Sustainability Committee

The ICAS Sustainability Committee 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.

Sustainability Committee overview video

The Committee 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;

Committee Members

Policy and Guidance Group

Dr George Cobb, Committee Convenor  

Dr George CobbDr George Cobb CA, is the Group Sustainability Accountant at SSE Plc, a FTSE 35 company based in Perth.   He currently also holds the positions of Chair of the ICAS Sustainability Committee and Vice Chair of HRH's Accounting for Sustainability  (A4S) CFO Network Capex project.   

Prior to joining SSE in 2010, George completed his CA training with PwC in their Edinburgh and Aberdeen offices. After graduating with a BA in Accounting from the University of Dundee, George went on to complete an MA investigating ethical investment and the performance of the FTSE4Good indices, followed by a PhD in financial reporting.  His postgraduate research has been published in both international accounting journals and non-academic publications

Dave Marshall, Guidance Group Chairperson

Dave MarshallDave 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.

Carol Adams

Carol AdamsCarol 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.

Andrew Cave

Andrew CaveAndrew graduated from London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with an MSc in International Development in 2001, after completing an MA in History at the University of Edinburgh in 1999. Andrew joined Baillie Gifford as Head of Corporate Governance in May 2015.

In his previous role as Chief Sustainability Officer for RBS he was responsible for rebuilding RBS's approach to corporate responsibility, ethics and sustainability in the wake of the financial crisis. He is on the sustainability advisory committee at Edinburgh University Business School, and is a former Chairman of the UK Global Compact Network.

Andrea McCormick

Andrea McCormick Andrea joined the ICAS Sustainability Committee in June 2015. She is a manager in PwC's Sustainability & Climate Change consulting team, having previously held consulting roles at ERM and Accenture.

Her work focuses on developing corporate sustainability strategies and demonstrating the business case for sustainability. She has worked with companies across a range of sectors, including Accounting for Sustainability, Unilever and Coca-Cola.

Iain Wright

Iain WrightIain retired as senior lecturer in 2005 having taught Ethical and Environmental Reporting at Napier University in Edinburgh for ten years, and Corporate Social Responsibility during a previous ten year period.  

He also taught Environmental Reporting annually for several years part-time in four European universities as well as for Napier in Hong Kong.  He was an academic member of the ACCA's Sustainability Committee in the 1990s.

Iain joined the Sustainability Committee in 2013.

Digital and Communications Subgroup

Olivia Ng, Digital Group Chairperson

Olivia NgOlivia is an internal audit manager with GSK and joined the ICAS Sustainability Committee in March 2014 after deciding to seek a career in sustainability.

Olivia has always been committed to shared values and sustainability initiatives.  In 2012 she organised the Queen's Jubilee Ball in Ulaanbaatar, raising £20k for 4 charities and raised 240 hours of staff time volunteering across 3 orphanages on the PwC Mongolia away day.

Olivia is leading the committee's digital and social media drive to help raise awareness of sustainability with ICAS members and students.

Jenny ChuJenny Chu

Jenny is a consultant with the Financial Services Finance Consulting team at Deloitte and joined the ICAS Sustainability Committee in March 2014.

Jenny shared first prize with Ciaran Prendeville in The 2013 ICAS Sustainability Essay Competition.

Jamie Davidson, Vice Convenor

Jamie DavidsonJamie is an Associate Director in Corporate Finance with Baker Tilly specialising in Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Projects and joined the ICAS Sustainability Committee in December 2012.

Jamie is currently building a 3 bedroom, upside down Eco-house in East Ayrshire which includes a ground source heat pump, solar panels, heat recovery system and rainwater harvesting.

Jamie was also awarded the Baker Tilly Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2014.

Heather Donald

Heather DonaldHeather is a Sustainability Manager at  Heathrow Airport Limited, specialising in sustainability strategy, reporting and communications. She joined the ICAS Sustainability Committee in September 2014, after sharing her experience of working on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.

Heather was part of a team that set a new benchmark for event sustainability management both for the Commonwealth Games and for events in Scotland, being awarded the coveted ISO 20121 - the gold standard in sustainable event management.

John McAreavey

John McAreaveyJohn is a Business Development Expert whose areas of specialism include Accountancy, Property and Fitness.

John has been a member of the ICAS Sustainability Committee since 2010.

Other Members

Lorna Stevenson

Lorna McAreavetLorna is a Reader on accounting with the University of St. Andrews.


Anne Adrain

Anne AdrainAnne is Assistant Director, Sustainability & Assurance, within the ICAS Technical Division.


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