The ICB Advisory Council is a group of ICB members that provides informed advice and independent support to the ICB Executive on relevant and topical issues.

“Joining the Advisory Council gives members a unique opportunity to have a real impact on how ICB develops policy and moves forward as an organisation. Council Members are there to represent the members in their Regions, bringing to the table both issues and ideas from any bookkeeper whether in private practice or employment.  The Council also considers and debates a wide range of topics to give recommendations and advice for consideration by the ICB Executive Board. As a Member of Council you would provide the conduit between the bookkeeper in their location to the decision makers in the ICB; it is this connection which enables the ICB to grow and develop as an organisation providing excellent service to it’s members and promoting the professionalism of bookkeeping throughout the United Kingdom. 

Anyone who would like to represent their region, give something back to the Institute and become more involved, should seriously consider standing for election.  Details of who is eligible to stand, the election process and the Terms of Reference for the Advisory Council are all available on this webpage. 

-Paula Veysey Smith, Advisory Council Chair 



Members of the Advisory Council are elected from the ICB membership and are expected to apply the experience and judgement from their individual backgrounds to the questions considered by the Advisory Council and in doing so actively contribute to improving the quality and integrity of ICB.   

Advisory Council meetings provide a forum for open debate, authoritative questioning and active involvement in ICB and the service it offers to members.  

Time Commitment 

Meetings are held quarterly in London unless otherwise advised.  They start with lunch followed by an afternoon of discussion and debate. Seats on the Council are voluntary and no fee is paid, though reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed. As members are expected to attend ICB events such as Inspire Tour and the Annual Bookkeepers Summit they are provided a 50% discount on ticket prices.  There may also be opportunities to sit on sub committees exploring issues further and reporting back to the Council at the quarterly meetings.

PDF download ICB Advisory Council Terms of Reference


Election Cycle 

To ensure full membership representation Advisory Council members are selected on a regional basis with two places available per region.  To view the regions please refer to the ICB Advisory Council Terms of Reference above. Current Advisory Council members and their regions can be viewed on the Who’s Who page of the website. 

Where a position for Advisory Council is available members within that region will be able to submit an application to be put forward for a regional vote.  Voting is open to all ICB members including student members.


1 August    Call for applications
31 August Deadline for nominations
3rd week of October  Local elections to take place if necessary
November  New Advisory Council announced at the Bookkeepers Summit

The council year begins in January.

How to apply

Associate Members, Members and Fellows of at least two years' good standing wanting to apply must complete the online application and accompanying Conflict Of Interest Declaration. All members on the Advisory Council need to have had an AML inspection.  If you have not had one within the last two years then an inspection will take place before appointment. 




Your submitted profile may be published to the ICB website as part of the voting process. 


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