Practitioner Seminar with Mr Jim Robertson, former Vice President of Tax at Royal Dutch Shell

Issued: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:45:00 BST

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Date: Thursday 16 November 2017

Time: 12.00pm - 1:30pm

Venue: Room 206, 2nd floor, main building

Category: Practitioner Seminar

Audience: This event was open to all Adam smith Business School students, staff and alumni

For this 2017/2018 Practitioner Seminar we were pleased to welcome Jim Robertson who discussed 'Diversity & Inclusion in a Multinational'.  

Topics covered included: 

• The business case for promoting diversity & inclusion
• Which groups to target
• Mentoring & sponsorship
• Flexible working
• Engaging the majority
• Unconscious bias
• Communications
• Measures of success

Speaker biography 

Jim Robertson qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1981 and joined Shell the same year. He had nine different tax and finance roles in Shell and lived in London, The Hague, Kuala Lumpur, Aberdeen and Houston, where he was VP Tax Americas until his retirement at the end of March 2017. In Shell Finance he had global responsibility for promoting professional qualifications and for communications in the area of diversity & inclusion. He was also a founder member of the Finance Social Investment Network which connected staff to voluntary organizations that would benefit from their finance skills and experience.

Jim is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He is chair of the academic board of the Advanced Diploma in International Tax of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation, a Senior Fellow of the International Tax and Investment Center which is a non-profit research & education foundation based in Washington DC, a member of the Professional Development Curriculum Committee of the Tax Executives Institute and its Chief Tax Officer group, a member of the conference committee of the Norwegian Petroleum Association and a board member of the Houston branch of the International Fiscal Association. In June 2017 he became chair of the new Scottish Tax Policy Forum, a joint venture between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Jim is a member of the ICAS Scottish Taxes Committee and joined the ICAS Governing Council in 2016.

Jim’s previous responsibilities have included membership of the UK Oil Industry Taxation Committee steering group, the UK Offshore Operators Association fiscal committee and chair of the UK royalty committee. He was on the Professional Development Curriculum Committee of the Tax Executives Institute and chair of the Oil & Gas Tax Executives Group. His speaking engagements have included Global Tax Trends at the CIS Fiscal Conference in Kazakhstan, Transfer Pricing and Enhanced Taxpayer Relationships at the NPF in Oslo, Managing Taxes at the Universities of Milan and Aberdeen, Permanent Establishments at the Asia Development Bank conference in New Delhi, Learning & Development at the American Accounting Association in Atlanta and various seminars on cooperative compliance, offshoring/migration of tax work, transfer pricing, tax accounting and oil & gas tax.

In addition to his previous day job of VP Tax Americas was responsible for Royal Dutch Shell’s global “Engaging Men in Gender Diversity” programme until his retirement from the company in March 2017.  

50 years of the BAcc 

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In 2017/18 we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Accountancy degree at the University of Glasgow. Over the years we have seen the degree expand and diversify, with students coming from all over the world to study here. Many of our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in the profession, working in positions of influence in the public and private sectors. Others have set up their own businesses or pursued other interesting careers. It is always a pleasure to hear from our alumni and we are grateful that so many of them keep in touch.

We are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all of our graduates and to recognise the care and commitment of colleagues past and present.


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Graduate Award

This event counted towards the Graduate Award


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