KEN MCHATTIE has been appointed president of ICAS.
The chair of onshore energy company Aurora Petroleum was confirmed as president for 2016 at an Annual General Meeting on 22 April.
He takes over from Jim Pettigrew and will serve a year in office.
ICAS also announced at its AGM that the membership has reached a record level of more than 21,000. This represents a 50% increase in members in the past 20 years.
ICAS now has just more than 10,000 members in Scotland and 10,000 members across the rest of the UK and in 100 countries around the world.
Speaking at the AGM, 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.”
“Over the next 12 months I will focus on how we do this through our global initiative ‘The Power of One’.
“Also high on my priorities will be raising the need for a change of culture in the UK to provide better support for small businesses and encouraging more and more people to start their own company.”
McHattie qualified with Thomson McLintock in Aberdeen in 1978, and as a solicitor in 1985. He worked for venture capitalists 3i before becoming a partner in the Aberdeen law firm Ledingham Chalmers.
He joined Energy Development Partners, the manager of a significant oil and gas investment fund, as finance director in 2005, and worked there until mid-2010, before helping to establish Aurora.
Andrew Howson joins the firm from EY, bringing experience in advising private equity and corporate clients across multiple sectors in the UK and Europe
Dennis Layton takes up the position on April 1 and will contribute to the firm’s goal of becoming the leading global professional services organisation by 2020
Richard Cartwright becomes the new head, taking over from incumbent head of office David Lemon
Brian Burke, business development director, has moved within the firm to 'develop Quantuma’s networks with Sussex professional firms'