women in accounting

Welcome to our women in accounting hub, a dedicated online space where female ICAEW members can find support, join development courses and hear from like-minded women in their field.


Around 45% of chartered accountants in the UK are women. Yet for many women, the accountancy and finance sector can still sometimes feel like a very male-dominated space.

At caba, we want to empower women in accounting and help them reach their full potential. Our women in accounting hub contains key resources for female ICAEW members, including:

  • development tools
  • career advice for women in the accountancy sector
  • free on-demand courses
  • self-help guides
  • information on our coaching service


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Whether it’s parenthood or marriage, there are always assumptions about women in the workplace which serve to challenge us and limit our choices.


Accountant, MAAT MBA MCMI and business owner



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free courses for women in accounting

We offer a number of free courses for ICAEW members. These courses are broken down into easy-to-manage sections for you to pick up at a time that suits you. They're designed to help you develop your skills and build your confidence across key areas such as finance, mental health and career.

Our personal development courses include:

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coaching for women in accounting

We can give you the guidance you need so you’re supported right from the start of your career journey. With our help, you can gain the strength to thrive and flourish in your personal and professional life, whatever arises.  

Whether you're navigating changes in your career or looking to rebuild confidence, our dedicated coaching support can help. Here at caba, we're a safe space for all members of society, no matter your age, gender, sexuality or circumstance. 


"At caba, we're committed to helping women in accounting reach their full potential. Our dedicated support hub is designed to empower women in accounting with the tools they need to take control of their professional growth and overcome the challenges they may face in the workplace."

Ola Opoosun

head of support services

your questions answered 

Who is eligible for support?

We support past and present members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), ACA students, ICAEW staff members, and the family and carers of members and students. 

  1. No matter where your career takes you, past and present members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England Wales (ICAEW) are eligible for caba’s services for life, even if you change your career and leave accountancy 
  2. ACA students (ICAEW Provisional Members) who are either an active student or have been an active student within the last three years are eligible for caba's services 
  3. Past and present staff members of the ICAEW or caba are eligible for caba's services for life, even if you leave either organisation. Please note, for former employees, our financial support is only available to those who have had five years continuous employment with either organisation 
  4. Family members and carers of either an eligible past or present ICAEW member, ACA student or past or present employee of the ICAEW or caba are eligible for caba's support. We define a family member as a: 
    1. spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner 
    2. widow, widower or surviving civil partner who has not remarried or cohabiting with a partner 
    3. divorced spouse or civil partner who has not remarried or cohabiting with a partner 
    4. child aged up to 25. Please note, children aged between 16 and 25 are not eligible for individual financial support 
    5. any other person who is dependent on the eligible individual supporting them financially or are reliant on the eligible individual’s care 
    6. any other person on whom the eligible individual is reliant, either financially or for care 

You can find out more about our available support both in the UK and around the world on our support we offer  page. 

Are your services means-tested?

If you need financial support, we carry out a means test where we consider income, expenditure, capital and assets.  

*Please note none of our other services are means-tested. 

How confidential is caba? Do you report members to the ICAEW?

Everything you tell us is kept in the strictest of confidence. We don't share your personal information with any third parties, and that includes ICAEW. caba is a separate organisation from ICAEW and is an independent charity with its own board of trustees. We do not have a duty to report anything to ICAEW.

Can caba pay for my ICAEW membership fees?

If you’re struggling to pay your subscriptions, we're able to offer financial assistance which is means tested based on your household income. Whatever your situation, we're always here to offer advice to help you manage your finances.

How long does it take to receive financial support?

It depends on the individual situation, but we can work very quickly if it’s an emergency.

download our financial support flowchart


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