Governance of ICAS

The governance of ICAS is overseen by Council, Boards and the Committees detailed below.


One of the main aims of Council is to ensure that the objects of the Royal Charters are achieved in a manner consistent with regulatory body status. Council also ensures that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times and oversees the effective management and direction of the Institute's affairs.

The membership of Council is set out in the General Regulations (Regulation 5).  Council has established a number of Area Committees to serve each of the electoral areas and it is the duty of each Area Committee to provide nominations to Council of eligible candidates for election to membership of the Council.

Council delegates a number of its day to day operations to Boards and Committees, though certain items of business must, by its very nature, remain within the control of Council.

Council has delegated certain responsibilities (but not fully delegated powers) to the following Boards and Committees:

  • Oversight Board
  • Operational Boards
  • Qualification Board
  • Technical Policy & Services Board
  • Member Engagement Board
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Nominations Committee

In addition, under Rule 12, Council has established and fully delegated certain powers and functions to the following Boards and Committees:-

  • Audit Committee
  • Regulation Board
  • Discipline Board

Oversight Board

The Oversight Board monitors and supports the implementation of the institute's strategy, business plan and budget, and to report progress to Council.  The oversight Board also:-

  • Oversees the work of the Chief Executive and the Executive Team
  • Oversees the effectiveness of the Operational Boards
  • Reviews work plans of the Boards: to ensure cohesive working between the Boards
  • Oversees the work plan of the Council
  • Ensures a cohesive approach to policy implementation

Composition of the oversight board:

  • President – Ken McHattie
  • Deputy President – Sir Brian Souter
  • Vice President – Sandy Manson
  • Chairman – Catherine Burnet
  • Secretary – Fergus Brown
  • Professor C Mark Allison
  • Jim Bishop
  • Anton Colella
  • Martin Darroch
  • Andrew Dougal
  • Atholl Duncan
  • Lesley Glen
  • Mark Hoskyns-Abrahall
  • Michelle Mullen
  • David Wood
  • Public Interest Member: Robert Black

Operational Boards

Council has established three Operation Boards to manage and direct the affairs of the committees within its respective remit.  Each Board must meet on a minimum of two occasions per annum.  Each Operational Board reports to the Oversight Board (the Chairman is a member of the Oversight Board) and reports to Council annually.

Qualification Board

The Qualification Board has oversight of the Examining Board, Student Education Committee and Test of Competence Examining Board.

One of the main aims of the Qualification Board is to formulate, advocate, implement and monitor policies and standards designed to achieve the strategic aims and objectives set by Council in relation to business education and professional competence; and reports progress annually in relation to strategy to Council.

Technical Policy Board

The Technical Policy Board advocates, implements and monitors policies and standards designed to achieve the strategic aims and objectives set by Council in relation to accounting, auditing, taxation, business law and other technical policy issues; and reports progress to Council. It consists of the following committees:

  • Accounting Standards Committee
  • Audit and Assurance Committee
  • Business Policy Committee
  • Charities Committee
  • Pensions Committee
  • Public Sector Committee
  • Research Committee
  • Taxation Committee
  • Corporate Reporting Committee
  • Sustainability Committee

Member Engagement Board

The Member Engagement Board provides strategic direction, governance, constructive challenge, guidance and support to the Member Engagement Division.  The Division delivers the bulk of the ICAS member engagement strategy as part of "Building A Professional Community".  This includes member events, digital engagement, conferences, member communications, marketing, The CA Magazine, offers and discounts, sponsorship, media relations and the collection of subscriptions from members.  The Division also oversees the network of Area Committees across the UK and the ICAS international communities in more than 20 locations around the world.

Remuneration Committee

It is the duty of the Remuneration Committee to make recommendations to Council concerning the policy for remuneration of ICAS Staff, approval of certain expenses, matters in relation to the tenure of office of the Chief Executive and other Officers and Public Interest Member remuneration.

Council shall have regard but shall not be bound by the recommendations of the Remuneration Committee.

Nominations Committee

It is the duty of the Nominations Committee to make nominations to Council in relation to:

  • Public Interest Members;
  • Membership of the Operation Boards including the Chairman of each Board;
  • Membership of the Regulation Board, including the Chairman;
  • Appointment of Committee Conveners;
  • Membership of the Audit Committee;
  • External appointments made by Council.

Council shall have regard but shall not be bound by the recommendations of the Nominations Committee.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is established under Rule 12.1. The Audit Committee has delegated powers relating to oversight of the financial statements and internal and external audit processes. The Audit Committee monitor the objectivity and independence of the external auditors and approve the Non Audit services policy.

Find out more about the Audit Committee and its members.

Public Interest Members

ICAS' Nominations Committee has delegated authority for the appointment of Public Interest Members to ICAS Council. Public Interest Members are appointed for a three year term, which can be renewed for a further term of office of up to three years at the discretion of the Nominations Committee.

There are currently four Public Interest Members serving on the Council:

  • Robert Black
  • Rhona Brankin
  • Lord John McFall
  • Judith Sischy

Terms of Reference:

  • To act as a full member of the Council of ICAS
  • To attend all meetings of the Council
  • To contribute to the deliberations of the Council in all matters of policy and finance
  • To participate in such meetings of ICAS Committees as they consider appropriate
  • To complete, in collaboration with the other Public Interest Members of Council, an Annual Report on the Council's conduct of business in the preceding year, commenting on the Council's adherence to ICAS' Charters and statutory obligations and functions
  • To present said report to the ICAS Annual General Meeting

Regulation Board

The Regulation Board is responsible for the effective oversight of the Regulatory Committees, regulatory policy and the maintenance of professional standards of Members, CA Student Members, Affiliates and Firms.

The Regulation Board has delegated powers relating to the regulatory functions of ICAS and has established and sub-delegated these powers and functions to its Regulatory Committees.

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