While accountants in practice, alongside their counterparts in business and the third sector have looked to build a more diverse and meritocratic profession, there is still a long way to go.
The gender pay gap and infamous glass ceiling are still very much in place in accountancy. Those who make it to the top are outstanding role models, but there are still far too few women leading practices or sitting on boards.
These awards will honour the inspiring achievements of women across all parts of accountancy and will also help shape the discussion around how we can improve diversity within the sector as we highlight some of the most forward-thinking initiatives.
We hope these will help move the diversity agenda forward, especially for women, as everyone knows there are still many issues to be addressed and challenges overcome. Showcasing excellence and achievement is a vital tool in the continuing battle to establish equality across all parts of the industry and in all roles.
“I’m delighted that Incisive Media has launched the Women in Accountancy and Finance Awards – the first of its kind for the profession,” said Incisive Media’s managing director of events Simone Broadhurst. “Diversity is an important topic for Incisive Media, and we want to support recognition for inspiring achievements of women recognised in professional services sectors. We hope these awards will continue to drive debate, and further change, in the accountancy profession.”
Kevin Reed, chair of judges for the Women in Accountancy and Finance Awards, commented: “The accountancy profession hasn’t shied away from broaching equal opportunities and diversity, but more progress is required.
“The broadening of responsibilities placed on accountants, along with the digitisation of many tasks, means new ways of thinking, new skills and development for those in the profession and wider recruitment, are needed for the profession to remain relevant. These awards will hopefully play a part in raising the profile of the crucial role women play, and highlight the hurdles that many people face in progressing within the profession.”
The awards are recruiting a panel of more than 20 expert judges and the nomination process opens on Tuesday, October 1. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 25 2019.
For more information about the judges and the awards, please visit: womeninaccountancyandfinanceawards.com
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