ICAS appoints new Executive Director for Learning
ICAS has appointed Gail Boag, Dean of the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University, to the role of Executive Director, Learning.
ICAS is delighted to announce the appointment of Gail Boag to the role of Executive Director, Learning. Gail joins ICAS from her current role as Dean of the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University and brings with her a wealth of experience which will help guide and deliver ICAS’ learning transformation programme.
Gail’s previous roles have included working as BT’s Director, Scotland and as Business Development Director at Ghekko Consultancy, as well as significant Non-Executive Director experience and Advisory Board membership with the Institute of Directors, Scottish Business Network and Common Purpose UK.
Bruce Cartwright CA, CEO ICAS said:
“I am delighted that Gail will be joining the ICAS team. She possesses the right skills, experience and vision to help shape the future of the delivery of our CA qualification. Like many organisations we have responded to the challenge to adopt new ways of working during the difficult pandemic period. We continue to adapt and transform how and what we deliver. Gail will play a pivotal role in leading and transforming the learning delivery through the next phase of evolution.”
Gail Boag said:
“I am delighted to be joining ICAS and very much look forward to helping the Institute further strengthen its role as an educator and examiner. ICAS has a global reputation for excellence in the sphere of accountancy and I very much look forward to being part of its future journey.”
Gail will join ICAS in early 2022.
Read Gail's career biography
Gail is Dean of The Business School at Edinburgh Napier University, one of the biggest Business Schools in Scotland with 9000 students and a reputation for programmes that are closely connected to industry and graduates that are highly employable. Leading on external engagement for The University, she strives to ensure the curriculum remains relevant and applied, as students receive the requisite skills and knowledge to be successful, renowned leaders in their field and, ultimately, fill the skills gap to drive productivity and economic growth in Scotland.
Before becoming Dean in February 2018, Gail spent the majority of her career working with a diverse mix of organisations, from large global corporations and national public-sector bodies, to small, innovative start-ups. Through a variety of leadership roles in commercial management, business development, strategic contract delivery and business transformation, she gained a wealth of industry insight and experience.
As Director for BT Scotland until January 2018, Gail was responsible for the direction, engagement and strategic management of BT's activity across their client base, leveraging the brand opportunity and investment at regional level. She was also a member of the BT Scotland Board, whose primary objective was to support the delivery and utilisation of communication technologies to enhance innovation and business growth in Scotland.
Adept at strategic planning, Gail describes herself as a, “visionary with a multi-functional perspective and great attention to detail”. Together with colleagues in the School, she created a vision, “to be the business school for empowerment, enterprise and employability for all,” and worked to deliver this vision, fostering collaboration and driving successful strategies for sustainable growth, in an increasingly challenging and competitive sector.
Gail studied at the University of Stirling, Scotland and Texas A&M University, USA. She is an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy and has a number of Board memberships and Trustee positions.