Getting to know... the Aberdeen members' network
In Scotland we have
four members' regional networks, each of which is led by an elected panel. Ian
Waugh, President of the Aberdeen Members' Network Panel, provides an insight
into the network's recent activities.
The Aberdeen members' network's panel encompasses
members from all business sectors and the current membership of Ian Waugh, Albert Fraser, Mairi MacIver, Shona
Duncan, Derek Mitchell and Sarah Pumfrett continues to serve its members.
After providing five
years of fine service - including a term as president - Katrina-Anne Arbuckle decided
to stand down. In her place, members were pleased to welcome Nathalie Kirk who
works for Nexen in the oil and gas industry, one of Canada's largest energy
CPD events in
Aberdeen continue to be well received and well attended. 2008 saw a 14%
increase in delegates from 2007 and 2009 has gone well so far. Programmes are
generally tailored to reflect the diverse local membership base and stretch across
the gamut of skills that accountants need in the modern workplace from technical
subjects such as Excel 2007 Intermediate
and Visual Basic & Pivot Tables
to personal development areas such as motivation, mentoring and presentation
Back in February,
members were treated to a lecture from John Wils on the subject of 'Understanding
the Oil and Gas Industry'. The oil and gas industry and its support services
are a major source of employment in the Aberdeen area and the Panel's
membership continues to be representative of these interests.
With the oil price
reaching a peak of over $150/barrel and a trough of $45/barrel, it has been a
challenging time for some of the smaller companies. It seems that exploration
and production companies have attempted, whenever possible, to retain contractors
and staff in anticipation of an upturn. With the recent rise in the oil price
to $65/barrel and direct tax incentives introduced to operators in marginally
profitable North Sea fields in the March Budget, there appears now to be a
renewed optimism in the industry.
continues to host its successful networking events. The recent network dinner
at the Marcliffe at Pitfodels had over 100 guests and Mike Brown from Anderson
Anderson and Brown gave an excellent after dinner speech.
Andrew Leck - Head of ACCA Scotland, Mike Brown - Anderson Anderson Brown,
Hazel Burt - ACCA Scotland Past President and Ian Waugh President of
Aberdeen Members' Network at the Aberdeen Dinner.
On a lighter note,
guests were also treated to the added bonus of Kevin McMahon of Channel 4's
'Faking It' fame who gave up his life as a PhD researcher to become a magician.
Kevin is regarded as
the most successful faker the show has ever had, convincing not only a panel of
judges into believing he was a professional magician but also fooling Paul
Daniels with his sneaky sleight-of-hand! Now a professional magician, Kevin
managed to amaze a room full of eagled eyed accountants with his bag of tricks.
Kevin McMahon lights up the evening
Back in the real
world, Aberdeen played host in May to a Saturday Professional Courses event at
the Palm Court Hotel where a full house heard updates on employment law and
accounting standards and received insights into tax investigations and
opportunities for tax planning. Given its overwhelming success plans are afoot
to bring another event to Aberdeen in the autumn.
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