ICAS Ethics Board
Ethics and integrity are at the heart of the professional responsibilities of ICAS members.
The Ethics Board’s mission is to provide knowledge, guidance and assistance to ICAS members in order that they may meet the ethical responsibilities of their profession; and to support, guide, and challenge the ICAS leadership with its strategic goal “To become a global leader in the application of professional ethics.”
The Board will seek to achieve this mission by meeting the following objectives which are in line with the ICAS strategic goals. It is recognised that the responsibility for achieving the ICAS strategic goal “to become a global leader in the application of professional ethics” does not rest solely with the Board. The Board will therefore seek assistance from the ICAS community to meet the following objectives as and when appropriate.
For the avoidance of doubt, it is not the responsibility of the Board to respond to, or investigate, complaints or accusations made against members of the Institute. Such matters are the responsibility of the Regulation division.
The Ethics Board objectives are:
- to be relevant to ICAS members’ interests throughout their training and subsequent careers and in all of the main locations and sectors in which ICAS members operate, by being knowledgeable and aware of the latest issues in ethics, by emphasising the importance of behaving ethically, and providing support material to help them personally, and their organisations, embed ethics.
- to be connected with ICAS members through a variety of ICAS communication channels to engage in communities and networks which will keep the membership informed about developments in ethics and related matters which will help to ensure they exhibit appropriate professional behaviour.
- to promote trust in ICAS members, the accountancy profession and in business by sustaining the highest standards of ethics and seek to ensure that ICAS members are aware of the need to operate to the highest standards of professional practice in the public interest.
- to deploy a public voice which offers independent, timely, insightful and practical thought leadership and guidance on ethics and related matters to the membership, public, the business world, government, regulatory and other stakeholders, increasingly on a global basis.
- to promote The Power of One motif, amongst the ICAS membership, the profession and business.
Norman Murray (Chairman)
Mr Norman L Murray is Chairman of premium international spirits company The Edrington Group Limited whose brands include The Macallan, The Famous Grouse, Highland Park as well as Brugal rum and Snow Leopard vodka.
He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and a past Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association. Norman also chaired the independent committee charged with establishing Audit Firm Governance Code, published by the Financial Reporting Council in 2010.
Norman qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young McLelland Moores, now EY in Edinburgh, and then worked with Peat Marwick Mitchell, now KPMG, in Hong Kong. He then worked in the venture capital industry with RBS, Charterhouse, Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank - being a co-founder of Morgan Grenfell Private Equity and a Director of Morgan Grenfell Asset Management.
Norman was Chairman of international oil services company Petrofac Limited, and of the oil exploration and production company, Cairn Energy plc, both FTSE 100 companies. He was also Deputy Chairman of Cairn India Limited, the Senior Independent Director at Robert Wiseman Dairies plc and Greene King plc. He also served on the Boards of Glasgow Income Trust, Penta Capital Partners and Bristow Helicopter Group.
He was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s Research Committee which published Making Corporate Reports Valuable and was Chairman of the Institute's Public Sector Task Force which published Accounting for Public Service-Towards a New Reporting Framework.
Norman was a Governor and Chairman of the Investment Committee at St Columba's Hospice, Chairman of the Governing Council at George Watson's College Edinburgh and is currently an Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University. He is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and graduated from the Programme for Management Development at the Harvard Business School in 1987. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015.
Norman has had a lifelong interest in the arts and is Chairman of internationally renowned Scottish Ballet and a Patron of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
Andrew is a senior manager in KPMG’s financial sector audit practice. Based in Glasgow, he has been with the firm since 2007 and qualified as a CA with ICAS in 2010. His client portfolio is primarily investment management focused and his specialism lies in financial reporting and technical accounting.
Rick is an experienced CFO and investor in the oilfield services sector, both as a main board member in private equity-backed businesses; and also as the finance head of the oil & gas division of a listed company. Currently, he works with and is invested in Safehouse Habitats, the market-leading provider of pressurised enclosures for performing work in explosive or otherwise hazardous environments. After weathering the current downturn in the oil and gas sector, the intention is to build a global group focused on delivering specialised services that support infrastructure integrity and maintenance activities. Before this, as group finance director of Reservoir Group, Rick led the corporate team for 6 years during its private equity-backed ownership. Whilst there he built a multi-functional/multi-disciplinary team from scratch and successfully oversaw 20+ business acquisitions. He also managed the relationships with the group's key funders - private equity investors and banks – and oversaw the group's Finance, HR, Risk & legal, Marketing and IT functions.
Rick's prior career was as an audit partner with KPMG, with whom he was with for 25 years. He is also a non-executive director of software company TPLD Ltd, and a trustee of Dundee Heritage Trust (which owns and operates RRS Discovery, Discovery Point and Scotland’s Jute Museum@Verdant Works).
Samuel is a Senior Tax Manager for Standard Chartered Bank. Samuel is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, as well as being a member of the Association of Tax Technicians. Samuel specialises in providing UK and International Corporation Tax advice for financial service companies. Samuel views ethics as the bedrock of a successful business and is very passionate about encouraging ethics at a corporate and individual level.
Sheila is an experienced independent non-executive director. A qualified solicitor, she left legal private practice in 2009 to pursue a management career in industry and undertake non-executive appointments. Her first assignment was with Ignis Asset Management, working on the merger of two asset management businesses within the Phoenix Group. She is Vice-Chair of the Wheatley Group and Chair of Wheatley Solutions. Her other non-executive appointments include Phoenix Life Independent Governance Committee, Accounts Commission, Airdrie Savings Bank, YourPlace Property Management and Council of the Chartered Banker Institute.
Peter is the Independence and Ethics Partner of the Deloitte UK firm. As well as Ethics, Peter is responsible for the Audit Independence and Conflicts of Interest functions in the firm. Peter is also Managing Director of Deloitte’s Global Risk Management for Financial Advisory Services which provides him with exposure to business cultures worldwide.
John trained with Deloitte Haskins and Sells, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1980. He has worked for large and small CA firms, a private nursing home company, housing associations, and an NGO in Nepal. John was a Glasgow City Councillor for ten years, a Member of Parliament for two years, and has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament since 2011 (all Scottish National Party). John was Deputy Convenor of The Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee from 2011 to 2016.
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.
Lord Penrose was appointed as a Court of Session Judge in 1990 and retired in 2005. He is a graduate of Glasgow University and a Chartered Accountant. Among many other things, Lord Penrose conducted the public inquiry into the Equitable Life Assurance Society.
* Lord Penrose profile image courtesy of Heriot-Watt University