Brexit Advisory Group

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The Brexit Advisory Group has been established to understand members’ concerns, represent their views and interests, and assist them in understanding the impact of key issues on themselves and their organisations.

The Group will contribute to and oversee the development of ICAS’ views in relation to the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, including:

  • The identification of opportunities and challenges arising from the UK decision to leave the EU;
  • The selection of specific opportunities and challenges arising from Brexit which the Group believes it should develop to support ICAS’ aims;
  • To comment on policy developments and any risks of unintended consequences, where relevant (UK, Scotland and Europe).

Brexit Advisory Group members

Mike McKeon CA (Chair)

Mike McKeon

Mike retired as an executive director and CFO of FTSE 100 Severn Trent plc in March 2015. During his time with Severn Trent, Mike was engaged in the wider debate on future regulatory change in the water sector and how the industry is to be funded. Mike has extensive international business experience.

He is currently a non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at National Express Group plc. He is also Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Merchants Trust plc.  He is Chair of the ICAS Policy Leadership Board and former convener of the ICAS Business Policy Committee.

John Baillie CA

John is a former partner of KPMG, in Scotland then London.  He is a Member of the U.K. Gambling Commission.  He is immediate past Chair of the Accounts Commission for Scotland and a past Chair of Audit Scotland. John is also a former Member of the Competition and Markets Authority. He is a Visiting Professor of the University of Edinburgh, having held similar roles at the University of Glasgow and Heriot Watt University. He is a Trustee of the ICAS Foundation and is a member of the Public Sector Panel.

Robert Black

Robert was the first Auditor General for Scotland, appointed by the Queen in 2000. He was head of Audit Scotland and arranged for the auditing of the performance and expenditure of most public bodies in Scotland, including the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament. He was previously Controller of Audit for Scotland, Chief Executive of Tayside Regional Council and Chief Executive of Stirling District Council.

Robert’s current appointments include being a Member of Court of the University of Edinburgh and a Board Member of the British Library. Robert is also Chair of Fiscal Affairs Scotland and Chair of the Scottish Commission on Housing and Wellbeing. Robert sits on the ICAS Council as a public interest member.

Paul Boyle OBE CA FIIA

Paul qualified as a member of ICAS in 1983 and was the Institute’s Gold Medallist in his year. In 2004 he became the first CEO of the newly-enlarged Financial Reporting Council. In 2010 he was appointed Group Internal Audit Director of Aviva plc and became a member of Aviva’s Group Executive Committee in 2012. Paul was a member of the ICAS Research Committee and a member of Council from 1990-1996. He is President of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors.

Rhona Brankin

Rhona BrankinRhona served as a Scottish Government Minister from 1999-2007 across a range of portfolios including Culture and Sport, Environment and Rural Development and Health. Latterly she served as Cabinet Minister for Communities. In opposition, she was appointed Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

Having stood down from the Scottish Parliament in 2011, Rhona is currently a trustee of Leuchie House National Respite Centre, Chair of Mavisbank Trust and a board member of Arts and Business Scotland. Rhona sits on the ICAS Council as a public interest member.

Chris G A Fletcher CA

Chris has two non-executive directorships of listed investment companies based in England and was elected in 2012 to the board of the Association of Investment Companies (trade association). From 2011 to 2016 he served as a non-Executive Director of one private company (Spark Energy Ltd) based in Selkirk, Scotland, supplying energy; this company commenced business in 2007. 

He is actively involved in early stage company investments, and volunteered to act as a business mentor through ICAS. Chris is a member of the ICAS Business Policy Panel. Previously, Chris was Head of Retail Investments and Chief Executive of three regulated subsidiary companies of Baillie Gifford & Co, and before that a partner of KPMG.

Paul Hally

Paul HallyPaul is Chairman of Shepherd and Wedderburn, the leading Scottish based UK law firm, and maintains an active client base as a result of his 30 years of broad commercial experience advising clients strategically and legally in the funds, financial services, banking and energy sectors. He also acts as a reporter to the Court of Session in Edinburgh on significant corporate, insurance and banking transactions. He is a member of the ICAS Business Policy Panel.

Ewan Henderson CA

In 1995 Ewan joined William Grant & Sons Ltd to establish an in-house tax department and has been Company Secretary since 2010. He is also responsible for the global tax affairs of the worldwide group with operations in over 20 countries. He has experience in domestic and international direct and indirect taxes, business structuring and dispute resolution including tax litigation up to the House of Lords. Ewan is a member of the ICAS Tax Board.

Sir Iain McMillan CBE

Iain McMillan

Sir Iain McMillan holds a number of Board positions in the business and charitable sectors. He is currently Chairman of SkillForce, Chairman of the University of Strathclyde Business School Advisory Board and a Member of the British American Business Council (BABC) Executive Committee. He is also a Trustee of The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. In 2009, Sir Iain was appointed Honorary Air Commodore of 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

Previously, Sir Iain was Director of CBI Scotland for 19 years until his retirement in 2014.

Lord Nicol Stephen

Lord Nicol Stephen has been a member of the House of Lords since 2011. His policy interests in the Lords include: business; industry and consumers; economy and finance; education; energy and environment; and transport. He was the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Aberdeen South, and was leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats from 2005 to 2008. He is a former Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, and Minister for Transport. In the UK Parliament, Lord Nicol Stephen was MP for Kincardine and Deeside from 1991-1992. A qualified solicitor, he worked as a senior corporate finance manager with Deloitte and now has a number of business interests in the renewable energy sector.

Andrea Nolan

Andrea Nolan Professor Andrea Nolan (MVB, FRCVS, PhD, DVA, DiplECVAA, DipECVPT) is Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Edinburgh Napier University. She is currently convenor of Universities Scotland and serves on a range of Boards and groups contributing to the development of Higher Education. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and was awarded an Honorary OBE in 2014 for services to Higher Education and Veterinary Science.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson Andrew is a Founding Partner of Charlotte Street Partners. Over the last couple of decades, he has become a well-known figure in Scottish public life as an economist, former politician and communications adviser. He is a stalwart of the Scottish political commentariat and writes regularly for The Times. He is a Trustee of the John Smith Centre for Public Service and the Edinburgh International Culture Summit and a member of the David Hume Institute and Institute for Fiscal Studies.

ICAS staff members

Anton Colella, Chief Executive

Anton ColellaAnton became Chief Executive of ICAS in October 2006. Previously he was the Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), from December 2003 to October 2006, following a period as Director of Qualifications.

He was elected Chair of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) in November 2011. The GAA has around one million members in 165 countries, and represents a collection of leading institutes from around the world.

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Atholl Duncan, Executive Director, UK & Global

Atholl joined ICAS in 2011 following a distinguished career in broadcast journalism and corporate communications. In his current role, he leads the Members’ Division and is responsible for key areas of delivering the strategy of "Building the Leading Global, Professional Community" by increasing engagement and growing communities among the 21,000 members across the UK and in 100 countries around the world. He is also responsible for digital, commercial services, events, partnership, brand, marketing, and media relations and plays a key role in ICAS’s work with politicians at Holyrood and Westminster. Atholl is also the Senior Independent Director of the British Horseracing Authority – which runs the UK's second largest spectator sport.

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Charlotte Barbour, CA CTA (Fellow) Director of Taxation

Charlotte BarbourCharlotte has worked for ICAS for many years in a range of policy and regulatory roles and for the last four years has supported the ICAS Tax Board, which has overall responsibility for all tax matters affecting ICAS members and oversight of five technical Committees. She has extensive experience in dealing with tax issues and has represented ICAS at both the Scottish Parliament and the House of Lords, and regularly speaks on both radio and TV.

James Barbour, Director, Policy Leadership

James oversees the work of several ICAS technical committees including Audit and Assurance, Business Policy, Charities, Corporate Reporting and Accounting Standards, Pensions, Public Sector and Sustainability. He is also responsible for the ICAS Ethics Board and is the lead on all matters connected with The Power of One initiative.

Alice Telfer, Head of Business Policy and Public Sector

Alice has worked for ICAS for four years, she looks after the Business Policy and Public Sector Expert Panels.  She is a member of the Accountancy Europe Corporate Governance and Company Law group and Public Sector Group.  Previous experience includes KPMG London and Paris in audit and advisory, forensic investigations and management consultancy.

David Wood, Executive Director, Policy Leadership

David is responsible for all ICAS’ policy and representational work in the fields of accounting, auditing, company law, tax, pensions, charities, ethics, sustainability and public sector accountability and audit.  In particular, he is responsible for the reactive work and proactive initiatives in these areas, and the establishment of the broad strategic themes and policy positions for the Policy Leadership Division. David originally worked for Ernst & Young in England and New Zealand, and joined the ICAS technical team in 1993. He was appointed Executive Director in December 2004.


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