New LibDem peer is a chartered accountant

Recommended by Liberal Democrat party leader Charles Kennedy, Shutt was named as one of the nine Liberal Democrat peers to take up the 33 life peerages in the House of Lords.

The 59-year-old married father of three qualified as an accountant with the English ICA in 1969. He worked in various positions in local and regional government from 1973 to 1990.

Speaking to today, he said: ‘It will be very different. But, I feel my experiences in local government will help me to keep my feet firmly on the ground.’

Now officially retired, although he prefers to see his career as redirected but still very much alive, Shutt is vice chairman of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. The Reform Trust is the largest non-charitable grant making trust. He also continues his work as a trustee of Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, a grant-making foundation.

Shutt was awarded an OBE for his services as a trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Demos Think Tank and the Irish Peace Institute. He is also the leader of the Lib Dem group on Calderdale council, Yorkshire.

Shutt was a partner at Bowesfield, Waite until five years ago, when he stood again for the post of councillor in 1995.

With his position of treasurer at the Institute of Citizenship, he is still able to juggle numbers. The Institute of Citizenship promotes citizens’ involvement within the community.

His financial background and vast experience in the voluntary sector obviously tipped the balance for Shutt on selection to a peerage.

He will be joined in the Lords by English ICA president Dame Sheila Masters, who was also awarded a peerage.

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