Public Interest Representation

Building Trust is a key element of the ICAS Strategy "Building a Professional Community". Recognition of the public interest is primary object of the ICAS Royal Charter, requiring the maintenance of a high standard of efficiency, probity and professional conduct in the interests of the profession and of the public generally.  To serve the public interest effectively requires that we retain the confidence of the public in the profession and that we deliver those services that society expects from ICAS members. 

Our robust regulatory functions benefit from extensive and high-calibre public interest member representation. Public Interest Members fulfil a non-executive function bringing an external perspective and challenge and encouraging a robust and transparent accountancy profession.

Public interest members also contribute to the governance of ICAS; exercising oversight within the ICAS regulatory functions and ensuring that processes are applied consistently and fairly. 

Details of the public interest members on the ICAS regulatory committees are as detailed below.

The Regulation Board

Rhona Brankin

Rhona taught in schools and subsequently lectured in education.  She was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and served as a Government Minister for 8 years. Since March 2011, when she stood down from the Scottish Parliament, Rhona has taken up a number of appointments.  She is a Trustee of Mavisbank House and a member of the advisory Board of Arts and Business Scotland.  Rhona is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals.


Clare Dodgson

Clare is an experienced Non-executive Director and Chief Executive with a public sector background.  She has chaired Audit and Nominations Committees and was a senior civil servant working directly to Ministers in Westminster.  She has an MBA from the Newcastle Business School and is a Public Appointments Ambassador for the Government Equalities Office in England.


Matt Smith OBE JP

Matt was Scottish Secretary of UNISON and President of the STUC. He serves on the Scottish Human Rights Commission; the Scottish Standards Commission; the Employment Appeal Tribunal and as a non executive Director of Scottish Water.  He is a Director of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and of Unity Enterprise. Matt is a Fellow of the SCDI. He sits as a Justice and on the JPAC in North Strathclyde; on the Disciplinary Panel of CIPFA and formerly on the ICAS Discipline and Appeal Panel. He has served on various bodies including the Calman Commission and the McIntosh Commission.

Authorisation Committee

Donald Ferguson

Donald is a Part-Time Sheriff, Tribunal Judge and Convener with the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. He was a solicitor in private practice in Edinburgh for 27 years until 2008 and previously accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a solicitor-mediator.


Bob Cameron

Bob is a former Managing Director of Northern Nigeria Flour Mills PLC.  Previous to this Bob's experience was gained through his various roles as Operations Director, Commercial and Marketing Directing and Marketing Director in Industry.


Bruce Beveridge

Bruce is a qualified solicitor and has worked extensively across Government and the justice system. He has operated as a General Counsel and trained in private practice.  He is Vice President of the Law Society of Scotland (and will be President from  May 2013), an office bearer of the WS Society, a member of the Scottish Law Agents' Society, Crofting Law Group and an editorial panel member of LBC Wise Counsel.


Alison McCleery

Alison is a Professor of Geography with thirty years of experience of Quality Assurance in Higher Education. She chairs Universities Scotland's Research Training Sub-Committee; is on the Board of the Economic & Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre for Scotland; the Scottish Funding Council; on both the Universities Scotland Research & Knowledge Exchange Committees, and on the executive of the UK Modern Universities Research Group.


Liz McAreavey

Liz has a long history of work in both the public and private sectors. She is currently Commercial Director of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Group and Managing Director of Chamber Developments Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce.  Prior to this role she was a Business Development Leader at Ernst & Young having been recruited to develop and deliver their Market Leadership strategy for Scotland and integrate a "one Scotland" approach to the region. Prior to 2002, she successfully established a number of businesses each of which she led to a successful exit through trade sale

Investigation Committee

Morris Anderson

Morris is a qualified solicitor and notary public. He is a partner in the firm of Blackwood & Smith, based in Peebles, primarily engaged in litigation.

He is a member of the WS Society and a longstanding Council Member of the Law Society of Scotland. His work for the latter has involved him sitting in and convening a number of different committees, including a Client Relations Committee. He was also involved in the consultations which ultimately led to the establishment of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission. From 2003 – 2006 he was in the Local Authority and Sheriff Court Panels as a Curator ad litem and Reporting Officer, requiring him to produce relevant written reports.


Audrey Cowie

Audrey is a healthcare professional by background and a non-executive Director / Council Member with the Scottish Social Services Council and the General Teaching Council for Scotland. She is also an Associate with the General Dental Council and chairs their quality assurance panels.

During her public service career, Audrey held senior management roles in professional education, regulation, quality assurance, service provision and government. Between 2005 and 2011, she was the professional adviser to Scottish Ministers on regulation of the healthcare professions, the Scottish policy adviser at a UK level and led the implementation in Scotland of reforms following Dame Janet Smith's inquiry into serial killer Harold Shipman. Her work involved her convening a number of different committees, including the Scottish Government's cross-professional fitness to practise and extending professional regulation groups. She also led the development and implementation of standards for healthcare support workers in NHS Scotland and a code of conduct to govern their practice.


Leslie Forsyth

Leslie is an architect, planner and urban designer with experience in practice, consultancy, education and research in the UK and Germany.

Prior to entering academia, he worked in private practice for a number of years and in the voluntary sector for the Community Technical Services Agency Ltd. in Liverpool. In 1997, after eight years in the Lehrstuhl für Städtebau und Landesplanung at RWTH Aachen, he returned to Edinburgh where he was Head of the School of Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art from 2000-11.

He has taught and examined on programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level in architecture and urban design, as well as supervising and examining research degrees, throughout the UK and in Ireland, Germany and Italy. In addition, he has considerable experience of quality assurance and enhancement-led review processes in architecture, art and design.

For the Architects Registration Board, he has been involved in various committees and the prescribed examinations since 2002. He was a founder member and chair of the Architects Professional Examinations Authority Scotland Ltd..

A specialist in urban design with a keen interest in participation and working with communities, he has published regularly on these subjects in the UK and internationally.


Ian Jackson

Ian is Director for Scotland for the General Dental Council where he manages the GDC’s activities in Scotland, working with the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government; consumer organisations; patients and members of the public and the dental profession.

Ian's role is to help us better protect UK dental patients by more frequently and effectively engaging with people in Scotland and Scottish healthcare delivery and policy bodies where there are issues of patient protection and regulation.

Ian graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an honours degree in geography. After working for various companies in sales and marketing, he joined BT in 1982 and carried out a variety of roles, latterly as Partnership Director at BT Scotland. Ian was a ministerial nominee on General Teaching Council Scotland until 2012 and was then appointed as a lay member. He chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee and sits on the Executive Committee. He is a Board Member of Perth College UHI and sits on various local authority committees in Perth and Kinross. He has served as a lay member on school inspections teams with Education Scotland since 1996. Ian was appointed MBE in January 2005 for services to education in Scotland.


Glynda Kennedy

Glynda has a long history of work in both the public and private sectors. Her main involvement has been in business development, employed as a senior consultant by Business Link for Cumbria/North West between 1992 and 2010. In this capacity, she offered support to a large number of businesses, including start-ups and SMEs. In recent years, she has acted as a private consultant offering advice on sustainability and strategy to small and large organisations. She sits as a lay member on Employment Tribunals, hearing and assisting with the determination of a wide range of employment disputes, in addition, she sits as a lay member on the Justice of the Peace Advisory Committee.


Jacqueline McFarlane

From 2002 and 2012, Jacqueline held the senior management position of Associate Principal for the Faculty of Access and Continuing Education at Stevenson College, Edinburgh. In performing this role, she was responsible for some 2,500 students and 50 full-time members of staff, with involvement in consultations, risk assessments and all matters of general policy for the College. As part of her role, Jacqueline assisted with the delivery of the agenda of the City of Edinburgh Literacy and Numeracy Partnership and also spent time with the Scottish Funding Council, working on plans to widen access to college education.


Iain McGrory

Iain McGrory is an independent Professional Standards Consultant, trading as IJM Professional Services. He retired from Grampian Police as a Superintendent, on 31 March 2011, after serving for over 35 years. He spent 8 of his last 10 years as Head of Professional Standards. His clients include the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) and the Scottish Government. He is currently Vice Chair of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC), a member of Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFOA) disciplinary pool and a member of the Cabinet Office Security Vetting Appeals Panel (SVAP).


David Robinson

An actuary, David Robinson worked for many years for Scottish Provident in senior actuarial and marketing roles, before leaving in 2001 to become Founder and CEO of innovative Edinburgh-based insurer, Bright Grey. David 'went plural' in 2006 and since then has held a number of Non-Executive roles. He has been Chairman of insurer, Engage Mutual, Chairman of start-up f-s technology business, Money Dashboard, and NED of Fidem Life (Ukraine). He has also been a Governor of Heriot-Watt University and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee. He is currently Chair of Trustees of start-up charity, Smalls for All, and is also a founding Director of IMPRESS, the first independent press regulator in the UK.

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