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Policy and public affairs

The policy and public affairs team is responsible for promoting ICAEW's reputation, corporate goals and strategy.

The team communicates with policy makers at national and regional level to promote and advance ICAEW’s work. We draw on the experience of our members and our technical expertise to develop policy in the public interest, which benefits the economy and protects the integrity of the accountancy profession.

Latest projects

World Economic Forum 2020

Michael Izza, ICAEW Chief Executive, travelled to Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum. The main themes this year were stakeholder capitalism, digital economy and climate change.

GE2019 – It’s More Than a Vote

During the General Election 2019, ICAEW ran a national campaign to focus on the big challenges of sustainability, technology and the public finances.

Breakfast meeting to discuss professional education

On Tuesday 16 October, ICAEW discussed the role of professional education in enabling investment, business growth and prosperity in the UK and South East Asia at a breakfast meeting in the House of Commons, London.

ICAEW and accountancy firms engage with Shadow Treasury Minister

On 13 September, ICAEW organised a roundtable focused on social mobility. Attendees included Oxford East MP and Shadow Treasury Minister, Anneliese Dodds, and accountancy firms PwC, EY, KPMG, Deloitte and Grant Thornton - who kindly hosted the event at their Oxford office.

Rachel Reeves MP keynote speech 2 April 2019

Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, delivered a keynote speech launching the committee’s report into the future of audit in Chartered Accountants’ Hall.

Spring statement 2019

This page will provide reactions to the statement from ICAEW's Chief Executive and experts from the Tax Faculty, as well as the insights from ICAEW's latest Business Confidence Monitor published ahead of the statement.

UK Budget 2018

On 29 October, Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the 2018 Budget, his last ahead of Brexit. It was a "spending sprinkle", concludes ICAEW's chief executive. Read his full reaction and expert analysis from ICAEW.

ICAEW contributes to IFS Green Budget 2018

ICAEW provided its expert insights into the UK government's finances for the fourth time, when the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) published its Green Budget on 16 October 2018. Alongside hosting the launch at Chartered Accountants Hall, ICAEW has contributed two chapters examining the UK governments assets and defence spending.

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ICAEW's public affairs team:

  • Graham Dale, Head of Public Affairs at ICAEW Graham Dale Head of Public Affairs

    As Head of Public Affairs, Graham manages ICAEW relationships with key stakeholders, including MPs, ministers and government officials. Before joining ICAEW in 2011, he worked in Her Majesty's Treasury, the Business Department and the Department for Work and Pensions.

  • Joel Spreadborough Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager

    As Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Joel manages ICAEW's team of policy and public affairs executives and shapes ICAEW's work with key stakeholders. Before joining ICAEW in 2011, Joel worked for the Association of British Insurers and in the House of Commons.

  • Amy Whitehead Amy Whitehead Senior Policy and Public Affairs Executive

    Amy's role as Senior Policy and Public Affairs Executive is to deliver on ICAEW's policy priorities on industrial strategy, small business, and social mobility. Before joining ICAEW, Amy worked for an MP in the House of Commons.

  • Daniel Ellis Daniel Ellis Senior policy and Public Affairs Executive

    Daniel’s role as a Senior Policy and Public Affairs Executive is to deliver ICAEW’s priorities on tax, audit, anti-money laundering and legal services. Prior to joining ICAEW, Daniel advised multiple MPs and served as a director of a social housing organisation.

  • Zack Davies Zack Davies Policy and Public Affairs Executive

    Zack’s role as Policy and Public Affairs Executive is to support ICAEW’s policy priorities on Brexit, Public Sector Finance, Devolution and International Affairs. Before joining ICAEW, Zack worked for UK Finance as an intern in their Public Affairs team and as a press officer for a think-tank.

  • Rayhana Neyazi Rayhana Neyazi Policy and Public Affairs Assistant

    Rayhana’s role as Policy and Public Affairs Assistant is to assist the public affairs team in the development of politically relevant public policy content and supporting the dissemination of ICAEW thought leadership to key stakeholders. Before joining ICAEW, Rayhana worked as an intern at the House of Commons.