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Gillian McCreadie ACCA
Gillian has always worked in practice. She qualified with one of Scotland’s leading firms before moving to a global firm, heading up their Scottish accounting and advisory team. She now works for an independent Scottish firm where she heads up their business services department. She got involved with the panel to give back to ACCA and help shape its future. She also wanted to benefit from interacting and networking with other practitioners from a variety of different backgrounds to gain knowledge that she could take back to her own practice in order to help it evolve as a firm.
David Harris FCCA
David is an experienced leader of listed international businesses with more than 20 years experience of leading large diverse teams in challenging situations, business turnaround and restructuring and international M&A.
During a 20 year career with British Polythene Industries PLC, his roles included Group Chief Financial Officer and Divisional Chief Executive of large multi-site international businesses.
In 2018 David acquired Chase Plastics Limited a leading manufacturer of high performance plastic compounds from recycled sources.
A member of ACCA since 1996, David joined the ACCA Scotland Committee in 2012 to play a more active role in the association’s development.
Faith Simpson FCCA
I have over 20 years in the accountancy profession and spent the last 13 years running my own award winning practise. I love working with start ups and forward thinking clients who want to embrace cloud technology and provide them with a trusted advisor.
I have been involved with the Scotland Committee for three years now. Being able to help shape the ACCA in Scotland and beyond by promotion via my own networks means a lot to me. I am proud to be a member and part of a truly global organisation. I have collaborated with ACCA Indonesia and hope to collaborate with the ACCA in France and Europe in the future.
Liz Blackburn FCCA (also ACCA Council)
Liz is Reputational Risk Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in Edinburgh, where her current remit involves developing policy, systems, governance and controls for the effective identification, assessment and mitigation of reputational risk across the Bank.
Prior to joining RBS, Liz gained valuable controls, audit and accounting experience through her work at AEGON Asset Management (now Kames Capital), Standard Life Investments, PwC and EY.
Liz has been a member of ACCA since 2000 and was elected to Council in November 2017. Prior to being elected to Council she was the chair of both the Financial Services Member Network Panel and the Edinburgh & East of Scotland equivalent. During this time, Liz took an enthusiastic and proactive involvement in developing member events programmes for both Networks, and was awarded ACCA UK Advocate of the Year 2016 in recognition of her 'contribution made to promote the profession and to actively inspire the accountants of tomorrow'.
Elaine Boyd FCCA
Over the last 17 years of working in Audit Scotland, I have been involved in financial audit within Local and Central Government and the NHS. I am currently the Associate Director of Audit Quality and Appointments and have been responsible for developing an audit quality framework that covers all audit work and auditors. Having such a comprehensive framework for audit quality enables us to provide assurance to our stakeholders and demonstrate the strengths of our public audit model in Scotland. We are not complacent however and adopt a continuous improvement approach in line with our world-class ambition. I report to the Chief Operating Officer but work with colleagues within Audit Scotland and the private firms across financial, performance and best value audits on quality matters.
I started my career in a small CA practice and moved into finance in the NHS before joining Audit Scotland.
As auditors we need to keep up to date with developments and understand the impact on public services and how our work as external auditors can add value and contribute to good and efficient public services – this is part of my reason for joining the Committee. I also wanted to raise the profile of ACCA within the public sector.
Kevin Booth FCCA
Kevin is a Partner in Alexander Sloan, Accountants and Business Advisers. He has a diverse client base operating throughout the UK and his extensive experience allows him to assist his clients and to in the strategic planning and development of their businesses with a commercial and practical approach.
Having accumulated a wealth of experience both as an auditor and business adviser, Kevin is well-connected across the business community in the central belt of Scotland making him a critical link between local businesses and ACCA Scotland and he is passionate about furthering the aims of ACCA in Scotland.
Hazel Burt FCCA
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Andy Blyth FCCA
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Robert Van Dijk FCCA
Provides CFO/FD services to a portfolio of start-up / high growth companies in the technology, zero emission transport and creative sectors. Advocating and assisting the ACCA to achieve its objectives in Scotland and the UK is my way of recognising the pivotal impact that the ACCA qualification had on my career.
James Gourlay FCCA
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Julie Khindria ACCA
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Bosede Oghughu FCCA
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Laura Shields FCCA
Being a member of the committee not only allows Laura to advocate ACCA but affords her the opportunity give back to her association as well as playing her part in shaping its future.
Laura has also been member of her local network panel, Glasgow and West of Scotland for the last 5 years and elected as chair in 2017.
ACCA has given Laura the business acumen and set of transferable skills that have saw her career grow to Financial Controller within the Scottish Higher Education sector from trainee account within the airline sector.
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