Development & Alumni Relations Office 


26 April 2017

Colin McClatchie, BSc Economics (1971), formerly the Managing Director (Scotland and Ireland) of News International Newspapers, has been appointed a Public Interest Member for the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS), the profession’s main body in the UK.

His is one of three recent appointments, the others being Dame Lin Homer, formerly head of HMRC, and Lord Wallace of Tankerness.

Speaking about his new role, Colin said: “The job of a Public Interest Member is to ensure that ICAS fulfils its public interest responsibilities as set out in its Royal Charter.

“During my time with News International I was in regular contact with a wide cross section of businesses and finance companies and with bodies, such as the ICAS.

“As a proud Queen’s graduate – and Ulsterman – I look forward to working with colleagues on the ICAS Council to safeguard public interest and to make sure that public interest remains at the heart of Institute’s activities.”

Since retiring from News International in 2008, Colin McClatchie has had a significant non-executive portfolio. Former Chairman of the Scotland Institute of Directors, he was Chairman of Scottish Opera for seven years and was Chairman of St Columba’s independent school in Kilmacolm in Renfrewshire.

He was also a non-executive director of Scottish Enterprise, Dunfermline Press Group and Beattie Media and still runs Prescient, his own mentoring consultancy.  In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE).  He is currently compiling a memoir, which is due for publication in 2018.

Colin was also one of the co-founders of the Queen’s University Association, Scotland (QUAS) in 2003, serving as its President for a number of years. QUAS organises regular events for the University’s alumni in Scotland.

ICAS Public Interest Members are appointed for a four year term. They serve as full members of the Council and have equal voting rights with the CA Members. 

In his new role, Colin will contribute to the deliberations of the Council in all matters of policy and finance, co-draft an Annual Report on the Council's conduct of business in relation to its adherence to ICAS' Charters and statutory obligations and uphold the integrity and standing of the chartered accountancy profession.

Inquiries to Gerry Power, Communications Officer, Development and Alumni Relations Office at Queen’s; tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5321.

Main photo credit: Pixabay; inset photograph of Colin McClatchie by Jessica McDermott Photography

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