The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s largest independent trade body whose members provide professional support services to freelancers and contractors, is delighted to announce a newly elected Board comprised of Accredited Members and Associate Members:
Mark Beal-Preston, First Freelance – fully accredited member
Graham Fisher, Orange Genie – fully accredited member
Matt Fryer, Brookson – fully accredited member
Paul Gough, Intouch Accounting – fully accredited member
Nick Holmes, Umbrella.co.uk – associate member
Louise Rayner, Numbermill – associate member
Chair David Mount from 1st Option and Chief Executive Julia Kermode respectively complete the Board.
The freelance and contracting sector is now recognised as an important and valuable component of today’s business landscape and the Board will support Julia Kermode and the FCSA in its work to represent the UK’s flexible workforce and continue FCSA’s mission to raise standards in an unregulated industry.
Julia Kermode commented: “FCSA has gone from strength to strength in recent years and we now have a democratically elected Board that will be responsible for driving our future strategy and supporting the long term future of a sustainable professional freelance workforce in the UK.”
In recent times FCSA has expanded to include Associate members and this level of membership is open to any onshore contractor accountant or umbrella firm wishing to join FCSA. Associate members are not tested for compliance with FCSA’s Code – only Accredited Members with the orange logo have demonstrated they meet the rigorous standards outlined in the FCSA code.
Julia Kermode added: “Associate members are an important part of FCSA and by including them on our Board we are showing our commitment to representing and embracing the wider freelance community. 2016 has already been a challenging year for our sector with more to do in 2017 and I look forward to working with our new Board members as we continue to make our mark as the UK’s largest and leading independent trade association for our sector.”