Catherine Burnet has been appointed as the president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) for 2020/21.

Burnet, who is the regional chair for KPMG in Scotland, will take over from Mike McKeon for a one-year term.

Commenting on her appointment, Burnet said: “I’m incredibly proud to take up such a respected role within ICAS at what is a particularly crucial time for the profession. Now, more than ever, wider society is looking to the business world for guidance and support to ensure that our economy survives, evolves and gets back to a sustainable pathway to growth.

“Our global reach and rich history means that ICAS can really lead from the front as we plan the road to recovery. I’ve met members of all ages and backgrounds and so I know that as the world emerges from our current situation that our members will be at the forefront of bringing insights, clarity and ethical leadership to not only recover but build a stronger new reality.  The next few months and years will be particularly challenging for everyone, but, at ICAS, we’ll look to play a key role in rebuilding and restoring confidence and supporting our members to do the same.”

Supporting Burnet  in her role as president are Bruce Pritchard, who has been appointed deputy president of ICAS, and Indy Hothi, who has been appointed vice president of ICAS.

ICAS chief executive Bruce Cartwright said: “Catherine is a forward thinking, collaborative and inclusive leader with a wealth of global experience, and we are delighted that she will serve as our new ICAS President for 2020/21.

“I would also like to congratulate Bruce Pritchard CA and Indy Hothi CA, who have been appointed as our new Deputy President and Vice President.

“As the ICAS Office Bearers during these particularly challenging and uncertain times, Catherine, Bruce and Indy will help ensure that we continue to build on our global reputation and embrace the future and the opportunities ahead of us.”