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Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of ICAEW’s strategy and policies on sustainability.

Its role includes: identifying aspects of sustainability that are relevant to ICAEW members or to ICAEW’s public interest role; reviewing ICAEW consultation responses and representations on sustainability matters; and overseeing the provision of sustainability information, guidance and thought leadership to members and other stakeholders. Each committee member was asked to indicate the Sustainable Development Goal(s) that they are most passionate about – these are indicated under each of their profiles below.

The Sustainability Committee usually meets four times a year and comprises mainly ICAEW members, drawn from accountancy firms, businesses, NGOs and academia. Committee members are appointed for two year terms, renewable up to a maximum of six years. The Sustainability Committee’s Terms of Reference can be found here.

For more information about the Sustainability Committee, or to express an interest in joining it, please contact Francesca Sharp, Sustainability Manager at francesca.sharp@icaew.com

Committee members

Andrew Ratcliffe (Chair)

Andrew Ratcliffe Andrew Ratcliffe was formerly a partner in PwC, and was responsible for the audit of a number of international groups in different industries. He also served as the Chairman of PwC’s Global Board. He has been an active member of ICAEW since 1999 and was President for 2015/16. he is now a sole practitioner and trustee of a number of charities.


Judith Canning

Judith Canning Judy is an ICAEW member and partner in SDGlead. The company leads and consults on matters relating to sustainability and impact investing. Judy's specific technical focus is on business ethics, data analysis and the accounting implications of sustainability. Prior to the sustainability start-up, Judy was with PwC. She has worked in auditing, risk management and business ethics, serving at a number of PwC offices in the UK, USA, Bahamas, Belgium and Denmark. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Information Systems Auditor. During her time in Denmark she helped to build the Sustainability and International Development Group, working at a number of International clients. SDGlead is assisting organisations to align sustainability strategies with the sustainable development goals and working with investors to focus on impact in addition to financial returns.

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Bruce Davis

Bruce Davis Bruce is an entrepreneur who cofounded the world's first regulated crowdfunding platform which specialises in providing long term finance for socially and environmentally useful businesses and projects. He is also a Trustee of the Finance Innovation Lab and Visiting Research Fellow at the Bauman Institute. He is a regular writer and speaker on issues of financial reform, sustainable investment and green finance.


Nicki Deeson

Nicki Deeson Nicki is the Chair of Charity Finance Group and has been a trustee since September 2012. She is International Finance Director at Amnesty International, where she enjoys the challenge of developing financial leadership in an organisation that works across 80 countries. She qualified with Coopers & Lybrand in 1992 and then joined the charity sector, firstly as a volunteer accountant in Bangladesh and Africa, and then in UK-based roles until July 2013, when she joined Amnesty.


Ian Dickie

Ian Dickie Ian Dickie joined eftec in November 2007. His interests include biodiversity and natural capital accounting, and the impacts of environmental policies on economic objectives. He is a Director at eftec and also is a Director of the Aldersgate Group, for whom he leads work on biodiversity and ecosystem services and a member of the Natural Capital Coalition’s advisory panel.


Kathryn Haynes

Kathryn Haynes Kathryn is Professor of Accounting and Dean of Hull University Business School. Her research centres on gender equality, social responsibility and sustainability in relation to accounting and the professions. Kathryn is an ICAEW fellow.


Paul Holland

Paul Holland Paul leads KPMG’s UK Sustainability Measurement, Reporting and Assurance service line and has assisted a number of clients with strategy, reporting and assurance at various stages of their Corporate Responsibility journeys: from those that are just beginning to those that have been publically reporting for almost a decade. Paul is an ICAEW fellow.

Steve Lang

Steve Lang Steven is co-founder of InSpring - a networked platform focused on harnessing the power of collective innovation to address systemic challenges. Prior to forming InSpring, Steven was a Partner with EY for over 10 years - leading its work in the area of natural capital valuation, measurement of value beyond profit, and implementing purpose led strategies to drive social value. He has worked with clients across sectors and geographies on their sustainability strategies, was a member of the Global Climate Change & Sustainability Services Leadership team, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Tim Morgan

Tim Morgan Tim is an experienced Finance Director with commercial and charitable expertise. Tim is both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary, with considerable experience as a non-executive director with several successful businesses. His interest is working with organisations which combine financial sustainability with a clear social purpose. Tim’s main role is FD of Shared Interest Society, an organisation lending to fair trade businesses around the world. He is also a non-executive director of the Ecology Building Society.


Brendan O’Dwyer

Brendan ODwyer Brendan is a Professor of Accounting, the Dean of Research, and Research Director of the Accounting Division at the University of Amsterdam Business School. He is also a visiting Professor of Accounting at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research embraces three broad areas: corporate sustainability accounting, auditing and accountability; non-governmental organisation (NGO) accounting and accountability; and accounting profession regulation. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI).

Kate Ormiston Smith

Kate Ormiston Smith Kate is an ICAEW member and the Director of Finance & Operations at The B Team, a non-profit organisation formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and planet. Prior to this, Kate worked at PwC providing sustainability assurance and pre-assurance to corporate clients.


Liv Watson

Liv Watson Liv Watson is Director of New Markets of Workiva (formerly WebFilings.), a global leader in collaborative, cloud-based corporate reporting solutions serving over 60 % of Fortune 500 corporations. In her role at WebFilings last year she initiated the companies CSR product offering and strategy. Watson is a highly regarded expert in corporate governance, financial reporting, Corporate Social Reporting, and XBRL and is one of the original developers of the XBRL standard, as well as a founder of the XBRL International consortium.