From March to May this year, ACCA UK’s Sector Specific Member Networks team ran a total of 24 focus groups across the country attended by nearly 200 members in 13 locations.
Four of these focus groups were specifically for ACCA members working in internal audit and were held in Birmingham, Manchester and two in London. Areas of discussion included big data, recruiting suitable talent, the blurring of lines between risk management and internal audit, auditing culture, and ethics.
Feedback from members in public practice, the corporate sector, financial services and internal audit was gathered through these focus groups and analysed to provide a clear picture on their thoughts and concerns. A webinar was held on 11 July co-presented by John Williams, Head of ACCA UK, and Kevin Reed, former editor of Accountancy Age and now a freelance journalist. The webinar covered the highlights of the feedback garnered and a discussion of the role that ACCA should play.