Three CAs honoured in Queen's birthday list

Buckingham Palace
By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

14 June 2016

Lord Robert Smith of Kelvin KT CA, Keith Cochrane CA and Guy Thomas Ernest Parsons CA have received recognition in this year's Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Lord Smith, who is a past ICAS President, was awarded The Order of the Companion of Honour for public service, particularly in Scotland.

This is the latest in a list of distinctions already held by Lord Smith including Life Peer as Baron Smith of Kelvin, Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle and Knight Bachelor.

Lord Smith chaired the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games committee and was the first chair of the British Green Investment Bank.

Keith Cochrane CA, CEO of engineering company Weir Group, was awarded a CBE for his service to business in Scotland. Keith has previously been CEO of transport business Stagecoach before becoming group finance director of utilities company Scottish Power.

Guy Parsons CA was awarded an OBE for his services to business and charity. He joined ICAS in 1952 and is a member of the Gold Club, which recognises CAs who have been members for over 50 years.

Speaking of the inclusion of CAs in the honours list, ICAS CEO Anton Colella said: “On behalf of ICAS, I would like to congratulate Lord Smith of Kelvin KT CA, Keith Cochrane CA and Guy Thomas Ernest Parsons CA. It is wonderful to see CAs receiving the highest recognition for the work they do for the wider society. For three ICAS members to receive these prestigious honours is an outstanding achievement. “

John Whiting, Tax Director at the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS), was awarded a CBE for his service to the simplification of tax. This is the second time John has appeared on the honours list, having been awarded an OBE for public service in 2008.

Charlotte Barbour, Director of Taxation at ICAS, congratulated John on his honour when she said: “ICAS has had a warm and long relationship with John and applaud the work he does.”

ICAS supports simplification measures and the work of the Office of Tax Simplification and considers more of its recommendations should be taken forward in the form recommended.


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