Welcome to the first issue of the new-look CA magazine. It is a significant departure from its predecessor, not just visually but also in terms of navigation. Hence the inclusion of this handy user’s guide below.

The changes are largely informed by a survey we carried out last summer to get members’ views on their magazine. We believe it’s a change for the better. It’s much more user-friendly, whether you’re reading this on a laptop, phone or tablet. It also offers a far more immersive experience, with smoothly embedded videos and animations, and a truly widescreen experience – especially for readers on desktop. We would welcome your comments and feedback at camagazine@therivergroup.co.uk.

In this issue we celebrate some landmarks of our 170-year existence, which you can read here. That timeline ends with the most significant development in recent ICAS history – the launch of the new syllabus, CA24, on 22 March. This is the product of many months of canvassing students, the firms that currently train them and the ones that will do so in the future.

This issue covers the new syllabus in-depth and our Executive Director of Learning, Gail Boag, explains what it means for our students and members alike. The new syllabus will reflect what it means to be a CA in the modern world, while ensuring that the CA qualification remains of the highest quality for the profession.

As President Clive Bellingham writes, addressing how we attract the next generation of students is central to our ICAS 2030 Strategy. Clive also touches on another key part of the strategy, which is the ICAS Foundation, and how we’re trying to improve social mobility across the profession so that the next generation of CAs reflects a wider cross-section of society.

Our heritage gives ICAS a special position in chartered accountancy. But while celebrating the past, we must always be forward-thinking as an institution. And that goes for everything, from the syllabus to this magazine.

Enjoy the issue

Sarah Speirs, ICAS Executive Director of Member Engagement and Communications

To read the new-look CA magazine, rather than turning pages from left to right, you simply scroll down, as you would on any newspaper website.

For this issue’s full contents, keep scrolling down this page. From there you can click through and read any article.

You can also find an article by clicking on the menu bar in the top-right corner.

To read a full article, scroll down until you see the “next story” button. 

At the end of individual articles, we will also provide you with links to similar content.

All back issues are still available at camagazine.co.uk


Learning redefined

New syllabus
Gail Boag, Executive Director of Learning, introduces CA24, the greatest revamp of syllabus and delivery in ICAS history

170 years of ethical leadership

ICAS timeline
A pictorial history of how ICAS has been setting professional standards since 1854

The power of the
placement year

The Big Picture
How paid placements can successfully bridge the gap between the worlds of academia and industry

Accountancy matters

Nigel Macdonald CA
The Past President says that by showing how organisations really function, accounting enables you to change them for the better

Read all about it

New logbook
ICAS has produced a new, streamlined, easy-to-use electronic logbook for the CA students of today

News and Comment

The Account

The latest in finance and business – including the key picks from PwC’s annual survey of CEOs’ views about the economic outlook

President’s View

Clive Bellingham CA on a mentee’s recovery from a mental health crisis and its lessons for the profession

Numbers that count

CEO Bruce Cartwright CA celebrates accountancy’s contribution to the economy – and says CA24 means it will continue into the future


James Barbour CA says updates to the 2024 Corporate Governance Code provide welcome clarity and greater accountability

Thought Leadership

Purpose, not process

Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella is on a mission to take plant-based nutrition into the mainstream

Game on

Rucelle Soutar CA, CFO of the Scottish FA, is providing a platform for the continued success of the national game


My Life in Numbers

Fiona Adam CA is living the high life as Statutory Reporting Manager in the famous Lloyd’s of London skyscraper

Inside ICAS

Learning & Development

What a company secretary needs to know, with course presenter Helen David


A range of ICAS courses to enhance your skills and fulfil your CPD


Publicity notices from the ICAS Investigations Committee


We spotlight our partners, showing some of the benefits of ICAS membership

Tax Insight

The lessons of the Horder case, in which an accountant became a “patsy” for his client

For the Record

Member information, events and updates from ICAS


In memoriam

Editor in Chief Sarah Speirs
Head of Communications Stevie Brown
Content and Communication Manager Hilde Oesterkloeft
Content and Communication Specialists Morven McEwan, Emma O’Sullivan

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