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AIA is governed by a Council of members, responsible for ensuring we deliver the objectives outlined in our Constitution. The Council also decides on AIA’s strategic objectives, monitors our performance in relation to them and oversees our annual budget.
The Council consists of members who are elected at the Annual General Meeting and draws on a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. Encompassing key jurisdictions around the world, the Council represents all our members and reflects AIA's global nature. See more information about AIA.
Shahram Moallemi, President
Shahram has a thriving accountancy practice; one of the oldest and most respected firms in Brighton. With a national client base, the practice specialises in healthcare, media, and entertainment. Shahram prides himself on providing a bespoke and supportive service for their clients. He has an expansive knowledge of business development, accountancy, and taxation.
Philip Ford, Vice President
Philip is Managing Director at a successful accountancy practice in Manchester, offering a personalised service to business owners, from start-ups to larger companies, and individuals. His client portfolio includes local, national and international clients. Philip specialises in accounts preparation, taxation services, and business development. He qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers and was previously a director at Tenon Accountants. Philip is Chairman of the Qualifications Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee. He represents AIA on the HMRC Joint VAT Consultative Committee (JVCC).
Linda Richards, Vice President
Linda is the Finance Manager for Tigress Productions Limited, part of the Endemol Shine Group; an international television production and distribution group. Tigress are a television production company, specialising in Wildlife, Adventure and General Factual formats for the UK and International markets. Linda’s expertise lies in management accounting and reporting, but she is also proficient in financial reporting, management information systems, auditing and taxation.
Les Bradley, Council Member
Les runs a busy accountancy practice with a varied client portfolio. He has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge of accountancy, taxation and business advisory services, working with enterprises of different sizes and sectors. Les has always been an active member of AIA and was an experienced member of the Council and held the office of President from 2013 to 2020. His priority has always been supporting members, whatever their different needs and geographical location and he is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professional education and membership services.
Venetia Carpenter, Council Member
Venetia is highly skilled in all areas of company secretarial, legal and corporate governance functions, particularly in multi-national, multi-facility environments. She is the founding partner of VC Associates, a consultancy providing company secretarial, company law and corporate governance services. Venetia has worked for Boards of all levels from listed companies through to small family owned businesses. She is a strong advocate of promoting good corporate governance and has worked for a number of PRA/FCA (and previously FSA) regulated businesses in the financial services sector and large charities, sorting out governance issues, as well as legal and company secretarial issues.
Michael Chow, Council Member
Michael’s background is in the banking sector and financial control, previously working for the Chase Manhatten Bank Singapore and the International Bank of Singapore. His areas of expertise are risk management, compliance, governance, and anti-money laundering, as well as corporate social responsibility and ethics. He was Auditor of the United Nations Association of Singapore (UNAS) and subsequently served as a Board Director. Michael is currently a lead partner in an advisory firm and is well respected in his field and often invited to participate in leadership discussions and dialogues. He is also the President of The London Institute of Banking & Finance Singapore.
Seth Ganu, Council Member
Seth has extensive knowledge of finance and management, currently acting as Managing Director of First Corporate Options Ltd, a management, financial, investment and ICT consultancy, procurement and indenting agency; Weightron International Ltd, the West African representative company of Weightron Bilanciai Group, Europe’s largest weighbridge manufacturers; and Viset Unag Consult Ltd, a financial and management consultancy. Seth advises national and international companies on trade, investment and general management. He is a skilled negotiator and is experienced in international trade and management.
Koon Sang Jong, Council Member
Koon Sang Jong
KS’ expertise lies in business and finance. As Executive Director of East Rise Corporation Limited, a company operating in the mining industry, trading in certified non-conflict African minerals, KS was responsible for the company's finance and logistics operations in Hong Kong and Africa, as well as for sales to the Chinese market. He has extensive commercial experience, gained in Hong Kong and New Zealand, managing large national and multinational organisations. In addition to his role on the Council, he is an active member of the AIA Hong Kong Branch, supporting the Branch's activities and AIA members in the region.
George Josephakis, Council Member
George is Managing Director of G Josephakis Audit Ltd, a firm of Certified Public Accountants in Cyprus, specialising in auditing and assurance, corporate and personal taxation, business consulting and accounting. He has strong business links in the wider Mediterranean region and is the Executive Director of a Business Consultancy firm based in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as an active Registered Auditor in Romania and a member of The Chamber of Financial Auditors of Romania. George trained as an accountant in London and has significant experience of working in commercial organisations both in the UK and Cyprus before establishing his own practice. George is a dedicated supporter of AIA, acting as President of the AIA Branches in both Cyprus and Greece, and he is actively involved in the efforts to further AIA’s recognition in Greece.
Andrew Lamb, Council Member
Andrew Lamb is the senior partner of PKB International Ltd, an international practice, which specialises in UK compliant global tax and accountancy solutions, and has offices in London, Bristol, Luxembourg and Zurich. Andrew has significant experience in the vertical integration of financial management, human resource management, quality management, information systems and international legal/fiscal systems for both corporate and personal business development and investment. He is a proponent of the UK as a global facilitator of international trade, investment and technical resources underpinned by the UK accountancy and legal professions. Andrew was the former President of Association de Brecourt, is Chairman of Mayfair Trust Management and is a member of Association Romande des Intermediaires Financiers (ARIF). Andrew is the immediate past President of the Association and has represented AIA at the IFAC World Congress of Accountants. He continues to play an active role in AIA's operations and is the current Chairman of the AIA Educational and Benevolent Trust.
Hugh McCormack, Council Member
Hugh is a registered auditor in the Republic of Ireland, founding and managing a flourishing practice offering professional services to a wide range of clients. He is an experienced and sought after advisor to business management at all levels. Hugh trained with 'Big 5' auditing firm, Craig Gardner, and his areas of expertise are auditing, financial accounting, taxation and the supervision of financial undertakings. He is passionate about representing the interests of AIA members in Ireland.
Gloria Murray, Council Member
Gloria started her own accountancy practice to help small and micro businesses to understand their finances and help them grow their business. Dubbed “The Queen of Profit” by her clients, Gloria has focused on increasing her knowledge, expertise and abilities to help small business owners. The practice was named The Most Innovative Small Accountancy Practice in the UK in 2014 and has been featured in The Business Owner's Guide to the UK's Best Accountancy Practices as well as The Most Inspiring Accountants in the World in 2016.
Twaraq Oozeerally, Council Member
Twaraq runs and manages his own accountancy practice, he has an in-depth understanding of statutory accounts, abbreviated accounts, audit, taxation, payroll and management accountancy. He advises businesses on management accountancy, financial control systems, software implementation and training. Twaraq is also a skilled mediator, litigation consultant and advocate specialising in employment, fraud, money laundering, tax disputes and forensic accountancy, among other areas.
Maggie Timoney, Council Member
Maggie's career has taken her all over Europe, from Dublin to Brussels, and back to the UK. She is Managing Partner at TRA Associates, a consulting firm specialising in regulated industries such as telecommunications, renewable energy, and water. Maggie has a wealth of expertise working in the finance and telecommunications sectors, and in providing strategic advice to clients. Her skill set focuses on business strategy and development, decision-making modelling and financial strategy. She was the first female representative on the AIA Council and is the first female Vice President. Maggie is a great advocate of women in the accountancy profession, supporting gender balance in the board room, and ensuring woman receive pay parity with their male colleagues.
Committees of the Council
The AIA Constitution sets out the role, responsibilities and rules of the Council.
AIA committees are underpinned by the following key principles:
Selflessness – members should take decisions in terms of the public interest and not in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their families or friends.
Integrity – members should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might, or might be perceived to, influence them in the performance of their official duties.
Objectivity – in carrying out the Association’s business, including awarding contracts and recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, members should make choices on merit.
Accountability – members are accountable for their decisions and actions to the Association’s membership and the wider public and must be submitted to appropriate scrutiny.
Openness – members should be as open as possible about the decisions and actions that are taken. Members should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Honesty – members have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their appointments and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Leadership – members should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.
The AIA Council delegates its powers in the running of the Association to the following committees:
Applications & Membership Committee
Applications & Membership Committee
All applications for admission to membership are scrutinised by the Applications & Membership Committee and the Committee satisfies itself as to the qualifications, professional experience, standing and general character of every applicant in line with the Constitution and entry requirements.
The Finance Committee is responsible for dealing with all matters relating to the accounts and financial affairs of the Association, the sanctioning of its expenditure and ensuring sufficient funds are maintained to enable the development, delivery and award of qualifications.
The Qualifications Committee is responsible for the examinations of the Association including written examinations, practical training, study requirements, the conduct of examinations and compliance with statutory requirements.
The AIA Exam Board is responsible for reviewing candidate profiles and exam scripts relating to AIA examinations and receiving the marks for each candidate alongside reviewing performance and making recommendations to the Qualifications Committee.
The Association's Technical Committee is responsible for monitoring and discussing key technical developments in the accountancy profession and the financial world, as well as formulating AIA's views on government consultation documents and commenting on the regulation of the profession.
AIA operates an independent complaints, monitoring and disciplinary function in the public interest.
Practice Compliance Committee
Practice Compliance Committee
The Practice Compliance Committee deals with all matters concerning:
the monitoring of the compliance by Members and Firms in their public practice with the Association’s Articles, Bye-Laws, Regulations and Code of Ethics, relevant accounting and auditing standards and relevant regulatory and legal requirements;
provision of returns, statements and information necessary for monitoring the Members’ public accounting and reporting work; and
the monitoring of members in industry, commerce, public service or employed in public practice.
The Committee can require remedial action to be taken by a Member, or a Firm in the case of non-compliance with a Regulatory Requirement.
Where there is failure to meet a Regulatory Requirement the Committee in addition to requiring remedial action to be taken within a specified period can:
impose a penalty by way of a fine;
suspend a Practising Certificate pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings;
impose a condition or restriction relating to a Practising Certificate, and/or refer the failure to the Disciplinary Committee for further action.