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Financial Reporting Faculty governance

Find out more about the boards and committees which help run the Financial Reporting Faculty, and view biographical details for board and committee members.

Financial Reporting Faculty Board & Committee Membership

Financial Reporting Faculty Board

Financial Reporting Faculty Board

The faculty is managed by the Head of Faculty, Dr Nigel Sleigh-Johnson, working with the Faculty Board, chaired by Stephanie Henshaw, Technical Standards Partner for Francis Clark LLP. The board works with the head of faculty to determine priorities and direct operations.

It delegates responsibility for particular tasks and functions to sub-committees and working parties as it sees fit. It meets at least quarterly. Members of the board have been actively involved in the development of the faculty to date.

Board Membership

Stephanie Henshaw FCA (Chair)

Stephanie is Technical Standards Partner with Francis Clark LLP and the firm’s Head of Audit, Assurance and Financial Reporting. She is chair of the Financial Reporting Faculty Board and a current member of ICAEW Council.  Stephanie has served on a number of ICAEW technical committees and working parties on a range of financial reporting and regulatory issues over the last 20 years

David Blair FCA

David studied chemistry at Oxford and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. After qualifying with Price Waterhouse in 1987 he spent four years in the firm’s corporate finance department, leaving to lead a successful MBI team. A member of the Corporate Finance and Business and Management Faculties of the Institute of Chartered Accountants; he is also a current member of the Institute Council and Past President of the East Anglia District Society.

Steven Brice FCA

Steven is the Partner in charge of Mazars’ Financial Reporting Advisory team and is highly experienced in IFRS, UK GAAP (new and old) and also financial reporting valuations. Steven is routinely appointed as an Expert Accountant on forensic and investigation matters. Steven is also a member of the Financial Reporting Council’s UK Technical Advisory Group.

Donna Caira FCA

Donna Caira BSc trained and qualified as an ACA with Coopers & Lybrand in the financial services division. At Saffery Champness Donna is Technical Partner on audit and accounts and is responsible for the firm’s audit quality as Audit Compliance Principal. She is also Ethics Partner and regularly delivers ethics training on the firm’s in-house student training programme. She is also a regular contributor to the firm’s suite of technical publications, delivers training at the Annual Conference and has also provided FRS 102 seminars for clients.

Kathryn Cearns FCA

Kathryn is a freelance consultant on corporate reporting and governance. For 14 years until August 2014 she was a partner-equivalent at Herbert Smith Freehills, the international law firm, where she was the firm’s Consultant Accountant. Before that she was a project director at the Accounting Standards Board. She is the Chairman of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board to HM Treasury, which advises the UK government on public sector financial reporting.

Vanessa Gough FCA

Vanessa is Group Reporting Controller at Johnson Matthey Plc. She is responsible for external financial reporting, the group’s management reporting and providing technical accounting advice to the group.

Neil Harris FCA 

COO of EA Technology Limited, £18m SME providing solutions to the global high voltage electricity industry. Director of electricity employers’ pension oversight company. Chaired school governor’s finance committee. Experience with FRC and ICAEW Audit Faculty, ICAEW Practitioner Services Committee & London Society Technical Committee. Career spans audit & transaction services with large & medium size accountancy firms in UK, Israel & Czech Republic.

Peter Nicol FCA

Peter Nicol is audit and technical partner at Horsfield & Smith, a four partner firm. Peter has been a member of ICAEW's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for 20 years, with a particular interest in the impact of accounting standards on small and medium enterprises and the not for profit sector.

Alison Ring FCA

Alison Ring is the HMRC Commissioners’ Advisory Accountant with responsibility for the technical accounting advice given by a team of more than 135 qualified accountants in HMRC.
Alison sits as an observer on the FRC Corporate Reporting Council and the FRC UK GAAP Technical Advisory Group. 

Nigel Sleigh-Johnson FCA (Secretary)

Nigel is also Secretary to ICAEW's Financial Reporting Committee. He is responsible for ICAEW policy on financial reporting and its commentary on consultations issued by the IASB and other bodies.

Andrew Spooner FCA

Andrew leads liaisons with other major accounting firms and the IASB on all matters related to financial instruments, and with key international and national regulators on IFRS developments and interpretive issues. Andrew is a member of EFRAG’s Technical Expert Group and a member of ESMA’s Consultative Working Group for the Corporate Reporting Standing Committee. Andrew is also Chair of EFRAG’s financial instruments working group.

Danielle Stewart OBE, FCA

Danielle is head of Financial Reporting at RSM as well as running a specialist financial reporting team out of the firm’s Guildford office, which conducts most of the firm’s most complex IFRS reporting engagements. 

In order to ensure that she remains at the cutting edge of the latest developments, Danielle has throughout her career been deeply involved in the regulatory side of the profession. In this context, Danielle is currently a member of the Financial Reporting Council’s UK GAAP Technical Advisory Group as well as being a long standing and active member of a number of ICAEW committees. 

In June 2013, Danielle received an OBE in recognition of her life long services to accountancy and small businesses.

Financial Reporting Committee (FRC)

The FRC is responsible for the development of ICAEW policy on financial reporting issues and ensures ICAEW authoritatively reflects the views of members. The committee sits under the Faculty Board, but retains technical independence. 

Find out more about the FRC.

Committee membership

Jake Green FCA (Chair)

Jake is Grant Thornton UK LLP’s technical partner, with responsibility for leading the firm’s technical team. Jake advises the firm and its clients on a wide range of financial reporting topics, dealing with both UK GAAP and IFRS. Jake also represents Grant Thornton International on the IFRS Advisory Council, and the joint IASB and FASB Revenue Transition Resource Group.

Phil Barden ACA 

Phil is a partner at Deloitte. He leads Deloitte’s global expert advisory panel on revenue recognition and is part of the team that produces Deloitte’s GAAP publication. He chairs the Financial Reporting Editorial Board.

Alex Brougham FCA

Alex is a specialist in financial reporting and disclosure matters for financial services. Most recently Alex was Group Finance Disclosure Officer and Head of Group Accounting Policy for UBS, following similar responsibilities at Morgan Stanley. Alex has various non-executive responsibilities and participates in a number of industry forums including the Enhanced Disclosure Task Force and at ICAEW. 

Martin Cavey ACA

Martin is a sole practitioner providing general accounting services for his clients. He is a member of the directing group for the Southern Society of Chartered Accountants.

Kathryn Cearns FCA

Kathryn is a freelance consultant on corporate reporting and governance. For 14 years until August 2014 she was a partner-equivalent at Herbert Smith Freehills, the international law firm, where she was the firm’s Consultant Accountant. Before that she was a project director at the Accounting Standards Board. She is the Chairman of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board to HM Treasury, which advises the UK government on public sector financial reporting.

Jo Clube ACA

Jo Clube is the Accounting Technical Director at Aviva PLC, responsible for policy and developments for both IFRS and Solvency II pillar 3 reporting. Based in London, Jo sits on ICAEW’s Financial Reporting Committee and Insurance sub-committee and has been involved for more than 10 years with the ABI Financial Reporting Committee and the CFO Forum accounting working groups. An expert in Insurance accounting, Jo was recently appointed to the IASB’s IFRS 17 Transition Resource Group.

Peter Hogarth FCA

Peter Hogarth leads PwC’s UK Accounting Consulting Services team.  He advises the firm and its clients across a wide range of financial reporting topics, dealing with both UK GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards. He is a principal author of the firm’s Manual of Accounting and is closely involved with many of the firm’s initiatives concerning the future direction of financial reporting. He is a member of the FRC’s UK GAAP Technical Advisory Group and the ICAEW’s Financial Reporting Committee, Technical Strategy Board and Research Advisory Board, the latter of which he chairs.

Sam Holland

Sam leads the Accounting Specialist team responsible for the EMEA and Asia Pacific region of S&P’s Corporate Ratings Group. Sam’s team provides direction on how financial statement information is analysed and incorporated into S&P’s financial analysis and ratings considerations. Sam joined the company in 2010. Sam’s expertise is called upon by S&P’s credit analysts on complex accounting areas such as derivatives, pensions and other topics. His responsibilities include providing IFRS training for credit analysts across EMEA and considering the impact of changes in IFRS on S&P’s ratings criteria. He is also a key part of S&P’s outreach efforts to the IASB, FASB and regulators.

Steve Hubbard

Steve is a director in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice which advises on accounting and financial reporting issues arising under International Financial Reporting Standards, UK GAAP (both old and new) and UK Company Law. Steve has specialised in many areas of accounting and is the lead UK member of KPMG’s EMA Financial Instrument Centre of Excellence, a small group of financial instrument specialists set up to advise on complex financial instrument accounting issues.

Catriona Lawrie

Catriona is a director in the Financial Reporting Advisory team and leader of Mazars’ Financial Reporting Large Corporate Pillar, which provides technical advice to listed and major corporate organisations. She is a technical accounting specialist with a broad range of accounting expertise, covering UK GAAP, IFRS, and FRS 101. 

Liz Murrall FCA

Liz is Director of Stewardship and Reporting at The Investment Association, the trade body representing the UK asset management industry. She is a member of the FRC’s Corporate Reporting Council and Codes and Standards Committee, as well as the Standing Advisory Group of the US PCAOB.

Dr Christopher Nobes FCCA

Chris is a professor of accounting at the University of London and at the University of Sydney. He was one of the UK's representatives on Board of the IASC. He is a member of the Academic Panel of the Accounting Council.

Tessa Park

Tessa Park is the Technical Partner of Kingston Smith LLP. She is responsible for advising the firm’s partners and staff on all aspects of FRS 102 and IFRS and for preparing and presenting technical guidance and training on both financial reporting and auditing. She also acts as the independent review partner on a number of the firm’s listed and high profile clients. She is a member of the Financial Reporting Council’s Technical Advisory Group. 

Lynn Pearcy FCA

Lynn was a financial reporting technical partner with KPMG for many years, prior to her retirement in 2015. She is finance trustee of The Victorian Society and an independent council member of Goldsmiths, University of London, and is also a member of the ICAEW’s Financial Reporting Editorial Board.

Kazim Razvi

Kazim Razvi is a director at Fitch Ratings. He is the global head of accounting research & policy. He joined Fitch in early 2015. Prior to this, Kazim worked as a technical accounting advisor to Moody’s and helped set up a technical department for Augentius Private Equity Funds Administration.

Ken Rigelsford FCA

Ken is a director in the accounting technical department at Deloitte. He has been closely involved in the development of the new UK GAAP and is a member of the Financial Reporting Council’s UK GAAP Technical Advisory Group. He chairs the Distributable Profits Working Party (a joint working party with ICAS) and is regarded as a leading expert in this field. Ken is also one of the principal authors of the volumes of Deloitte GAAP 2018 addressing FRS 102 and the UK legal and regulatory framework.

Danielle Stewart OBE, FCA

Danielle is Head of Financial Reporting at RSM. She is a member of the Financial Reporting Council's UK technical advisory group, as well as being the profession's Red Tape Challenge champion at BIS. Danielle also has an OBE for services to accountancy and small business.

Sondra Tarshis FCA

Sondra is Head of Accounting Developments at HSBC. Sondra is also a member of the ICAEW Banking Committee and of Accountancy Europe’s Accounting Working party.

Alison Ring FCA

Alison is the Commissioners’ Advisory Accountant for HMRC, and has worked in HMRC for over 20 years giving advisory accountancy advice across the policy, operational and litigation areas. Prior to that, Alison worked in practice in Hughes Allen in London.

Andrew Jones

Andrew is an expert in the use and explanation of accounting in corporate performance reporting and valuation measurement.  He leads the International Integrated Reporting Council' s investor engagement programme, and was a partner and head of research at Makinson Cowell, the capital markets and investor relations consultancy until September 2017. He previously chaired the ICAEW's Research Advisory Board and has participated in panels and consultations on the takeover code, the FCA's listing rules and narrative reporting and tax accounting at the FRC.

Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper was a member of the International Accounting Standards Board from 2007 to 2017. He is now a part-time advisor to the IASB and an independent accounting analyst. Prior to joining the IASB Steve spent 11 years at UBS where he was a Managing Director in the equities division and head of the valuation and accounting research team. Steve’s earlier career includes auditing, corporate finance and education and training. He qualified as an accountant in 1983 and holds a Masters degree in Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics.

Matthew Stallabrass FCA

Matthew is an audit partner at Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP where he specialises in advising small and mid-cap listed companies and a range of private businesses. His clients including natural resources businesses, IT and professional services. Matthew acts as the firms Ethics Partner and is part of Crowe Horwath International’s group of IFRS experts. In additional Matthew is a past Chairman of the Financial Reporting Expert Group at the Quoted Companies Alliance.

 

Financial Reporting Editorial Board

The Financial Reporting Editorial Board works with faculty staff to ensure that factsheets and other publications are relevant, reliable and understandable. The team of expert volunteers, chaired by Phil Barden of Deloitte, bring a wealth of experience from a variety of backgrounds. They ensure that factsheets combine technical accuracy and practical tips, designed to ease the burden of keeping pace with an ever changing and complex financial reporting environment.

Board Membership

Phil Barden ACA

Phil is a partner at Deloitte. He leads Deloitte’s global expert advisory panel on revenue recognition and is part of the team that produces Deloitte’s GAAP publication. He chairs the Financial Reporting Editorial Board.

Sunil Bhavnani FCA

Sunil is senior technical manager at Blick Rothenberg. In this role, he is responsible for the provision of technical support and training to partners and staff, clients and intermediaries on financial reporting, company law, and auditing issues. 

Robert Carroll FCA

Robert is a Director in the UK technical department at Deloitte. He is a member of ICAEW’s Company Law Panel. He is a contributor to Deloitte’s GAAP publication.

Brian Creighton FCA 

Brian is a Director in BDO’s Accounting and Reporting Advisory Unit. Brian is the chair of the LSCA Technical committee and a member of the ICAEW Company Law sub-committee and the ICAEW/ICAS Distributable Profits Working Party.

Mary Holden FCA

Mary is a financial reporting specialist at Grant Thornton. She provides technical support, develops technical material and delivers training on IFRS, UK GAAP and UK Company law. She is also a member of the LSCA Technical Committee. 

Matthew Howells

Matthew Howells is an associate director in the National Assurance Technical Group at Smith & Williamson and sits on the Nexia Smith & Williamson Technical and Quality Monitoring Committees. He provides technical support, develops technical material and presents seminars and workshops on financial reporting and audit matters to staff and clients. He is also a member of the Quoted Companies Alliance’s Financial Reporting Expert Group.

Paul Merris ACA

Paul Merris is Head of Financial Reporting Advisory at Baker Tilly. He is a technical accounting specialist with vast experience and knowledge of IFRS, UK GAAP and company law.

Ian Ogilvy ACA

Ian is a Senior Financial Reporting Manager at Walgreens Boots Alliance. He has responsibility for the delivery of results and related statutory accounts in accordance with US and UK GAAP. Ian was previously a technical accountant at HMRC where he led HMRC’s new UK GAAP project team. 

Lynn Pearcy FCA

Lynn was a financial reporting technical partner with KPMG for many years, prior to her retirement in 2015. She is finance trustee of The Victorian Society and an independent council member of Goldsmiths, University of London, and is also a member of the ICAEW’s Financial Reporting Editorial Board.

David F Rice

Dave is a technical senior manager supporting the Deloitte practice in the UK. As an expert technical accountant, he has extensive IFRS, UK GAAP and Company Law knowledge and experience.

Colin Wheeler

Colin is a financial reporting technical manager supporting the Mazars UK practice. He provides technical advice on financial reporting matters and is involved in the preparation and presentation of training material to staff and clients on IFRS, UK GAAP and company law.

 

Financial Reporting Advisory Group

The Financial Reporting Faculty Advisory Group is composed of highly influential figures from business, academia, the user community, regulators and the profession.

The Advisory Group meets two to three times a year to consider the wider financial reporting agenda and provide general advice to the FRF Board on trends and developments that might impact on the scope and direction of faculty activities.

Veronica Poole (Chair) FCA

Veronica is Deloitte's Senior Accounting Technical Partner. She is the DTTL Global IFRS Leader, UK National Head of Accounting and Corporate Reporting and a member of the DTTL and UK Audit Quality Boards. She is a member of the UK FRC's Corporate Reporting Council, HM Treasury's Financial Reporting Advisory Board and the UK Hundred Group Financial Reporting Committee.

Ray Ball

Ray is the Sidney Davidson Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting in the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. Ray is a member of the Board of Trustees of Harbour Funds and chairs its audi t committee. He formerly edited Journal of Accounting Research and Journal of Accounting and Economics. He is an honorary member of the Institute and was elected to the Accounting Hall of Fame.

Stephen Cooper FCCA

Stephen is a member of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Stephen has been actively involved in the IASB's work for a number of years, most recently as a member of the IASB's Analyst Representative Group and Financial Statement working group. Prior to joining the IASB full-time he was managing director and head of valuation and accounting research at UBS investment bank in London. He is also closely involved with the Corporate Reporting User Forum (CRUF), a group of analysts and investors that discuss and present views on reporting issues.

Paul Druckman

A global leader in capital market reform - from corporate governance to reporting, accounting and sustainability, having led the International Integrated Reporting Council as CEO for five years. Paul’s highlights include being a successful software entrepreneur; President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales; and chairing The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Executive Board. He has a variety of roles currently from chairing Clear Insurance Management to being a Board member of the FRC and Chair of its Corporate Reporting Council. The FRC is the UK's independent regulator responsible for promoting transparency and integrity in business.

Stig Enevoldsen

Stig Enevoldsen is a retired partner from Deloitte, Denmark. He has been member of the EF-RAG Board since 2014, and was member of EFRAG TEG from 2001 to 2010 and fulltime Chairman and CEO of EFRAG from 2004 to 2010. Stig is currently Member of the Danish Accounting standards committee in the Danish Institute and vice chair of the Accountancy Europe Corporate Reporting Policy Group. 

Robert Herz FCA

Bob Herz is former chairman of the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Prior to joining the FASB, Bob was a senior partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and also served as a part-time member of the IASB. He is both a certified public accountant and an ICAEW chartered accountant. Bob currently serves on several corporate and foundation boards, is a member of the faculty of the Columbia University Business School, and the Accounting Oversight Council of Canada. Bob is a member of the Board of Directors of several listed companies, including Fannie Mae and Morgan Stanley, and chairs the audit committee of both of these companies. He has also chaired various committees, including the AICPA SEC regulations committee and the Transnational Auditors Committee of IFAC. Ray is also a member of the Accounting Hall of Fame

Robin Freestone ACA

Robin retired from Executive life in mid 2015 after 9 years as CFO of Pearson plc. He is now a non executive director of Smith and Nephew plc and Moneysupermarket. Com plc, where he chairs the Audit Committee. Until May 2016 ( when it was sold to Liberty global Inc) he was a non executive and senior independent director at Cable and wireless communications plc. 

Paul Lee

Paul is Head of Corporate Governance at Aberdeen Asset Management and is responsible for global stewardship activities – engagement and dialogue with the boards of companies in which the firm invests. Previously, Paul was Head of Investment Affairs at the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and helped create and lead the Equity Ownership Services business at Hermes Fund Managers. Among various industry roles, he is a member of the IASB’s Capital Markets Advisory Committee. 

Ian Mackintosh FCA

Ian was vice-chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) until 30 June 2016. He is currently the chair of the Financial Reporting Advisory board of HMRC. Ian was Chair of the UK Accounting Standards Board from 2004 to 2010. He was previously partner in Coopers and Lybrand in Australia. He has held positions at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the World Bank, the Australian Public Sector Accounting Standards Board, the IFAC Public Sector Committee and the Australian Accounting Standards Board.

Mark Vaessen

Mark is a partner with KPMG LLP in the UK and is KPMG’s global IFRS leader. Mark is an IFRS advisor to several multinational clients and to the South-Korean securities markets regulator (FSS). He is also involved in various professional activities relating to financial reporting policy and regulatory matters. He chairs the Corporate Reporting Policy Group of the European Federation of Accountants (FEE) and serves as a member on the EFRAG Supervisory Board and the ESMA Consultative Working Group on corporate reporting. Until 2013, Mark was also a member of the IFRS Advisory Council.

Staff

Nigel Sleigh-Johnson, Head of Financial Reporting Faculty

Tel: +44 (0)2079208793
Email: Nigel.Sleigh-Johnson@icaew.com

Faculty Switchboard

Tel: +44 (0)20798533
Email: frfac@Icaew.com

Scott Carnegie - Operations Executive

Tel: +44 (0)2079208834
Email: Scott.Carnegie@icaew.com