Social mobility charity appoints accountancy organisation leader as chair

Sharron Gunn, the chief operating officer of accountancy organisation the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has been appointed to chair the board of social mobility charity Access Accountancy.

The charity is a collaboration of 25 organisations and aims to promote diversity and improve access and progression within the accountancy profession for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The charity has also announced that ICAEW will continue as Access Accountancy's secretariat.

Over the last seven years more than 5,000 work experience places have been offered to students.

Gunn, who replaces Hazel Garvey, said: “It is a real privilege to become chair of Access Accountancy, working alongside our signatories from accountancy and beyond to open the profession up to benefit young people and society.

“Giving young people from diverse backgrounds the chance to access a broad range of business opportunities is vital, so I am pleased that ICAEW will continue as Access Accountancy’s chair and secretariat.”

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