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Reputation and Influence Committees

ICAEW maintains a number of Boards and Committees to guide our work interacting with regulators, standard setters and legislators. This page provides information about the Boards and Committees that support our technical work.

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Members volunteer their time to serve on these bodies and they play a key role in ensuring that we sustain a strong reputation and influence with those who set the standards and law that shapes our members’ work.

Chartered Accountants’ work is shaped by regulation, standards and law. As a professional body working in the public interest ICAEW helps legislators and standard setters to assess the impact of their proposals on businesses and the economy. This technical work is a core activity for ICAEW. To help us to do it we have significant support from many members who volunteer their time to serve on our boards and committees as well as supporting our work in other ways.

The experience and expertise that members bring helps us provide informed comment to standard setters, regulators and government. That helps them to develop standards and legislation that is fit for purpose. It also enables us to provide insight into a wide range of topics and policy areas affecting the profession, from public finances and responsible capitalism to social mobility and international leadership.

Boards and main technical committees

Technical strategy board

This is the lead board for ICAEW’s technical strategy, reporting to ICAEW’s Board. It oversees ICAEW’s technical policy work; our thought leadership; and, our know-how resources for members. This board is primarily comprised of the chairs of the principal ICAEW technical committees.


Chair: Christabel Cowling
Secretary: John Boulton
Richard Andrews
Edward Boyle
Steven Brice
Yasmine Chahed

Graham Durgan
Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes
Andrew Hobbs
Gilly Lord
Mo Merali
Mike Metcalf
Jon Moulton
John Nolan
Andrew Ratcliffe
Arielle Semin
Rajesh Shah
Susan Smith

Technical Advisory Committee

National TAC is one of ICAEW’s oldest and largest committees. It functions as a forum for collecting the views of a wide variety of ICAEW members from different roles and locations around the UK on technical consultations of particular significance to members. There is a national TAC as well as a network of District TACs. Members wishing to keep up to date with the latest proposals ICAEW is responding to can find the current list on our consultations and representations pages.

About the committee

National TAC meets around five times per year in London to discuss the latest proposals for new standards or regulations. Members can join meetings via video-conference. The committee covers a variety of technical accounting issues; financial reporting and audit tend to predominate, but tax and other areas such as ethics are also considered where there are proposals of general interest.

We would like to hear from members who are interested in joining the committee. Specific technical knowledge is not a prerequisite. Members should have an interest in financial reporting or audit, as well as other general issues affecting the profession, or in learning more about these areas. We welcome members from practice, business and the academic community and from the full spectrum of entities from the smallest to the largest.

Contact john.boulton@icaew.com to find out more.

Chair: John Nolan
Secretary: John Boulton
Syd Barhey
Chris Beeston
Julia Bowyer
Irina Cheburdanidze
Stuart Coe
Robin Cooke
John Coombs
Ian Davies
James Eyre-Walker
Howard Freeman
Ben Hamar
Andrew Holton
Michael Jayson
James Lole
Andrew Mead
James Nayler 
Sophie Parkhouse
Michelle Roberts
Nicholas Rowe
Robert Seward
William Telford
Katherine White

Faculty boards

Each faculty is overseen by a board that is responsible for the services the faculty provides to members and for shaping ICAEW technical policy in its area of specialism.

Audit & Assurance Faculty

The Faculty is at the forefront of developments in audit and assurance, helping its members stay on top of the latest updates and best practice. Its members are drawn from audit practices and organisations of all sizes both private and public sector. It makes representations to standard setters and government on auditing and assurance matters.

Chair: Gilly Lord
Vice-chair: David Isherwood
Michael-John Albert
David Chitty
Debbie Edwards
Sarah Flint
James Hadfield
Drew Haigh
Ba Hai Doan
Christopher Humphrey
Elizabeth Murrall
Alexander Peal
Jon Roberts
Shauna Robinson
Jonathan Seaman
Bhavita Shah
Sancho Simmonds
Semsi Sonmez
Carol Warburton
Jeremy Williams

Corporate Finance Faculty

The Corporate Finance Faculty is the voice of ICAEW on corporate finance. The faculty’s work includes responding to formal legislative change consultation processes, as well as many other influencing activities. It keeps its members up to date on the latest trends and developments in corporate finance and provides useful resources to help them in their work.

Chair: Mo Merali
Vice Chair: Maggie Rodriguez-Piza
Yvette Allen
Jonathan Boyers
Alistair Brew
Fenton Burgin
Lord Tim Clement-Jones CBE
David Collins
Diane Craig
John Garner
Chris Hunt
Christopher Hurley
Catherine Lewis La Torre
Chris Lowe
Jon Moulton
John Rugman
Selina Sagayam
Christopher Searle
Meera Shah
Duncan Skailes
Chris Watt

Find out more about the board on the faculty’s governance page.

Financial Reporting Faculty

The Financial Reporting Faculty helps guide members through the maze of current and emerging reporting requirements and provides them with high quality, up-to-date guidance and online resources. The Faculty is also responsible for formulating ICAEW policy on financial reporting issues and makes submissions to standard setters and other external bodies on behalf of ICAEW.

Chair: Steven Brice
Anthony Appleton
Mei Ashelford
Sarah Flint
Chris Haworth
Simon Kettlewell
Eunice McAdam
Giles Mullins
Sophie Parkhouse
Andrew Spooner
Daniel Thompson
Alex Williams

Financial Services Faculty

The Financial Services Faculty brings together stakeholders from across the sector to be a thought leader on financial reporting and assurance in financial services. It is responsible for representations on behalf of ICAEW on governance, regulation, risk management, auditing and reporting issues in financial services. Technical and practical information is provided to members working in banking, insurance, investment management. The Faculty draws on the expertise of its members and more than 25,000 ICAEW members involved in financial services.

Chair: Richard Andrews
Gavin Brown
David Canning-Jones
Nicole Coll
Mark Hannam
Ali Kazimi
Nikesh Pandit
Rebecca Self
Greg Simpson
Amarjit Singh
Leigh Treacy
Gail Tucker
Fiona Walker
Timothy West

Tax Faculty

The Tax Faculty is a centre for excellence and an authoritative voice for ICAEW on taxation matters, responding to consultations on potential changes to tax policy and practice. It offers guidance and support to help keep members on top of the ever-moving world of tax.

Chair: Nick Parker
Vice-chair: Stuart Lisle
Paul Aplin
Rob Barrigan
Rebecca Benneyworth
Stephen Dale
Peter Ferrigno
Paul Harrison
Stephen Hodgson
Jane McCormick
Liz Peters
Raj Shah

Tech Faculty

The Tech Faculty is responsible for ICAEW policy on issues relating to technology and the digital economy. The Faculty draws on expertise from the accountancy profession, the technology industry and other interested parties to respond to consultations from governments and international bodies.

Chair: Neil Christie
Vice chair: Anthony Sayce
Anzo Francis
Simon Keeling
Monique Malcolm-Hay
Jessica Pillow
Rashad Shamim
Becky Shields
Sam De Silva 
Demetris Vakis

Other principal technical committees

Business Law Committee

The Business Law Committee helps ICAEW in its mission to improve the regulatory environment in the UK. We have a long-term project to look at overarching issues such as how the regulatory regime is supposed to work where it succeeds, where it fails and how it could be improved, with reference to practical examples of law and regulation that impact our members in practice or business. The Committee also provides its insights on specific legal or regulatory proposals impacting our members where principles of good regulation are at stake, working with other relevant areas in ICAEW. We aim always to act in the public interest.

Chair: Mike Metcalf
Clive Bawden
Sophie Briars
Arnab Datta
Martin Gunson
Dale King
Paul King
Jordan Little
Tom McManners
Johannes Poon
George Walton
Qun Yang

Corporate Governance Committee

The Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for corporate governance matters, including internal control and risk management. The Committee informs our thought leadership and policy work on corporate governance and is responsible for representations in this area to regulators and other external bodies. Its members are drawn from the business and investment communities as well as governance experts in practice.

Chair: Simon Cleveland
Jocelyn Brown
Fiona Driscoll
Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes
Kate Graham
Aleen Gulvanessian
Neil Jones
Ilaria LaValle Miller
Georgina Marshall
Terry McNulty
Michelle Meagher
John Odada
Cosette Reczek
Peter Vicary-Smith
Mark Stock
Matteo Tonello
Janet Williamson

Ethics Standards Committee

The Ethics Standards Committee is responsible for overseeing the ICAEW's ethics activities including the evolution of the ICAEW Code of Ethics. The committee coordinates ICAEW’s interaction with and representations to external bodies such as the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants on matters relating to ethics. It works to identify emerging issues and areas of work on professional ethics that are relevant to members and ICAEW’s public interest perspective and acts as a source of expertise on ethics for other ICAEW boards, committees and departments. The committee comprises a combination of ICAEW members (and non-members with appropriate expertise) from business, practice and academia, and from different size organisations.

Chair: Susan Smith
Vice Chair: Nicola Shield
Junaidy Ab-Mutalib
Sahir Akbar
Yvette Allen
Victoria Andrew
Anita Aul
Paul Benny
Neil Campbell
Efthymios Charalambous
Robert Coyle
Moira Hindson
David Isherwood
Athanasios Karathanos
Geoffrey Little
Amanda Morrison
Lucy Penrose
Gurdip Sandhu
Shruti Verma
Andy Wood

Insolvency Committee

Insolvency Committee which is a technical committee made up of Insolvency Practitioners working in large, medium and small practices. The Committee represents the views of ICAEW licence holders.

Chair: Edward Boyle
Tyrone Courtman
Shane Crooks
Christine Kerr
Patrick Lannagan
Janet Mayo
Thomas Russell
Barry Ward
Eddie Williams
Jeremy Willmont
Ian Wormleighton
Research Advisory Board

The Research Advisory Board is responsible for advising on the selection and funding of academic research and events from the PD Leake Trust. The committee comprises a mix of members and non-members, including experienced accounting academics with a history of publishing in leading academic research journals, and practitioners with an interest in academic research and its relevance to practice.

Andrew Hobbs - Chair
Jan Bebbington
Steve Cooper
Maria Correia
Alan Duboisée de Ricquebourg
Annita Florou
Thomas Gunther
Tristan Price
Amanda Swaffield
Penelope Tuck
Shahzad Uddin

Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of ICAEW’s strategy and policies on sustainability and for reviewing the sustainability aspects of subjects covered by other committees. It coordinates ICAEW interactions with and representations to government departments, official bodies, professional and trade associations and other external organisations on sustainability matters. The committee comprises a mix of ICAEW members and non-members with experience and interest in the area of sustainability and/ or systems change.

Chair: Andrew Ratcliffe
Ravi Abeywardana
Roshana Arasaratnam
Jan Bebbington
Reinoud Clemens
Alicia Gibson
Steve Heathcote
Rodney Irwin
Pyarali Jamal
Dara Latinwo
Charmian Love
Cecilia May
Mardi McBrien
Katherine Ormiston-Smith
Alexia Peversi
Louise Scott
Michelle Singleton
Helen Slinger
Andrew Staines

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