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 and Strategy & Research Advisory Group, 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.

Baron Anyangwe

Baron Anyangwe CA

Baron Anyangwe is a Senior Consultant at Mutual Ventures, driving the delivery of operational effectiveness and sound financial planning at public sector bodies.

Baron trained with KPMG in London, and since qualification has held a number of finance roles across various industry and service sectors from financial trading to management consultancy.

Baron has a keen interest in new technologies, is a promoter of social innovation and volunteering, and a follower of international development. He is also the trustee of an environmental charity and provides financial management advice to several charitable organisations on a pro bono basis.

Baron is an ICAS Council Member.

Bruce Cartwright

Bruce Cartwright

Bruce Joined ICAS in May 2017 as Executive Director, Policy Leadership and became Chief Executive in March 2018. Formerly a Restructuring Partner at PwC, Bruce brings 30 years’ experience from the Big Four firm.

As Head of PwC’s Scottish Corporate Restructuring practice from 2001-2016, Bruce led the team on a number of high-profile solvent and insolvent corporate restructures in Scotland and abroad. Latterly,  he was appointed Global Receiver in the Receivership of OW Bunker, a $17 billion turnover Danish-listed company supplying fuel to the global shipping market.

Bruce qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989. Following an initial period in the Assurance practice, he spent the vast majority of his professional career in PwC’s restructuring team. Primarily working across the UK, he also worked in Malaysia, Central Europe and Denmark. He was seconded to Royal Bank of Scotland and Carnaud Metal Box during his PwC career. Bruce also spent one year at Ernst & Young. Bruce is an experienced ICAS committee member, having chaired the Insolvency Committee, Technical Policy Board and Oversight Committee in relation to Scottish Independence, and sat on a further three committees. Bruce is also a former member of the ICAS Council.

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.

George Cobb

Dr George Cobb

George is a leading sustainability professional who currently holds the position of Group Sustainability Accountant at SSE Plc, a FTSE 35 company based in the UK. His primary focus is advising executive management on best value capital expenditure decisions which seek to balance the economic, social and environmental concerns of key stakeholders.

Prior to joining SSE, George qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 having trained with PwC in Edinburgh. George graduated from the University of Dundee having completed a BAcc, an MA and a PhD, with his postgraduate research published in international accounting journals. George is also the Vice Chair of the Capital Expenditure work stream for The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability project.

Guy Jubb

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 Competences 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.

John Leburn

John Leburn John is currently a Principal Consultant for Exponentiate.uk , providing a wide range of business support services to a varied client base. He is also a non-Executive Director of West College Scotland, a Group Business Mentor with the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and guest lectures in accounting at The Universities of Edinburgh and West of Scotland. He also teaches a practical strategy workshop on the Edinburgh University Business School’s MBA program.

A graduate of Edinburgh University, John has enjoyed a long and varied international career with many blue-chip organisations, spanning sectors such as Audit; FMCG; Infrastructure; Defence; Aerospace, Wines and Spirits, Pensions and SME. He has managed Finance, IT, Business Analysis; Customer Service, Strategic Planning, Consumer Intelligence, Commercial Development, Supply Chain and Investor Relations functions.

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.

Neil Gilbert

Neil Gilbert TPB Neil is Group Tax manager with Standard Life and has been with them for 26 years. Neil specialises in corporate tax, employment taxes and tax reporting. During his time with Standard Life Neil has worked across the company providing corporate tax advice on M&A activity and other corporate transactions both in the UK and internationally in Asia, Europe and North America.

In recent years Neil has worked on the development of tax policy and tax strategy. Neil was a member of the ICAS Tax Committee for a number of years and is Chairman of the ICAS Tax Board. Previously he was the convener of the Scottish Taxes sub-committee. Neil also sponsors the TOPP scheme at Standard Life. Outside work Neil is married with two daughters and is a keen gardener, photographer and armchair football fan.


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