In a landmark move, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland has announced it has brought in lay members to sit on its council.
The move follows the decision by public sector accountancy body CIPFA to introduce a mixture of lay people and institute members to its disciplinary committees. But in what it claims to be the first move of its kind for an accountancy body, the Scots institute has invited two lay members to join its council.
Christine Glover, currently president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, and dental surgeon Tom Macadam, who has previously served on the General Dental Council, will sit on the council for three years. Both are expected to produce an annual report on the council’s conduct of business, its adherence to its charters and statutory obligations and functions.
ICAS president Grenville Johnston, said: ‘As an Institute, we are accountable to our members, but we are also there to serve the public. The appointment of lay members to our council ensures the public interest is safeguarded.’