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 email@example.com
Andrew Ratcliffe (Chair)
|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.|
| Ravi is a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW, working as a Sustainable Finance expert for Olam International, a leading food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre to over 22,000 customers worldwide.
He is committed to delivering meaningful reporting, to drive action and unlock competitive advantages and long term sustainable value across Olam and wider stakeholders via finance. Sustainability needs to scale and finance is that enabler. Ravi’s commitment to sustainability and finance started at University where he read Geography, and realised the biggest lever for inclusive change is finance. Ravi pursued a traditional finance career until an opportunity opened that allowed his passion to be fully utilised.Ravi operates within Olam’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability team in a hybrid role, leveraging his extensive financial and geographical expertise to drive and further embed sustainability throughout Olam’s business. Ravi’s previous role as a Financial Controller for Olam coupled with his geographical exposure means ideas such as eutrophication, aqueducts, ecosystems, human and social demography are not lost but enhanced in the financial arena. Ravi operates as part of multi-departmental team, driving and embedding Integrated Reporting within Olam. Integrated Reporting allows Olam to drive beyond the outputs. For example, Olam’s financials are dependent upon the employees and the land we cultivate but their value is invisible in current financial reporting. Olam has therefore embarked on a journey to measure and manage those invisible capitals.
|Judy is an ICAEW member working in the Compliance department at Danske Bank in Denmark. She was formerly a founding partner in SDGlead, consulting on matters relating to sustainability and impact investing. 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.|
| Richard is head of finance and sustainability at Adnams plc, the award-winning brewery and distillery in Southwold famous for its eco-distribution centre, its energy efficient brewhouse and its 240,000 honey bees. Adnams describe themselves as a values-led, purpose-driven business. Their ongoing focus on sustainability is delivering long term value for shareholders by creating a resilient business that customers continue to trust.
Recent projects at Adnams have included massive carbon and cost reductions from being the first UK brewery to produce carbon and water footprints for its beers, achieving zero waste to landfill, having the lightest ale bottles in the UK and operating on 100% renewable electricity. Adnams are currently looking at aligning their activities to the Sustainable Development Goals to better understand their wider social impacts.
Richard holds a first class accounting degree from the University of Wales and subsequently qualified as a chartered management accountant. He held a series of commercial finance and controller roles at BT before joining Adnams in 2012. In addition to his current role, Richard is on the board of the National Trust’s Fit for the Future network.
Richard has also recently been appointed a non-executive director of IEMA.
|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 has worked in senior finance and operational roles in the charity sector, most recently as FD of Amnesty International. She is passionate about developing excellence in the sector, having been Chair of the Charity Finance Group, founder mentor on CFG’s mentoring programme, and visiting lecturer on CASS Business School’s Inspiring Financial Leadership programme. She is a regular speaker at ICAEW events and as a leadership coach and business mentor, she loves the challenge of developing future leaders, both in the UK charity sector and internationally.|
|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.|
|Alicia is an Associate at Environmental Finance, a leading environmental impact investment advisor in the UK. She provides corporate finance advice to environmental organisations to enable increased investment into the natural environment, and manages an impact fund that facilitates community ownership of renewable energy. Previously, Alicia qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant at Deloitte. She holds a first class degree in Economics from the University of Bristol.|
|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.|
| Dara is a One Young World (OYW) ambassador who attended her first OYW summit in Bogotá, Colombia during 2017.
More generally, she works as an Organisation Transformation Consultant at Deloitte, with a particular focus on Digital Transformation, Learning Strategy and Leadership Development. She qualified as an ACA in April 2018.
Read about her 2017 One Young World experience.
Charmian believes in the power of business as a force for good. Over the course of her career, she has experienced first-hand what it is like to be an entrepreneur, an intrapreneur and a systempreneur.
As Entrepreneur in Residence at The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, Charmian focuses on creating spaces for students interested in exploring the tremendous opportunity space that exists today to tackle the world’s most complex challenges. Charmian is helping to incubate The Circular Economy Lab through the Skoll Centre, along with teaching an MBA elective on the subject during this MBA academic year.
In addition to her role in Oxford, Charmian is Co-Founder and Chair of B Lab UK where she supports the growth of the global B Corp movement. Prior to B Lab UK, Charmian was the Founding CEO of Volans, a change agency she started in 2008 with John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan. Over the course of her career she has been a Special Advisor for many leading organisations including Grant Thornton and Bridges Ventures and has worked with leadership teams from corporations including Nike, Allianz and HP as they’ve developed new social innovation and investment strategies. Charmian also serves on the board of B Team UK.
A proud Canadian, Charmian started her career at BCG after receiving her MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a degree in Art History from Queen’s University.
|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 is Professor of Accounting at the Alliance Manchester Business School and the University of Amsterdam Business School. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Sydney and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI).Brendan was previously Chair of the Accounting division and Dean of Research at University of Amsterdam Business School and was also director of the MSc in Accounting at the Smurfit School of Business in Dublin for several years.
Brendan’s research and public policy work examines the role of accounting and assurance practices in making the complex social and environmental impacts of organizational activities visible. His recent work focuses on how new voluntary and mandatory non-financial reporting models are initiated, evolve, and become embedded in corporate practice.
Brendan has published award-winning academic work in the areas of sustainability reporting, non-financial assurance, the regulation of professions, responsible investment advocacy, accountability for sustainable finance, and NGO accounting and accountability.In 2019, he received the prestigious ‘Accounting Research Hall of Fame award’ from Accounting, Auditing, Accountability Journal in recognition of his “distinguished service contributions to the progress of interdisciplinary accounting research”.
Brendan is currently leading a cross-disciplinary research project at Alliance Manchester Business School examining the shifting jurisdictional authority of accounting and finance professionals, professional accounting bodies, and professional practice.
Since 2008 he has chaired and organised the academic track at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) conferences held in Amsterdam. Brendan recently acted as an official advisor to the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee’s Inquiry into the Future of Audit.
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.|
Will Oulton is the Global Head, Responsible Investment at First State Investments (FSI) based in the UK and is responsible for defining and delivering FSI’s responsible investment and stewardship strategy globally. In this role he is tasked with advancing FSI’s understanding of how ESG Factors impact long term investment value. He is also responsible for developing FSI’s thought leadership programs and managing the RI Governance structure for the business.
Previous to this he was the Head of Responsible Investment for Mercer Investments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, advising institutional asset owners on environmental, social and corporate governance matters. He has more than 15 years of experience working in sustainable and responsible investment. Before joining Mercer, Will was the Director of Responsible Investment at FTSE Group, where he led the development of FTSE’s global sustainability services.
In December 2015 he was appointed Chairman of the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif). He is also a Trustee Director of the CBA (UK) Pension Scheme, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Associate Professor at Nottingham University Business School’s International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Expert Panel Member of the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability program and the ICAEW Corporate Governance Committee and sits on a number of investment industry advisory boards and committees.
|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. Helen is also a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, an Accredited Social Return on Investment Practitioner and a Fellow of the Leeds Sustainability Institute. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and an Executive MBA.|
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, and extensive international experience and networks, built through her 26 year career with PwC. She has spent the past 7 years working within the Sustainability and Climate Change team, most recently as COO for the Global Sustainability team and leader of PwC's SDG expertise. This work has included the development of the SDG Navigator diagnostic tool and its public online version the SDG Selector, together with guidance materials such as the SDG Guide for Business and also the recent SDG Reporting Challenge - analysing the sustainability and corporate reports of nearly 500 companies worldwide in relation to their disclosures on the SDGs. Louise has recently co-authored the UNPRI SDG Investment Case, and has also worked with the team supporting the UNGC/GRI Action Platform on the SDGs and its publication of the Business Reporting on the SDGs: An Analysis of the Goals and Targets.
Louise is a member of the UKSSD Steering Committee, the UNPRI SDG Advisory Committee, the ICAEW Sustainability Committee and the BVCA Impact Investment Advisory Committee.
Louise qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, following which she spent time in International Tax Structuring and 10 years in Corporate Finance, focusing on merger and acquisition advice particularly in the Retail and Consumer Goods sector.
She then spent four years working as Chief of Staff to the Senior Partner of PwC UK, particularly focused on the strategy for the UK firm and international collaboration with the PwC Global Leadership team.
|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.|