The ICAS Insolvency and Restructuring Conference – Embracing the Future
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This year’s conference, chaired by Gillian Carty, Partner at Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP and Donald McNaught, Partner in Johnston Carmichael's Restructuring team, it will be the highlight in the conference calendar for insolvency, restructuring and associated professionals. It will take a close look at factors which are transforming the profession’s landscape.
Our conference will consider the potential impact on the profession going forward and look at how best to tackle the challenging environment and maximise opportunities. Top calibre, well respected speakers will present on a number of topics including the economic outlook, professional standards, technical and legal updates and more.
As well as fantastic opportunities for networking, following on from last year’s success there will be a number of workshop sessions which will allow for in depth discussion and debate with fellow professionals.
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Director of OceanBlue Consulting
After 25 years working at a senior level in journalism, marketing and PR, Marjorie remains a passionate advocate of active reputation management.
In July 2015, she gave up her role as a director of Scotland's largest PR company, The BIG Partnership, to run her own consultancy; OceanBlue Consulting, as well as fulfilling a number of charity and non-exec appointments.
Through OceanBlue, she works across range of areas and a diverse range of clients to deliver media training, marketing and brand messaging, crisis handling, stakeholder engagement, content creation and copywriting.
Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
Gillian has been a partner with Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP since 2001 and heads up the contentious team within the firm’s Corporate Recovery and Insolvency group. After qualifying with the firm, in 2000 Gillian became the first solicitor in Scotland to successfully complete the JIEB examinations. She is licensed by ICAS as an insolvency practitioner; accredited as a specialist in insolvency law by the Law Society of Scotland and is ranked by independent directories as one of the leading solicitors practising in insolvency in Scotland. Gillian acts for a range of clients across the banking and finance sector; on behalf of insolvency practitioners across the UK and on behalf of public sector agencies. She is a regular contributor to specialist conferences and training events; a passionate supporter of pro bono and director of LawWorks Scotland and a member of the Audit Committee of the Scotland Office/Office of the Advocate General for Scotland.
FCPFA, Lead Investigator - The Insolvency Service
Claire is the Lead Investigator for The Insolvency Service responsible for investigations conducted by The Service.
She has over 20 years investigation experience including as a Deputy Inspector of Companies in the DTI and was previously a Principal Auditor with The National Audit Office.
Claire was a member of the Disciplinary Panel of The Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants for 8 years, a regular contributor to the Police National Fraud Course and was part of a UK/French delegation assessing USA compliance with the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.
She is currently Secretary of the Association of Law Enforcement Forensic Accountants (ALEFA).
CEO, Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB)
Richard joined Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) following four years as head of the Fire and Rescue Division at the Scottish Government while the eight regional services merged into the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. His previous career included being head of Civil Law Division, dealing with a range of issues from charity law to the law on succession and damages, and a number of jobs in the Finance directorate including, at separate times, being responsible for the Budget Bill, the Spending Review and the SEAS Accounting system.
Richard joined the Civil Service in 1992, with jobs in the Department of the Environment, the European Commission’s Environment directorate general and the Treasury before moving to Scotland. ;He read Modern History at Oxford, with a DPhil looking at the relationship between landholding structures, wealth and power in eleventh century England.
Philip King FCICM
Philip has been the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management, the largest credit management association in Europe, since 2006. Prior to that, he had 26 years’ practical experience in trade, consumer, and international credit management.
He is widely recognised in the UK and internationally as an expert and speaker on good business practice and, in particular cashflow and credit management for businesses of all sizes. Philip is the author of the Managing Cashflow Guides which were produced for the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) of which there have now been over 550,000 downloads.
In addition to leading the Chartered Institute of Credit Management in its work to raise the profile and professionalism of credit management, Philip sits on a number of industry and government-led bodies, co-chairs the Prompt Payment Code Advisory Board and chairs the Joint Insolvency Committee. The Chartered Institute of Credit Management also administers the Prompt Payment Code for BEIS, and works closely with it in supporting the development of late payment and enterprise policy.
Donald McNaught - Partner, Johnston Carmichael
Donald is a partner in Johnston Carmichael's Restructuring team, dealing primarily with creditor led work from a variety of sources. Having being one of the youngest to pass JIEB in 2002, Donald has been accepting insolvency appointments for over ten years.
Donald is also the current convenor of the ICAS Insolvency Committee having been a member of the committee since 2008, a fellow of R3 and chair of ICAS' Glasgow and West of Scotland Area Committee. He recently finished a successful three year stint as chair of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Insolvency Forum resulting in a significant increase in numbers and stakeholder engagement. An expert in formal insolvency and restructuring, Donald works closely with Johnston Carmichael's sector and technical experts to provide banks and other stakeholders tailored advice.
Philip McNeill MA FCA CTA
ICAS Head of Taxation (Tax Practice and Small Business Taxes)
ICAS Head of Taxation (Tax Practice and Small Business Taxes)
Philip is part of the ICAS tax team, with particular responsibility for agent engagement and owner managed business taxes. As part of this remit, he is currently acting as ICAS lead with input into HMRC policy change as the Making Tax Digital revolution is effected.
Having read Natural Science at Cambridge, small and medium-sized practice provided Philip’s route into the profession. He has particular understanding of rural practice and its concerns, from motorway service stations to pedigree sheep.
His career has spanned sole practice, and SME business, with extensive experience of writing and lecturing; including a stint as lay member of the Insolvency Practices Council. Working with the disadvantaged and unrepresented, via organisations such as Child Poverty Action Group (Scotland), Business Debtline and TaxAid, has given extensive insight into HMRC debt recovery.
He contributes regularly to periodicals such as Taxation, Tolley’s Practical Tax, and others; and to sites such as AccountingWeb.
He is a member of the HMRC IR 35 forum and looks after the ICAS Small Business Taxes sub-Committee.
Trevor Williams, Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank
Trevor Williams has been the Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank –Commercial Banking for over 20 years, he is a visiting Professor at Derby University, Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC) and author of Trading Economics: A Guide to Economic Statistics for Practitioners. He is on the editorial board of Economia and the Journal of Corporate Treasury Management. He regularly writes articles for publications and appear in the financial press and on television to represent economic views.
Partner, Harper Macleod LLP
James heads the firm's Insolvency team and has advised on corporate and personal insolvency related matters for a number of years. He advises creditors, banks and insolvency practitioners on all aspects of insolvency litigation.
Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession lists James as a "Leader in the Field" in both Restructuring/Insolvency and Personal Insolvency, where he is noted for having a strong reputation in the market, his clients appreciate his ability to "do an extremely good job under difficult circumstances." Sources note "He's good. He's tells you as it is."
James has been recognised as a "World Leader" in commercial litigation by Who's Who Legal.
James is a member of the team that won the prestigious "Insolvency Team of the Year" award at the Law Awards of Scotland 2012.
Close Brothers Asset Finance - Glasgow
James entered financial services 24 years ago starting as a Finance Manager. This provided the grounding to move into Corporate Asset Finance in the City of London where he was responsible for sourcing big ticket & structured leasing client funding.
On moving to Scotland, James changed focus and joined Lloyds TSB Scotland’s Corporate Banking team as a Relationship Manager providing banking services to Scottish corporate clients. This resulted in a greater understanding of the key drivers in businesses leading to his role within Lloyds Bank as a Credit Analyst assessing and reviewing the bank’s Corporate Real Estate book.
James’s role at Close Brothers see’s him return to a similar role to that of his first as an asset funder. Providing refinance/restructure debt facilities covering SME, commercial and mid corporate business across Scotland. As a Regional Manager the role involves providing alternative funding packages tailored to business needs with a customer relationship focus. The aim is to provide specialist local knowledge and innovative value add solutions to Scottish business across all sectors and asset classes including renewable energy projects to land owners, the agricultural sector and commercial concerns investing in the various technologies.
Neil A Armour BA CA FABRP
Neil has lived and worked in Aberdeen for 30 years, predominantly in the Oil & Gas related industries. He spent 26 years in ‘Big 4’ firms, latterly as Associate Partner in KPMG’s Aberdeen office and was the firm’s UK Restructuring Sector Lead for Oil & Gas.
A Chartered Accountant and Fellow of R3, Neil is an ICAS licensed insolvency practitioner (albeit not currently appointment-taking), was a JIEB examiner, and is a member of the Grampian Sheriffdom Court Reporter panel. He served for 6 years as a member of ICAS’ Insolvency Permit Committee and is currently a member of ICAS’ Review Panel.
Neil works with many strongly performing businesses, as well as those which have become overstretched, acting either as professional adviser / consultant, Non-Executive Director or (part-time) Finance Director. He works for corporates themselves, and for funders / investors / stakeholders (including in diligence reviews).
Neil therefore has a perhaps unique perspective on the current oil & oil gas industry, working from all sides of the table through several economic cycles, currently and over the last 30 years.
Neil is a Free Burgess of Trade of the City of Aberdeen, and has been involved in numerous charitable activities, including serving as Treasurer of Aberdeen Citizens Advice Bureau for many years and as a Director of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council.
Regional Sales Director, Close Brothers Asset Finance
Angus attended the University of Glasgow, obtaining an Honour Business Degree and a postgraduate IT diploma and has been working in the banking industry since 2003, allowing him to obtain his Chartered Banker Qualification.
Angus joined Close Brothers in 2011 after working in the Invoice Finance sector since 2006. His aims are to develop/grow the client book and brand in Scotland and working alongside the Asset Finance team in order to be able to offer structured, joined-up approach to Scottish SME funding. Angus enjoys playing piano, cycling and motorbikes.
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