Judging panel: 2016

The 2016 Building Public Trust in Corporate Reporting Awards were judged by two specially-convened expert panels, chaired by Charles Tilley.  Read more about the judges in this section.

Charles Tilley OBE, Executive Chairman, CGMA Research Foundation and Chair of the independent judging panel

Charles is the Executive Chairman of the newly established CGMA Research Foundation focusing on senior business relationships and their needs from management accounting with a particular focus on raising the awareness and driving the adoption of the Global Management Accounting Principles.  Charles was previously the CEO of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for 15 years, and before that was the CFO of Hambros plc and a partner at KMPG.


Andrew Hind CB, Cass Business School

Andrew is visiting Professor of Charity Governance and Finance at Cass Business School, University of London, and former editor of Charity Finance magazine. He was Chief Executive of the Charity Commission from 2004-10. Before that he spent 10 years as Chief Operating Officer of the BBC World Service. From 2010-15 he was a non-executive Board member of the Information Commission. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2011.

Angela Knight CBE, Tullett Prebon

Angela is the chair of the Office of Tax Simplification and a NED on the boards of Tullett Prebon Plc and Brewin Dolphin Plc.

Dr Ben Peters, Wise Investment

Ben is CEO of Wise Investments Fund Manager of Evenlode Income, a UK equity fund. He is a member of the CFA Society of the UK and has passed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst programme. Previously a physicist, in 2008 he was awarded a doctorate from the University of Oxford in the field of nanoelectronics.


Dame Karen Dunnell DCB

Karen has a range of non-executive roles which have included membership of PwC's first Public Interest Body and now include Governorships of the University of Westminster and William Ellis School. She also chairs L&G's Longevity Science Panel and the Research Committee of a health charity.


Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell

Lord Jack McConnell was First Minister of Scotland from 2001 to 2007. He was an MSP from 1999-2011, UK Special Representative for Peacebuilding 2008-2010, and entered the House of Lords in 2010. Prior to entering full-time politics, he was a Mathematics teacher. Lord McConnell is now an international consultant and guest lecturer; a member of the UK/Japan 21st Century Group and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. He is Vice President of UNICEF UK, Chair of the McConnell International Foundation and an Ambassador for several other charities concerned with conflict, global poverty and opportunities for young people. 

Kate Mathers, National Audit Office

Kate is the Director of Financial Audit Practice and Quality at the National Audit Office. A Chartered Accountant, Kate has many years’ experience auditing a wide range of central government sectors. Kate sits on the Council of the ICAEW and is a member of HM Treasury’s independent Financial Reporting Advisory Board. Kate is also a charity trustee, sitting on the board of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


Mark Boleat, City of London Corporation

Mark is Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee, and in this capacity is Deputy Chairman of TheCityUK and the International Regulatory Strategy Group, a board member of Central London Forward and London and Partners and a Vice Chair of London Councils.  He is Chairman of the Housing & Finance Institute.

Mark Wood, NSPCC

Mark is CEO of Prudential, AXA and founder of Pension Buy Out specialist Paternoster ‎ more recently he has originated several Private Equity transactions including the acquisition of RAC by Carlyle. Mark Chairs Digitalis PensionBee MyPolicy TheInnovation Group the Sudit Committee of RAC and the Board of Trustees at the NSPCC. 


Melanie McLaren, Financial Reporting Council

Melanie the Executive Director, Audit at the Financial Reporting Council and is the accountable executive for UK audit standards, regulation and professional oversight. Previously Melanie was CRO at Friends Life Group.

Meryam Omi, Legal & General Investment Management

Meryam is responsible for engaging on sustainability themes globally. She leads on responsible investment product developments and engagements on key sustainability topics, such as climate change, water and corporate tax policy.  Meryam has over 12 years of investment experience in asset management companies and previously worked for BlueBay Asset Management and BT.

Paul George, Financial Reporting Council

Paul is Executive Director of the Corporate Governance & Reporting Division. Paul joined the FRC in 2004 and prior to taking on his current responsibilities was the Executive Director of Conduct.  He was Chair of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR) from April 2011 to April 2013. Prior to joining the Financial Reporting Council in 2004, Paul was a main board director of a UK publicly quoted company specialising in helping multi-national companies improve their operational efficiency and the effectiveness of their finance functions.

Paul Lee, Aberdeen Asset Management

Paul is Head of Corporate Governance at Aberdeen Asset Management and is responsible for stewardship activities - engagement and dialogue with board members - across all the companies in which the fund manager invests client assets. Paul previously worked for Hermes and the National Association of Pension Funds (now the PLSA). ‎


Robert Hodgkinson, ICAEW

Robert is an executive member of ICAEW’s board and is responsible for ICAEW’s technical and thought leadership activities, including its work on financial reporting, corporate governance and sustainability. He is also a board member of the Natural Capital Coalition and a trustee of the Finance Innovation Lab and served on the board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) from 2007 to 2013.


Lady Susan Rice CBE, Scottish Water

Susan is a Scottish banker and chair of the Scottish Fiscal Commission. In 2000 she became the first female leader of a British clearing bank. She is the chair of Scottish Water and a member of the Banking Standards Board.


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