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.
Read the Sustainability Committee’s Terms of Reference
For more information about the Sustainability Committee, or to express an interest in joining it, please contact Sarah Reay, Committee Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current committee members
As the EY EMEIA Sustainability Tax Leader, Alenka helps companies navigate new green taxes and business impacts. She has over 20 years of experience advising multinationals on their operating model and digital transformations. Alenka is a UK Chartered Accountant.and UK Chartered Tax Advisor (CIOT).
Alexia Perversi is a qualified Chartered Accountant working at KPMG helping clients with sustainability reporting. She has experience in delivering sustainability and ESG governance, materiality assessment, strategy alignment, measurement, reporting and assurance services. Alexia is a member of the ISSB Technical Reference Group, she is Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) qualified and has contributed as a subject matter expert to projects sponsored by the Capitals Coalition.
Cecilia is a member of ICAEW and a Head of Audit at Lloyds Banking Group responsible for audit assurance across a diverse portfolio including sustainability and climate risk. Cecilia qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in their Government and Not for Profit assurance practice and has extensive experience in risk management.
Char is inspired by people in business who use their power as a force for good. She also firmly believes that accountants will save the world. Char recently joined Natura &Co, the world’s biggest B Corp, in the newly created role - Global Director of Advocacy. She also continues to teach and learn with students at Said Business School, University of Oxford where she designed the popular MBA course The Regenerative and Circular Economy: How to Do Business in a Climate Emergency, and the executive course The Oxford Climate Emergency Programme.
Hannah is founder of Keartland & Co, which helps businesses to scale up and amplify their impact. She is a bold, strategic thinker who’s spent her career working in and with impact-focused organisations, including Innocent Drinks and Cancer Research UK where she was Innovation Director. She’s spent 20+ years leading innovation and change at director and board level with the unusual blend of having led both Innovation and Finance & Operations functions. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a TEDx speaker.
Helen is an ICAEW member and a Director of Accounting for Sustainability (A4S), an organisation which works to inspire action by finance leaders to drive a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and a sustainable economy. Helen trained with PwC and spent 10 years working with a diverse portfolio of cross-sector clients supporting them to deal with a wide variety of strategic, operational, regulatory and reporting challenges within the sustainable business arena.
Jan Bebbington is the Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business at Lancaster University with a longstanding track record of research and publication on topics such as: the Sustainable Development Goals; sustainability science; motivations and rationales for non-financial reporting; carbon accounting; sustainability assessment and accounting education. Jan is also part of a long-term collaboration between ecologists and sustainability scientists that provides knowledge to a practice-based cohort of seafood companies who are seeking to actively contribute to ocean stewardship
Liz Barber was previously at Kelda Group (Yorkshire Water) where she served as Chief Executive Officer from 2019, having previously served as Chief Financial Officer from 2010. Prior to that Liz held a number of senior partner roles with Ernst & Young. Liz is a chartered accountant and graduated with a BSc in Geography from the University of Leeds, where she now serves Deputy Chair, and is the chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission. Liz is a non-executive director of Cranswick plc and was formerly a non-executive director of KCOM Plc, a UK fibre broadband provider.
Louise is the COO for PwC's Global Sustainability Network and is leading the firm's work in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals. Louise has had a wide-ranging career with PwC. She has spent the past 7 years working within the Sustainability and Climate Change team, most recently as COO and leader of PwC's SDG expertise. This work has included the development of the SDG Navigator diagnostic tool, the SDG Selector, together with guidance materials such as the SDG Guide for Business and the recent SDG Reporting Challenge - analysing the sustainability and corporate reports of nearly 500 companies worldwide in relation to their disclosures on the SDGs.
Mardi McBrien is Director Strategic Affairs at the IFRS Foundation where she is currently playing an active role in setting up the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). Prior to the IFRS Foundation, Mardi spent over a decade leading the global ESG standard setter, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB). Mardi has enjoyed an eclectic career which has seen her lead flagship environmental campaigns for WWF to working on the United Kingdom’s carbon market policy for their Department for Energy and Climate Change and public private partnership management for the UK timber supply chain.
Michelle Singleton joined Halma plc as Head of Sustainability in September 2020. Halma is a purpose-driven FTSE 50-listed group of around 45 small to medium sized manufacturing and engineering companies operating within the safety, health and environmental sectors. In this role, Michelle has led the creation of a sustainability strategy that builds on Halma’s positive impact, as well as providing education and support to Halma’s companies and managing external sustainability reporting and investor engagement.
Myfanwy is Head of ESG at BKL, Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisers. Myfanwy specialises in working with property & construction clients, as well as purpose-driven businesses across all sectors. She is developing ESG consultancy as a BKL service, using her auditor's experience of thorough reviews and the knowledge gained through her CISL qualification. She is passionate about sustainability conversations at SME level. As a longstanding member of BKL’s board, Myfanwy has driven BKL’s own Sustainability initiatives - in 2022, BKL became the first Top 100 accountancy firm to achieve B Corporation status.
After graduating from Loughborough University with a degree in Civil Engineering, Nick joined Price Waterhouse in London and was admitted to the PricewaterhouseCoopers partnership in 2003. He specialised in M&A related work, formed the financial services team in Transactions Services and was Global Financial Services Deals Leader. Since leaving practice in 2014 Nick has been CEO of a family office and CFO of a FinTech business. He is now expanding a portfolio of roles which include Non-Executive Director positions with ESG Book and private equity fund of funds business Qazaqstan Investment Corporation, as well as becoming an ICAEW Council Member.
Pyarali has 28 years of experience across several sectors and geographies, including four years as a banker and ten years at EY in the Transaction Advisory Services group. Whilst at EY, Pyarali was Head of the EY Canada Corporate Finance Renewable Energy and Cleantech team, and a senior member of the national Real Estate and Public Sector teams. Since leaving EY in 2011, Pyarali has predominantly worked with large and small purpose-driven organisations on issues spanning governance and strategic planning, financing, operational improvement, expansion, business due diligence, and ESG integration.
Ravi Abeywardana, qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAEW, is the Director of Strategic Affairs and Capacity Building at the IFRS Foundation. He is closely involved in the establishment of the International Sustainability Standards Board and ongoing standard developments, which is aimed at accelerating the convergence of global sustainability standards. Ravi has a demonstrated global understanding of business, corporate disclosures and driving action towards a global sustainable future where business plays a central role.
Reinoud Clemens is currently working as Sustainability Portfolio Manager within the Corporate Sustainability team of DSM-Firmenich, a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. He is responsible for the Brighter Living Solutions program, which measures the environmental and social impact of the DSM product portfolio. Also, he takes part in EU-groups related to the new EU Sustainable Finance strategy, contributing to the newly developing CSRD and EU Taxonomy regulations.
Rodney Irwin is Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Senior Management Team at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), based in Geneva, Switzerland. Rodney is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and member of the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland. As COO, Rodney provides leadership of WBCSD’s Finance, HR, ICT and Facilities functions and is responsible for WBCSD’s corporate governance and statutory duties as the Company Secretary. He also leads the WBCSD Education program and is the course director of WBCSD’s flagship leadership programs.
Roshana is a Finance Director with over 20 years of experience mobilising capital to reduce inequality and embed social impact into decision making across local government, social housing and financial sectors. Throughout her career in the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors, Roshana has advanced sustainable finance through developing new initiatives bringing together social policy and capital markets. She is currently on the board of Womankind Worldwide and the New Economics Foundation and is a diversity mentor for start-ups at Cass Business School.
Rosie Dunscombe (FCA) founded Blue Crane Consulting in 2021 to provide business and the public sector with the skills and knowledge to integrate sustainability into accounting, business decisions and strategy. As a Chartered Accountant with a Masters in environmental economics she has 20 years’ experience focusing on accounting and sustainability. Her work includes developing sustainability training for accountants; enabling finance teams to integrate sustainability into accounting practices; and undertaking natural, social and human capitals assessments. She is author of the ICAEW’s Sustainability Certificate; lead author of the Capitals Coalition’s Biodiversity Guidance; and sits on the International Sustainability Standards Board’s Technical Reference Group.
Stephen Heathcote (FCA) joined PrimeGlobal in 2019 as its Chief Executive Officer. His extensive background in the accounting profession includes undertaking the COO role at the UK Financial Reporting Council, a senior management position at KPMG, leading the development of international risk-based auditing standards and over ten years in the senior management of a global membership association. PrimeGlobal is the 4th largest association of independent accounting firms in the world, with over 300 successful public accounting firms in over 100 countries.