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Governance and Advisory

A4S is part of the King Charles III Charitable Fund (KCCF) group of charities. In October 2021, all A4S activities moved across into a new Charitable Incorporated Organization (CIO) and the Board of Trustees was appointed to provide governance and oversight. Before this CIO, A4S was housed within The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) (the previous name for KCCF).

Since His Majesty The King first established A4S, it has been fortunate to have an outstanding level of support from an influential and diverse group of companies and individuals.

This has been provided by senior representatives from the finance and accounting world through a number of advisory committees. A4S continues to receive exceptional strategic support from globally recognized leaders on its A4S Advisory Council, alongside technical support from members of the A4S Expert Panel. Communications support is provided through our Communications Group.

An overview of each group and their current members is provided below.

Join our Governance and Advisory Groups

We are currently recruiting new representatives to join each of our governance and advisory groups. This includes trustees to join the board, members of the Advisory Council and Expert Panel, and a new chair and members for our Communications Group. Find out more.

To register your interest, please email governance@a4s.org sharing your CV and a covering letter summarizing what you would bring to A4S and how you will help us achieve our mission. The team are reviewing applications now, but we still encourage interested parties to apply. Due to the varying terms of current governance and advisory group members, we also encourage applications from individuals who may wish to be considered at a future date.

Board of Trustees 

Members of the Board of Trustees comprise globally recognized leaders from the finance, accounting and sustainability worlds. They are unpaid volunteers who play an important role in the governance and oversight of A4S as a charity, ensuring A4S delivers on its charitable goals effectively, and providing support and guidance to the Executive Chair and Senior Management Team.  

They are responsible for agreeing A4S’s strategy, plans and policies based on advice from senior management. Day-to-day operations are delegated by the trustees to the Executive Chair, who leads the Senior Management Team.  

The development of our strategy is informed by dialogue with our global networks and the wider finance and accounting community. Trustees play a key role in expanding these networks and leverage resources and relationships to further A4S’s mission to make sustainable business, business as usual. 

Trustees are appointed by The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. They are typically appointed for a three year term and can serve a maximum of two terms.

Our Trustees

Robin Stalker (Chair) 

Robin was previously CFO and a member of the Executive Board of adidas AG, and in that capacity, was a member of A4S’s CFO Leadership Network and Advisory Council. Born in New Zealand, Robin qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has worked extensively in different parts of the world including Asia and the US. Currently Robin is Chair the Audit Committees of Schaeffler AG, Hugo Boss AG and Schmitz Cargobull AG.

Judith Batchelar OBE 

Judith has worked in the food and drink industry for over 35 years, starting her life in manufacturing before moving into retail at Marks and Spencer. From 2004 to 2021 she worked for Sainsbury’s as Director of Sainsbury’s Brand with responsibility for all aspects of its product offer, including policy formation on ethical and sustainable sourcing, corporate responsibility and public affairs. Among her current roles, Judith is Deputy Chair of the UK Environment Agency, a council member of the Natural Environment Research Council and a trustee of The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Judith was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to Farming and the Food Industry. In addition to being a A4S trustee, Judith currently chairs A4S’s Communications Group. 

Paul Druckman 

Paul Druckman is a passionate global leader in capital market reform, bringing about significant advancements in corporate governance and corporate reporting to enhance accountability for responsible business and sustainability. He is currently Chair of the World Benchmarking Alliance Supervisory Board and a Board member of Shift. Paul was previously President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Board member of the UK’s Financial Reporting Council, where he chaired its Corporate Reporting Council. He was CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council from 2011 until 2016 , and then member of the SASB Board, making a major contribution to the integration of sustainability into corporate reporting. Paul is also an Honorary Professor of Durham University Business School. 

Russell Picot 

Russell Picot is a chartered accountant and former HSBC Group Chief Accounting Officer with deep experience in pensions. He is currently Chair of the Trustee Board of the HSBC Bank (UK) Pension Fund and Deputy Chair of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, where he is also Chair of the Investment Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee. Russell is a Special Advisor to the Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and an Honorary Professor of Durham University Business School. In addition to being an A4S trustee, Russell is currently co-chair of A4S’s Asset Owners Network of pension fund chairs. 

Advisory Council 

The A4S Advisory Council brings together the most senior representatives from A4S’s key global stakeholder communities across the whole finance system to support engagement and outreach, shape strategic direction, and mobilize resources to deliver on A4S’s mission.  

Members are appointed in both an individual and organizational capacity, pledging to support the work of A4S and accelerate progress towards its mission and aims by: 

1. Providing advice on the strategic direction of A4S. 

2. Contributing to the development of A4S communities and networks. 

3. Promoting the work of A4S through relevant channels. 

4. Mobilizing resources and relationships to advance A4S’s work. 

Advisory Council members

  • Mark Hawkins (Chair), Former President & CFO Emeritus, Salesforce 
  • Larry P Bradley, Global Head of Audit, KPMG
  • Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Green Finance Institute and the London Climate Resilience Review
  • Dr. Hubert Danso, CEO, Africa Investor 
  • Jane Diplock AO, Company Director, IFRS Foundation
  • Jack Ehnes, Former CEO, CalSTRS, Chairman, GRI Supervisory Board 
  • Julien Gattoni, CFO, World Economic Forum 
  • David Hackett, Partner, Baker McKenzie 
  • Andre Hoffman, Vice Chair, Roche Holdings 
  • Catherine James, Treasurer, Royal Household 
  • Philippe Joubert, Founder and CEO, Earth on Board 
  • Andrew Karolyi, Dean, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business  
  • Jens Madrian, Executive Director, NEOM Energy 
  • Hiro Mizuno, UN Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investment 
  • Justin Mundy, Extra Equerry, the former Prince of Wales
  • Veronica Poole, Global IFRS and Corporate Reporting Leader, Vice Chair of Deloitte UK 
  • John Rogers, CFO, Smith+Nephew
  • Mary Schapiro, Vice Chair, Bloomberg 
  • Sandy Urie, Chairman Emeritus, Cambridge Associates

Expert Panel

The Expert Panel provides outstanding finance, accounting and sustainability expertise from globally recognized experts to support delivery of A4S’s aims on a global scale. Members play a critical role helping A4S keep abreast of developments and shape A4S’s practical guidance, research and thought leadership publications. Members help A4S to maintain the highest technical standards through review of guidance and outputs. Members also leverage their networks to support the delivery and reach of A4S activities, and identify additional sources, expertise and leading practice examples on which A4S can draw. 

Expert Panel members

  • Will Oulton, Chair, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
  • Noha Abdelrahman, Lecturer of Accounting, London Metropolitan University
  • Carol Adams, Professor of Accounting, Durham University Business School
  • Alex Ashby, Group Treasurer, WPP
  • Aaron Baker, Strategic Partnerships Lead, Plan A
  • Helle Bank Jørgensen, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Competent Boards
  • Wim Bartels, Partner, Deloitte
  • Tom Beagent, Sustainability and Climate Change Partner, PwC
  • Richard Blundell, Executive-in-Residence and Associate Professor, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
  • Vania Maria da Costa Borgerth, Head of CBARI, The Brazilian Network of Integrated Reporting
  • Anthony Cheung, Managing Director and Head of ESG at Polymer Capital Management
  • Maura Hodge, Audit Partner and US ESG Assurance Leader, KPMG 
  • Aled Jones, Director, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Karin Kemper, Senior Advisor, (former World Bank Global Director Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy)
  • Svetlana V. Klimenko, Global Lead for Sustainable Finance, The World Bank
  • Tjeerd Krumpelman, Partner, Grant Thornton Impact House
  • Rosemary McGuire, Vice-President, Research, Guidance and Support, CPA Canada
  • Jeanne Ng, Chief Sustainability Officer, Blue Onion
  • Jeremy Nicholls, Assurance Framework Lead, UNDP SDG Impact Standards 
  • Corinne Raux, Managing Director, The Environmental and Social Agency for Financiers (ESAF)
  • Emily Shuckburgh, Director, Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge
  • Marie Sigsworth, Board Member Mission Beyond | Trustee East Anglian Air Ambulance | Executive Coach
  • Ines Faden da Silva, Non-Executive Board Member and Chair of Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Committee, Environment Agency
  • Richard Thorpe, Former Director of Trustee Activities, IFRS Foundation
  • Jeannette Vinke, in transition, former COO/CFO, American University of Sharjah
  • Nicoleta Voicu, Head of Sustainability, Cooper Parry

Communications Group

The Communications Group draws on senior communications experts with global expertise. Members help to shape the overarching communications strategy as well as annual communications objectives and plans, supporting the delivery of overarching A4S strategy and goals. Members act as strategic advisers, contribute resources and leverage their networks to further the work of A4S.

Communications Group members

  • Judith Batchelar OBE (Chair), Deputy Chair, UK Environment Agency, Brand Director Sainsbury’s (2004-2021) 
  • Mike Davies, Director of Global Communications, PwC
  • Joanne Kenrick, Non Executive Director
  • Anthony Marlowe, Head of Communications & Public Affairs, Rothesay Life
  • Jo Ouvry, Director of Corporate Affairs, Deloitte
  • Sallie Pilot, Director of Research and Strategy, Black Sun
  • Ed Taylor, Managing Director of Corporate Affairs, Weber Shandwick

Accounting for Sustainability is a Charitable Incorporated Organization, registered charity number 1195467. Accounting for Sustainability is part of the King Charles III Charitable Fund Group of Charities.
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