Archdiocese of
st andrews & edinburgh

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.

The Most Reverend Leo Cushley

The Most Reverend Leo Cushley is the Archbishop and Metropolitan of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Born in Lanarkshire, he studied for the priesthood at St Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeenshire and the Pontifical Scots College in Rome.

He was ordained for the Diocese of Motherwell in 1985. In 1994 he was recruited by the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See, going on to serve in Egypt, Burundi, Southern Africa, Portugal and the United Nations in New York. From 2009 until 2013, he was head of the English-language section of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State in Rome before being appointed as Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh by His Holiness Pope Francis in 2013.

Karen Cockburn

Karen Cockburn is the Finance Director of AEGON Digital Solutions and Chief Financial Officer of Cofunds. She has been with AEGON for 9 years. Prior to this current role, Karen has held various senior roles within the Finance area including leading the Finance Transformation programme overhauling AEGON UK finance processes and technology in the lead up to Solvency II. Karen has also lead major re-structuring business projects and was Change Director for AEGON UK.

Karen spent her early career with GE Capital, a global financial services provider and HBOS /Lloyds Banking Group . She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG following graduation from Queen’s University, Belfast.

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.

The Reverend R. Kevin Murray

Father Kevin Murray is the parish priest of Our Lady & St Ninian in Bannockburn and The Sacred Heart in Cowie.

Educated at Aberdeen University and Strathclyde University, he initially pursued a career in business and finance, including 12 years with the global accountancy firm Ernst & Young, prior to entering the Pontifical Scots College in Rome. Ordained in 2004, he has since served in parishes in Stirlingshire, Dunbartonshire, Selkirkshire, and Roxburghshire. He was Moderator of the Archdiocesan Curia 2015-17.
Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, Charity No. SC008540
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