ICAS Council – composition and current members
ICAS Council is composed of a mix of elected and co-opted CA members, non-CA (Public Interest) members and Office Bearers.
Members of Council (except Office Bearers) are elected or appointed for an initial three-year term after which they may be elected or appointed for a second three-year term.
According to ICAS General Regulations, Council must comprise of:
- twelve elected area representative Members
- six elected Members to open seats
- not more than seven co-opted Members
- not less than three Public Interest Members
- the Office Bearers, who shall be Members
The composition of Council is also based on the following ratios:
- at least 80% of ICAS Members
- at least 65% of ICAS Members who have been elected
- at least 10% of Public Interest Members
View profiles of the current Members of Council.
Electoral Area and Open Seat Members
Electoral area and Open Seat Members are elected by the ICAS membership. The electoral areas and the number of representatives from each area are set out below. Members may only stand for election to an electoral area seat if they live or work in that electoral area.
|Area||Number of seats|
|Scotland North |
Highland, Moray, Orkney Islands,
Eilean Siar, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Shetland Islands
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Co-options are made by Council based on the skills, experience and knowledge required to ensure a balanced Council that reflects the employment sectors, geographic location and diversity of ICAS membership.
Public Interest Members (PIMs)
PIMs are independent of ICAS - they are not CAs. Their role is to ensure that ICAS’ public-interest responsibilities are met. They bring an external, independent perspective and challenge to the governance of ICAS, exercising oversight within the regulatory functions to encourage best practice and transparent governance.
PIMs report annually to the ICAS membership and their report is included in the ICAS annual review. They are the only members of Council that receive an honorarium for their services.
The Office Bearers are appointed annually by Council from the candidates recommended to it by the Presidential Nominations Committee. The Presidential Nominations Committee maintains a list of candidates who it believes meet the list of qualities that have been determined by Council as being those it expects of its Office Bearers. Members of ICAS may also apply for any of the Office Bearer positions when the nominations window opens each year. Members are notified when the nominations open and can submit an application which must be supported by 25 members. The Presidential Nominations Committee assesses all candidates and will invite shortlisted applicants for interview to assess whether they meet the qualities and have capacity to manage the time commitment. The Presidential Nominations Committee then decides on one candidate for each Office Bearer position to recommend to Council for approval. Each appointment must be supported by 75% of Council members before it can be confirmed. The new Office Bearers are announced at the AGM.
The qualities expected of an Office Bearer are:
- Has earned, or is capable of earning, the respect of Council and inspiring confidence in Members and stakeholders.
- Has a sound understanding of the emerging issues of the day, such as sustainability and diversity, facing Members.
- Is a demonstrable leader, role model and strategic thinker.
- Can evidence commitment to inclusion and diversity.
- Has an unblemished personal and professional reputation.
- Can demonstrate their commitment to ICAS. [Experience of Council membership is preferred but is not essential where an exceptional candidate can demonstrate other forms of engagement with ICAS].
- Is diplomatic, personable and capable of building and maintaining relationships.
- Is able to operate as part of a cohesive team with the other office bearers and with the Chief Executive, recognising that they have complementary skills but acknowledging that the expectations of each office bearer, in terms of time commitment, increase with the seniority of the role.
- Is an effective communicator and public speaker.
The President, Deputy President and a Vice President each hold office for one year from the conclusion of the AGM at which they are elected. The President serves for a one-year term, but the Deputy and Vice Presidents may serve three consecutive one-year terms in either role or a combination of both roles. They work closely together and have regular meetings because it is important that they function as a team because they share responsibilities and provide mutual support. More information about the role of Council and the Office Bearers can be found here.
ICAS Council code of conduct
ICAS is committed to the maintenance of ethical standards and high standards of professional conduct from all its members.
The specific Code of Conduct sets out the standards of behaviour that Council Members are expected to adhere to and includes the Register of Interests. The Code is sent to all Members of ICAS Council on an annual basis.
Catherine Burnet CA, President
Catherine, who is also a member of the Financial Services Advisory Board to Scottish Government, was confirmed as President for 2020 at the ICAS Annual General Meeting on Friday 24 April 2020.
Catherine’s career at KPMG spans more than 20 years and she has held roles in Edinburgh, London and the United States.Catherine trained as a CA with KPMG in Edinburgh, qualifying in 1997. She became a partner at KPMG in 2009 and subsequently spent two years in KPMG US working on global banking clients. After returning to Scotland in 2011, Catherine led the KPMG Financial Services team and became Regional Chair of KPMG Scotland in 2016.
Catherine has been involved with ICAS since 2011, first as Chair of the Audit Committee, then Chair of Oversight Board. She has also been a member of the ICAS Council since 2011 and served as Vice president (2018/19) and Deputy President (2019/20).
Bruce Pritchard BA, CA, FioD, Deputy President
Bruce Pritchard CA is the Chief Executive Officer - International of Liminal BioSciences. Bruce was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, effective 13 November 2020. Prior to that he was one of 2 Chief Operating Officers In this role he was responsible for the company’s discovery, clinical development, program management, CMC and business development functions related to Small Molecule Therapeutics.
An accountant by training, he has spent over two decades working in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industry. He has more than fourteen years’ experience with Liminal and has held a number of senior global positions across the organisation.
Prior to being appointed CEO he became COO in 2014, previously he was the Group CFO, a role he had held since 2008. Bruce brings a proven track record of success in strategic acquisitions and in raising debt and equity finance.
As well as being a chartered accountant, Bruce also brought to the role many years of experience in general management and operations. Prior to joining Liminal, Bruce worked as a senior director for CV Therapeutics, a NASDAQ listed biopharmaceutical company.
Bruce is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University where he gained a BA in Accountancy and Computer Science. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Porton Biopharma Limited, and is Deputy President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Bruce is based out of Liminal’s UK office in Cambridge.
Indy Hothi CA, Vice President
Indy Hothi CA is currently the co-founder of Upside Projects, a consultancy and venture builder which provides strategic advice on digital transformation, innovation and sustainability to public and private sector clients. Prior to Upside Projects, Indy was a senior economist with EY in London. He worked across a number of high-profile economic impact studies which influenced public policy and included clients such as the Premier League and Rugby World Cup.
Through his passion for social and humanitarian causes, Indy was a trustee of Khalsa Aid International, a charity which provides humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones. His work has led him to the frontline on a number of projects including Iraq, DR Congo, Lebanon, Nepal and Haiti.
Indy was recognised as One Young CA in 2015 and joined ICAS Council in 2016, representing the England and Wales area and supporting engagement with under 35s and the broader London community (through the London Area Network).
Sobhan Afzal, CA
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 is a member of the Glasgow and West Area Network.
Dr Rimla Akhtar, MBE CA
Dr Rimla Akhtar MBE is that rare individual who has lived global business and elite sport. In 2014, she became the first Muslim and Asian woman on the FA Council in addition to her role on the Inclusion Advisory Board at the FA and in 2015 was awarded an MBE for her contribution to equality and diversity in sport. In 2020, she was elected as Chair of the National Game Finance Committee and as a member of the National Game Board, overseeing the strategy and finances for the grassroots game. She holds a portfolio of additional strategic and boardroom roles, including as an Independent Non-Executive Director of both the Rugby Football League and the Sports Ground Safety Authority. She is also a Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Rimla has over 20 years’ experience in the sports industry across the UK, Middle East and Asia. She is a developer and strategist best known for her work as an Inclusion and Diversity specialist in sport, which led to her being ranked 14th in the 2018 Forbes global list of the Most Powerful Women in Sport.
Whilst carving out a successful career in the city at leading global professional services firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Rimla also captained Britain in Futsal competitions. She is Founder of the leading global sport development consultancy, RimJhim Consulting, and, as Chair of the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation until December 2018, she led the organisation to one with a distinct reputation nationally and internationally for its extensive work in the field of women’s sport. She is also co-founder of the global Muslim Women in Sport Network.
As a unique individual within the sports industry, she now shares her time between writing, speaking, mentoring, practical and strategic consultancy and campaigns. She independently advises and leads projects with governments, advocacy organisations, national and international sports bodies and community groups. Rimla is a sought-after speaker and commentator who communicates with quiet humility, practicality and passion.
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 for 8 years, Clive contributes to the governance and oversight of a network that covers more than 150 countries. He chaired the Clients & Markets Committee for 4 years and has an outreach role for PwC India. He is also a global relationship partner for a number of multinational clients, principally in the pharma & life sciences sector.
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 the executive level.
Eleanor Bentley, CA
Eleanor was elected to ICAS Council in April 2018. She is a member of the ICAS Nominations Committee, the Audit & Risk Committee and the Governance Review Panel. She is a mentor for the ICAS Foundation. Eleanor is an Independent Governor of the University of Aberdeen and a member of their Audit & Risk Committee. She is a non-executive director of the Scottish Ballet and a member of their Audit & Risk Committee.
Eleanor trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Aberdeen and initially worked for a private homebuilding and construction company before moving into the oil and gas industry in 1997. Since joining the industry, she has held a number of senior positions with both operators and service companies in the sector.
Eleanor has extensive experience of risk and financial management in international public companies. She is an experienced Finance Director and had responsibility for a global business unit with revenues of over US$1 billion. Her most recent executive experience is providing assurance to the Board of a FTSE listed company on corporate governance matters.
Margaret Bunyan, CA
Margaret is Associate Director at Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountants. Margaret is responsible for a diverse portfolio of clients, predominately OMBs within the SME market; although specialises in advising clients within the agricultural sector. As part of the Senior Management team she is involved in making key decisions within the practice. She is also the company’s ICAS Counselling Member and one of their Money Laundering Officers. She is a great ambassador for the firm.
Margaret qualified in 2009 and has had a successful career to date in practice. Margaret currently is the Treasurer for an agricultural show, and is involved within Women in Agriculture events in Scotland.
Margaret is a hardworking, driven individual who is passionate about her work.
David Cruickshank, CA
David Cruickshank was Chair of Deloitte Global until May 2019, and was elected into this role in June 2015 having served on the Global Board for eight years from 2007. Prior to this, he was Chairman of Deloitte UK from 2007 – 2015. He continued with the firm as an adviser until June 2020. Throughout his career, he has advised international corporate clients and some other private sector organisations.
Prior to becoming UK Chairman in 2007, David led Deloitte’s tax practice in the UK for eight years, during which time he was a member of the firm’s Executive Group and a member of the global organisation’s tax management group. He specialised in international tax on qualification with the firm in 1982 and became a partner in 1988. He is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate in business and economics from the University of Edinburgh.
Outside the firm, David is Chair of the Board of the Social Progress Imperative (a US based organisation that produces the country by country Social Progress Index) and, in the UK, he chairs the Board of Trustees of the Education and Employers charity.
David joined Council in September 2019, and became Chair of the Qualifications Board in April 2020.
Emily Cheyne, CA
Alison Cornwell, CA
Alison Cornwell is CFO of Vue International plc, one of the world’s leading cinema operators, spanning 10 countries, over 200 sites and almost 2000 screens.
Alison qualified as a CA with C&L Glasgow in 1990 and spent 5 years in corporate finance in London before joining Disney’s International TV business where she was head of finance responsible for TV distribution, Disney Channel and a portfolio of equity investments across EMEA, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Canada.
In 2005 Alison was appointed CFO of a private equity backed international TV broadcasting business which was successfully sold to NBC Universal at the end of 2007. Following this Alison was appointed CFO of the Goldman Sachs backed international film distribution company Alliance Films. After a number of corporate acquisitions, Alison led the exit process and sale of the business in 2013.
Alison has held a number of non-executive positions; She was a member of the Board of Governors of the British Film Institute from 2013 to 2018 in addition to being the Chair of its Audit Committee. In 2016 Alison also joined the board of CMI, a Scottish charity which runs the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Bernard Dunn, CA
Bernard Dunn CA is client director and Head of Office for T L Dallas in Glasgow and provides insurance and risk management advice to a wide network of corporate clients, including owner-managed, family and VC-backed companies. He also leads T L Dallas’s insurance due-diligence service in the UK.
He has advised family businesses for over 30 years on their risk and insurance programmes, and indeed T L Dallas Group was founded in 1919, and is now in its 4th generation, as one of the UK's leading independent insurance brokers.
Outwith the “day job”, and family, Bernard’s other interests include: Former chair, and current area committee member of ICAS, Chair of trustees of the Ethiopia Medical Project charity, Member of Employee Ownership Scotland Leadership Group (EOS), Volunteer on hospital radio for Hospital Broadcasting Service Glasgow (HBS).
Robert Grome, CA
Robert was a Financial Services Partner with PwC Hong Kong from 1992-2014, including nearly 4 years in Singapore, where he now resides. Robert led the Firm’s Asset Management practice in Asia Pacific and dealt extensively with Private Equity and Hedge funds as well as the more traditional large fund managers. He sat on PwC’s Global Leadership Team for the Asset Management Industry for nearly 18 years.
Since retiring from PwC in the summer of 2014 Robert has taken on the role of Chairman of the Board of a Hong Kong-based Hedge Fund and a strategic advisory role with a Scottish based Investor Communication Firm who have set up in Asia. His main Advisory role today is however with the Asian Asset Management business of Prudential plc, in particular concerning strategic decision making around expansion into new markets and products as well as technological change impacting the asset management industry.
Robert’s interests outside of work include travel, the education of his three young children (one of whom is autistic) and sports. In addition, he is an avid reader of newspapers and books on history, economics and geo-political matters, especially as it impacts Asia.
Annie Graham, CA
Annie started at EY in Glasgow as a summer intern in 1997, joining the firm a year later and qualifying as a chartered accountant with ICAS in 2002.
She became the youngest EY partner in 2008 and was named ‘Accountant of the Year’ in the Scottish Accountancy Awards. A year later, Accountancy Age featured her as one of its rising stars.
As head of assurance for EY Scotland, she has worked with a range of clients, from FTSE 100 through to private and PE-backed entrepreneurial businesses across a range of industries.
She joined the ICAS council in 2016.
Jason Harvie, CA
Jason Harvie is a mathematics graduate from the University of St Andrews, Jason qualified as a CA in 2012 having trained with energy investment bank Simmons & Company. After building up experience across a broad range of M&A transactions, Jason subsequently moved into a generalist investment role with then Aberdeen Asset Management.
In his current role, Jason is an Investment Manager on the Private Equity desk focused specifically on direct co-investments.
Jason is also Chair of the London Area Network.
Alan Horn, CPA, CA
Alan resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Telecommunications Limited and certain private companies that control Rogers Communications Inc (“RCI”), a Canadian communications and media company listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
Mr. Horn served as Chairman of the Board of RCI from March 2006 to December 2017. Mr. Horn also served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from October 2016 to April 2017 and from October 2008 to March 2009. Mr. Horn was a director of Rogers Bank from April 2013 to January 2018. Mr. Horn served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of RCI from September 1996 to March 2006. He is a director of RCI, CCL Industries Inc, Trilogy International Partners Inc and Fairfax India Holdings Corporation.
Mr. Horn, a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant, is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Rogers Control Trust.
Mr. Horn received a B.Sc. with First Class Honours in Mathematics from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Philip Johnson, FCA
Philip was a senior partner in the Deloitte UK firm, having retired in 2007 after being a partner for 30 years, specialising in audit, mergers and acquisitions. He was an elected member of the Deloitte UK Board of Partners and the first chairman of the firm’s Audit Committee.
In 2002, Philip had primary responsibility for integrating the clients, partners and staff of Arthur Andersen UK into Deloitte. From 2003 he was head of Quality and Risk Management for the UK audit practice of Deloitte until his retirement from the firm.
Philip was the President of Accountancy Europe (formerly the Federation of European Accountants (FEE)) during 2011 and 2012. He was also a member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board Consultative Advisory Group (IAASB CAG) and the International Ethics Standards Board Consultative Advisory Group (IESBA CAG). From 2013 until 2019, Philip was a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in the US.
From May 2007 to April 2015, Philip was a non-executive director of Yorkshire Building Society, where he also chaired the Audit Committee. He was a seconded member of the Audit Committee of Wellcome Trust for 9 years from 2008 and is a non-executive director of Lakeland Limited, a retail kitchenware company based in the Lake District.
He also chairs the board of governors of Cheadle Hulme School, a large independent day school in Cheshire, is chairman of LTE Group, a trustee of the Rugby Football Foundation, the charitable arm of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), and a member of the RFU Audit Committee.
Philip has recently been appointed as chairman of the Audit Quality Board at Grant Thornton.
Michael Kay, CA
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.
Suzy Kerton, CA
Suzy Kerton qualified as a CA with Baker Tilly in 2012 and completed a secondment to the Buenos Aires office in Argentina shortly after qualifying. She became CFO of a cloud accounting software company at just 26 years of age which set her in good stead when starting her own cloud-based accountancy practice.
After a brief spell as Financial Accountant at the Cabinet Office, she embarked on a Full-Time MBA at Imperial College Business School. It was during the MBA that Suzy, with her business partner Latha, started Zyla Accountants, an accountancy practice offering a full range of accountancy services to start ups and small businesses from year-end accounts and VAT returns to R&D tax credits and SEIS compliance. Suzy is passionate about helping businesses understand their finances and making their accounting processes easy and efficient.
Suzy is also Chair of the Members in Practice Advisory Board and is part of the London Area Network. Beyond accountant life Suzy plays basketball and tennis, she speaks Spanish and Portuguese and loves to travel.
Nick Lander, CA
Nick co-founded Volvere plc (AIM: VLE) in 2002 to invest in turnaround opportunities. Volvere typically acquires controlling equity stakes in distressed businesses, works closely with management to improve performance and ultimately achieve an exit. He is responsible for operating activities of group companies (typically as Chairman or NED), group financial management, control and reporting, regulatory compliance, and for assisting with the identification of targets and due diligence. He joined the ICAS Council in 2018.
Previous experience includes COO of DDL Limited (an FSA regulated private equity fund), Non-executive Director of Directex Realisations plc (AIM: DXR), an AIM-listed shell with a number of legacy issues following a period of asset disposals and Corporate Development Director, Clyde Blowers PLC. He qualified with PwC in 1990.
Peter Mitchell, CA
Peter qualified with Ernst & Whinney (now EY) in Edinburgh in 1979. After qualifying he spent 14 years with Scottish & Newcastle plc in a variety of Head Office roles and finally with T&R Theakston in Yorkshire. During this time he lectured to ICAS students in Internal Audit and was part of the TPC part-time education team.
After leaving Scottish & Newcastle in 1994 he was Finance Director for a European Biotechnology company and the European Finance Director for a global records management business. Since returning to Scotland from London in 2002, he has been a part-time Finance Director for a number of SME’s across various business sectors and is now Non-Executive Chairman of Highland Homecarers Ltd. He has served for more than 10 years on the Highland Area Committee of ICAS and is the current Chair, and he represents the Highlands on ICAS Council and as Chair of the Constitutional Panel.
Peter is married, is a keen golfer and follower of football and rugby.
Diana Muendo, CA
Diana is an experienced Finance Business Partner and Creative Entrepreneur, who is passionate about empowering people to explore their creative side and helping SMEs grow.
After studying Economics and Management in Oxford University, Diana joined Ernst & Young on the Corporate Finance Graduate Scheme, where she qualified as a CA and specialized in Commercial Due Diligence. She left EY after 3.5 years to pursue an industry career in Consumer Goods and Entrepreneurship; working in a variety of roles in a number of businesses, from confectionary start ups to Virgin Start Up, Diageo and most recently working for the founders at luxury jewellery brand Monica Vinader where she established the FP&A function.
She also co-founded her own business in 2017, M.Y.O (for ‘Make Your Own’) - a creative studio for adults based in London Bridge. M.Y.O runs 14+ arts and craft workshops for events, the public and companies, whilst also creating social media content for brands. She has now also launched a sister brand Creative Jungle Co that is all about bringing Creativity to Life and Business through creative kits and a creative podcast.
Catriona Paisey, CA
Catriona is a Professor of Accounting at the University of Glasgow. She trained with KPMG in Aberdeen and entered academia shortly after qualifying.
She has now worked in the Scottish university sector for 26 years. She teaches financial reporting and accounting ethics, and researches aspects of the accountancy profession including accounting education, accounting careers, professional discipline, ethics and accounting history.
Louise Page, CA
Louise trained and worked in practice for 9 years, training in a small firm which gave her exposure and experience in a wide range of activities and providing broad base of experience to her early on in my career. After practice, Louise moved to financial services where she gained experience in asset management finances, governance, global operations, and marketing operations.
After 15 years in financial services Louise chose to move to the not for profit sector and became Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services for the National Trust for Scotland, a Charity registered in Scotland.
Jim Robertson, CA
Jim Robertson B.Acc CA CTA FCMA is a non-executive director in the Scottish Government, deputy chair of the Government's Audit & Assurance Committee and member of the Climate Emergency Action Group of the Scottish Leaders Forum. He was global head of oil & gas tax in Shell for 11 years and is a Senior Fellow of ITIC, an education foundation based in Washington DC. In that role he delivers capacity-building programs to tax officials in developing countries together with the IMF, OECD and UN. He is a member of the UN Subcommittee on Extractive Industries Taxation Issues for Developing Countries and the conference committee of the Norwegian Petroleum Association.
Jim chairs the academic board of the Advanced Diploma in International Tax of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). He sits on the governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and is a member of its Qualifications Board and Scottish Taxes Committee. He was the inaugural chair of the Scottish Tax Policy Forum, a joint venture between ICAS and CIOT. He is a member of the GlobalScot network of Scottish Enterprise.
Jim qualified with PwC in 1981 and joined Shell the same year. He had nine different tax and finance roles in Shell and lived in London, The Hague, Kuala Lumpur, Aberdeen and Houston. He was a founder member of Shell’s Finance Social Investment Network which connected staff to voluntary organizations in need of finance skills and experience. In Shell Finance he had global responsibility for promoting professional qualifications and for communications on diversity & inclusion.
Rt. Hon. Lord Wallace of Tankerness, PC QC FRSE
Lord (Jim) Wallace has 35 years of Parliamentary service as an MP, MSP and Peer. In the 1990s, he was Parliamentary Adviser to ICAS. He held ministerial office as Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Justice Minister and Enterprise & Lifelong Learning Minister. An advocate and QC, he was Advocate General for Scotland and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords in the UK Coalition Government.
He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 2000. In 2018, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Jim stood down as Leader of the Lib Dem Peers in 2016 but continues to be an active member of the Lords, retaining an interest in human rights and constitutional issues. He chairs the Regulation Board of ICAS. He also chairs the Trustee Board of the international charity, Reprieve. For recreation, he sings in St Magnus Cathedral Choir and occasionally is found on a golf course.
Derek Treanor, CA
Derek Treanor trained as a CA in Glasgow with Taylor & Ireland, spending time at Touche Ross (Deloitte) and currently works in Risk Management within Financial Services (CYBG) where he is Head of Business Risk - leading a great team focused on SME lending - giving great insight on the challenges and opportunities evident in this volatile market.
Derek is a member of the Glasgow & West Area Committee and also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.
John Watson, CA
John joined Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) as an Operating Principal in 2013 and Chief Commercial Officer of their investment, Edinburgh Airport Limited, leading the revenue and capital projects teams. John works with a number of investments worldwide and is CEO of Crosswind Developments Ltd.
Prior to joining GIP, he was Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group’s $50bn SME Lending business during the banking liquidity crisis. John was also a founding Board Director of the Business Growth Fund plc, after ICAS qualification with PwC Corporate Finance, John joined 3i plc. He has subsequently held a number of executive and non-executive positions globally.
With over 25 years of experience, he has a BEng Mechanical Design Engineering and an MSc IT from the University of Glasgow. John is Vice President of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee of Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation, Non Executive Director of Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Non-Executive Director of Institute of Directors, and a member of the ICAS Governing Council.
Public interest members profiles
Colin McClatchie CBE FRSE
Colin is Chairman of Prescient, his mentoring company; Vice President of Scottish Opera; a Trustee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Foundation; and a member of the Global Irish Network.
Colin worked in the newspaper industry for more than 40 years with Thomson Regional and Mirror Group Newspapers and latterly as Managing Director (Scotland and Ireland) News International Newspapers Limited. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Enterprise, Dunfermline Press Group, Beattie Media, The Kemsley Agency and was Chairman of Scottish Opera (7 years), St Columba’s School Kilmacolm, Glasgow UNESCO City of Music and the Institute of Directors Scotland.
He is a Life-Vice President of the Newspaper Press Fund and a former Chairman of Saints and Sinners.
After graduating in 1991 Ana founded i-design, a consultancy aimed at servicing the emerging digital creative industry. The business grew over the next decade into a global innovator in self-service software-based solutions for financial institutions including Barclays and RBS. In 2004, she launched a second business atmAd, an aggregated ATM-based digital media channel enabling advertisers to reach consumers with targeted offers across retail locations including Tesco, ASDA and Sainsbury's.
As CEO, she led the AIM listing of the company on the London Stock Exchange in 2007. Over the next five years, the organisation expanded into Europe and North America with its software delivering over 1.6 billion transactions per annum. In 2013, she sold i-design to NASDAQ listed Cardtronics, the world's largest ATM services provider, joining their executive leadership team before leaving the organisation last year.
Ana recently joined the Board of the Scottish FA as an independent non-executive director, becoming the first female board member in the organisation's 144-year history.
Dame Lin Homer
Lin is a Public Interest Member of ICAS.
She is a qualified lawyer and has had a distinguished career as a leader of large, complex operational and political organisations in local and central government, including Suffolk County Council, Birmingham City Council, the Home Office, the Department for Transport and latterly, until 2016, as Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary at HMRC.
Lin is also a Trustee of the Centre for Ageing Better. Lin is also a non-executive board member of Nuffield Health, Harwich Haven Authority and Community Action Suffolk. A board member of The Stefanou Foundation and a member of the University of Birmingham Council.
Lord Wallace of Tankerness PC QC FRSE
Lord(Jim) Wallace has 37 years of Parliamentary service as an MP, MSP and Peer. In the 1990s, he was Parliamentary Adviser to ICAS.
He held ministerial office as Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Justice Minister and Enterprise & Lifelong Learning Minister. An advocate and QC, he was Advocate General for Scotland and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords in the UK Coalition Government. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 2000. In 2018, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Jim stood down as Leader of the Lib Dem Peers in 2016 but continues to be an active member of the Lords, retaining an interest in human rights and constitutional issues. He chairs the Regulation Board of ICAS. He also chairs the Trustee Board of the international charity, Reprieve.
For recreation, he sings in St Magnus Cathedral Choir and occasionally is found on a golf course.