New Members’ Ceremony
This year’s ceremony was held on 6th October, at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. During the event 211 new members joined the Institute and the ceremony was attended by 1,000 guests. Present at the ceremony were representatives of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, The University of Malta and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, being the three main routes to membership with the MIA.
Also speaking at the event was Joseph N Tabone, who was appointed as MIA’s second president soon after Malta’s independence from Great Britain. His work in strengthening MIA’s current international connections and his early initiatives to ensure that Maltese students are eligible to qualify for the MIA and ACCA examinations, contributed towards the Institute’s important role locally as well as abroad.
The Institute’s president Franco Azzopardi hosted the event. Mr Azzopardi stated that in spite of the 10% growth in MIA membership in 2015, more efforts were needed to further promote the accountancy profession. As part of MIA’s ongoing efforts to achieve this aim, it has broadened its communications efforts significantly, targeting not only the profession and its members, but the public-at-large, including students, the business community and even other NGOs.
Maria Cauchi Delia – The New Ceo For The Institute
The Institute has appointed Ms Maria Cauchi Delia as its new Chief Executive Officer. Ms Cauchi Delia brings on board years of managerial knowledge, particularly in accounts and finance. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she served as MIA’s Financial Controller and in the past she held senior positions with APS Consult Ltd. (a subsidiary of APS bank), the Medicines Authority, the National Audit Office and at Ernst & Young, both in Malta and Italy.
Maria graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the University of Malta in 2001 and later became a Certified Public Accountant and also obtained a Practicing Certificate in Auditing. Her work experience has seen her undertake a variety of responsibilities ranging from the setup, management, and coordination of quality systems, to planning, managing, and reporting on numerous public-sector systems audits.
Ms Cauchi Delia’s vision is to enhance the services provided to MIA’s members by strengthening the organisation’s drive to build bridges with existing and new stakeholders. Maria describes the accountancy industry as dynamic and transitional. Her wish is to focus on repositioning and rebranding the MIA to reflect this, not just with its members, but with the public at large.
The Institute would like to thank Mr Mark Abela for his past services to the Institute, and welcome Ms Cauchi Delia in her new role.