Date posted: 8/12/2017 5 min read

A lifetime of contribution

Meet Barry Jameson FCA, recipient of the 2017 Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Meritorious Service Award.

In brief

  • Barry Jameson FCA was recently recognised for his service to the profession.
  • He believes Chartered Accountants have a responsibility to get involved in their member body.
  • By helping each other, Chartered Accountants can strengthen the profession.

Barry Jameson FCA has been recognised with a Meritorious Service Award, for stepping in following a tragic accident involving another Chartered Accountant in his region.

Barry Jameson

Barry Jameson, FCA

After a career spanning more than 30 years, including 25 as partner in Lismore’s Thomas Noble & Russell firm, Barry Jameson retired in 2014. But when he received a call requesting his help in the aftermath of a tragic accident involving another Chartered Accountant in his region, he immediately sprang back into action.

“It was a dreadful situation, the member had been in a motor accident and was killed. I was asked if I could help assist the executor in cleaning up the practice and said, sure, I’d help sort that out.”

Barry spent a month in the business located about three hours from his home, working out where everything in the business was up to. Over this period, he contacted clients, helping to transfer their business to another accountant in the local area, as well as providing support and guidance to the member’s family at that difficult time.

It was a generous act, and one consistent with Barry’s philosophy of service that has driven him throughout his career. It is also this philosophy that has made him such a valuable member of the Chartered Accountants community.

“My belief is that the member body is there to serve the needs of the members but there is an implied contract that members are also here to help each other,” he said.

“For the organisation to be strong and effective, I believe that we all have the obligation to give back.”

“If we can help each other in this way then the whole community benefits. If one person is stronger than the others in a particular field, they should use that to help improve the whole profession.”
Barry Jameson, FCA

Barry has a long history of contributing to the profession. In the 1990s he was he was part of a small team that developed the Quality Review Programme, providing significant input to its structure.

He was an active member of the NSW North Coast Region members’ committee, and was integral in assisting smaller regional practices on a variety of technical and practice management issues. He has mentored many members for the benefit of the profession. He was also a member of the regional CPE panel providing guidance on regional training, and was involved in the development the NSW Country Congress.

Barry was also a member of the then ICAA Audit Advisory Committee, which reviewed current audit and reporting issues and made recommendations for the consideration of the governing board.

He believes that by getting involved and working together, Chartered Accountants can make the profession stronger.

“If one of us goes down because of a poor decision, it reflects badly on all of us. But if you share your expertise you can help others to do a better job.”

“If we can help each other in this way then the whole community benefits. If one person is stronger than the others in a particular field, they should use that to help improve the whole profession.”

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