A new independent Commission for Competitive and Fair Taxation in Scotland has been set-up by the Scottish Conservative Party. The Commission will examine how best the Scottish Parliament should use existing and new tax powers to boost economic growth in Scotland and will also make recommendations on public sector spending.
The Commission for Competitive and Fair Taxation in Scotland will seek to assess promotion of Scotland’s economy and competitiveness and also examine spending in Scottish and Local Government and will report back before the Scottish Parliament elections in 2016 and provide recommendations.
Biography of Commission members:
Iain McMillan is one of Scotland’s most respected public figures, retiring from his post as Director of CBI Scotland last year after holding the key business post for nearly twenty years.
He is the author and co-author of a number of publications on public policy relating to business and economics.
He is also chairman of the University of Strathclyde Business School’s Advisory Board, chairman of Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland, chairman of the Scottish North American Business Council and a trustee of The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.
And in 2009, Iain was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to be Honorary Air Commodore of 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force.
He was educated at Bearsden Academy and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland; Fellow of the Association of International Accountants; Companion of the Chartered Management Institute; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and Fellow of the Scottish Qualifications Authority. In 2003, Iain was awarded the CBE for services to lifelong learning in Scotland.
Bill Jamieson was executive editor of The Scotsman for 11 years, regularly writing about finance, economics, politics and current affairs. He was also the economics columnist for sister title Scotland on Sunday and prior to that was economics editor of The Sunday Telegraph for seven years.
He has been a regular contributor to the Spectator Business magazine and City AM and frequently commentates on business and economics affairs for BBC Scotland. In 2009 he won both Business Journalist of the Year and Journalist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards British Economy and Scotland’s Ten Tomorrows. He collected Campaign of the Year Award for The Scotsman for its series of articles on the Lloyds-HBOS merger. Since stepping down from The Scotsman, he has established Scott-Buzz, the one-stop business news website aiming provide a daily update and comment on Scottish economic and business data.
Rhona Irving is a leading tax expert and was Tax Partner at PwC until her retirement last year. Rhona has made a significant contribution to business and the development of public policy in Scotland in a number of roles including membership of the CBI Scotland Council.
Jack Perry is the former chief executive of Scottish Enterprise. Prior to this he was the managing partner of Ernst & Young in Glasgow and Regional Industry Leader for Scotland and Northern Ireland for Ernst & Young's Technology & Communications practice.
Educated at both the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde, he is a science graduate as well as a chartered accountant and a United States certified public accountant. From 2001 to 2003, Jack took office as chairman of CBI Scotland, having been a member of the CBI Scotland Council since 1996. And in 2009, he retired from Scottish Enterprise to pursue a career as an independent non-executive board member and adviser. He was awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year Honours List.
Tony Rush is former chairman of construction group Barr Ltd, the Paisley-based construction company.
Born into a family of house builders in Derbyshire, Tony changed the way Barr Ltd operated, by splitting the business into four operational units.
Dr Andrew Lilico
Andrew Lilico is an economist with Europe Economics, and chairman of the IEA Shadow Monetary Policy Committee. He's also been a mathematical chemist, an opera singer, a philosopher and computer programmer.
One of Europe's top experts on the economic impact of financial regulation, he led the teams doing the European Parliament's assessment of the impact of the Financial Services Action Plan, the European Commission's assessment of the costs of complying with financial regulation, and the Financial Service Authority's assessment of the benefits of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive. He is a regular commentator on economic issues on BBC television and radio, and on Sky, Bloomberg and CNBC Europe.
Professor Arthur Midwinter
Arthur Midwinter is an associate professor in the Institute of Public Sector Accounting Research in the University of Edinburgh. He is also a former Professor of Politics at University of Strathclyde, where he was Dean of Arts and Social Sciences.
From 2002 to 2007, he was budget adviser to the Scottish Parliament and from 2007 to March 2011 he was an advisor to the Scottish Parliamentary Labour Group.
Arthur does financial consultancy work for a range of public sector bodies and professional associations.