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.
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.
- Opening remarks
- Keynote – Adrian Crompton: The role of public sector financial reporting and audit in achieving net zero
- Panel discussion 1 - Better public sector environmental / sustainability reporting following COP26
- Smaller group discussion – What can I do to support the path to net zero?
- Lunch break
- Panel discussion 2 – How can central government support local government in achieving net zero?
- Keynote – Tony Juniper: 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.
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.
Vikki is part of the Cities Team, based in the North East of England working in partnership with the North of Tyne Combined Authority on a two-year co-benefits project. Vikki led on a series of workshops for local authorities looking at the opportunities that green procurement and community wealth building can play in achieving their net zero targets.
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.
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.
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.
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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