ICAEW sets out strong position on diversity at Professional Services LGBT Group dinner

RSM played host to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW) latest Professional Services LGBT Group dinner at its City headquarters on Thursday 18 January, at which it set out its clear position on diversity in the workplace.

The quarterly event, attended by representatives from both large and smaller firms within the sector, was chaired by RSM partner and president of the ICAEW Nick Parker. 

During his welcome speech he said: ‘Diversity, inclusivity and social mobility are absolutely fundamental to any business. At the ICAEW we don’t want any barriers to exist that would hinder bright and talented individuals joining our profession. This is why we’ve established the Diversity Advisory Group at the ICAEW. This exciting initiative reports directly to the Board and will ensure provisions are established and maintained to raise the profile of diversity in the workplace. 

‘As one of the UK’s leading audit, tax and consulting firms it’s essential that RSM takes a leading role in this critical area, and I’m delighted with the initiatives that RSM has adopted.’

The event focused on how the ICAEW can assist with the progress of diversity in the workplace among smaller firms who perhaps don’t benefit from the initiatives and service provisions enjoyed by larger firms. By bringing together firms of all sizes the ICAEW will look to facilitate increased access to these important schemes among smaller firms.

Guest speakers included Fiona Wilkinson, vice-president of ICAEW and chair of the ICAEW Diversity Advisory Group; Billy Cole of Stonewall, a leading voice for the LGBT community; David Franklin, director of Communities at ICAEW, and; Sian Hughes, Equality Diversity and Inclusion manager for the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Penrose Foss, partner at RSM and head of its diversity steering group, added:

‘The Professional Services LGBT group is a fantastic opportunity for firms like ours to explore what we can do to celebrate and support our LGBT communities. RSM is delighted to confirm its commitment to the group by hosting this dinner.’