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Aim is for 'global community'

ICAS membership hits new record

Anton ColellaThe Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) has hit a new membership record of more than 21,000.

Growth in members has risen by half over the last 20 years and about 50% are now based outside Scotland.

Jim Pettigrew, chairman of Clydesdale Bank and Edinburgh Investment Trust, has retired as president following completion of his year in office and he will be succeeded by Ken McHattie, chairman of onshore energy company Aurora Petroleum.

Mr McHattie said: “Our mission is to build the leading global professional community and I look forward to working tirelessly over the next 12 months on behalf of our 21,000 members to lead the next stage of delivering our ambitious plans.”

Chief executive Anton Colella told the agm: “Over the last few years our strategic aim has been to ‘build a professional community’.

“We believe this has served us well. Now our vision is to ‘build the leading professional global community.’

“We are entering a new and exciting era where half of our membership is based outside Scotland and we will seek to serve and support all members through our commitment to being a world class organisation.”

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