Samantha Keen, President

Hello everyone and a very happy New Year to you all! I hope you enjoyed the Christmas break after a busy year for the profession. 2023 is set to be another busy year, no doubt full of challenge and opportunity in equal measure! As always, the IPA will be doing all it can to support our members and keep you abreast of the latest developments in  and outside the profession through our publications, communications, events and training.

We start this year’s training and CPD offering with an important session from IPA Learning on insurance in insolvency and ensuring it is correctly leveraged to mitigate risk. This is an issue that our regulatory team has flagged before, and the consequences of getting insurance wrong can be serious. If you feel unsure about any area of this vital part of insolvency practise, do join our lunchtime session on 26th January  – book places here.

I’m looking forward to hosting our first live event of the year, ‘The Power of Diversity: The Key to Unlocking Talent in Insolvency’, in London on 8th February. At the event, we will be looking at how we remove barriers to entry, progression and retention of talent in the sector, for people from all backgrounds. Delegates will learn key take-aways and tools to drive forward diversity and inclusion in the profession, as well as in their own firms. There is abundant research to support the fact that a diverse workforce is a commercial imperative for a successful business and the future strength of our sector: I highly recommend attendance at the Forum as part of your work in this space, where we can all learn from each other.

We will be joined by a range of D&I experts and champions including Dr Fatima Tresh, Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness – Strategy & Implementation Lead at EY; Professor Yvonne Joyce, Professor in Accounting at the University of Glasgow; Francesca Tackie, Managing Director at Mercury Corporate Recovery Solutions and IPA Awards 2022 D&I Champion winner; Sarah Atkinson, CEO of the Social Mobility Foundation; and many more exciting speakers. Four hours’ CPD is available and places can be booked here.

Finally, preparations are underway for April’s Annual Conference and early bookings have been exceptionally high. With much to be discussed at this year’s conference, the programme will be relevant but wide-ranging. Look out for updates on the programme and the day’s schedule and of course, places can be reserved here. Further announcements on our events and training for 2023 will be made in the next few weeks, as we firm up the programme.

Best wishes for the year ahead and I look forward to seeing you at an event soon.