ICAS has announced that the chief executive of Johnston Carmichael – Scotland’s largest independent accountancy and business advisory firm – has been appointed as president of the professional body.

Sandy Manson succeeds Sir Brian Souter in the role, and will be focusing on strengthening public trust in business and enhancing the reputation of the accounting profession during his time as president.

Manson said: “It is an honour and privilege to be appointed president of ICAS.

“I am extremely proud to take the helm at the world’s first accountancy body, founded by my predecessors more than 160 years ago.

“A key focus for me during my term in office will be to work to increase the level of public trust in business and to strive to promote the values and further enhance the reputation of our profession.

“We have a critical role to play in building public trust. ICAS and our 21,000 Chartered Accountants need to lead the way.

“I also very much look forward to working with ICAS’ new CEO, Bruce Cartwright, on this and the other opportunities and challenges the profession and wider business community face.”

Manson has been chief executive of Johnston Carmichael since 2007, prior to which he held the role of managing partner in the Aberdeen office. During his time as chief executive, the firm’s fee income has increased from £20m to £44m and headcount has risen from 300 to 700.

Bruce Cartwright, chief executive of ICAS, said: “Sandy has spent his working life in the accountancy profession and has over a decade of experience as CEO of Johnston Carmichael.

“His talent as a business leader and his standing within the profession will be of great value to ICAS and our members over the course of the year.”

Cartwright assumed his role as CEO of ICAS at the end of March following the departure of Anton Colella who left the professional body after 11 years to take up the role of global CEO of Moore Stephens International.

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