Finance Committee

The existence of an Archdiocesan Finance Committee is required under Canon Law in order to advise both the Archbishop and the Board of Trustees on good financial governance.

Karen Cockburn

Karen is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years' financial and operational experience in the professional services environment. Having qualified with KPMG, she spent her early career with GE Capital, a global financial service provider and HBOS/Lloyds Banking Group in mainly Finance roles. Karen then spent nine years at AEGON in various strategy, transformation and finance leadership roles, laterally as Chief Financial Officer of Cofunds. Recently, she joined Clydesdale Banking Group as Group Transformation CFO.

The Right Honourable Lord Drummond Young

James Edward Drummond Young QC is one of Scotland’s most senior judges. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Harvard University and the University of Edinburgh, he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1976.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988. A Judge of the Supreme Courts since 2001, he was appointed to the Inner House in 2013. He was also Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission 2007-12. Lord Drummond Young is married with one daughter and lives in Edinburgh.

The Reverend Christopher Heenan

Father Christopher Heenan is the parish priest of St Margaret's in Dunfermline, Fife.

A native of Denny in Stirlingshire, Father Heenan studied for the priesthood at Gillis College, Edinburgh, and Scotus College, East Dunbartonshire. He was ordained in 1995. Since then he has served in parishes in Stirlingshire, Fife and West Lothian, where he was also a prison chaplain to HMP Addiewell for three years. Among his academic credentials, Father Heenan gained an MA in Classical Studies from the Open University in 2014. His hobbies include reading, music and playing the accordion.

John Hylands

John Hylands is the Chair of the Finance Committee of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh.

John is a graduate of the University of Glasgow in Mathematics. After five years as a mathematics teacher he joined Standard Life in 1979 and qualified as an actuary in 1982. His career at Standard Life spanned 28 years and included various finance, marketing and management positions including serving as Finance Director from 2001 to 2005. He is Chairman of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. He chairs the trustees of the BOC pension scheme and is also a non-executive director of Scottish Widows.  He is Chairman of Governors of St Aloysius' College, Glasgow and Vice Chair of Governors of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. John has also served as Vice President of the Faculty of Actuaries and Chairman of the Management Board of the UK Actuarial Profession.

Robert McGee

Robert McGee is a Chartered Banker who has worked with The Royal Bank of Scotland for over 40 years.

During that time, he has accumulated knowledge and experience of the branch network as a Business Manager and Corporate Operations within the Head Office environment. Robert also spent five years working within the Directors’ Office with responsibility for Business Development and operational rationalisation exercises within Edinburgh and surrounding areas. His current role is Manager, Incident Management & Service Operations, which entails managing all impacting issues globally for RBS.

On a personal note, Robert is married to Sandra. They have one daughter and live in Edinburgh where they are parishioners at Holy Cross in Trinity.

Andrew Milligan OBE

Andrew Millgan is the Head of Global Strategy at Standard Life Investments. He is also responsible for advising the Chief Executive Officer and senior fund management team at Standard Life with global economic, market and political analysis. He is a member of the Global Investment Group forming the House View, as well as the Strategic Investment Group making decisions on the absolute return funds.

Andrew is a Fellow and Council Member of the Society of Business Economists, the leading organisation serving business economists in the UK, and is a member of the Court of Heriot-Watt University. He received an OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to innovation and the economy.