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 former Chair of the ICAS Policy Leadership Board and former convener of the ICAS Business Policy Committee.

John Baillie CA

John advises clients on share and business valuations. He is a Board Member of the Gambling Commission, a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh and member of the ICAS Public Sector Panel.  He is the former Chair of the Accounts Commission and former chair of Audit Scotland. Previously, he was a partner at KPMG (in Scotland and London) and a Member of the Reporting Panel of the Competition and Markets Authority. He is a former Johnstone Smith Professor of Accounting at Glasgow University and was a Member of the Burt Committee on Local Government Finance Review that reported in 2006.  In 2017, he stepped down as a Trustee of the ICAS Foundation after a number of years.

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.

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.

Brian Keegan

Brian KeeganDr Brian Keegan is Director of Public Policy and Taxation with Chartered Accountants Ireland.  A member of the Institute’s senior management team, Brian has particular responsibility for public comment, information provision and representations work.  He has given evidence to parliamentary committees in Westminster, Stormont and Dublin on international tax issues, Brexit and other public policy matters.

As the Chartered Accountants Ireland spokesman, he is a frequent media contributor and has a weekly opinion column with the Sunday Business Post newspaper.

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

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 is a CA and is Director, Policy Leadership within ICAS and has worked for ICAS since July 1999.  He oversees the work of the following work areas: Audit and Assurance, Financial Reporting 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.  He is the Technical Adviser to the UK Board Member of IESBA.

He is a member of the Accountancy Europe Professional Ethics and Competencies Working Group, the CCAB European Issues Task Force, and is the ICAS Technical Adviser at the Accountancy Europe Members’ Assembly. He regularly represents ICAS at high-level meetings with standard-setting bodies, government bodies, regulators etc.

David Wood, Senior Policy Director

David is Senior Policy Director at ICAS, and is Deputy Chair of the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital. In his ICAS role he is responsible for delivering ICAS’ policy and representational work in the fields of corporate reporting, company law, pensions, charities, public sector accountability and audit, and in relation to the forthcoming UK departure from the EU. In particular, he is responsible for the reactive work and proactive initiatives in these areas. David is a mathematics graduate from Cambridge University and is an ICAEW and ICAS member. He worked for Ernst & Young in England and New Zealand before joining ICAS.


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