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John Coghlan worked for Jefferson Smurfit Group for 30 years. Before this, he held financial roles at J&C McGloughlin, Unidare and Chrysler Ireland. He joined Smurfit in 1971, became an operating subsidiary chief executive in 1980 and a divisional chief executive in 1990. In 1997 he became managing director of Smurfit UK, responsible for managing 30 operating subsidiaries across Britain.

Coghlan's involvement with CIMA began in Ireland in 1974. In 1995 he became vice-president of the Republic of Ireland division, followed by divisional president in 1997. He was co-opted to council the following year and served on the international and professional standards committees. He became chairman of the marketing committee in 2003 and was elected council member for area 3. He has served on the executive committee and on many working parties. In 2004 he was elected vice-president of the institute and became deputy president a year later.

Coghlan has also been a council member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the port committee and chairman of the central corridor joint task group. He was council member and honorary treasurer of both the Irish Printing Federation and the British Corrugated Packaging Association and has been a board member of the small industries board of the Irish Industrial Development Authority. He has been external examiner for the BSc in print technology for the Dublin Institute of Technology and is FD of Welwyn Garden City Golf Club.

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Gordon Grant is operations director of software supplier DEM Solutions. He was previously the principal of NXFD, which specialised in company growth, globalisation, strategic positioning and relationship management. During this period he undertook an eight-month assignment in Aberdeen as interim chief executive of Petrodata, a supplier of remote well management systems to the oil and gas industry.

From 1992 to 2004 he was FD and director for the US, Mexico and Venezuela at software provider Edinburgh Petroleum Services, helping it to accumulate revenues of 65m [pounds sterling] over this time. He was also president of its manpower leasing company in Mexico. Before this, he held a variety of financial analysis roles at Unisys Corporation. Grant has also served as a trustee of various pension and beneficiary trusts.

His involvement with the institute started at branch level in 1986. Since then, his roles have included chairman of the membership committee, vice-chairman of the marketing committee, chairman of the student affairs/development committee (twice) and chairman of CIMA Scotland. He became a council member representing Scotland in 1996--the youngest elected council member in the institute's history. He is married, has two young sons and lives in Edinburgh.


Glynn Lowth is an IT manager at chemical company BASF IT Services, responsible for supporting and developing applications and implementing IT projects throughout the UK and Scandinavia. He has been responsible for many multi-million-pound system implementations across the continent. As current chairman of the UK and Ireland SAP User Group, an independent forum for companies using SAP software, he has led a process to restructure the organisation.

Lowth previously worked for Knoll Pharmaceuticals, where he was head of accounting development, managing major financial and business systems implementations, including the transition into new ownership. He qualified with CIMA at the Boots Group, where he held a number of commercial and financial management positions and was instrumental in helping many student accountants to achieve membership through the Boots accountancy training scheme.

Lowth is a former president of the Nottingham and Derby branch and is a regular speaker at branch events. He has served on several CIMA committees, including education and training, international and professional standards. He is also a past chairman of the disciplinary committee.


Notice is given that, as the council member in electoral area 3 (East midlands and East Anglia), Glynn Lowth, was elected as vice-president at the June 2006 annual general meeting, a new candidate is sought to represent area 3 on council.

The casual term will last until the close of the 2007 AGM, as prescribed by bye-law 39(b). At the close of the 2007 AGM the successful candidate may stand for re-election for a further three-year term in accordance with bye-law 38. Nominations for candidates (fellows) to fill this casual vacancy may be made by any six or more members (three of whom must be fellows) whose official addresses (see note 1, below) are in area 3.

Nomination forms for candidates for election may be obtained from Erica Lee, head of secretariat, at CIMA, 26 Chapter Street, London SW1P 4NP. Alternatively, you can e-mail your request to erica.lee@ Forms are also available from the branch secretaries in area 3. Nominations must be received on the prescribed form by the chief executive at 26 Chapter Street, London SW1P 4NP by noon on Monday September 4, 2006 (faxes are acceptable, but they must be followed by the original).

If more than one candidate is nominated for the vacancy, a postal ballot will be conducted. Ballot forms will be sent to each member in the area concerned. All members who wish to vote must return these forms to Electoral Reform Services in the envelope provided by the stipulated date.


(1) A member's official address is normally their correspondence address. Where a member wishes to use their work address instead, so that they have a voting address in the electoral area concerned, they should notify the chief executive without delay. This may also apply to any member who wishes to stand for election in the area in which they work rather than reside.

(2) Intending council members should note that all reasonable expenses incurred in the fulfilment of their duties as council members, should they be elected, will be reimbursed. They should also note that bye-law 34(b) states that: "No payment of any kind shall be made by the institute to any member of the council of the institute, or to any firm or company of which a council member is a partner or director, as the case may be, or in which a member has any interest, and no member of the council, either directly or through a partnership or company, shall accept any payment from the institute (whether on its own behalf or on behalf of any other company or organisation), or from any of its subsidiary companies, or from trusts operated by it, or from any company or organisation associated in any way with it (such as subsidiary companies, trusts and associated companies or organisations in this bye-law called "related companies') or may benefit in the sense of being a partner or director of a firm or company receiving payment from the institute or a related company."
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Title Annotation:INSTITUTE UPDATE; elections of presidents at Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
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Date:Jul 1, 2006
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