The importance of advocacy and how relevant it is to you


23 July, 2021

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm BST


The importance of advocacy and how relevant it is to you

Speaker: Andrew Harding FCMA, CGMA

Location: Virtual

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    1 hour

You will hear from Andrew Harding, CIMA Secretary General, on how advocacy is important, how it is relevant to you and how it supports the Association members and how it helped SMEs survive the pandemic crisis. He will also show how advocacy is relevant in the future too and how you can get involved.

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Professional development

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Programme outline

Andrew will discuss how advocacy is supporting our members and the wider public interest. He will show the role of advocacy, why its important and how it supports you.

Andrew will touch upon the pandemic and the needs of SMEs and how CIMA through its advocacy efforts supported SMEs and its members.

Andrew will show the value of advocacy and real-life recent examples of how it has made a difference for the Association and its members.

Andrew will also demonstrate how you can get involved in future in our advocacy efforts.

Learning outcomes:

  • Issues SMEs faced during the pandemic
  • How CIMA Advocacy Team supported
  • Results of CIMA Advocacy Work
  • Why Advocacy is important
  • How advocacy related to you and how you can get involved.


  • Andrew Harding FCMA, CGMA

    Andrew leads all management accounting activities for the Association, develops plans and strategies, manages relationships and delivers results for members. He is also focused on driving value for members, firstly by globalizing Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

    Andrew is a Deloitte alumnus, having started his career in the mid-1980s as a trainee auditor. He progressed into training and development from there, and then began professional body work in 1991. He joined CIMA in 2009, originally as Executive Director for Global Markets, and became Managing Director in 2011– a position he held until 2016. Andrew served as Non-Executive Chairman of GTS Chemicals PLC, a Chinese company listed in London, from 2014 to 2016. Andrew holds an MBA from Henley Business School at the University of Reading, and a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol.