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.
Sustainability Panel overview video
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;
Dr George Cobb, Chairman
George is a leading sustainability professional who currently holds the position of Group Sustainability Accountant at SSE Plc, a FTSE 35 company based in the UK. His primary focus is advising executive management on best value capital expenditure decisions which seek to balance the economic, social and environmental concerns of key stakeholders. Prior to joining SSE, 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 is also the Vice Chair of the Capital Expenditure work stream for The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability project.
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.
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.
Andrew 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.
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 Convener
Jamie 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 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 is also a member of the ICAS Young Leaders' Board.
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 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.
Lynn is on the Executive Leadership Team of Zero Waste Scotland in the role of Head of Finance and Corporate Services. Zero Waste Scotland is publically funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy ‘Making Things Last’ and other resource efficiency policies. The organisation’s goal is to help Scotland reap the environmental, economic and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources, through working strategically with key partners to influence and enable change.
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.
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. She has also 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.
Anne is Head of Sustainability & Assurance, within the ICAS Policy Leadership Division.