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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

Rachel Reeves MP delivers keynote speech at ICAEW and meets with local firms to discuss audit

Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the BEIS Select Committee, delivered a keynote speech at Chartered Accountants Hall on 12th November covering audit reform, trust in business and corporate governance. You can watch a recording of her speech and the following Q&A. This was followed by a roundtable discussion between Rachel and audit firms in the Leeds area to discuss the future of audit on 7th December.

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.

Brexit impact on ICAEW members

Find a range of resources to help prepare for Brexit. ICAEW is working to ensure that the profession is able to work as seamlessly as possible in the public interest across Europe and beyond.

Can a Labour government balance the books?

In its last manifesto, the Labour Party pledged to bring the water, rail and energy sectors back into public ownership, while at the same time introducing a Fiscal Credibility Rule. But is it possible to do both and ensure the sound economic future of the UK? ICAEW has joined forces with the Fabian Society to explore the tough spending choices that would face a Corbyn government.

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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.

  • Rosalia Wood, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Executive at ICAEW Rosalia Wood Senior Policy and Public Affairs Executive

    Rosalia’s role as a Senior Policy and Public Affairs Executive is to help to deliver ICAEW’s policy priorities on the Government’s Industrial Strategy, small business, equality and diversity. Prior to joining ICAEW, Rosalia worked in advisory roles for a number of MPs and was also a communications manager for a health policy think tank.

  • Rebecca Lass, Policy and Public Affairs Executive at ICAEW Rebecca Lass Policy and Public Affairs Executive

    Rebecca’s role as Policy and Public Affairs Executive is to support ICAEW’s policy priorities on Brexit, public sector finance and devolution. Before joining ICAEW, Rebecca worked for a public relations agency and in the House of Commons.

  • 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.