In Memoriam: May 2019

By CA Magazine

6 June 2019

Tributes are paid to the CAs who have passed away.

David Stewart Batty MBA CA

David Stewart Batty MBA CA died on 20 November 2018 aged 74. David was born in Manchester on 17 June 1944 and moved to Glasgow in 1953 with his family. Qualifying as a CA in 1967 following an apprenticeship with Mackie & Clark, David then worked for Plessey in Bathgate before settling at Babcock and Wilcox in Renfrew. He rose quickly in the finance department, at one point being responsible for paying out in excess of £1m in cash every Friday with the constant threat of an armed raid and much alarm whenever a helicopter passed over on its way to Glasgow Airport.

In 1986 David was invited to join the team preparing a bid to manage Rosyth Dockyard. The bid was successful and David became Finance Director of Babcock Thorn Ltd. In 1990, under David’s guidance, Babcock bought out the Thorn EMI interest and the company operated as Rosyth Royal Dockyard plc, paving the way for the subsequent construction of two new aircraft carriers, the largest ships ever built for the Royal Navy.

David was President of Scottish Engineering between 1997 and 1998 and served for several years on the board of Queensferry Churches’ Care in the Community.

Retirement allowed David more time to indulge his passion for hill walking and he joined the Munro Society in 2007, becoming its President in 2018. David was a long-standing member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry.

David died while walking with friends in the Dumfriesshire hills. A proud father and grandfather, David is survived by his first wife, Margaret, his daughter Elaine, son Stuart and grandchildren Melanie and Oscar. His second wife, Jane, predeceased him.

This obituary was kindly supplied by Mr Batty’s family.

Gilbert Landell Carswell CA

Gilbert Landell Carswell CA, who lived in Radlett, died on 4 February 2019 aged 88. He was born on 25 February 1930 and was admitted to membership on 31 March 1954. After training with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co, Mr Carswell worked for a number of firms, including Davy and United Engineering Co Ltd and Davy Ashmore Ltd. He was promoted to Group Financial Controller with Davy International Ltd in 1975 and then to Chief Executive, Finance in 1976. In 1983 he became Financial Director of Davy Corporation plc, London. Prior to his retirement in 1999, he served as a Non-executive Director for Iron Trades Insurance Group in London.

James William Duffy CA

James William Duffy CA, who lived in Twickenham, died on 12 February 2019 aged 69. He was born on 23 October 1949 and admitted to membership on 18 July 1980. Mr Duffy trained with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co, and became Senior Auditor with the National Coal Board in 1980. He held a number of positions throughout his career, including Team Leader in the Audit Department with Nestle Co in Croydon and Financial Controller with Keith Prowse & Co and the British Heart Foundation. Prior to his death, Mr Duffy was a sole practitioner.

Douglas Alexander Glass CA

Douglas Alexander Glass CA, who lived in Edinburgh, died on 10 December 2018 aged 82. He was born on 6 August 1936 and was admitted to membership on 25 November 1963. Completing his training with Wallace & Sommerville in Edinburgh, Mr Glass held positions in various organisations including the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society Ltd, Munro & Miller Fittings Ltd and Alexanders of Edinburgh. In 1983 he became Group Financial Director of Alexanders Holdings plc, and then Financial Director of Alexanders of Edinburgh in 1990. Prior to his retirement in 2004, he served as an Accountant with Campbells Prime Meat Ltd in Broxburn.

Graeme Johnston CA

Graeme Johnston CA, died suddenly on 26 February 2019, in Edinburgh, aged 49, as a result of a tragic accident. Mr Johnston qualified in 1995 with Smith Hemming & Dean, Edinburgh, then moved into industry in various positions with Smith Packaging, Livingston; Edinburgh Zoological Society; Hibernian Football Club; Scottish Rugby Union, Murrayfield; Kings & Festival Theatres, Edinburgh and last with the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two stepsons.

This obituary was kindly supplied by Mr Johnston’s family.

The Rt Rev Hugh Francis McInally JH PhB STB CA

The Rt Rev Hugh Francis McInally JH PhB STB CA, who lived in Perth, died on 30 March 2019 aged 85. He was born on 22 May 1933 and was admitted to membership on 28 March 1956. After finishing his training with Alexander MacLean & Co, Mgr McInally began his national service and served for two years in the RAF. His career then took a turn and he moved to Paris in 1959 to study at the Seminaire Saint Sulpice. He was ordained into the priesthood in 1963 and moved back to Dundee to spend five years as Curate at St Columba’s in the Kirkton area of Dundee, followed by four years as Curate in St Patrick’s in the city. Mgr McInally served as Parish Priest to SS Leonard and Fergus, St Mary’s Forebank and St Patrick’s in Dundee, before his retirement in 2007.

John Desmond Peel-Briggs BA CA

John Desmond Peel-Briggs BA CA, who lived in Hove, died on 26 June 2018 aged 95. He was born on 28 April 1923 and was admitted to membership on 28 March 1949. After training with Booth Anderson & Co in Glasgow, Mr Peel-Briggs worked for a number of organisations at the start of his career, including United Molasses Co and Rio Tinto Co Ltd in London. He rose through the ranks at Rio Tinto Co Ltd, becoming Deputy Treasurer and Controller of Accounts in 1959 and Chief Accountant in 1960. In 1970 he was appointed Secretary at the Rio Tinto Zinc Corporation Ltd, later moving to Diamond Selection Ltd as Administration Manager, before his retirement in 1975.

Maitland Wright Thomson CA

Maitland Wright Thomson CA, who lived in Ayr, died on 5 March 2019 aged 81. He was born on 8 June 1937 and was admitted to membership on 25 November 1963. After training with J Wyllie Guild & Ballantine in Glasgow, Mr Thomson proceeded to work for firms including DM McNaught & Co, Thornton, Baker & Co and the Accountants Division of the Board of Trade. He moved to the Scottish Office, Finance and Accountancy Services as a Senior Accountant in 1976 and rose to the position of Senior Project Executive at Scottish Office in Glasgow in 1990, before his retirement in 1996.


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