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Succeeds Souter

Manson takes up new role as ICAS president

Sandy MansonJohnston Carmichael chief executive Sandy Manson has been appointed president of chartered accountancy body ICAS.

Mr Manson takes over from Brian Souter and will be supported as deputy by Mike McKeon, a non-executive director at National Express. KPMG senior partner Catherine Burnet becomes vice president.

Mr Manson became partner in Johnston Carmichael’s Aberdeen office in 1995, and chief executive in 2007. He studied accountancy and economics at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with distinction.

“I am extremely proud to take the helm at the world’s first accountancy body, founded by my predecessors more than 160 years ago,” he said.

“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.

“I also very much look forward to working with ICAS CEO Bruce Cartwright on this and the other opportunities and challenges the profession and wider business community face.”

Mr McKeon has previously held positions as chief financial officer of Severn Trent and Novar, as well as senior roles at Rolls-Royce, CarnaudMetalbox, Alf Atochem and Price Waterhouse. He is also chairman of the Brexit advisory group at ICAS.

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

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