Miss Vintoria Bernard was elected President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at its Forty-Sixth Annual General Meeting, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. She succeeds Mr Archibald Campbell who served over the past two years. She is the third female to be elected to the position, the others being Mrs C. Patricia Hayle in 1999 and Miss Prunella Vassell in 2007. Miss Bernard served as Vice President from 2009 to 2011.
Vintoria Bernard is the Managing Partner of VB Chartered Accountants, and has been in practice since 1991. She has a wealth of experience in general management, as well as internal and external auditing, some of which was acquired during her employment to PricewaterhouseCoopers where she spent eight years. Her range of skills was widened by corporate stints in statutory organisations and the manufacturing and distribution sectors.
A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica since 1987, Miss Bernard is a Fellow of the Institute, as well as a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). In July 2005, Miss Bernard was elected to the governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica. Since 1997, she has actively served on the Institute’s Continuing Professional Education Committee and has chaired the Public Relations & Publications and Taxation Committees. Miss Bernard also provided invaluable support on the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean’s (ICAC) Conference 2003 and 2011 Committees.
Together with the President, the other Principal Officers for the ensuing year are Council members, Messrs Dennis Chung, Vice President, Dennis Brown, Treasurer, while Mrs Ethlyn-Norton Coke will serve as Honorary Secretary. The other members who will be serving on Council are Miss Prunella Vassell, Mrs Ann Marie Rhoden, Mrs Glossie Stone, Messrs. Audley Gordon, Martin Gooden, Linroy Marshall, Bruce Scott, Raymond Campbell and Archibald Campbell.
ICAJ was established on January 18, 1965 and formally incorporated under the Public Accountancy Act (1968) as an entity to regulate the practice of Accountancy in Jamaica, as well as the use of Accountancy designations – CA and FCA.
ICAJ currently has over 1,100 members who are employed in top-level management positions in Industry, Commerce, Audit, Information Technology, Banking, Academia and the Public Sector. Membership is attained through a combination of academic examinations and accountancy experience at a senior level. Practitioner status requires supervised training by an ICAJ practising member.
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