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Members Plus 2021

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Update from Ciaran Phelan, Head of Ireland

Paul Turner

Welcome to our Winter edition of Members Plus.

As we come to the end of the year and emerge from the era of COVID-19, I would like to draw attention to the many achievements of CIMA Ireland during 2021.

Firstly, we are very pleased with our performance over the last 10 months. New student numbers are strong and we are particularly proud of the number of students who have chosen our new CGMA Financial Leadership Program platform as their route to achieving the CGMA designation. 

As we all know, FLP is the future of learning. Students can progress through both continual assessment and examination, as opposed to just examination. Feedback on the program has been extremely positive and exam results to date have been very encouraging. CIMA students have been able to progress through the qualification despite many exam centres closed due to COVID19. 

CIMA students can sit their exams from the comfort and safety of their homes, ensuring students can continue to progress towards their qualification and ultimate membership. 

While student numbers and progressing students to membership is only one half of our business, supporting our members is key to our development. We do this through our excellent CGMA store and member events. 

With COVID-19 ruling out face-to-face, we have moved the majority of our events online. Despite the copious amount of virtual events around, our numbers have been phenomenal and, going forward, the virtual platform will be our main way of communication with our members and students. It’s far more convenient for members to attend from their chosen location. Best of all, if they cannot attend, all CPD webinars are recorded and accessible on our website.

At this point I would like to express my sincere thanks to all members who volunteer their time to support CIMA and other members on our four regional committees. 

Their advice and support ensure we are delivering content so that members will gain much needed ‘added-value content’ in our post-pandemic world.

We also get invaluable support from our Ireland panel under the chair of Margaret Healy. Thank you all for your time and, most importantly, your invaluable assistance which helps us support our students and members.

For the remainder of the year, our focus will be on growing students on the FLP platform, supporting students with their progression through the qualification and delivering quality CPD for you, our members.

Have a great rest of the year and stay safe!

Kind regards,

Ciaran

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