In Issue 3 of the STEP Journal 2021, we’re celebrating 30 years of STEP!Find out more
Mrs Andrea Jones TEP, Branch Chair
STEP Yorkshire is one of the largest and most active branches worldwide with over 400 members. Our key objectives include providing our membership with high quality continuing professional development events both virtual and face to face, serving as a forum for professional networking and knowledge-sharing in the region, supporting student members working towards their STEP qualifications and representing the interests of our members within STEP worldwide.
The branch is run by a committee and our membership includes professionals from the legal, tax, accountancy, finance and wealth management sectors.
Education and knowledge-sharing is at our core but we also host very popular social events for members, including annual dinners and quiz nights.
We are affiliated with the Collaborative Professionals Network (CPN) in Yorkshire and were one of the founder organisations. Our membership of CPN allows us to broaden our networking potential as it provides access to regular networking and learning and development events which differ to those arranged by our branch. CPN comprises a number of professional organisations including the Institute of Directors, Leeds Beckett University, Yorkshire Asian Business Association and Chamber of Commerce in addition to other tax, legal and accountancy bodies.
We also support local charities by fund raising at our social events and in recent years have supported St George’s Crypt and the Prince’s Trust.
Our committee is made up of 12 members. We meet regularly to arrange events for our membership and to discuss ways in which we can further support our membership and promote the work of STEP locally, particularly to the student community in Yorkshire.
Our membership is growing and we are always keen to welcome new members.
Information on how to join STEP can be found here.
Information concerning the current range of STEP qualifications open to members can be found here https://www.step.org/qualifications-courses/qualifications Information concerning forthcoming events can be found here.
As Chair, Andrea is responsible for the activities of the Yorkshire branch, ensuring that a full event programme is delivered to our membership and promoting STEP within Yorkshire. She chairs our annual conferences, committee meetings and the branch AGM and hosts our annual dinner and Christmas quiz.
Andrea has been Chair of STEP Yorkshire since June 2020, having been a member of STEP Yorkshire’s committee since 2012. She acted as Branch Secretary for the two years prior to being appointed as Chair and was Vice Chair of CPN from 2016 until 2020.
Andrea is a Private Client Solicitor and Partner at Irwin Mitchell, based in Leeds.