About us

Launched in 2012, the ICAS Foundation aims to support academically talented young people from disadvantaged communities into university through the provision of mentoring and financial assistance.

Our objectives

Who we help

The ICAS Foundation supports academically talented young people from disadvantaged communities who wish to go to university by helping them overcome particular financial barriers which would otherwise deter them from studying accountancy or a finance related degree.

This may include, but is not limited to:

How we are funded

ICAS Foundation relies on voluntary income -

Who we are

The ICAS Foundation was launched in 2012 and aims to support students studying Accountancy or Finance at University.

The ICAS Foundation is managed by a board of Trustees.

Appointment of Trustees

The Trustees are appointed for a term of up to three years and are eligible for re-appointment thereafter for a maximum of three consecutive terms save in exceptional circumstances where a fourth term is permitted. The minimum number of Trustees is five, maximum eleven.

Two Trustees are appointed from a list nominated by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS): otherwise the appointment of the Trustees is wholly independent of ICAS.

Current Trustees

Sir David Tweedie - Chair

Sir David was educated at Edinburgh University and qualified as a Scottish Chartered Accountant in 1972. He became Technical Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) in 1978. He became the Chairman of the UK Accounting Standards Board (ASB) in 1990 and in January 2001 was appointed the first Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and led the Board for ten years. He is a Fellow of the Judge Business School at Cambridge University and a visiting Professor of Accounting in the Management School at Edinburgh University. He has received honorary degrees from nine British Universities. He was knighted in 1994 and was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame in 2013. Sir David became President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in April 2012 (until April 2013) and Chairman of the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) in October 2012.

Gordon Jack - Vice-Chair

Gordon Jack retired as an audit partner in PwC in 2005, having led the Glasgow audit practice for a number of years. He has served on numerous ICAS committees, was a member of ICAS Council from 2001 to 2008 and chaired the Executive Board of ICAS from 2004 to 2007 and is currently Chair of ICAS TPE exam board. Gordon is an honorary governor at the Glasgow Academy and a member of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Court and Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Sir Andrew Cubie

Sir Andrew Cubie CBE FRSE studied law at Edinburgh University. He was in private practice as a solicitor in Edinburgh for most of his career, specialising in corporate law. He taught at Edinburgh University and has also held, throughout his career, non-executive directorships in public and private companies. He was the Chairman of the CBI in Scotland, gaining a reputation for independence of thought and in consequence in 1999 chaired the Cubie Committee into student finance in Scotland, which led to the abolition of tuition fees in Scottish Universities and the creation of the Scottish graduate endowment. In 2001, he was awarded a CBE for services to business and education in Scotland. Sir Andrew has subsequently been involved in a range of public reviews and remains very much involved in higher education issues and third sector governance.

Kenneth Cunningham

Ken Cunningham CBE has spent most of his working life in education having held a range of school posts as well as those of adviser, inspector, Chief Examiner and in local authority directorate. He was appointed General Secretary of School Leaders Scotland in 2008. He has Chaired and been a member of a range of Government Task and Steering Groups including, Chair of Educational Broadcasting Council for Scotland. Ken is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the charity Children 1st and a member of the Qualifications Committee of SQA, and the SCHOLAR Advisory Board. He was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to Scottish education in 2002.

Gerry Devlin

Gerry Devlin is currently the Executive Director of both the Kinharvie Institute of Facilitation and the Marist Brothers (Educational Trust). His business experience is complemented by further studies and training in leadership, psychological tools for individual/organisational development, counselling and supervision. He has worked with a wide range of organisations in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors and is particularly committed to the support and development of not for profit organisations.

Chris Docherty

Chris Docherty is a Chartered Accountant with a BA Hons in Accounting & Finance obtained at the University of Strathclyde. He is the Audit General Manager for the Glasgow office of RSM UK and a Senior Manager with a portfolio of clients including Corporate, Registered Social Landlords and Pension Schemes. Chris has worked with RSM UK, a leading independent firm of Chartered Accountants, for over 10 years and completed his ICAS qualification in 2011. Chris is passionate about the work of the ICAS Foundation and has been mentoring Foundation students for a number of years.

Stewart Falconer

Stewart Falconer was appointed Dean of the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University and maintained an academic interest in the marketing of financial services with a research focus on the influence of trust on buying behaviour within the sector before retiring in June 2016. Prior to moving into academic life in 1996, Stewart worked for a number of years within Scottish Banking where he held various senior managerial positions in the legal, credit and human resources areas of the business. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and a Chartered Banker.

Geraldine Gammell

Geraldine is a Chartered Accountant and a former member of the Ethics Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Geraldine is a non-executive Director of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Charities) Limited and a Non-executive Director of its trading company where she chairs the Audit Committee, a Deputy Chair and Governor of Kilgraston School, and a Trustee of the Golden Charter Trust and Chair of the Audit Committee. Geraldine was formerly the Director of The Prince’s Trust in Scotland and a former Partner in Springfords Chartered Accountants.

Prof Elizabeth Gammie

Elizabeth Gammie is a Professor of Accounting at Robert Gordon University, where she has been Head of the Aberdeen Business School since 2016. Having specialised in taxation after training with Ernst and Whinney, she subsequently moved into academia and now has over 25 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector, including the development of a successful Accounting and Finance under-graduate degree. Her involvement with ICAS Boards and Committees includes stints on the Qualification Board, TPE Exam Board, Technical Policy Board, chairing of the Student Education Committee, membership of the ICAS Council and current membership of the Audit Committee. Along with her role in the ICAS Foundation, she is also a Riding for the Disabled Association Aberdeen Group Trustee, a Governor of St Margaret’s School for Girls and chair of the ICAS Grampian Area Committee.

Eleanor Wilson

Eleanor Wilson MBE is Head of Outreach at Glasgow Caledonian University where she has worked since 2000. She is a former teacher of Business Studies and Economics with 10 years teaching experience in sixth form colleges and secondary schools in London. Eleanor achieved an Honours degree in Commerce from Glasgow Caledonian University, a PGCE from Strathclyde University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from Thames Valley University. In 2015, Eleanor was awarded a MBE for her services to Community Education in Glasgow.

Privacy policy

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