ICAS Sustainability Panel
The ICAS Sustainability Panel aims to increase the awareness of ICAS and its members of current issues pertaining to environmental and other sustainability issues and to formulate the ICAS position on matters of environmental sustainability to the business community and the wider public.
The Panel achieves these aims by:
- encouraging best practice amongst ICAS and its members on environmental sustainability and related corporate social responsibility issues;
- identifying examples of guidance and information for ICAS and its members on environmental sustainability and related corporate social responsibility issues;
- where appropriate, work with other organisations to share ideas, information, research and other resources;
- encouraging ICAS to demonstrate its own commitment to environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility and to set an appropriate example to its members and the wider business community in these matters.
Rachel Jackson (Vice-Chair)
Rachel was formerly a sustainability technical expert at ACCA for over 15 years. Throughout this time, she was involved in promoting the importance of environmental and sustainability issues in business affairs and reporting and has been involved in the development of global reporting frameworks such as those from GRI, CDSB and IIRC.
Her role at ACCA focused on corporate accountability, reporting and disclosure (with specific reference to ESG issues) and directing the sustainability work of ACCA’s global ‘Research and Insights’ program and managing their Global Forum on Sustainability.
Ali is a consultant with experience in advisory and assurance services across corporate, public and international development sectors. He specialises in sustainability reporting, internal control frameworks, performance management, benchmarking, enterprise risk management, internal audit, financial audit, compliance and corporate governance.
He provides advice and guidance on financial and non-financial reporting and disclosures resulting from investor, regulatory and corporate social responsibility requirements. Prior to PwC, he worked in retail, investment and development banking in Australia, China and the UK.
Carol is a member of ICAS, a Professor of Accounting at Durham University Business School, a Non-Executive Director and an Advisor to global organisations. She is an internationally renowned author in integrated reporting, social and environmental accounting and sustainability reporting and has developed award winning reports.
Her consulting and applied research work is concerned with corporate reporting strategy and processes and integrating sustainability into corporate management and governance processes.
Dave joined the ICAS Sustainability Committee in 2013 after winning the first ICAS Sustainability Competition. Dave has worked in business and in practice, and now primarily works with a small Member Firm in Herefordshire providing accounting services to local charities.
He is an Associate of Herefordshire-based sustainable charity the Bulmer Foundation where he leads work ranging from well-being projects to evaluation of impact. He has a Doctorate in sustainability accounting and is a lecturer with the University of Worcester.
Fiona is an ICAS member. She has been based in Hong Kong for over 25 years and has an active interest in sustainability.
Fiona is the Managing Director of Redlinks, a business resource consultancy based in Hong Kong. She has been active in renewables/clean tech/sustainability space for over ten years and has a well-rounded business perspective of sustainability matters.
Dr George Cobb
George is a Senior Manager within the Ofgem Offshore Transmission Team. His primary focus now is developing new policy to support the development of Offshore Wind in UK waters. Prior to joining Ofgem, he held the position of Group Sustainability Accountant at SSE Plc, a FTSE 35 company based in the UK. As a member of the ICAS sustainability panel he bring a wealth of experience including over a decade of utility, finance and sustainability experience and a proven track record of advising executive management on best value capital expenditure decisions which seek to balance the economic, social and environmental concerns of key stakeholders.
George qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 having trained with PwC in Edinburgh. George graduated from the University of Dundee having completed a BAcc, an MA and a PhD, with his postgraduate research published in international accounting journals. George previously chaired the Capital Expenditure work stream for The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability project.
Until recently, Lloyd was a Manager within the KPMG’s Sustainability Services team. His work involves helping companies to identify, manage and report on sustainability risks and opportunities. This work is conducted in an advisory, due diligence, internal audit or external assurance capacity. He also has worked with clients to develop sustainability-related decision making, reporting and assurance methodologies. Lloyd has now moved to a responsible investment role within an investment management company.
Lloyd graduated with a BSc from Loughborough University, an MSc from London School of Economics and Political Science and is an ICAS qualified chartered accountant. Lloyd also sits on the Technical Working Group of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and is the Treasurer of the charity Mitrofanoff Support.
Lynn is Interim Director of Finance and Resources, Scottish Social Services Council, the regulator for the social service workforce in Scotland. The work of this body means the people of Scotland can count on social services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce. Previously, Lynn was Head of Finance and Corporate Services with Zero Waste Scotland, an organisation established to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy ‘Making Things Last’ and other resource efficiency policies.
Lynn graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BAcc and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, after training with Grant Thornton. She has worked in a variety of roles in the public, charitable and not-for-profit sectors.
Nick is an ICAS member and Head of Commercial Finance with SSE Renewables where he is responsible for the monthly financial reporting on the business. He is also a Director of 2 SSE Renewables joint ventures with Greencoat UK Wind plc. His previous roles within SSE have included Corporate Finance Manager and Head of External Financial Reporting. Prior to joining SSE, he was an audit manager with KPMG where underwent his CA training.
Nick recently completed his training with the A4S Academy which encouraged him to explore the extent to which accountants are trained and equipped to address sustainability related issues such as environmental and social risks and opportunities. He is also involved in the management of the SSE ICAS Graduate programme which involves student recruitment, placement and mentoring.
Victoria is an ICAS member based in London, having been admitted in 2016. She is currently a ESG Consultant at MSCI (formerly she held the position of Operational Due Diligence Analyst at UBS).
At MSCI she supports a range of clients to integrate ESG into their investment process, including values investing, impact and pure integration. Her clients span across Asset Managers, Wealth Managers, Investment Consultants and Hedge Funds. As part of her role she is required to be up-to-date with and train clients on sustainability trends, regulations and best practices.
Anne is Head of Sustainability & Corporate & Financial Reporting, within the ICAS Policy Leadership Division.