Policy Leadership Board

The Policy Leadership Board provides strategic direction, oversight and challenge to the work of the Policy Leadership Division.

In particular, it oversees and co-ordinates the work of the separate expert panels, the Taxation Board, undertakes horizon scanning and prioritisation, and initiates proactive programmes and projects.

Its main strategic focus is to influence policy developments on behalf of the members and in the public interest, but it is also active in engaging members in our policy work (in accordance with the community aspect of the ICAS strategy), ensuring the relevance to members of the work we do, and with the Ethics Board, building up trust in ICAS and the profession.

Board members

Philip Johnson (Chairman)

Mike Mckeon

Philip was a senior partner in the Deloitte UK firm, having retired in 2007 after being a partner for 30 years. At Deloitte, he was an elected member of the UK Board of Partners and the first chairman of the firm’s Audit Committee. Philip was head of Quality and Risk Management for the UK audit practice of Deloitte from 2003 until his retirement from the firm in 2007.

Philip was the President of the Federation of European Accountants (FEE) during 2011 and 2012. During this time he was also a member of the IAASB Consulting Advisory Group (CAG) and the IESBA CAG. Philip is a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in the US.

From May 2007 to April 2015, Philip was a non-executive director of Yorkshire Building Society where he also chaired the audit committee. He is a member of the audit committee of Wellcome Trust and a member of the audit committee of the Rugby Football Union (RFU). He is a non-executive director of Lakeland Limited, a retail kitchenware company based in the UK, a governor at The Manchester College and chairs the board of governors at Cheadle Hulme School. He is also an advisor on auditing matters to the UK Parliament’s Treasury Select Committee.

Aileen Wright

Aileen Wright Aileen trained with Scott Oswald & Co, worked in Corporate Recovery with KPMG and moved to the then Scottish Office as an "accountancy advisor " at the point when the government was starting to think about "proper accounting".

From initial consideration of the application of accounting standards to central government and the production of the first accruals-based accounts, Aileen has held various roles, including a period as Head of Internal Audit and one leading the programme which successfully implemented International Financial Reporting Standards.

Alex Tait

Alex Tait Alex is the Regional Managing Partner for RSM in Scotland and Northern Ireland and was previously a member of the firm’s audit management board.

Alex has worked in the profession for 22 years and specialises in audit and financial reporting.  He has a wide variety of clients across a number of sectors with particular experience and expertise in professional services, recruitment, property, construction and infrastructure and technology.

Bryan Flint

Bryan Flint

Bryan is the Director in the Financial Services Tax team at Deloitte, Edinburgh where he specialises in investment management and insurance taxation. He has over 20 years of experience advising predominately collective investment schemes, insurance companies and investment managers on a wide range of tax matters.

Bryan first became a member of the Taxation Board in April 2016 in his capacity as convener of the ICAS Scottish Taxes Committee and prior to this, he was a member of the Scottish Taxes Committee.

Charlotte Barbour

Charlotte Barbour

Charlotte has worked for ICAS for many years in a range of policy and regulatory roles. She supports the ICAS Tax Board, which has overall responsibility for all tax matters affecting ICAS members and oversight of five technical Committees responsible for Scottish taxes, private client taxes, international and large business taxes, indirect taxes, and small business taxes. 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.

She is the author of the Bloomsbury book entitled The Management of Taxes in Scotland.

Colin Kerr

Colin Kerr is Director of Finance at The Children's Trust.

Prior to this, Colin was Director of External Relations at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Having started his career with ten years in Deloitte, he has spent most of his career as a finance director, in both the commercial and public sectors, including ten years in the NHS.

David Brownlow

David Brownlow CA David is Head of Finance at Hannover Re UK Life Branch. He has extensive experience in the insurance industry with Aviva, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, PruProtect and BGL.

He is a Chartered Insurer, a member of the Personal Finance Society and a member of the Investment and Life Assurance Group.

At ICAS, David is also a member of Council and the London & Home Counties Area Committee.

David Wood

David Wood

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.

Guy Jubb

Guy has played a leading role in developing and implementing best practice in corporate governance and stewardship and was the recipient of ICSA’s Outstanding Achievement Award for 2015. He was Co-Chair of a number of bodies including the Global Auditor Investor Dialogue, the GC100 and Investor Group and the Conference Board's European Corporate Governance Council from 2007 to 2014. For many of years, he was a member of the influential ABI Investment Committee, standing down in 2014. Guy served on the Standing Advisory Group of the PCAOB, the US audit regulator, from 2014 to 2016.

Guy is Chairman of the Constitutional Panel and the Strategy and Research Advisory Group.

James Barbour

James Barbour 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.

Matt Cooper

Matt was appointed Chair of the ICAS Pensions Panel in December 2018. He is a director at PwC and leads PwC's employer covenant advisory team in Scotland. He is a CA (2005 qualified) and has been advising corporates and trustees with defined benefit pension schemes since 2007. His client base has included over 50 pension schemes with assets ranging from £4m to £20bn. Areas of advice he provides include ongoing scheme funding and contribution affordability, covenant monitoring, contingency planning, moral hazard risk, pension-driven restructuring and the assessment of potential detriment as a result of corporate transactions.

He has developed areas of specialism including Banking and Utility companies, having worked closely with clients in these sectors. In particular how the funding of pension schemes interacts with the other regulated industries as defined by FCA/PRA and Ofgem respectively. He is also part of PwC's team focusing on the adoption of integrated risk management, in particular how this can be demonstrated for small and medium-sized schemes.

Before specialising in pensions, Matt had broad experience including corporate audit, due diligence, and a 9-month secondment the strategic business services team at Clydesdale Bank.

Paul Hally

Paul Hally Paul is Chairman of Shepherd and Wedderburn and is a corporate and restructuring partner. He is also a licensed Insolvency Practitioner with over 25 years' experience in the area. He works in the Energy and Financial sectors and has a particular specialism is complex restructuring and insolvency work involving the application of his wide range of banking, insolvency and corporate experience.

Paul also acts as a reporter to the Court of Session in Edinburgh on significant corporate transactions. He is a founder member of and active in S + W’s international network, the World Services Group.

Sarah-Jayne Dominic

Sarah-Jayne currently works at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in the Netherlands where she leads teams and groups of technical experts to develop global sustainability standards for organizations to report their economic, environmental and social impacts. She also works with other organizations to develop guidance on Assurance of sustainability reporting and other non-financial information.

Prior to her current role, Sarah-Jayne spent over 16 years at PwC in the UK, Australia and the USA. Her last role was leading the design and implementation of an internal global risk management structure for Assurance services other than financial audit, including those in the sustainability arena.

She has an MA (Oxon) in Mathematical Sciences, a BSc in Environmental Studies and is working towards completion of an MSc in Sustainable Business at the University of Nottingham.

Sarah-Jayne is passionate about volunteering and has delivered environmental related sessions to school students in London and New York City. She leads conservation working holidays for The National Trust and is a formal career mentor to two ICAS Members.


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