Anstee, 52, will take on the newly created position on 15 September, it was announced today, replacing Peter Owen, who is stepping down on 5 September as secretary general.
The ICAEW has replaced the position of secretary general with a chief executive post, the most senior position at the institute.
Anstee’s wider remit will include representing the views of members to the government and to the media.
A chartered accountant and a member of the Urgent Issues Task Force of the UK Accounting Standards Board, Anstee has held a number of positions in businesses in the UK, US and South Africa.
Commenting on the appointment of Anstee, ICAEW president David Illingworth said he would bring ‘a wealth of international business experience’ and help build the institute’s global reputation.
Anstee said he intended to use his experience gained in business to reinforce members’ position as the holders of the ‘world’s most highly respected professional business qualification’.
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