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Public Interest Member

About the role

Appointment of 3 x Public Interest Members of Council

ICAS is a global professional membership organisation and business network for Chartered Accountants. We're also an educator, regulator, examiner and a professional awarding body. Our motto is ‘seek the truth', and we've been doing so since we were founded in 1854. As the world changes, the importance of doing the right thing does not. As ethical leaders, the business community looks to us and our members to uphold standards and cultivate trust in everything we do. That ethos is enshrined in our internationally respected Code of Ethics – which applies to all our members, student members and member firms – and is underpinned our Royal Charter commitment.

Our 23,000 CA members form a vibrant global community of finance and business professionals united by a commitment to ethical leadership. Educated, regulated and led to the highest standards, they transform business and support one another, for the greater good. And we strive to support, nurture and empower that community by delivering high-quality membership, connection and relevant and rigorous career-long learning.

As a Public Interest Member, you will play a key part in the strategic affairs of ICAS' Council in upholding the integrity and standing of the chartered accountancy profession in the interests of society and the membership. As a non-accountant lay member, your role is to participate in Council deliberations on all matters of policy, finance and other relevant issues, to participate in or lead such other boards or working parties as the Council may determine and to report annually to ICAS' AGM on the performance of the Council, indicating whether it has acted in the public interest.

Applications are invited from candidates with a commitment to safeguarding the public interest.

Candidates should possess strong interpersonal and analytical skills, sound judgement and the ability to work constructively as part of a team. Successful candidates are likely to have executive level experience from the public, private or voluntary sectors.

Key areas of expertise that are of relevance include:

  • Regulation
  • Sustainability
  • Higher Education
  • AI/Digital
  • Human Resources
  • Brand / marketing
  • Public Affairs

Appointments are made for an initial three-year term and are remunerated. Public Interest members are expected to devote around 20 days per year to ICAS business.

To apply, please send your CV to Ailsa Sutherland, Director at FWB Park Brown at For an initial confidential discussion, please contact her on 0131 539 7087.

ICAS places equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of all that we do. With our partner organisations, we are committed to building a diverse membership and workforce that is beneficial for all and to ensure that we deliver on our purpose to uphold ethics and cultivate trust.