New Leadership Elected for the Regional Accountancy Body for 2013-2014

frank jasFrank V. Myers, Assurance Partner with KPMG Eastern Caribbean, has been elected President of the regional accountancy body, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC), for the period 2013-2014.

Mr. Myers, who was first appointed to the ICAC Board in 2001, has been playing a key role in the development of the accountancy profession regionally and internationally. He has served as Secretary of the ICAC for the period June 2010–2011 and Vice President from 2011 to 2013. He also served as the representative for the Caribbean and the Americas on ACCA’s International Assembly (2006 –2009) and is the current President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean (ICAEC), a position he held since 2006.

A former Saint Lucia island scholar, Mr. Myers graduated from Edinburgh University in Scotland in 1975 with a degree in Mathematics and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1984. In addition to his core functions as an Assurance Partner and Head of Tax within KPMG Eastern Caribbean, where he has practiced for the past 21 years, Mr. Myers has responsibility for Ethics and Independence, and Risk Management.

He is a former Chairman of the Public Service Commission in Saint Lucia (1997-2010) and has also provided community service as a member of the Lions Club of Saint Lucia, the Mental Health Association of Saint Lucia, and the Saint Lucia School for the Deaf. He is also a past president and an active member of the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia.

As the newly-elected President of the ICAC, he affirms his commitment to continue to advance the goals of the ICAC for the benefit of the accountancy profession and to strengthen the role/contribution of the profession regionally and internationally. His vision is that the accountancyprofession in the Caribbean is recognised and accepted as having a key role to play in thedevelopment of the economies and markets of the region.

“To do this, we need to change the perception of our profession among business leaders, internal and external investors, regulators and the political directorate that we are mere historians. As accounting professionals, we must demonstrate that we have a clear understanding of the issues and challenges faced by our island nations and that by dint of our training and experience, we have a valuable role to play and can make a significant contribution to businesses and to the development of the region,” states Frank Myers.

Frank Myers is supported in his new role as President by Bahamian Ms. Jasmine Davis, who was elected Vice President of ICAC; Jamaican Vintoria Bernard, who was elected Treasurer and Guyanese Khalil Alli, who was elected Secretary.

Jasmine Davis is the current President of The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA). A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), she entered the accountancy profession in The Bahamas in 1998 and received her training at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She later joined the leading medical facility in Grand Bahama as the Financial Controller and is now the Vice President of Patient Finance at Doctors Hospital. Ms. Davis also represents the profession on the Government’s Central Revenue Agency (CRA) Steering Committee and the Bahamas Trade Commission Sub-Committee for the Financial Services Sector. Ms. Davis was first appointed to the ICAC Board as Alternate Director in June 2012.

A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) since 1987, Vintoria Bernard served as President of ICAJ from July 2011 – July 2013. She is a Fellow of ACCA and the ICAJ and is an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She is the Managing Partner of Vintoria Bernard Chartered Accountants and has been in practice since 1991. She previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as with statutory organisations and within the manufacturing and distribution sectors. Ms. Bernard was first appointed Alternate Director to the ICAC Board in June 2011.

Khalil Alli is a Partner with the firm of Jack A. Alli, Sons & Co., an accountancy firm located in Guyana. He qualified as a chartered accountant while working with the London office of PricewaterhouseCoopers United Kingdom. He studied Economics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Alli served as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana from 2008 to 2011. He joined the ICAC Board as Alternate Director for Guyana in 2008 and has been a Director since 2011 and has also served as the ICAEW representative on the ICAC Board since 2008.

The ICAC currently represents seven (7) English-speaking member institutes with a network of approximately 3,700 accountancy professionals throughout the region. It is the recognised regional organization dedicated to advancing the interest of accountants and professionals in the finance and accounting sector within the Caribbean through the promotion of internationally acceptable standards and best practices, thought leadership, research and continuing professional development.

The ICAC is also an “Acknowledged Accountancy Grouping” of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC); a designation held by five other accountancy groupings in the world. These accountancy groupings support the objectives of IFAC and the advancement of the accountancy profession within their jurisdictions.

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