Kathryn Cearns OBE was appointed as a main board member and Companies House audit commitee member on 1 January 2017. She is a Chartered Accountant with experience in dealing with financial reporting, audit, company law and corporate governance issues. She trained with a large audit firm and spent 14 years as consultant accountant to the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.
Kathryn is an independent member of the audit committee of the Press Recognition Panel and Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd. She’s on the ICAEW Council and chairs the institute’s Financial Reporting Committee (FRC). She’s also on the FRC’s Financial Reporting Review Panel and the Consultative Advisory Group to the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board. Kathryn writes, consults and teaches on corporate governance issues for a wide range of organisations.
She was previously the chairman of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board to HM Treasury.