Assurance event to address six key questions

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By Anne Adrain, ICAS Assistant Director, Sustainability and Assurance

6 January 2016

The 'Assurance: Where next?' event in London will be a chance to explore the big issues in this area.

Six key discussion points on emerging developments in the area of assurance and challenges faced by assurance providers will be debated at a forthcoming breakfast event in London.

Places are now available for the free-to-attend event - entitled ‘Assurance: Where next?’ – which takes place at PwC’s offices in Embankment Place on 19 January and will feature a panel of top speakers, with ICAS President Jim Pettigrew CA chairing the discussion.

The six key questions for debate will be:

  1. What will corporate and assurance reports look like in 10 years’ time?
  2. How do users, particularly investors, use corporate information?
  3. What are the examples of innovation in assurance;
  4. What will users want as assurance going forward?
  5. Have we got the right assurance framework?
  6. Who will meet these assurance needs and is there a potential skills gap?

Keynote presentations on recent ICAS initiatives will include:

  • The impact of the fair, balanced and understandable requirement on reporting and assurance in the UK, based on recent ICAS research;
  • The assurance of non-financial information, for example KPIs, as suggested in the ICAS discussion paper ‘Towards Transparency’.

The debate will be of interest to those directly involved in audit and assurance as well as audit committee chairs, investors and regulators; and will feature an expert panel and presenters including:

Ian Fraser, Professor of Accounting, University of Stirling;

  • David Wood, Executive Director, Technical Policy and Practice Support, ICAS;
  • Gilly Lord, Head of Regulatory Affairs, PwC;
  • Andrew Gray, Regulatory and Audit Co-ordination Manager, Deutsche Bank;
  • Marek Grabowski, Director of Audit Policy, Financial Reporting Council;
  • Iain Richards, Head of Responsible Investment, EMEA;
  • Paul Taylor, Non-Executive Director and Business Consultant.

Find out more and book now.


  • Audit and Assurance
  • Corporate and financial reporting

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