BBC journalist to take centre stage at ICAEW dinner

Broadcaster and journalist Jeremy Vine will be the guest speaker at this year’s Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) West of England’s annual dinner later this week.

More than 400 accountants, professional services advisors and members of the wider regional business community will attend the dinner, which takes place at the Ashton Gate conference centre in Bristol on Thursday (27 April). 

Thrings – a long-time supporter of the event – has been named as lead sponsors for the 11th successive year, along with Bristol-based indemnity brokers, Brunel Professions.

Jeremy Vine is expected to share behind-the-scenes stories about last year’s Brexit night, speak about his distinguished career in radio and TV, and offer his thoughts on the forthcoming General Election. 

He said: “In the past few years Bristol has attracted more and more attention as a key regional economy, regularly topping the national ‘best city’ lists for where to live and work. 

“It’s no surprise that its financial and professional services sector is thriving as a result of this and I am very much looking forward to meeting some of the ICAEW West of England members at the dinner.” 

In his speech, Thrings managing partner Simon Holdsworth will assess the ever-changing commercial landscape in the context of recent economic and political events, and highlight the importance of organisations working together and adapting positively to change.

ICAEW West president Duncan Stratford, meanwhile, will cast an eye over the current business landscape in the South West and the outlook for the coming months, as well as highlighting the work of the organisation’s chosen charity, The Prince’s Trust, which supports and mentors disadvantaged young people. 

Ahead of the dinner, Duncan Stratford, Simon Holdsworth and Jon Filer from Brunel Professions will visit The Prince’s Trust’s regional base in Bristol to meet with some of the young people who the charity has helped.

Joining Simon at the dinner will be Thrings’ finance director and ICAEW West of England council member, Lee Aston, partners John Davies, Alastair Govier, Simon Hore, Kerrie Hunt, Megan Jefferies, Jane Oakland, Warren Reid, and solicitor Lizzie King.

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