The IIRC is a global coalition of regulators, investors, companies, standard setters, the accounting profession and NGOs. Its vision is to align capital allocation and corporate behaviour to wider goals of financial stability and sustainable development, through the cycle of integrated reporting and thinking.

Charles was chair of the IIRC’s technical task force which developed the International Integrated Reporting Framework, which was released in December 2013. He is also Chief Executive of CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the world’s leading and largest management accountancy professional body with over 227,000 members and students operating in 179 countries.

He is a prominent advocate for global reform of corporate reporting, and a commentator on a wide range of business issues. At CIMA, he has led advocacy to effect change on finance, governance and accounting issues with government, regulators, standard setters, the World Bank and other such organisations. He continues to direct CIMA’s thought leadership activity, focused on governance, the development of effective external and internal reporting, performance management, and developments in the finance function.

Charles is also currently chairman of the International Federation of Accountants’ (IFAC) Professional Accountants in Business Committee. He also sits on the UK Financial Reporting Council’s Lab Steering Group and is a council member of Accounting for Sustainability.

Prior to joining CIMA, Charles spent fourteen years at KPMG, becoming a partner in 1986. Subsequently, he held senior positions as Group Finance Director of investment banks Hambros plc and Granville Baird. Charles was awarded an OBE for his services to the economy in the New Year’s Honours, 2016.

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