The conference will raise the profile of and demonstrate the importance of the public sector in achieving net zero.
Get practical ideas of initiating sustainability projects locally, incorporating greater consideration of climate issues.
Be part of an interesting and informative day with a variety of expert speakers.
Join planned smaller group sessions specific to different relevant roles.
This event gave a good overview of the confused and underdeveloped state of net zero progress reporting and related audit. Time well spent for accountants and auditors wanting to ensure their work is fit for purpose and relevant in the coming decades.
- Opening remarks
- Keynote: The role of public sector financial reporting and audit in achieving net zero
- Panel discussion: Better public sector sustainability reporting post COP26
- Discussion groups: What can I do to support the path to net zero?
- Lunch break
- Panel discussion: How can central government support local government in achieving net zero?
- Keynote: Why public sector bodies must take the lead on the path to net zero?
- Closing remarks
* Please note that the programme is subject to change.
The importance of public sector in achieving net zero means we want to make this conference as accessible to all working in the public sector, whether ICAEW members or otherwise.
Conrad has 20 years’ senior financial management experience in London local authorities, the last ten of which have been in chief finance officer roles. He’s a former winner of the Accountancy Age UK Accountant of the Year award, for his work in transforming Lambeth Council. He also chairs the CIPFA/LASAAC board, which is responsible for financial reporting and accounting standards for UK local government.
Appointed Chief Executive in 2006, Michael's leadership has seen ICAEW embrace a vision of 'a World of Strong Economies', transforming itself into a professional accountancy body with a truly global identity and reach. He regularly meets ministers, policymakers and regulators around the world, and is a frequent media commentator on economic and business issues.
Tony is the Chair of the official nature conservation agency Natural England. Previously he was the Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK and President of the Wildlife Trusts. He was the Special Advisor for The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit and Executive Director at Friends of the Earth.
As head of the Wales Audit Office, Adrian oversees the annual audit of some £20 billion of taxpayers’ money and is appointed on an eight-year term. Most of Adrian’s career has been spent supporting parliamentary democracy at a Welsh, UK and international level. Prior to his current appointment, he held various senior roles within the National Assembly for Wales and, before then, in the House of Commons.
Alison is a Manager in Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS), focusing on climate risk, ESG reporting and the energy transition. Her key projects including providing limited assurance over non-financial information, supporting clients on TCFD reporting and supporting the EY audit practice to consider climate-related risks as part of their financial audit. She is a trained auditor and ICAEW qualified.
Nicola is a sustainability, climate and development specialist with 13+ years of experience advising clients in both the private and public sectors. She has supported organisations in the areas of CNZ strategy, forestry governance and policy, climate finance, international development, responsible investment, ethical supply chain and social/environmental impact assessments.
Veronica is a vice chair of Deloitte UK, and Global IFRS and Corporate Reporting leader. She leads Deloitte’s contributions to the WEF IBC Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, and has facilitated the work of the leading sustainability standard-setters to develop a prototype climate standard, helped launch the UK Directors’ Climate Forum—Chapter Zero, and spearheaded Deloitte’s partnership with the A4S Finance for the Future Awards.
Prior to joining BEIS, Tom held finance director positions in the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Office of Rail and Road. Tom has been a civil servant since 1994, joining the Department of Social Security initially as an economist and then policy adviser. He worked as an academic researcher before joining the Civil Service.
Jo has over 20 years’ experience working on a wide range of sustainable building policy and practice issues, both in the UK and internationally. Jo is currently leading UKGBC’s work on home retrofit, focusing specifically on enabling and supporting local government leadership in this area.
Katy recently led a value-for-money study examining how central government and local authorities are collaborating on net zero, which was published in July 2021. Over the course of a 16-year career at the NAO, Katy worked on a wide range of value for money reports, returning in recent years to focus on work related to government's approach to its climate and wider environmental goals.
Cara manages the alumni network of 90 UK-based Ashden Award winners across sustainable buildings, transport and energy, helping them to scale up their work, and to embed their approach into policy and practice. She is co-author of Ashden’s toolkit for local authorities, and is Ashden's representative on the Blueprint Coalition, which is calling for a locally-based green recovery.
Kate is Head of Climate Change at London Councils, a cross-party organisation working on behalf of London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London. She leads the organisation’s work on climate policy, the seven collaborative borough programmes on climate, and key external relationships in this space. Previously, she spent a decade working in environmental policy, including at RSPB, Wildlife and Countryside Link and the Community Development Foundation.
Alison joined ICAEW in 2019 and leads ICAEW’s policy and technical work examining the public sector. After completing a law degree and qualifying with a medium-sized accountancy firm, she worked in practice for several years before joining HMRC in 1994. She spent 25 years there and ended her career as the Commissioners’ Advisory Accountant.
Before joining ICAEW, Oliver worked at the National Audit Office, where he held a variety of audit lead and manager roles of government bodies over six years, including the Department for International Trade and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He is passionate about wildlife and the environment and has volunteered for several conservation charities.
Alan is Principal Adviser responsible for finance improvement programmes at the Local Government Association. He has worked in local government since 1981, a period of great change. His last council role was as finance director at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He has worked at the LGA since 2013 in a roles relating to policy, relationship management and support for councils in productivity, governance and finance.
Pete is Head of Accounting at Network Rail looking after statutory accounting, consolidating Network Rail into the Department for Transport, technical accounting and technical training. Pete trained in audit in Robson Rhodes/Grant Thornton before spending 7 years in their technical team. Pete also worked at Connells Estate Agent for 2 years looking after all financial reporting across the group.
Emma is part of Ashden's cities team, where she leads Ashden's City Region/Combined Authority sustainability network and was lead author on the Ashden climate action co-benefits toolkit. Emma has worked in environmental sustainability for over 25 years, focussing on supporting local government and their partners to reduce carbon emissions.
Henning worked in financial reporting roles at Barclays and the Ministry of Finance prior to joining ICAEW in 2015. In recent years Henning has focused on public sector financial reporting standards and is the technical advisor to the UK member on the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB).
Richard joined ICAEW in 2005 to set up the sustainability practice within the technical strategy department. During this time Richard has led on the ICAEW’s thought leadership and engagement programme in sustainability.
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