Members Board – composition and current members
The Members Board aims to be representative of the ICAS Membership, taking account of factors such as geography and industry sector.
The General Regulations provide that the Members Board is made up of the following:
- A Chair, who is also a member of Council.
- Not less than two other Council members.
- The Chairs of each of any panel or body whose work is relevant to the Board.
- The Executive Director of Member Engagement & Communications.
- Up to two relevantly experienced ICAS employees.
- Such other persons as Council may deem appropriate.
Role of Members Board members
As set out above, the Members Board is comprised of a range of individuals with varied backgrounds and experience. ICAS’ Regulations do not provide distinct roles or responsibilities for Members Board members, with all members expected to:
- Engage in setting and delivering the Members Board’s objectives.
- Ensure the ongoing relevance of the Members Board’s work.
- Provide robust oversight and challenge to ICAS’ Member Engagement Team.
- Deliver effective influence in the interests of Members, Firms and the general public.
Individuals are appointed to the Members Board by Council, on consideration of recommendations from ICAS’ Nominations Committee (with the exception of the Executive Director of Member Engagement & Communications, who sits on the Members Board by virtue of his or her employment in that role).
Appointments to the Members Board are for an initial period of three years, which may be extended for a second term of three years.
The Members Board is currently formed of the following individuals:
Members Board Members
MICHAEL KAY CA (CHAIR)
Michael qualified with Arthur Andersen in Edinburgh, with secondments to London and Melbourne. He joined a sales promotion plc in London, before he and fellow directors established their own below-the-line agency backed by 3i. The majority of his career was then spent in financial services, with senior regional and global finance and operational roles in Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and HSBC. Michael subsequently moved to the public sector with NHS Digital, leading the Commercial function through a period of significant transformation. Brought up in Ayr, Michael is a keen Burns enthusiast, winning the “Tam o’Shanter World Championship” in 2018. He is also an Honorary Steward at the Wimbledon Championships.
SOBHAN AFZAL CA
Sobhan was elected unopposed to the Scotland West electoral area seat at the 2019 AGM.
Sobhan Afzal is currently a senior auditor at Audit Scotland. Sobhan began his career at Audit Scotland as a trainee auditor in 2013, having graduated from Strathclyde University with a degree in accounting and finance in the same year. Sobhan completed the ICAS qualification and was admitted to membership in 2017.
Sobhan has been involved in financial audits and performance audits across all sectors of the Scottish public sector during his time at Audit Scotland. This include audits of charities, pension funds and government agencies. More recently, Sobhan's role has involved leading on the delivery of audits within the health and local government sectors. Sobhan joined the ICAS Council in May 2019.
YUSUF AHMET CA
Driven, entrepreneurial and innovative managing consultant with over 8 years' experience in advising Investment Banking and FinTech clients. High client focus with proven expertise to successfully initiate, manage and deliver end-to-end process improvement, finance transformation, change management and innovation programmes. Specialises in advising start-up firms across multiple areas - from building new lean processes and establishing a culture that drives innovation to recommending product enhancements and market differentiation. Leverages a holistic approach to advising clients having previously worked across multiple services lines at the Big Four: audit, tax and corporate finance.
Chartered Accountant, currently serving as a member of the Members’ Board at ICAS and listed as Top 100 Young CA in 2018. Obtained a First class degree in Accounting & Financial Management.
Diana is originally from Bucharest, Romania. She graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and currently works as a Senior Associate at PwC. Her work mostly focuses on external audit and risk assurance. In her free time, Diana enjoys dancing and she has a passion for design and visual arts. Diana was appointed to Members Board in Sept 2019 to represent the interest of student members.
ALAN J BEGG CA
Alan Begg CA is a retired corporate executive director experienced in the private, not-for-profit, public, charity and commercial sectors having acted as the Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services in the Valuation Tribunal Service in London prior to retirement.
As a graduate chartered accountant Alan’s career has extended to being a Chief and Deputy Chief Executive, Accounting Officer, practice partner and Finance Director in various customer servicing organisations. Alan has an in-depth knowledge of finance, corporate governance, risk management, business planning and strategic development; he has also a mentoring qualification from his Institute.
Currently Alan has a Non-Executive Director portfolio comprising: Trustee/Director of Compass, a social welfare York based charity; funding panel member in his local NHS CCG; an independent member of Islington Town Council’s audit and risk committee; as a pensions board member at Islington Town Council; and as an elite panel member of LV= the London & Victoria mutual insurance company.
Alan was the former Chair of the audit and risk committee of Compass and served as Chair of the Board at Queen Mary University of London until 2018. His portfolio extends to being on the Board and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of Penge Churches Housing Assoc.
|CLIVE BELLINGHAM CA|
Clive is a Partner at PwC, where his leadership roles take him to all parts of the world. As a member of PwC’s Global Board, Clive contributes to the governance and oversight of a network that covers more than 150 countries. He is part of the global leadership team for the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. He is also global relationship partner for a number of multinational clients.
Clive joined PwC in Glasgow in 1984 after qualifying as a CA with Bird Simpson & Co in Dundee. Since then he has worked for PwC in Scotland, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, where Clive has been resident since 1987.
Having benefited from a wide range of influences and experiences during his career, Clive is an advocate of diversity in business. In 2016 he joined the board of Advance, a non-profit association set up by leading Swiss-based companies to increase the representation of women at executive level. In April 2016 Clive joined the Council of the ICAS.
CHRIS CAMPELL CA
Chris graduated BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with First Class Honours from the Robert Gordon University in 2004 and served his ICAS training contract with Anderson Anderson and Brown in Aberdeen, specialising in taxation. Following becoming a member of ICAS in January 2008, Chris joined Johnston Carmichael and is based in the Elgin office, where he is currently a Tax Senior Manager.
ELIZABETH GAMMIE CA
Elizabeth Gammie is a Professor of Accounting at the Robert Gordon University where she is Head of the Aberdeen Business School. She trained with Ernst and Whinney in the Aberdeen office and specialised in tax on qualification. She subsequently moved into academia and now has over 25 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector. Over the years she has developed her career by undertaking a part-time PhD, developing a very successful Accounting and Finance under-graduate degree, building a research portfolio, heading up the Department of Accounting and Finance and from 2016 taking on the role as Head of School.
Elizabeth has been involved with many ICAS Boards and Committees, including various stints on the local Area Committee, chaired the Student Education Committee, sat on the Qualification Board, the TPE Exam Board, the Technical Policy Board, the Audit Committee and perhaps most notably sat on ICAS Council for 6 years. She also served as a member on the International Accounting Education Standards Board. Elizabeth is currently a Trustee of the ICAS Foundation, a Trustee of the RDA Aberdeen group, a Governor of St Margaret’s School for Girls and has chaired the Grampian Area Committee since 2017
SEAN GRUBB CA
Sean Grubb was born and raised in Dundee where he attended school, University and most recently completed his ICAS training contract with EQ Accountants LLP.
After qualifying with ICAS in August 2020, Sean moved into industry to take up the role as Head of Finance at Double A, Scotland’s leading supplier of ground care equipment. Within this role Sean is responsible for the finance, administration, HR and IT functions of the business.
In addition to his role at Double A, Sean is also a dedicated member of the ICAS Members Board where he was appointed in 2019 to represent the interests of student members. He is also a proud mentor of the ICAS Foundation having been a student of the foundation himself. Outside of work, Sean enjoys playing golf from a scratch handicap and spending time with his family.
DOUGIE HAWKINS CA
Dougie has operated in the private equity industry for over 25 years. For the last 10 years he has been a partner with Clyde Blowers Capital and prior to that he spent 8 years as Managing Director at RBS’ private equity business. Before joining RBS, he was employed at Bank of Scotland for 12 years, half of which he spent in the leveraged finance area after starting his career in retail and small business banking. He also operated his own M&A advisory business for a period during this time.
Having left Clyde Blowers Capital earlier this year he is currently in the process of raising a private debt fund. He is a CA, having trained under the TOPPS scheme with Bank of Scotland and also a Member of the Chartered Banker Institute.
FRASER HIDDELSTON CA
“Fraser Hiddelston is Executive Director and Head of Governance Services at Northern Trust International Fund Administration Services (Guernsey) Limited.
Fraser trained with Milne, Craig and Corson in Paisley and qualified as a CA in 1994 then relocated to Guernsey in 1995 to work for PKF specialising in the audit of financial services clients. He left in 2005 and worked as an Assistant Director at Aon Captive Insurance Services for 3 years before joining Northern Trust as a Senior Relationship Manager developing the strategic relationship for a wide variety of clients with open-ended and closed-ended funds in the traditional, alternative asset and property fund sectors.
In his current role Fraser leads the Governance Services division at Northern Trust which comprises the Board Servicing, Corporate Secretarial & Listings, Commercial Client Compliance and Investor Due Diligence teams. In addition he also acts as a director on a number of Northern Trust client fund Boards.
During his 25 years in Guernsey, Fraser was also Treasurer of the Guernsey Society of Chartered & Certified Accountants for 12 years and formed part of its Executive Committee to promote the accountancy profession on the island and act as a voice for industry.”
JAMIE MUMFORD-RAINE CA
Jamie joined BP as an Economics graduate and qualified as a CA with them via the TOPPs programme in 2009. Currently working in the group M&A team, he manages material acquisition and divestment transactions. Previous roles include Downstream Strategy and business development as well as upstream finance roles. Jamie has been an active member of the London Area Network since 2015, working with ICAS to design and host events in London, as well as providing input to strategy. He is passionate about making ICAS the best it can be for the membership and as such has been on the Members’ Board for the last three years. Jamie is Associate Manager Mergers and Acquisitions, BP
KATHERINE RITCHIE CA
Having graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Economics and Geography, Katherine qualified as a CA in 2016 with EY. At EY Katherine advised clients across a wide range of sectors and throughout the life cycle of a deal; including initial assessment, operational due diligence, synergy identification, integration, separation and post deal value enhancement.
IAIN SCOTT CA
Iain Scott has been the Chief Financial Officer of Scottish Enterprise since 2010. Iain qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 1988 and he has been with Scottish Enterprise for over 25 years. During that time, he has had many finance and corporate planning roles and latterly has had responsibility for Finance, Legal, Internal Audit and ICT Operations.
RORY SHEDDEN CA
After qualifying as a CA with EY in 2009 I moved to Germany, joining the EY Advisory service line, supporting leading German businesses with projects globally. Inspired by the rapid growth of the Advisory team I moved back to the UK in 2013 and have since worked in a range of roles for PE-backed businesses supporting the C-Suite in driving value creation and transformative change.
RHONA THOMSON CA
Rhona qualified with EY. With over 20 years in the financial services industry she has had exposure to internal investment accounting, financial controller and 3rd party fund administration. Rhona is currently Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Fund Services which offer fund administration services to Hedge Funds globally.