COVID-19 has seen crumbling GDP figures. As accountants how do we decide what numbers to use? Join us as we continue the conversation on numbers and ethics and the impact during COVID-19 with our special guest panel Jessica Bingham, Assistant Auditor at the NAO and Peter Morland, CEO, Unicorn Analytics, facilitated by ICAEW’s Richard Spencer.
This live discussion continues the conversation from our More Than a Number podcast episode - £350 million – truth, lies and numbers.
Bringing ethics within accountancy to the forefront of the picture, our panellists ask what numbers can we trust and are we being blindsided by the statistics? What role does accountancy play in helping or hindering our number overload? And what are the ethical considerations we must engage with when presenting numbers?
This live session is a chance to hear from our panel and for you to join in the discussion. Following the discussion pose your questions to our panellists and share your stories during our Q&A session.
Tune in to the podcast in advance at and find out more about our More Than a Number podcast series
Richard Spencer, Director, ICAEW Technical Thought LeadershipRichard Spencer is Head of Sustainability at ICAEW. He joined ICAEW in 2005 in order to set up the sustainability practice within the Technical Strategy department, ICAEW’s “think tank”. During this time Richard has led on the ICAEW’s thought leadership and engagement programme in sustainability. He was a co-convenor of the Finance Innovation Lab, which was named by the Observer and NESTA as one of the Top 50 of Britain’s New Radicals in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Buckminster Fuller Awards for ‘socially responsible designs. He was a co-founder of AuditFutures and also led on establishing the Natural Capital Coalition, which is a major voice in natural capital debates.Before joining ICAEW Richard worked as a strategy consultant in the Natural Resources division of Accenture. Prior to that he held a number of roles at N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd in the bank’s treasury and natural resources project finance teams. Richard began his career at the Bank of England.Richard holds degrees from the universities of Leeds and London. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Cass Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was a member of the FTSE4Good Policy Committee and sits on the Climate Disclosure Standards Board Technical Working Group and Board member of the Social Value UK. Richard recently joined the Cass Business School Research Ethics Committee.Peter Morland - CEO, Unicorn Analytics LtdPeter Morland is a consultant modeler with 20 years’ experience leading high performing modelling teams and helping clients make better decisions. Previously he was director of KPMG’s data analytics and modelling team, where he worked in banking, corporate and public sectors including clients like Morgan Stanley, BT, MoD. He now runs his own modelling consultancy Unicorn Analytics and is always happy to talk to people about modelling! Throughout his career in data and modelling he has looked at questions like:How much is this book of mortgages really worth?What should our railways cost?Are there any other products like PPI that are being miss-sold?What will the impact of Brexit be on luxury retail?Will universities be able to survive the impact of covid-19?Peter is a member of the South West strategy board for ICAEW and teaches valuations courses for them. He lives in South Gloucestershire, with 3 children & wife Julie, who he met at Oxford when studying Chemistry (@St Catherine's collage).Jessica Bingham, Assistant Auditor, UK National Audit OfficeJessica's experience lies predominantly within the public sector and predominantly within audit, having spent more than 2 years at the National Audit Office; holding government spending to account. Prior to this she has worked within local government and the Prudential Regulatory Authority. She holds a BSc in Economics from The University of Sheffield and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce, whose notable fellows include David Attenborough and Adam Smith. Her goal has always been to be at the forefront of social change. At present this means supporting innovation and accountability within the public sector and the wider accountancy profession
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