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It’s not just the IPA who is 60 this year!

In our 60th year, what better way to celebrate than with our members who also hit that momentous milestone.

Our membership data showed that we had 17 members who would be 60 this year too, so we celebrated with an invite to the Annual Conference and a small gift.

Ken Marland, from Harrisons Business Rescue and also recently appointed to the IPA Board, was one of the recipients and gave a warm thank you.

“I started my career in insolvency 30 years ago on 18 March 1991 having previously been part of the audit team at BDO in Manchester.

I swapped the steady life as an auditor for 30 years of interesting, challenging and rewarding work which has given me lots of opportunities and some great memories, in what is a great profession to be in.

I am pleased to make it to that milestone as well as being 60 years old at the same time as the IPA.   

I was very surprised and honoured to be presented with a bottle of champagne and truffles by the IPA to mark our joint 60th which I will enjoy, possibly with other bottles, in August. 

That is unless I crack before then.”


Matthew Bowker of Unity had these kind words:

“So, 1961 turned out to be a memorable year, with the formation of the IPA, and more importantly for my mum and dad, the arrival of me at 6lbs 13oz. In fairness, the IPA looks in far better nick than I do!”

“I’ve been in the insolvency profession since I was a teenager, when Sir Kenneth Cork was still calling liquidations under s293 of the Companies Act 1948, and I’ve been affiliated as a student, a member and a fellow for 40 years or so. Today, as it was when I started out in 1980, the Association is the leading voice of the profession, and Michelle and her team are driving change for the benefit of us and stakeholders alike. I would probably say all that anyway – but the surprise champagne and truffles that arrived from the IPA to celebrate our shared 60th was a wonderful gift, and a perfect inducement. I’m having a bit of a do at our house to celebrate my birthday in July – feel free to pop in for a glass of fizz and a truffle.”