The ICAS Foundation Trustees have a range of professional backgrounds and personal interests. You can find out more about each trustee below.
Sir David is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Past President of ICAS. He was national technical partner at the formation of KPMG and later served as the first Chairman of both the UK Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).
Sir David is a Visiting Professor of Accounting in the University of Edinburgh Management School and of Strathclyde University. He was knighted in 1994, inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame in 2013 and appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2020.
Read Sir David's interview in the February 2020 ICAS CA Magazine.
Gordon is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has served on numerous ICAS committees, including as an ICAS Council member (2001 - 2008), as chair of the ICAS Executive Board (2004 - 2007) and as chair of the ICAS TPE exam board (2014 - 2020). He retired from practice as an audit partner with PwC in 2005, where he led the Glasgow audit practice.
Gordon is an honorary governor at the Glasgow Academy, a member of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Court, a Director of Capital Theatres’ Trust and an FRC Disciplinary Panel member.
Colin is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Lawyer, who has spent the major part of his career in Financial Services including as CEO of a regulated company. Since 2009, Colin has pursued various non executive director and chairmanship roles across a wide range of Scottish organisations in the public and private sectors, including economic development, education and tourism. He has broad financial and audit committee experience, and until 2020 was a member of the ICAS Council and ICAS Audit Committee.
Throughout his career, Colin has remained active in the third sector, and he was awarded an OBE for services to social housing and for his service on the McFadden committee, which acted as a precursor to OSCR, the Scottish charity regulator.
Sir Andrew practiced as a solicitor in Edinburgh for most of his career, specialising in corporate law. He has taught at the University of Edinburgh and has held, throughout his career, non-executive directorships in public and private companies. Sir Andrew was Chairman of the CBI in Scotland, and in consequence chaired the Cubie Committee into student finance in Scotland which led to the abolition of tuition fees in Scottish universities. In 2001, he was awarded a CBE for services to business and education in Scotland; he has subsequently participated in a range of public reviews and remains involved in higher education issues and third sector governance.
He currently chairs the Housing First Advisory Board for Scotland, sparqs, which promotes student involvement in university and college governance, the Leith Trust which brings the diverse communities of Leith together and the Campaign Board of Edinburgh Napier University.
Ken has spent most of his working life in education, having held a range of school posts, including Principal and Head Teacher, as well as those of adviser, inspector, Chief Examiner and in local authority directorate and subsequently was General Secretary of School Leaders Scotland until 2015. He has chaired or participated in a range of Government task and steering groups.
Ken is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the charity Children 1st, and also chairs or sits on a range of other Boards and has his own Consultancy business. He was appointed a CBE in recognition of his services to Scottish education in 2002.
Find out more about why Ken supports the ICAS Foundation in his Trustee profile.
Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011, and is currently the Audit Director for RSM UK, a leading independent firm of Chartered Accountants. Based in the Glasgow office, he manages a portfolio of clients including Corporate, Registered Social Landlords and Pension Schemes. Chris is passionate about the work of the ICAS Foundation and has mentored a number of Foundation students during their university studies, ensuring that he has an excellent understanding of the challenges faced by current university students.
Find out more about why Chris supports the ICAS Foundation in his Trustee and Mentor profile.
Stewart retired in 2016 when he was Dean of the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University. Prior to that, he was Deputy Dean and Head of the School of Accounting, Financial Services and Law. His principal academic interests were in the areas of marketing and management within the financial services sector with a research focus on the ethics of marketing of financial products. Prior to moving into higher education, he spent the first half of his career within the banking sector and he is a Fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute and a Chartered Banker.
In addition to having been a Trustee of the ICAS Foundation since 2011, Stewart has substantial involvement with the charity Versus Arthritis, serving on a number of the organisation’s committees as well as being an academic assessor with the University of Hong Kong.
Geraldine is a Chartered Accountant and previous member of the ICAS Ethics Committee. She was formerly the Director of The Prince’s Trust in Scotland and a Partner in Springfords Chartered Accountants.
Geraldine is now a Trustee of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Charities) Limited and an non executive Director of its trading company, a Trustee of the Golden Charter Trust and a non executive Director of its investment company, Deputy Chair and Governor of Kilgraston School and a non executive Director of Reform Scotland (Scotland’s independent think tank).
Elizabeth is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in the Higher Education sector, and is currently Professor of Accounting at Robert Gordon University and Head of the Aberdeen Business School, which was recently named as THE 2020 Business School of the Year. Elizabeth has held positions on a range of ICAS boards and committees, including the Qualification Board, ICAS Council and as chair of the Student Education Committee - she currently chairs the Grampian Area Committee and sits on the ICAS Membership Board.
She is a Riding for the Disabled Association Aberdeen Group Trustee and a Governor of St Margaret’s School for Girls. Elizabeth was recognised as ‘Leader of the Year – Business and Public Sector’ in the Women in Accountancy and Finance Awards 2020.
Norman is a Chartered Accountant and a ICAS Past President. He previously served on the ICAS Research Committee and was chair of the ICAS Ethics Board until 2020. He was Chairman of premium international spirits company The Edrington Group, as well as Chairman of FTSE 100 companies Petrofac Limited and Cairn Energy plc. Norman is a graduate of both Heriot-Watt University, where he was an Honorary Professor, and of the Harvard Business School, and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015.
Norman’s interest in the arts led to his being appointed Chairman of Scottish Ballet and a director of Scottish Ballet Endowment Fund from 2013 - 2020, and he is a current patron of National Museums Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
Eleanor is Head of Outreach at Glasgow Caledonian University where she has worked since 2000. Her work in Outreach involves a number of projects, such as the multi-award winning Caledonian Club which works with pupils and families in nursery, primary and secondary schools across five Glasgow communities, the Advanced Higher Hub which offers a bridging and transition programme to sixth year pupils across all Glasgow secondary schools and support for the recruitment and transition of college students, care experienced students and estranged students to university.
She is a former teacher of Business Studies and Economics with 10 years teaching experience in sixth form colleges and secondary schools in London. In 2015, Eleanor was awarded a MBE for her services to Community Education in Glasgow.