Honours bestowed on three leading CAs


7 July 2014

The Queen has honoured leading CAs at ceremonies in Edinburgh.

Three leading members of ICAS have had honours bestowed on them by HM the Queen in ceremonies held in Edinburgh.

Lord Smith of Kelvin CA was invested as a Knight of the Thistle on Thursday, 3 July. On Tuesday, 1 July, Ewan Brown CBE CA was knighted and Bill Drysdale CA received his MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).

Lord Smith is a Past President of ICAS and currently chairman of Glasgow 2014, the organisation set up to manage the XXth Commonwealth Games, being hosted in Glasgow later this month. He was invested as a Knight of the Thistle at a ceremony in St Giles' Cathedral, alongside the Earl of Home who also joins the order.

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal were present for the ceremony, which began with a procession from the nearby Signet Library.

The Order of the Thistle honours men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in a significant way to national life. It is the highest honour in Scotland and is second only in precedence in the UK to the Order of the Garter.

Sir Ewan Brown's knighthood was conferred in a ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Sir Ewan is chairman of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE), the body representing the financial services industry in Scotland, and senior governor at the University of St Andrews. He was knighted for services to business and public life, and philanthropy in Scotland.

Also at the event was SFE chief executive Owen Kelly, who was awarded an MBE. Bill Drysdale, who received his MBE at the ceremony on Tuesday, was honoured for his services to business. He is chairman of the British-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and co-founded the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum.

Bill worked as an adviser to Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha during the latter's period as prime minister of Bulgaria. He was formerly senior partner for KPMG in the region.


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