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Members Plus July 2020

Stay up-to-date with the latest news and information about what's happening in Ireland.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news and information about what's happening in Ireland.

Update from Ciaran Phelan, Head of Ireland

Paul Turner

Welcome to our latest edition of Members Plus.

‘Summertime and the Livin’s easy’ is a well-known lyric from a song that is popular at this time of the year. However, for CIMA Ireland the ‘Livin’ has been anything but easy and we have been very busy supporting our member and students.

The Covid 19 pandemic has changed how we all do business and CIMA is no exception. We have moved a lot of our services to virtual platforms. Zoom has become our new best friend and one of its advantages is it has allowed us to engage with more members through our various webinars. Attendances at all webinars, and there have been many to date, has been way in excess of the numbers that normally attend face to face sessions. This is mainly due to accessibility with no restrictions as a result of geography. Going forward our plan for delivering valued member CPD will be a blend of Face to Face and virtual.

Another initiative that we are excited about is our newly launched Mentor Programme. This, we believe, will be a valued member benefit that will be very rewarding for both mentors and mentees. We were delighted that so far over 30 members have volunteered to be mentors and over 60 have applied to be mentored. We have engaged Advance Coach Limited to assist us and further induction sessions for both mentors and mentees will take place later this month and early August. If you are interested in taking part in this programme either as a mentor or mentee, please contact Jean for details.

We have also been busy supporting our students during these difficult times and CIMA was the first accountancy body in Ireland to allow students take their exams remotely from the comfort and more importantly, from the safety of their own homes. This initiative has proved very popular as evidenced by the number of examinations that have been taken by students to date. Again, going forward students will have the choice of undertaking their exams at an exam centre, at home or a combination of both once exam centres re-open.

We have also launched a new product for public servants. Our Government Accelerator Programme recognises experience in accountancy and allows public servants both in ROI and Northern Ireland with the requisite experience enter the qualification at the Operational Case Study Level and achieve the Diploma in Management Accounting once they pass the OCS. This we feel will prove very popular and allow public servants with the required experience gain a professional qualification. If you want more information on GAP, please visit our website or contact Claire Lambert at CIMA Ireland.

Finally, as our economy adjusts to the shock of the pandemic, Brexit is also just around the corner. We are currently planning a townhall webinar for the 17th September to inform members on the latest developments, discuss Business Resilience and the impacts Brexit coupled with Covid-19 will have on our businesses.

Please continue to stay healthy and be assured that we will continue to do what we can to support our members and students through the challenges ahead.

Kindest Regards


CIMA highlights

CIMA Ireland Virtual Events

CIMA Ireland have been organizing a full range of webinars to keep you on track with your CPD goals, all from the safety of your home. Bookmark this webpage on your browser to stay up to date with all CIMA Ireland Events.  We update it regularly, so stay tuned!

See the listing and register here

View Past Events/Webinars

Did you miss one or two of our webinars? Do not worry! You can catch up with all the previous webinars now. These are available to you online to view or to listen to in podcast format at a time that is convenient to you!

Check them here

Most watched virtual past events:

  • Webinar: Cyber Security Awareness...are you protected? Has your company become a victim of a cyber-attack recently? Not yet? However, it is more likely to be a case of “when”, and not an “if” that your organization may become a victim of a cyber-attack.  In this webinar, you can hear from the experts Sharon McCue, CIMA Ireland Representative on the PSNI Organised Crime Task Force – Cyber Crime Group, Joe Dolan – Head of NI Cyber Security Centre, Sam Kinkaid – PSNI Cyber Protect and Richard Browne – Head of NCSC Ireland, on how to deal with cyberattacks and how to identify areas of weakness in your organization.
  • Webinar: Ace your Accounting & Finance Job Interview - In this webinar Barden Ireland explained the simple steps to preparing for an interview. If you are preparing for an interview which, maybe held by phone or video then, this is a must watch webinar.


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You can find all the information here

CIMA Members Benefits

Explore the range of benefits and services available to CGMAs, to keep you at the forefront of your profession – click here

NEW: Member-exclusive CV writing blueprints -  Stand out from your competition with these CV blueprints specifically designed for you. Access these exclusive CV writing workbooks with example CVs, checklists and tips how to write your profile, highlight key skills and achievements written and tailored for CIMA finance professionals at any stage of your career.

Member-exclusive CV writing blueprints

Global Career Hub

Find a range of useful articles and advice for your career and job hunting:

View jobs  in Ireland

CIMA Ireland testimonials

We talked with a few members in Ireland to know a lit bit more about their journey with the CIMA Qualification, find the Playlist below:

Playlist on YouTube

CIMA Insights: The official blog for The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants® (CIMA)

Your source for news, views and opinions affecting the management accounting profession.

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FM magazine

Find all the issues available online

Leadership tactics to better support employees in turbulent times - Economies are beginning to reopen, but the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of professionals around the world.

Data insecurity on the rise - The Verizon Business 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report finds new cybersecurity vulnerabilities and targets.

CGMA Store

On our anniversary, a gift for your career. CGMA Store is offering 20% off any of our CPD learning resources until 28 July. Use code ANNIVERSARY20 during checkout.

BSI advice on cybersecurity and data protection essentials for office return

Preparation will be paramount for many organizations, with the transition from working from home (WFH) back to working from office (WFO) requiring safe and considered management as they reoccupy their facilities. Maintaining a company’s information resilience is a key element of these plans to ensure that cybersecurity risks are managed, and data privacy regulations are not violated.

Read full article

CIMA Ireland & PeopleSource launch ‘Job Search Reboot 101’

CIMA Ireland are delighted to announce a new partnership with PeopleSource, specialists in accounting and finance recruitment, to launch ‘Job Search Reboot 101’.

‘Job Search Reboot 101’ gives CIMA members a free 30-minute one-on-one live video session with a PeopleSource experienced recruitment consultant. This session will cover CV content, your LinkedIn profile, video interview preparation and market insights. The aim of these sessions is to get CIMA members back on track and back to work, or to help you take that next step in your career.

Book your session!

Returning to work and reimagining the workplace

For many organisations right now a major focus is planning a safe return to a ‘new look’ physical workplace. It calls for a strong focus on flexibility in planning, use of data, and being incredibly well connected to your workforce. To learn more about actions organisations can take to prepare for the ‘new look’ in the workplace, read the full article. By clicking in the link below you will be directed to EY Ireland website.

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Business Resilience: Tools for preparing to reopen businesses

You need to define, create, deliver and capture value for a sustainable business model. Our researchers have created the CGMA Business Model Framework to help you ask the right questions for long-term business resilience.

View here

Mitigating malware and ransomware attacks

Over 2020, it is true to say that those behind ransomware attacks have become increasingly selective about who they target. The experience in Northern Ireland, as elsewhere across the UK, shows that quite often it is SMEs based in local manufacturing or the service sector who can find themselves falling victim to ransomware and attackers do not avoid small family firms or charities.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland Cyber Crime Centre has compiled an information sheet aiming to raise awareness of current threats and available guidance.

Find out more

Dublin City University has launched the Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project. 

Dr Bríd Murphy, Assistant Professor in Accounting at the Dublin City University Business School, is seeking to gather accountants’ stories of their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and invites AICPA-CIMA members to participate in this project.

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The Charity SORP is still voluntary in Ireland but is being required by many funders as a condition of providing grant aid.  The SORP can be expensive to implement but is an important element of good governance in charities although it is clear that many charities are only partially implementing the requirements.  

The Charity SORP Committee will be working on the development of the next SORP in line with a review of FRS102 by the FRC.

The Irish representatives of the Charity SORP committee  have developed a questionnaire to seek views of CIMA members working in charities on using the SORP as they work towards developing the new SORP and has asked that we circulate this attached short survey.

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The results of the survey will provide the committee with essential information on the current and future adoption and use of the SORP and will provide a unique perspective of Irish charities views at the SORP Committee meetings.

Upcoming & Past Events

Find out more about our upcoming events and past events at CIMA Ireland.

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