Corporate Reporting Council Members
Liz Murrall is Director Stewardship and Reporting at the Investment Association, the trade body representing the UK asset management industry. The Association's members include independent fund managers, the asset management arms of retail banks. life insurers and investment banks, and the managers of occupational pension schemes. They are responsible for the management of approximately £6.9 trillion of assets internationally and manage holdings amounting to 30% of the domestic equity market.
At the Association Liz is responsible for developing and representing IA's position on policy issues affecting asset managers as institutional investors in companies, including the obligations of companies and the rights of investors.
Michael-John Albert is a partner at EY specialising in the delivery of audit and other services to the financial services sector. Michael-John has experience across the spectrum of financial services in the UK, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. His clients include listed and unlisted large UK and inbound banks, mortgage service providers, sovereign wealth funds and asset managers.
As well as audit, Michael-John’s advisory experience includes delivery of outsourced internal audit functions, regulatory reviews and assisting clients with multinational expansion plans. Michael-John leads the Audit Quality program for EY’s financial services practice and is a member of the Assurance UK leadership team for financial services. He was previously head of Risk and Compliance for the UK’s financial services assurance practice.
Michael-John was previously a Trustee of the Deloitte South Africa Pension Fund and through his membership of various committees advised the South African Regulator and Government on the development of the governance and accounting frameworks for retirement funds.
Richard Barker is Professor of Accounting at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is also a member of the Financial Reporting Standards Committee of the European Accounting Association. His previous roles have included Research Fellow at the International Accounting Standards Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Cambridge University Press.
Chris Buckley has been Director, External Reporting at GlaxoSmithKline since 2001 and is responsible for the Group’s annual and quarterly financial reporting to shareholders and for advising on technical accounting issues within the Group. Prior to 2001, Chris held a number of internal and external financial reporting roles within GSK and its predecessor companies. He is a member of the 100 Group Financial Reporting Committee and the Corporate Governance and Reporting Forum at the CBI. Chris is a member of the ICAEW having qualified with KPMG in London.
Michael is Director of Finance at Amaris Hospitality. Amaris Hospitality, owned by the leading global private equity firm Lone Star, is one of the UK and Ireland's leading hotel investment and hospitality management companies, currently managing over 65 hotels under 6 prestigious, international brands.
Michael is formerly the Chief Financial Officer of the Toronto and London quoted Falcon Oil & gas. Prior to this Michael worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC") in Ireland and the USA. At PwC, Michael advised both quoted and unquoted Oil & gas exploration, Manufacturing and Financial Services companies.
Michael is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Sian Morgan began her career in investment at Autonomous Research LLP, a specialist research house focussed on the Financials sector, before joining Allianz Global Investors in 2010, where she spent 8 years within Equity Research specialising in UK Financials. Sian is currently an Equity Research Analyst at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, covering European Financials.
Sian holds a First Class BA Honors in Land Economy and Economics, an MPhil in Development and the Rosemary Murray Scholarship from Cambridge University. She is also a CFA® charterholder.
Veronica Poole is a Senior Accounting Technical Partner at Deloitte. She is the UK National Head of Accounting and the DTTL Global IFRS Leader. She presides over the DTT Global IFRS Leadership team.
She is a member of the HM Treasury Financial Reporting Advisory Board (FRAB) and the Hundred Group Financial Reporting Committee, and previously UITF. She is chair of the ICAEW’s Financial Reporting Faculty Advisory Group and a member of the Financial Reporting Committee of The Hundred Group. She contributed to the UK Company Law Review that led to the publication of the 2006 Companies Act.
Graduated from Moscow State University, she has a diploma and an MSc in Higher Mathematics. Veronica qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Alliotts, a small firm of practitioners in the South of England before joining Deloitte in 1996. In the initial days of implementation of IFRS in Europe, she was part of the triumvirate that led the Deloitte UK IFRS Implementation Services. In parallel, she established and led the UK IFRS Centre of Excellence responsible for Deloitte UK IFRS policy.
Veronica’s publications, among others, include: GAAP 2015: IFRS Reporting in the UK, City and Financial publication 'Practical Guide to Full Fair Value Accounting for Financial Instruments'.
Mark Smith is an experienced Head of Financial Reporting who has worked for multi-national companies in a number of different industries. He now operates as an independent financial reporting consultant.
From 2003 to 2011, he was Director, External Reporting of Tomkins plc, then a £3 billion turnover global manufacturing business, where he managed the Group’s transition from UK GAAP to IFRS and had responsibility for the Group's reporting to shareholders in the UK and its filings with the SEC in the US. Earlier in his career, Mark was Group Chief Accountant of Sedgwick Group plc, a global insurance broking and consulting business (now part of Marsh & McLennan Inc.).
Mark has a keen interest in the development of financial reporting. He is Vice-Chairman of the Financial Reporting Committee of the 100 Group of Finance Directors and a member of the ICAEW’s Financial Reporting Committee. He was a founder member of the IASB’s Global Preparers’ Forum.
Mark qualified as chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University.
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