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May 1, 2018

ICAS appoints new president

By Joe Pickard

Sandy Manson has been appointed president of ICAS, succeeding Brian Souter.

Manson is currently chief executive of Scotland’s largest independent accountancy and business advisory firm, Johnston Carmichael. He became managing partner of the firm’s Aberdeen office in 1995 and chief executive in 2007.

Manson commented: “A key focus for me during my term in office will be to work to increase the level of public trust in business and to strive to promote the values and further enhance the reputation of our profession.

“We have a critical role to play in building public trust. ICAS and our 21,000 chartered accountants need to lead the way.”

ICAS chief executive Bruce Cartwright said: “Sandy has spent his working life in the accountancy profession and has over a decade of experience as CEO of Johnston Carmichael. His talent as a business leader and his standing within the profession will be of great value to ICAS and our members over the course of the year.”

Supporting Manson in his role as president are Mike McKeon, non-executive director of National Express, who has been appointed deputy president of ICAS; and Catherine Burnet, senior partner for KPMG in Scotland, who has been appointed vice president of ICAS.

McKeon has previously held positions as chief financial officer at Severn Trent and Novar as well as senior roles at Rolls-Royce, CarnaudMetalbox, Elf Atochem and Price Waterhouse. He is also chair of the ICAS Brexit Advisory Group.

Burnet’s career at KPMG spans more than 20 years. She joined the Big Four firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2009, holding roles in Edinburgh, London and the USA as part of a two-year secondment.

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