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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, through effective communication with political stakeholders at UK and EU level. By drawing on ICAEW’s technical expertise and the experience of our members, we help to develop policy which is in the public interest, for the long-term benefit of the economy and protects the integrity of the accountancy profession. Find out more about our work.

Latest projects

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.

Brexit impact on ICAEW members

Find a range of resources to help prepare your business 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.

Spring statement 2018

On 13 March, Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his first streamlined Spring Statement. Here you can find reactions to the statement from ICAEW's chief executive and experts from the Tax Faculty, as well as the insights from the ICAEW's latest economic forecast for the UK published ahead of the statement.

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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 public sector finance and devolution. Before joining ICAEW, Rebecca worked for a public relations agency and in the House of Commons.