Kevin Hellard, President

Hi everyone. I write this after an excellent series of virtual IPA Roadshows that, I am very pleased to note, were fabulously well-attended. I personally feel that I gained a lot from attending and speaking at these events, and I hope that all who attended did too. I think that we can take away a great deal of insight from having put these virtual events on for when we return to more ‘normal’ times.

I would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to all of our speakers, who really did a first-rate job in bringing the hot topics of the day to life, assisted in no small part by participation in the sessions from attendees. And of course, special thanks to our events team and others from the Secretariat who have worked hard to produce what I hope you will agree were an interesting and informative set of Roadshows.

How things have moved on since my last article, as today marks the beginning of the Personal Insolvency Lecture Series. This exciting set of events is our 2020-style offering of a similar ilk to the IPA Personal Insolvency Conference, taking place each year and drawing IPs from far and wide to its traditional base in Manchester.

Each of this year’s Personal Insolvency Lecture Series events is an hour long – perfect for fitting in to your day. They are also aimed at wider teams as well as Insolvency Practitioners.

We began the series at 13:00-14:30 today with a session on personal insolvency solutions with Rachel Lai of Menzies and David Hawke of AdviceUK. Next up, at 13:00-14:00 on 18 November, we look at the IPA’s Volume Provider Regulation Scheme – a must-attend for any of our members who are part of a volume provider firm, or for those interested in this relatively new, dynamic area of insolvency. At this event, we will be joined by Dylan Quail (Hanover Insolvency), David Rankin (Creditfix), Laura Prescott (Jarvis) and Adam Horan (Jarvis). Also speaking will be our very own David Holland (Chief Inspector), Kate Blakeway (Inspector) and Lisa O’Hara (Inspector).

The other Lecture Series events will explore Covid-19 & the state of things to come, with Professor David Milman, Lancaster University; and scams, fraud & online marketing (speaker TBC). A creditor’s special will also take place with Chris Leslie, Chief Executive of the Credit Services Association and former MP, Shadow Chancellor and UK Government Minister. An excellent bill indeed. You can book your place here. If you would like to book for a large group, get in touch with us on – you may be able to obtain a discount.

Without going for the cheap pun and saying it’s an ‘eventful’ time at the IPA at the moment… the IPA is proud to be involved in another event, this one external. We have recently found out that we are finalists at the TRI Awards, in both the TRI Company Award for Business Continuity and the Education and Training Provider of the Year categories! The former category relates to business continuity amid the Covid-19 situation. I know first-hand of the changes to regulation that have been enacted, the Covid-19 bulletins sent out, analysis conducted and of course the training we have offered this year. I hope that you have found this to be helpful, and I hope I will have some good news to follow in next month’s article!

Until next time…