchester’s voice as the city region seeks to maximise the benefit of devolved powers to better serve local people.
Anthony Woodings - Partner & President of ICAEW
“In the same way I will be working on an in-depth review of how ICAEW Manchester, and our members, can be better supported by the national institute.” Anthony will continue to champion access to the profession like his predecessor Alan Clarke, through a range of training routes.
He said: “Some of our member firms are real trailblazers here for the new apprenticeship schemes, encouraging entry into accountancy for all.” ICAEW Manchester’s membership is divided evenly between chartered accountants in practice and those working in industry, representing around 80 per cent of SMEs in Greater Manchester.
Anthony will be supported in the president’s role by vice-president Julie Radcliffe, an audit director at KPMG in Manchester.