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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.

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Ravi Abeywardana

Ravi Abeywardana

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.
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Jan Bebbington

Jan Bebbington

Jan Bebbington works at the University of Birmingham has published on topics such the Sustainable Development Goals; sustainability science; motivations and rationales for standalone reporting; carbon accounting; sustainability assessment and accounting education. Jan is involved in a long-term collaboration between ecologists and sustainability scientists at the Stockholm Resilience Centre that aims to provide knowledge to a practice based cohort of seafood companies who are seeking to actively contribute to ocean stewardship (focusing on SDG 14 – Life Below the Water). The project is yielding insight into the differences between accountability and stewardship as well as the issues in establishing organisational control over supply chains and reporting meaningfully on performance.

Alongside her academic work, Jan has also contributions to the practice and policy communities in a variety of roles including, for example, being the Vice Chair (Scotland) of the Sustainable Development Commission from 2006 to 2011. The role of the Commission (a part of the UK Government) was to promote sustainable development across the UK and all sectors of society, particularly within Government. More recently, she has been a member of Scottish and Southern Energy’s Sustainable Development Fund panel, which supports community projects across regions in Scotland where SSE has renewable generation assets. In 2018 the Royal Scottish Geographical Society awarded Jan an Honorary Fellowship.

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Travis Benn

Travis Benn 

Travis Benn is co-founder of Accounting for Energy - which promotes greater transparency, accountability and growth in renewable energy generation in the UK. He is especially passionate about helping landowners to get the best returns from the renewable energy produced on their land, and quantifying how much they are helping to preserve the environment and reducing the UK’s carbon emissions. 

Travis previously worked for Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton where he led financial audits of FTSE 100 companies, before specialising in renewable energy by helping the UK’s (then) leading renewable energy producer to become listed on the London Stock Exchange. Travis is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a former Trustee of Christian Life Fellowship.

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Richard Carter, Lecturer, West Suffolk College

 Richard carter Richard is a lecturer in finance and sustainability at West Suffolk College and a non-executive director of IEMA, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. He sits on other advisory boards to champion the commercial imperative for sustainability. Previously, he was head of finance and sustainability at Adnams plc, the award-winning brewery and distillery based in Southwold, famous for its eco-distribution centre, its energy efficient brewhouse and its 500,000 honey bees. Under Richard's tenure, Adnams won 17 major awards for their sustainability achievements, all of which were linked to clear financial business cases. 

Richard holds a first class accounting degree from the University of Wales, is a CIMA-qualified accountant and a fellow of IEMA. He held a series of commercial finance and controller roles at BT before joining Adnams.
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Nicki Deeson

Nicki Deeson 

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.

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Alicia Gibson

 Alicia Gibson

Alicia is an Associate Director at Finance Earth, a leading environmental impact investment advisor and fund manager, where she is responsible for the design and implementation of impact investment funds that protect and restore the natural environment. Since joining Finance Earth, Alicia has led investment advisory projects to develop a government-led blended natural capital investment fund; designed investment models to support marine ecosystems, biodiversity enhancement and urban green infrastructure; and advised con the development of corporate net zero strategies. Prior to Finance Earth, Alicia qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant at Deloitte, providing audit and advisory services to fast growing private equity-backed businesses. Alicia holds a first class degree in Economics from the University of Bristol where she specialised in environmental economics and international development.

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Dara Latinwo

Dara Latinwo 

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.

 

 

Charmain Love

Charmain Love 

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.

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Cecilia May

 Cecilia May 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.
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Mardi McBrien

 Mardi McBrien

Mardi McBrien is Managing Director at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) where she has played a leading role is driving the integration of climate and environmental information into corporate reporting with the same rigour as financial information globally for almost a decade. Prior to 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.

Mardi is a fellow of the RSA, and sits on a number of industry related advisory boards and committees as part of her role at CDSB inc. GRI Stakeholder Council, Corporate Reporting Dialogue, Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) and the IIRC Council. Originally qualifying as a forester and environmental scientist (Melbourne University) and agricultural economist (SOAS) her volunteer activities inc. trustee of one of the oldest environmental NGO’s in the world, the International Tree Foundation and a founding Board member of WOCAN – Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.

In her spare time Mardi enjoys collecting and drinking gin, open water swimming and exploring new places with her young daughters.

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Emily McKenzie

 Picture of Emily McKenzie Emily heads the evidence team at HM Treasury supporting Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta on an independent global review on the Economics of Biodiversity. Previously she worked as Economic Advisor at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs to develop the new Environmental Land Management scheme. She held previous roles at WWF, the Natural Capital Project, the Natural Capital Coalition and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, and was an ODI Fellow at the Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission. She holds degrees in International Policy Studies from Stanford University and Economics from Cambridge University.
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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.

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Will Oulton

Will Oulton 

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.

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Alexia Perversi

 Alexia Perversi

Alexia Perversi is a UK qualified Chartered Accountants and a Director in Mazars Global Sustainability Service Team. Alexia works with clients to help address sustainability and non-financial disclosure needs. She has experience in delivering sustainability and ESG governance, risk assessment, strategy alignment, measurement, reporting and assurance services. Alexia is also Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) qualified and serves as a member of the CDSB Working Group and the ICAEW Sustainability Committee. She participates in the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Annual Report Critique program and is working with the EFRAG Project Task Force on preparatory work for the elaboration of possible EU non-financial reporting standards.

Mazars is a leading international audit, tax and advisory firm. Operating as a united partnership across 90 countries, with more than 40,000 professionals working as one integrated team, leveraging expertise, scale and cultural understanding to deliver exceptional and tailored services in audit and accounting, as well as tax, financial advisory, consulting and legal services.

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Louise Scott

 Louise Scott

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.

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Helen Slinger

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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.

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