ICAS appoints two new board members

ICAS has appointed Dame Elish Angiolini as chair of its Discipline Board, and Jim Wallace, Lord Wallace of Tankerness to its Regulation Board.

Angiolini takes over the role from sheriff principal James Taylor. As chair of the Discipline Board she will play a key role in upholding policy and procedure of disciplinary arrangements to the highest standards.

Angiolini, one of Scotland’s most senior lawyers, previously held the position of Lord Advocate of Scotland from 2006-2011, and prior to that was solicitor general for Scotland from 2001-2006. During her time as Lord Advocate, Angiolini played a key role in transforming the Scottish prosecution department, implementing a wide-ranging programme of modernisation after which the department was widely hailed as an exemplar body in the Scottish government.

Angiolini commented on her appointment: “ICAS is an exemplary educator, examiner, regulator and thought leader. I look forward to contributing to the success of another renowned educational establishment, and supporting the important work carried out by the members of the Discipline Panel, the Appeal Panel and the Independent Examiner.”

ICAS chief executive, Anton Colella said: “The appointment of Dame Elish as chair of the Discipline Board ensures ICAS has the strongest legal expertise overseeing our disciplinary arrangements. Dame Elish’s capacity to act fairly and in the public interest speaks to the integrity of ICAS. The ICAS Discipline Board, under the leadership of Dame Elish Angiolini, will ensure ICAS meets the standards expected of us, from our members and the public. We look forward to the valuable contribution she will make to the work of ICAS.”

Lord Wallace joins Regulation Board

Lord Wallace joins the Regulation Board as a public interest member from March 2017, with a view to taking on the role of chair of the Regulation Board from December 2017.

Wallace has held some of the highest political offices in Scotland, including deputy first minister of Scotland, advocate general for Scotland, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

Wallace commented: “My association with ICAS goes back to the 1990s, when I was the Institute’s parliamentary adviser, and I am delighted to be working with them again as a public interest member of the Regulation Board. ICAS has a proud heritage of training leading lights of the accountancy profession and business world. As a member of the Regulation Board I will support ICAS in its aim to deliver a developmental regulatory regime that inspires public confidence, and equips members to remain at the forefront of the profession.”

Colella said: “Lord Wallace’s appointment to the ICAS Regulation Board strengthens our work in the public interest. He is one of the most distinguished politicians in the country. He is a man of the utmost integrity, with a command of the law that will ensure the Regulation Board is held in the highest regard. I am sure the contribution that Lord Wallace will make to the work of ICAS will be hugely valuable and significant.”

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