Scotmid boss and former ICAS General Counsel both recognised in New Year Honours List

John Brodie

John Brodie, chief executive of Scottish Midland Co-operative Society (Scotmid) and Tom McMorrow, ICAS’ former General Counsel, have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honour List 2018.

Mr Brodie, is made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Business and the Voluntary Sector in Scotland and Mr McMorrow has been given an MBE in the military division for his work in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training).

Scotmid Co-operative is Scotland’s largest independent co-operative and operates over 300 retail outlets across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England.

Mr Brodie said: “I am delighted and honoured on several levels to have been awarded the MBE. Personally, I am pleased for my family who have supported me throughout my working life in the many challenges that have come my way.

“This award recognises that Scotmid Co-operative after nearly 160 years continues to play a major role in the business life of Scotland and in the communities we serve in England and Northern Ireland.

“The award also recognises the great community and charity work carried out by many at Scotmid as well as the work of a number of charities with whom I have had the pleasure of being involved, including Queensferry Care in the Community and the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity. During the time I have been CEO the Society has raised and donated many millions of pounds to thousands of good causes in the communities that we serve.”

Tom McMorrow

Mr McMorrow joined ICAS on 5 November 1990, as assistant director of legal services.

Throughout his 17 years at the Institute he assumed the roles of Director and then Executive Director, and latterly the first General Counsel.

He left ICAS in 2008 to join the Crown Office and is now ethics partner at RSM.

He said: “The MBE is for voluntary work with the Air Training Corps. In that sense, there is a real synergy between ICAS and the ATC: like hundreds of other guests at the recent ICAS dinner, I was very touched by the address given by a CA Student from an underprivileged background who is being supported by the ICAS Foundation from education to career.

“Given that the ATC has the very same aims as ICAS for the developmental of young people in the face of hardships they face, I am privileged and humbled to have had a minor involvement with both.”