CAs recognised in Queen's birthday honours

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By CA Today

13 June 2018

Douglas Flint, Barbara Allison, Grenville Shaw Johnston and Brian Gammell Ivory recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The former Group Chairman of HSBC, Sir Douglas Flint CA, has been recognised with a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. He stepped down from HSBC in September 2017.

He is the son of Professor David Flint, who was known to generations of CAs as a Professor of Accountancy at Glasgow University and a former President of ICAS.

After qualifying as a a CA he first worked in public practice with KPMG, ultimately as a partner, and then joined HSBC as Group Finance Director in 1995, becoming Group Chairman in December 2010.

He chairs the CityUK/CBBC China Market Advisory Group, and is a member of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Councils of the Mayors of Beijing and Shanghai.

He is also a Trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity Board, Chairman of Corporate Board of Cancer Research UK and chairs the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation.

He was an independent external member of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board in the UK until July 2015 and has been, by invitation from the Prime Minister, a British Business Ambassador since January 2014. In 2006 he was honoured with a CBE in recognition of his services to the finance industry.

Previously Mr Flint was Chairman of the Institute of International Finance from 2012 to 2016 and served as a non-executive director of BP plc from 1 January 2005 until 14 April 2011.

He actively supported the establishment of the independent Banking Standards Board, was a leading figure in driving improvements in culture, values and behaviours in the sector – in particular with regard to financial crime and sanctions controls – and was a trusted voice internationally in the design of new regulatory standards.

Barbara Allison CA

Barbara Allison CA, Director of Communications and Ministerial Support at the Scottish Government has become a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for public service.

Before joining the Scottish Government, she was Director of HR in the Scottish Prison Service.

She was previously a member of the Board of APEX Scotland and is a Board Member of the Traverse Theatre and Inspiring Scotland.

Speaking to PR Week she commented: "I am surprised and delighted to receive a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. I will treasure it. It means a huge amount to me and my family.

"This honour is a recognition of the work that we all do. I want to thank everyone who I have worked with in Scottish Government, in the Scottish Prison Service and in the charity organisations for their contribution to this.

"It is a privilege and a pleasure to do this role and I especially wish to thank my colleagues for their professionalism, their support and their commitment."

Grenville Shaw Johnston CA

Grenville Shaw Johnston CA, Lord Lieutenant of Morayshire and ICAS Past President has been awarded Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).

Grenville Johnston was President of ICAS from 2000-01. He was the first Highland President of ICAS and introduced the official ICAS tartan.

He has been Lord Lieutenant of Morayshire for 13 years.

Grenville Johnston joined the family firm of W D Johnston & Carmichael in 1972 and retired as Senior Partner in 2000 when he became a consultant, finally leaving the firm in 2005.

Speaking to the Press & Journal, Lt Col Johnston said: “I am deeply honoured but I think it reflects on the people of Moray who do so many wonderful things.

“Whether it is voluntary or in their businesses or through our forces, they make the job of a Lord Lieutenant very interesting and very rewarding.”

Brian Gammell Ivory CA

Sir Brian Gammell Ivory, CBE CA has also been awarded Commander of the Royal Victorian Order CVO.

Ivory, former Chairman of Dumfries House Trust, qualified as a CA in 1975. He received his graduate degree from the University of Cambridge.

He is Chair of Arcus European Infrastructure Fund GP LLP, Marathon Asset Management Services Ltd. and Retec Digital Plc and on the Board of Directors at Insight Investment Management Ltd., Media 5 Solutions Ltd. and London Real Estate Exchange Ltd.

Previous positions include Non-Executive Director of HBOS Plc, Chair of Scottish American Investment Co. Plc, a Non-Executive Director of Bank of Scotland Plc, Chair of Macallan Glenlivet Plc, Chair of Highland Distillers Group Ltd., a Non-Executive Director of HBOS Treasury Services Ltd., a Trustee of National Galleries of Scotland, a Treasurer of Scotch Whisky Association, a Vice Chair of Shawbrook Bank Ltd., and a Non-Executive Director of Synesis Life Ltd.


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