New Lord Lieutenant for Aberdeenshire
Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Alexander Philip Manson DL as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Aberdeenshire to succeed Mr James Ingleby, Esq. CVO, who retired on March 20.
Alexander (Sandy) Manson trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in Edinburgh in 1985 and over the ensuing four years worked with the firm in London and Zurich before returning to Scotland.
In 1991, he joined Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants as an Associate. Initially working in Fraserburgh and Peterhead, he was promoted to partner in 1993 and became the managing partner of their Aberdeen office.
In 2007, he was appointed as chief executive of Johnston Carmichael. In August 2019, Sandy stepped down as chief executive and became chairman of the firm. Sandy was appointed a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 2011 and elected president 2018/19.
Outside the profession, Sandy has been trustee of the University of the Aberdeen Development Trust since 2012 and was chair of Trust from 2013 to 2017. Sandy has also co-authored a book titled ‘Stratagem’, a guide to strategic planning, and speaks at many business and social events.
In addition to this, his roles as a Deputy Lieutenant and Honorary Consul for the Netherlands, Sandy sat on various local charity fundraising committees and has personally supported a number of good causes, including Macmillan Cancer Support when he ran the London Marathon in 2010.
Commenting on his appointment, Sandy said: 'It is a huge honour and privilege to be appointed as Her Majesty’s representative for Aberdeenshire in succession to James Ingleby CVO.
"James has been an outstanding Lord-Lieutenant and has contributed to the wellbeing of the county in so many ways over many years.
"We are very fortunate in Aberdeenshire to have so many good companies, individuals and voluntary groups who selflessly play their part in making the quality of life in our communities all the better and in the current crisis the importance of such work is all the greater especially in supporting the most vulnerable in society.
"I am therefore greatly looking forward to working with my able team of Deputy Lieutenants in support of the priceless work which Her Majesty and her family do here in Aberdeenshire in helping inspire, encourage and recognise the significant contribution which so many individuals and organisations do in making a positive difference."