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Regulatory and disciplinary committee vacancies

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Published: 22 Apr 2021 Update History

We are recruiting for lay and accountant members to serve on our disciplinary and regulatory committees.

Current vacancies

ICAEW is seeking to appoint a number of individuals as members of its regulatory or disciplinary committees. We are looking for both lay and accountant members who can demonstrate high levels of integrity, objectivity and fairness and an ability to look forward and see the bigger picture. The ability to work effectively in a team and hold others to account in a constructive and open manner will be essential. If you have the experience to help us maintain and support high standards of practice and professional conduct and would like to serve on one of our committees, we’d be delighted to hear from you. 

2022 vacancies

ICAEW is accepting applications for committee members who will be appointed in 2022:

We are particularly interested in hearing from accountant members who currently work and/or have expertise in Investment Business, Insolvency, Audit, Probate and Practice Assurance.

The closing date for the 2022 application process is 31 August 2021. We expect interviews to take place between October and December 2021.

Please see the application process section below for more information on how to apply for the 2022 vacancies.

We are also recruiting for our Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) Committee.

If you are interested in joining the PII Committee please contact Sarah-Jane Owen, PII & Regulatory Manager on sarah-jane.owen@icaew.com.


What do we mean by a lay member? An individual who is not and never has been a member, affiliate or employee of ICAEW or any other accountancy body.

To enhance public confidence in the regulatory process, further relevant restrictions may be appropriate for each committee. We will give preference to individuals who are users of accountancy services.

In order to achieve a clear separation of responsibility for policy making and enforcement, members of ICAEW's Council are not appointed to serve on any of the Professional Standards committees.

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The role

Committee members will need to have the following abilities:



Working effectively as part of a team

  • ability to work collaboratively with other committee members, while still exercising independence of judgement 
  • ability to make objective, reasoned decisions  
  • ability to listen carefully to the views of others and show respect for the opinions of others 
  • ability to intervene appropriately to clarify issues and to contribute effectively while allowing others to do the same
  • ability to reach consensus and support collective decisions
  • respect the need to maintain confidentiality

Assessing evidence, analytical skills and making decisions

  • ability to assimilate, analyse and interpret large amounts of complex information in a fair and impartial manner
  • excellent attention to detail 
  • ability to think logically 
  • experience in weighing evidence, making thoughtful and unbiased evidence-based decisions 
  • ability to review and understand written reports, relating to several cases, in advance of each meeting   
  • understand the overarching duty of the relevant committees to protect the public and the public interest, particularly as it relates to decision-making

Demonstrating fairness

  • demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, equality, diversity and inclusion
  • demonstrate an understanding of equality and diversity issues, particularly as they relate to fairness in decision-making
  • show a commitment to the principles which underpin the work of ICAEW

Experience and/or understanding of the accountancy profession and its regulation

  • have experience as a user of accounts
  • be familiar with, or understand, the rules that govern the relevant committee
  • demonstrate an understanding of regulatory best practice 
  • demonstrate a desire to positively influence the regulatory framework which governs ICAEW, to protect the public and maintain the integrity and reputation of the profession

Reflective practice

  • demonstrate commitment to personal reflection and development
  • respond positively to feedback from others
  • be committed to training and development

Ability to manage and use technology as the primary mode of communication and as a means for reviewing documentation

  • ICAEW sends papers to committee members via a secure application, so they can read confidential papers in a secure environment, thus minimising the risks of unauthorised disclosure of personal information. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability (with training) to use this application, and to review and annotate ‘papers’ on a laptop/tablet, since hardcopy papers will not usually be provided
  • experience of using an online case-management system is desirable

Commitment to attendance at meetings

  • meetings will be scheduled at the beginning of the year 
  • be able to attend all meetings, save in exceptional circumstances 
  • be able to schedule time to prepare for and to review the papers pre-meeting which are sent one to two weeks in advance of meetings

Qualities required for the role:

  • Assessing evidence, analytical skills and making decisions
  • Demonstrating fairness
  • Experience and/or understanding of the accountancy profession and its regulation
  • Reflective practice
  • Ability to manage and use technology as the primary mode of communication and as a means for reviewing documentation
  • Commitment to attendance at meetings

Diversity and equality of opportunity

At ICAEW, we are committed to diversity. We believe the profession, and our own organisation, does best when it reflects the society we serve. We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all appointments made on merit. We positively encourage application from people from all sections of the community, from all backgrounds and with a broad range of experience. 

We are committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusiveness and we are determined to ensure that the decision-making committees reflect that commitment. 

Application process

ICAEW will ensure that the appointment is made in a way that is open, transparent and fair to all applicants. All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that ICAEW members volunteer their time to serve on our committees. Accordingly, the application process for such members differs to that of lay members. ICAEW members should send a copy of their CV and a statement of interest (no more than one a4 page) outlining what committee they wish to serve on and why they feel they would be particularly valuable on that committee.

Lay members are required to fill in the application form specific to the committee they wish to join. Should you wish to be considered for more than one committee, you will be required to fill in separate applications forms. Applicants submitting multiple applications should ensure that they are able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the role of each of the specific committee in each of the different applications.

All applicants should carefully review this information, before completing an application form for the committee they wish to join. 

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2022 Application forms

Please refer to the role and also to each committee via the current vacancies section to find out more about the role profiles.

Please email an electronically completed application form (Microsoft Word or PDF format only) to committeerecruitment@icaew.com. We must receive your completed application form before the application closing date. Late applications will not be accepted. 

After you apply

After the application closing date your application will be assessed to see whether you have the expertise required at the appropriate level for the post. We will only use the information you provide on your application form to assess your experience, so ensure that you provide evidence to show how you meet all the relevant criteria identified in the ‘Qualities required for the role’ section. How well you meet these competencies will decide if you will be long-listed and, thereafter, whether you will be invited to interview.


Appointment and tenure of office

Members are usually appointed to each committee for a three-year term. Reappointment can be made at the end of the first term for another three years, subject to consistently high performance and the needs of ICAEW. In exceptional circumstances, a member’s appointment may be extended for a third term. Each reappointment will be considered, it is not automatic. 


We pay non-ICAEW members (lay members) an allowance of £350 for attendance at committee meetings and for each day of a hearing or committee meeting. This includes full hearings or meetings which members attend using teleconferencing facilities.

Generally, ICAEW members are not paid an allowance for attendance at committee meetings or hearings, or for time spent on other committee work. 

All committee members are eligible to claim expenses, at rates set centrally, for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on ICAEW business. They will be reimbursed directly and must make their own arrangements for any payment of tax or National Insurance contributions. Remuneration and expenses are subject to periodic review.


We will provide appropriate training. Each successful candidate must attend an induction and the annual committee training day on dates to be arranged, as soon as possible after appointment. The appointee will be invited to observe a committee meeting before taking up his/her duties as a committee member. 


Committee members are expected to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct. The successful candidates will be asked to subscribe to a Code of Conduct and the standards of probity required by public appointees. 

Committee members are expected to fulfil their duties towards ICAEW in accordance with the following principles, which are based on the Royal Charter and the ICAEW Code of Ethics.  


Selflessness: Committee members should act solely in accordance with their duties to the public interest and to the wider membership of ICAEW. They should never do so in order to gain financial or other material benefit or advantage for themselves, their family, their friends or organisations with which they are associated. 

Integrity: Committee members should never place themselves under any financial or other obligation to other individuals/organisations that might influence them in the performance of their duties as a committee member. They should be straightforward and honest in all their ICAEW relationships.

Objectivity: In carrying out ICAEW business, committee members should take decisions on merit alone. While they may be strongly influenced by the views of others, it is their personal responsibility to decide what view to take on any question after full consideration of the issues. They should not allow bias or conflict of interest to override their personal judgement.

Openness: Committee members should be as open as possible about the reasons for their decisions and actions. They should restrict information only when confidentiality clearly so demands, and make it known that they have done so.

Accountability: Committee members are accountable to the membership for their decisions and actions and should be prepared to submit them to appropriate scrutiny.

Honesty: Committee members should declare any material and relevant private or personal interests relating to any of their duties as a committee member. They should never otherwise seek information for their personal gain. They should always take appropriate steps to resolve any conflicts that may arise in a way that protects the public interest and the reputation of ICAEW. 

Leadership and example: Committee members should support and promote these principles by leadership and example.

Threats and safeguards

Compliance with these principles may be threatened by a broad range of circumstances, including self-interest threats. Where the threat is anything other than clearly insignificant, you should weigh up the consequences of each possible course of action and determine the appropriate course of action that is consistent with the principles.

Data protection and GDPR

Your personal information will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations. You will not receive unsolicited paper or electronic mail as a result of sending us any personal information. No personal information will be passed on to third parties for any commercial purpose. Your information will be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes with members of the committees’ secretarial and administration team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process, internal and external auditors and IT staff if access to the data is necessary for the performance of their roles.

We ask that you: 

  • give us accurate information; 
  • tell us as soon as possible of any changes; and 
  • tell us as soon as possible if you notice mistakes in the information we hold about you. 

If your application is unsuccessful, we will hold your data on file for one year after the end of the relevant recruitment process. If you agree to allow ICAEW to keep your personal data on file, we will do so for a further two years for consideration for future employment opportunities. At the end of that period, or once you withdraw your consent, your data will be deleted or destroyed. If at any time you wish your personal information to be removed from our records please contact us at: committeerecruitment@icaew.com 

If your application for employment is successful, personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your personnel file and retained during your employment. The periods for which your data will be held will be provided to you in a new privacy notice.