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Tom rings in changes for ICAEW West Yorkshire and York

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An audit and accounts manager from Yorkshire’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants, BHP, has been appointed as the new president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales’ (ICAEW) West Yorkshire and York.

29 year old Tom Bell plans to ring in plenty of changes as he becomes the youngest ever president of the organisation.

Tom says: “I am really keen to develop a lot of outreach work with schools and further educational establishments and also plan a big push with our younger members and students to ensure more engagement, which will help them progress in their careers and also raise a better awareness of our institute. A high percentage of these younger members will shape the future of our industry and some will become our next business leaders, so it’s essential we work with them now.

“Another element of my role will involve continuing to promote the different routes into accountancy as well as helping members to understand the new strategy within ICAEW and to make sure we all continue to push the vision throughout the organisation and beyond.”

Tom carried out his accountancy training at Clough & Company (now part of BHP) seven years ago and manages a wide portfolio of accounts for sole traders through to SMEs, as well as working for several not for profit and charitable organisations throughout York. He was president of the Bradford Student Society of Chartered Accountants from 2015 – 2016 and part of the ICAEW Student Council from 2015 to 2016.

BHP now has more than 300 employees across five offices in York, Sheffield, Leeds, Cleckheaton, and Chesterfield.