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April 14, 2008

Allison new Scottish president

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) has revealed leadership changes at its annual general meeting recently. Glenn Allison, the managing director of construction company Stewart Milne Group, succeeds Deloitte UK technical partner Isobel Sharp as the institute’s new president.

Glenn Allison ICAS He is supported by senior vice-president Douglas Nisbet, a partner at Ernst & Young UK and junior vice president Alan Thomson, a non-executive director of several companies and former group finance director of engineering company Smiths Group.

Allison, who will take on the role for a year, commented: “As a CA running a substantial business, I am acutely aware the role of accountants can be sometimes dismissed as ‘just dealing with the numbers’. It is important that the wider business community and the public realise many CAs are business leaders – responsible for setting and achieving the strategic goals of leading organisations.

“CAs, whether in industry or the profession, are at the heart of a professional business community, advising and often running the organisations that create a wealthier society. Strengthening that community through constantly developing the skills of CAs is a key aim of the institute.”

Allison will have a healthy platform to build on at the institute. In ICAS’s recent annual review, student numbers are at an all-time high with 3,500 and the professional body recorded a surplus of more than £1 million in the past year. Highlights under the tenure of past president Sharp include the launch ICAS’s first class outside the UK in Luxembourg and the institute’s ‘Principles not Rules ‘campaign.

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