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.
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 the 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 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.
Sarah-Jayne is currently studying for an MSc in Sustainable Business at the University of Nottingham, with a focus on environmental management. She has over 16 years of experience working at PwC in the UK, Australia and the USA. Her most recent role, based in New York City, was leading the design and implementation of an internal global risk management structure for Assurance services other than financial audit, including those in the sustainability arena. She also has an MA (Oxon) in Mathematical Sciences and a BSc in Environmental Studies.
Sarah-Jayne enjoys travelling, hiking, mountaineering and open water swimming, She is passionate about volunteering and has delivered environmental related sessions to students in schools in London and New York City, including being involved with the Eco-Schools Awards programme. She currently undertakes practical conservation tasks with the National Trust and Peak Park Conservation Volunteers and is a career mentor to two ICAS Members.
Meg is currently Financial Strategy & Projects Lead within the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). After graduating with a degree in maths from the University of Edinburgh, Meg trained to become a CA with PwC in their Government & Public Sector Assurance department, in both Edinburgh and London. After providing assurance and consultancy services to some of the largest, most iconic, charities in the UK such as the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, she decided she wanted to make more of an impact within the third sector, and joined Macmillan Cancer Support as a financial advisor. Having recently moved to HMG’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Meg supports Ministers to shape the future of the departments spending in support of Government priorities.
Meg gained significant experience as a trusted finance adviser for one of Britain’s largest charities, Macmillan Cancer Support, where she supported its largest Directorate to deploy effective decision making at an executive level and drive performance across Fundraising, Marketing and Comms. Meg was responsible for advising the Executive Director and his senior management team across the Directorate which included providing financial support to all strategic projects by way of analysis, expert advice and robust challenge and managing the FMC directorate’s annual framework and budgeting process from planning to completion involving the coordination of more than 30 detailed budgets.
Meg recently starting providing pro bono advice to Refugee Rights Data Project on their accounting records, controls they should have in place and compliance and governance procedures. The charity collects data and insight on the humanitarian crisis, filling in gaps relating to refugees and displaced people in Europe. They use this for advocacy and lobbying purposes and have been successful in engaging with MPs despite being a new and small charity.In her personal life, she mentors a 15-year-old girl as part of the Girls' Network, a charity whose mission is to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities.
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.
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.
Tom is the CFO at SteamaCo, a technology startup focused on energy access in developing countries.
SteamaCo's off-grid smart metering platform enables the provision of renewable energy to rural communities, predominantly in Africa.
Prior to this, he was FP&A manager at a wind turbine services company.
Tom was listed as one of ICAS's 2017 35 CAs under 35 under the Sustainability & CSR category.
Helen is CFO of Falcon Coffees, a role that aligns her skills as a CA and interest in sustainability. In 2015, after spending 6 years in EY Audit, Helen after spending 9 months working in Kigali, Rwanda she encountered Falcon Coffees, a UK based green coffee trading company with a strong social impact agenda, and joined them as CFO shortly later.
Helen actively pursues opportunities to further Falcon's sustainability agenda in a bid to change the way that agricultural commodities are sourced and traded. In addition, Helen has performed the B Corporation Assessment and has introduced measures become more environmentally friendly in the office including measuring the company's carbon footprint.
Helen was a Top 35 under 35 Finalist in the Sustainability and CSR category in 2017 and won the 2017 ICAS Sustainability Essay using the example of the coffee industry to demonstrate how the measurement and creation of metrics and traceability mechanisms can contribute to a Sustainable Society.
Anne is Head of Sustainability & Assurance, within the ICAS Policy Leadership Division.