This year’s Information for Better Markets conference takes place as a series of four lunchtime lectures.
Exploring the overall theme of The financial reporting system, you will hear from leading academics on the following four topics:
Each session is led by a leading academic and includes a practitioner response and an opportunity to ask questions.
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Monday 14 December
The financial reporting system: what is it?
13.00 Robert Hodgkinson, ICAEW (Chair)
13.05 Speaker: Michael Power, London School of Economics
13.40 A practitioner view: Sir Jonathan Thompson, FRC
13.50 Discussion and questions
Tuesday 15 December
Preparers and the financial reporting system
13.05 Speaker: Sarah McVay, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
13.40 A practitioner view: Julia Wilson, 3i
Wednesday 16 December
The external auditor and the financial reporting system
13.05 Speaker: Christopher Humphrey, University of Manchester
13.40 A practitioner view: Jane Fuller, CSFI
Thursday 17 December
Users and the financial reporting system
13.05 Speaker: Beatriz García Osma, University Carlos III de Madrid
13.40 A practitioner view: Jonathan Ford, FT
Michael Power, London School of Economics
Mike Power is Professor of Accounting at the LSE and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is also an ICAEW chartered accountant, an Associate member of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation; and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management. Mike served on the board of St James’s Place plc from 2005-2013 and is currently a non-executive Director of RIT Capital Partners plc and chairman of St. James's Place International plc, based in Dublin. He is a former member of the advisory board of the Financial Reporting Council Financial Reporting Lab, and was Director of the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at LSE until April 2014. Mike holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of St Gallen, Switzerland, Uppsala, Sweden and Turku, Finland. Research and teaching focus on regulation, accounting, auditing, internal control, risk management and organisation theory. Major works include: The Audit Society: Rituals of Verification (Oxford 1997); Organized Uncertainty: Designing a World of Risk Management (Oxford 2007) and Riskwork: Essays on the Organizational Life of Risk Management (Oxford 2016).
Sir Jonathan Thompson, FRC
Prior to joining the FRC Jon was the CEO of HMRC the UK Tax Authority, collecting more than £625billion, employing more than 65,000 people and driving reform of the UK tax system. Before HMRC, Jon was Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, jointly leading the £36bn organisation with the Chief of the Defence Staff. Jon has had a lengthy finance career including as Director General, Finance at the MoD, Director General, Corporate Services at the Department for Education and Finance Director of Ofsted. Before joining the Civil Service in 2004 Jon held a number of corporate services and finance roles in the public and corporate sectors.
Sarah McVay, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Sarah McVay is the Deloitte and Touche Professor of Accounting at the University of Washington. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2004 and has also taught at New York University and the University of Utah. Her research focuses on earnings quality including non-GAAP earnings, the measurement of R&D, and the net benefits of internal controls. Some of her published articles appear in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Management Science, and Review of Accounting Studies. She serves as an Editor of Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of Financial Reporting and also serves on four other editorial boards: Accounting and Finance, Accounting Horizons, The Accounting Review and Review of Accounting Studies. Prior to earning her PhD, Sarah was a senior auditor for Arthur Andersen and she is a CPA; she teaches financial accounting, financial statement analysis, and a capital markets doctoral seminar.
Julia Wilson, FTSE 100 Finance Director
Julia is the Group Finance Director of 3i Group, having served as a board member there since 2008; she is also the Senior Independent Director at Legal & General and Chair of the 100 Group since June 2020. Julia is a chartered accountant who started her career at Arthur Andersen. She was previously the Group Director of Corporate Finance at Cable & Wireless and has also held financial and tax roles at Hanson and Tomkins.
Christopher Humphrey, University of Manchester
Chris is Professor of Accounting in the Accounting and Finance division of the Alliance Manchester Business School. His research interests are in the areas of international financial regulation, auditing practice and accounting education. Chris is also an ICAEW chartered accountant and has been a close adviser of ICAEW’s Audit Futures initiative, run in conjunction with the Innovation Lab and WWF and engaging with bodies such the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Chris has received various awards and recognitions for best papers. In 2015, he also received the Distinguished Academic Award made annually by the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) for his substantial and direct contribution to UK academic accounting and finance. In 2016, Chris became a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and was noted as a leading figure globally in auditing and accounting research, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary and international aspects of auditing and accounting. He also has affiliations with various high ranking journals and sits on the editorial boards of many distinguished international accounting journals. He has also held a number of international visiting academic positions in countries including Spain, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
Jane Fuller, CSFI
Jane Fuller is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, an independent think-tank. A former financial editor and Lex writer at the Financial Times, she continues to train FT journalists. Jane is a visiting professor at City, University of London, a fellow of CFA Society of the UK and honorary fellow of the CISI. She is a former member of the audit and assurance council at the FRC and writes a regular column for Accounting and Business, the ACCA magazine.
Beatriz Garcia Osma
Beatriz García Osma is Professor of Accounting at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She holds a PhD in Accounting & Finance from Lancaster University, where she was also a Marie Curie pre- and post-doctoral researcher. Her research focuses on the links between financial reporting, corporate governance and capital markets. Beatriz has published in national and international journals and participated and directed several research projects. She teaches financial accounting, and business analysis and valuation. She was elected to represent Spain in the Board of the European Accounting Association (2014-2020), and also, as a member of the EAA Management Committee (2014-2017). She is the editor of the European Accounting Review (2020-2023) and of the Spanish Journal of Finance and Accounting (2017-) and belongs to several editorial boards of international journals.
Jonathan Ford, FT
Is the City editor of the FT, and writes a weekly column about business and finance.
Chair: Robert Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Technical, ICAEW
Robert is responsible for ICAEW's technical strategy department which includes its seven specialist faculties and also leads ICAEW's thought leadership programmes. Robert qualified as an ICAEW chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and became a partner in 1992. As a vice-president of the European Federation of Accountants he represented the UK accounting profession and prior to that he chaired ICAEW’s Financial Reporting Committee. Joining ICAEW in 2002 and later joining its board, Robert has also served on the boards of International Federation of Accountants IFAC, the Natural Capital Coalition and the Finance Innovation Lab.
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