Member of Main Board and Audit Committee, Non-executive director, and Chair, Office of Tax Simplification

Kathryn Cearns OBE, FCA, FCCA

Kathryn Cearns OBE, FCA, FCCA


Kathryn Cearns holds a number of government positions:

A chartered accountant with extensive senior level experience in both the public and private sectors, Kathryn was Chair of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board to HM Treasury from 2010 to 2016 and was Chair of the ICAEW Financial Reporting Committee for 10 years up to the end of 2017. Her past roles include as a project director at the UK Accounting Standards Board (now the Financial Reporting Council) and for many years as the consultant accountant for an international law firm. Until March 2019 she was also on the Council of the ICAEW.

Kathryn holds a number of non-executive, trustee and advisory appointments, most notably as a member of the External Audit Committee for the International Monetary Fund, a non-executive director for the UK Supreme Court, a non-executive director for The Property Ombudsman, a non-executive for Crossrail, a trustee for Royal British Legion Industries and a trustee for the Royal Mencap Society.

Member of Main Board and Audit Committee

Companies House

Non-executive director

Non-executive directors provide advice and bring an external perspective to business.

Highways England

Chair, Office of Tax Simplification

The Chair is responsible to Ministers for the Office’s work, including the content of its reports.

Office of Tax Simplification