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.
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
Andrew Racliffe (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 Abeywardana, qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAEW, is the Technical Director at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB). As a member of the IFRS Foundation Working Group, he is closely involved in the establishment of the International Sustainability Standards Board, which is aimed at accelerating the convergence of global sustainability standards. Previously, Ravi held management positions in industry, within both finance and corporate sustainability departments. He operates across multiple geographies, covering capital markets, corporate reporting and disclosure within both finance and sustainability departments. Ravi has a demonstrated global understanding of business, corporate disclosures and driving action towards a global sustainable future where business plays a central role. Ravi holds a first-class geography degree from the University of Liverpool.
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.
Roshana is currently teaching Sustainable Finance at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership having been Associate Managing Director at Moody’s Investor Services, where she established both Moody’s Public Sector Europe and a new ratings, research and support function. Before Moody’s, Roshana led finance, business planning and performance improvement initiatives in local government, having worked as an Economist and Auditor evaluating public services at PriceWaterhouse Coopers. She started her career as a labour market economist at HM Treasury.
She is currently on the board of Womankind Worldwide and the New Economics Foundation, mentors start-ups at Cass Business School is a Diversity Mentor. She is also a member of Women in Social Finance.
Jan Bebbington is the Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business at Lancaster University (UK) 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 (at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and The Centre of Ocean Solutions at Stanford University) that provides 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.
Reinoud Clemens is currently working as Sustainability Portfolio Manager within the Corporate Sustainability team of DSM, 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. DSM Brighter Living Solutions are products and services that have a better environmental and/or social footprint compared to mainstream competing solutions. 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.
In his previous role, as an Operations Controller, he gained valuable exposure to the financial side of business, which he now combines with a strategic Sustainability role. This combination enables him to contribute to the development of new sustainability KPIs, value-creation measures, and related reporting frameworks within the industry sector of DSM and beyond via international organizations such as WBCSD and WEF-IBC.
Reinoud holds an MScBA in Accounting and Financial Management (Rotterdam School of Management) and is a Certified Management Accountant (Institute of Management Accountants). Also, he is a 4-times One Young World Ambassador, having attended his first summit in Dublin, Ireland (2014), and during his fourth summit in The Hague, The Netherlands (2018), he was the coordinating ambassador for a group of 50 DSM-colleagues and external scholars, responsible for the overall strategic participation of DSM at OYW.
Alicia is an Associate Director at Finance Earth, advising on the design and implementation of impact investment funds to protect and restore nature. Since joining Finance Earth, Alicia has advised on the development of a government-backed blended natural environment investment fund; investment structures to support oceans, biodiversity and green infrastructure; and corporate nature-positive net zero strategies. Alicia qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte, where she provided audit and advisory services to fast growing private equity-backed businesses. Alicia has a degree in Economics from the University of Bristol where she specialised in environmental economics and international development.
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. PrimeGlobal has won a number of international awards for its leadership position on promoting sustainability and diversity and inclusion.
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. He manages the organization’s relationships with key education partners including Yale University, the Institute for Management Development and the Global Network for Advanced Management. Prior to his current role, he led WBCSD’s Redefining Value program for nine years.
Rodney holds a BS in Economics from Queen’s University Belfast, an MS in Management from Birmingham City University, and a doctorate degree in comparative corporate governance, ethical decision making and reporting from ISM Paris. He has also completed the Masters in Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University.
Rodney holds the following Advisory and Academic positions:
- Council Member: International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)
- Professor of Accounting and Sustainability: Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany
- Research Fellow: Lancaster University Management School.
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. Subsequently he was a Global Network Coordinator for the EY Global Transaction Advisory Services leadership based in London, and later COO of the EY UK & Ireland Valuation & Business Modelling practice. In addition, he has 26 years of board experience, of which a combined 15 years were on the boards of two UK impact investors.
Since leaving EY at the end of 2011, Pyarali has predominantly worked with large and small purpose-driven organisations on issues spanning governance and strategic planning, financing, operational improvement, expansion / scaling, business due diligence, and ESG integration. From 2014 to 2017 he was CEO and COO of a London-based circular economy business. He is an accredited External Assurance Reviewer for the UK government’s Infrastructure and Projects, a member of the coalition of the International Platform for Climate Finance, and a Fellow of the RSA.
Pyarali is a British and Canadian citizen. He was born in Tanzania, has lived in Canada, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and has travelled to 41 other countries. His academic and professional credentials include two master degrees, along with professional diplomas and certificates in clean energy and climate change, advanced management accounting, urban land economics, social impact monitoring and evaluation, and ESG investing.
Dara Latinwo is a senior transformation consulting manager at Deloitte, with a particular focus on digital transformation and the future of work. She currently works across the Middle East – predominantly the KSA and UAE – having started her career within the firm’s London office, in the UK. Alongside this, she is a presenter on the vocL platform and frequently chairs live, in-person panel debates / discussions at high profile conferences, such as the World Government Summit, GITEX and the RewirED Summit. Having lived and worked across four different continents, she is passionate about rethinking and redesigning the paradigm within which organisations operate, such that sustainability - economic, environmental and societal - sits at the heart of solutions and strategies proposed for the future.
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. Char is a serial entrepreneur having been the co-founder of Volans, Heliotropy and B Lab UK where she held the role of Chair and Activist in Residence. Char’s personal purpose in life is to create space for others, share her energy and seek experiences where she can feel the magic that materialises when people come together to activate for positive change.
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.
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 member of the FRC Advisory Panel, a fellow of the RSA, and has participated in a number of industry related advisory boards and committees as part of her role at CDSB inc. the IFRS Foundation Technical Readiness Working Group for the new sustainability standards board, 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.
Kate Ormiston Smith
As the Lead Resources Curator, Kate ensures the financial and non-financial sustainability of the organization and works to maintain smooth internal processes, as well as supporting strong governance structures in her role as Company Secretary, drawing from her background in professional services.
Kate has over 17 years of financial and operations experience, starting at PwC before moving to The B Team in 2013, as well as extra curricular roles, such as a Trustee and Treasurer. Kate has lived around the world, including the US, Canada, Tanzania and New Zealand, before settling near the Peak District in the UK.
Alexia Perversi is a UK 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. She participates in the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Annual Report Critique program and was involved with the EFRAG Project Task Force during the preparatory work for the elaboration of EU non-financial reporting standards.
Alexia qualified with PwC where she specialised in financial services audit and worked across Europe, South America and Asia. She joined Mazars whilst in Singapore and worked with the Audit leadership team on strategy and global transformation projects. As part of her role in the redefinition of the value proposition for audit for the firm, Alexia developed links with sustainability and contributed to the firms sustainability report articulating the contribution of audit towards a fairer and more sustainable world.
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.
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. She’s excited about helping companies transition towards a climate positive, circular and more just economy.
She is a Chartered Accountant and achieved her Masters in Climate Change with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh in 2019. Previously, she led the Investor Relations function for the FTSE 250 payments company Paysafe plc, and held roles including investor relations, commercial, external reporting and finance at Monitise plc, Cable & Wireless plc and Dixon Wilson Paris.
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.
Andrew Staines, Assistant Director General at WIPO, is responsible for the key operational functions that underpin WIPO’s success and financial viability, including finance, program performance and budget, legal, information and communication technology, digitalization and data, procurement and travel services, language services, safety and security, and WIPO’s premises and infrastructure.
Andrew also serves as the Secretary to the main policy and decision-making bodies of WIPO, the General Assembly, and the Coordination Committee. Before joining WIPO, Andrew served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative (Economic) at the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the World Trade Organization, United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, from 2016 to 2020.
Andrew started his career in the private sector, working for Deloitte in London, UK, and Sydney Australia, from 1999 to 2005, specializing in business and asset valuation, including intangible assets. He served as Economist and Special Adviser to the Treasury Committee of the UK House of Commons in 2005/6. He was appointed as Senior Executive in the Corporate Finance Section of Anglo American plc in 2006. From 2008 to 2016, Andrew worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in London, and posted at the UK Mission to the UN in Geneva, and to the Embassy of the UK to the United States, responsible for intellectual property, trade and economic issues.
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder, a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and has a degree in Economics from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. He speaks English and French.