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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 12:18

ICAEW appoints South Africa representative to Africa Members Advisory Board

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ICAEW - the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales - has today announced the appointment of Allison Legge to its Africa Members Advisory Board. Legge, who is an assurance partner at Deloitte, specialises in retail and consumer industries.

Speaking during the announcement of Legge’s appointment to the Advisory Board, Michael Armstrong, ICAEW Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia said: "We are delighted to welcome Allison to the Africa Members Advisory Board and especially value her experience and networks in the Southern African market which will be a real asset to our organisation."

The ICAEW Africa Members Advisory Board (MAB) is a volunteer advisory board, whose primary aim is to advise, guide and support the ICAEW Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) Regional Director and Africa team to implement ICAEW’s international strategy.

There are over 1.8m chartered accountants and students around the world, and African chartered accountants make up a considerable portion of ICAEW’s membership. ICAEW trains, develops and supports each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair.

" ICAEW seeks to encourage the development of a strong network of accountancy professionals around the world, one that supports people professionally and personally, to encourage the growth of a strong global economy,” said Mr. Armstrong.

South Africa’s economy has experienced relatively slow expansion in recent years, with GDP growth still short of the rates recorded prior to the global financial crisis of 2008-09. However, South Africa continues to benefit from a series of comparative advantages, including its robust financial services industry and strong private sector. In addition to being Africa’s second-largest economy, it is the most globally integrated in terms of capital and trade flows, and is well placed to benefit from growth in Africa and the broader global economic recovery.

“Allison joins us at an exciting time as we continue to drive this message across the continent and build deeper relationships with our stakeholders,” said Mr. Armstrong.

Legge is based in Cape Town where she has lived for 29 years since moving from the UK in 1990.

“I am extremely delighted to join the Advisory Board as it is through this platform that I can support African financial professionals in accessing the advances being made in the profession across the globe. I am thrilled to have been nominated to the board and I am eager to amplify ICAEW’s presence and voice across the continent,” said Ms. Legge.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Allison spent 27 years with PwC where she was partner for 14 years with responsibility for the Retail and Consumer Audit practice in Cape Town. She graduated from the University of Leicester in 1989.

Allison is a member of both ICAEW and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Notes to editors:
1. There are over 1.7m chartered accountants and students around the world - talented, ethical and committed professionals who use their expertise to ensure we have a successful and sustainable future.
2. Over 180,000 of these are ICAEW Chartered Accountants and students (152,000 members and 28,000 students). We train, develop and support each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair. We’ve been at the heart of the accountancy profession since we were founded in 1880 to ensure trust in business. We share our knowledge and insight with governments, regulators and business leaders worldwide as we believe accountancy is a force for positive economic change across the world.
3. ICAEW is a founder member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the Global Accounting Alliance.

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