IoD Scotland names EY’s O’Carroll as new chair

Aidan O’Carroll has been named as the new chair of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Scotland.

A senior partner at EY in Scotland, O’Carroll succeeds Professor Susan Deacon, who has officially stood down at the end of her three-year tenure.

O’Carroll will also take up the Scottish seat on the IoD’s UK Council, succeeding Ian McKay.

O’Carroll will take to the podium at IoD Scotland’s Annual Conference being held at Gleneagles on November 1 and 2.

Joining him will be Debbie Crosbie, group chief operating officer and executive director of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank; Alex Hynes, managing director, ScotRail Alliance; Graeme Smith, managing director, Amazon Development Centre Scotland; Fiona Logan, CEO of Insights Learning and Development; and Carolyn Jameson, chief legal officer, Skyscanner.

O’Carroll said: “The leadership community in Scotland is a very broad church with public, private and third sector leaders all facing key challenges around growth and building success alongside the vital pillars of ethics, governance and integrity.

“As the largest network of leaders, the IoD can make a real difference to individuals and their organisations in helping to deliver organisational goals and contribute, in a wider context, to the future success of Scotland.

“The role of the IoD and myself as the new Chair is to support them all the way …

“I have had the privilege of living Scotland all of my life and working both here and internationally for over 30 years.

“However far afield my work has taken me, I have always been able to keep my home in Scotland because I value what we have here.

“The opportunity to be a part of an organisation that can help bring greater success to Scotland , shape our economic proposition, engage with Government to promote growth, and bring together diverse views on the common theme of leadership, is hugely exciting, and I look forward to getting started.”

David Watt, executive director of the IoD in Scotland said: “The chair’s appointment is welcomed by myself and the staff team, and we look forward to working with Aidan to further grow the IoD in Scotland, and to drive change across Scotland’s business sector.”