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UK Sustainability Disclosures Committee Chair

Application deadline 2 July 2023


Financial Reporting Council
Sponsor department
Department for Business and Trade
Business and Trade
Accountancy, Audit and Risk
Number of vacancies
Time commitment
78 day(s) per annum
£40000 per annum
Length of term
3 years
Application deadline
11:59pm on 2 July 2023

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Timeline for this appointment

  1. Opening date

    6 June 2023

  2. Application deadline

    11:59pm on 2 July 2023

  3. Sifting date

    3 July 2023

  4. Interviews expected to end on

    21 July 2023

Timeline dates are only an estimate and can change

About the role

Role description

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) are seeking a talented and influential leader to chair the new UK Sustainability Disclosure Technical Advisory Committee (“the TAC”). The TAC will be responsible for providing recommendations to DBT on endorsing the ISSB’s IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards for use in the UK. The Chair will also be expected to lead the TAC’s influencing work with the ISSB. This is a challenging and high-profile role that will play a crucial part in the development of sustainability disclosures in the UK, and internationally.

About the UK Sustainability Disclosure Technical Advisory Committee

The UK Government and financial regulators strongly support ISSB’s development of IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards. This is an important initiative in facilitating global consistency of sustainability-related disclosures, providing investors with comparable and consistent information to inform decisions.

The Government is committed to implementing the ISSB’s global baseline and will endorse full or amended versions of the IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards (referred to as “UK-endorsed Sustainability Disclosure Standards”), for use by UK companies, subject to an assessment of their suitability for application in the UK. The Secretary of State (“SoS”) for DBT is responsible for deciding whether to endorse IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards for use in the UK. This decision is subject to collective Cabinet agreement.

DBT officials are responsible for providing advice to the SoS in support of that decision and this advice will include recommendations from the TAC.

The TAC will provide a recommendation to DBT on whether use of an IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standard would result in the disclosure of decision useful information for investors. In doing so the TAC will undertake comprehensive assessments of the IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards against matters set by the SoS. The TAC will also advise whether any amendments to the IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards are necessary before the Standards can be endorsed for use in the UK.

The TAC will also have responsibility for influencing the ISSB’s technical work, including the way the ISSB develops its future standards and the ISSB's choices to amend or produce guidance on existing standards.

The TAC will consist of an independent Chair and will include members from the following categories:

  • Academics
  • Accounting, audit and assurance providers
  • Economists
  • Investors and other users of sustainability reports
  • Preparers of sustainability reports
  • Analysts of sustainability information
  • FRC
  • UK Endorsement Board

There will be observers to the TAC who have speaking rights from the Bank of England, DBT, Financial Conduct Authority, and HM Treasury, who will offer technical and policy insight on the implications of using IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards in the UK. Further observers with speaking rights may attend TAC meetings at the discretion of the Chair.

The secretariat to the TAC will be provided by the FRC. The Secretariat will provide resources, schedule meetings, draft agendas and papers for meetings, take meeting minutes, undertake engagement with other parties (as requested by the TAC Chair), and lead the drafting of the TAC’s endorsement recommendations or any other advice. 

About the role of the Chair

The Chair is responsible for leading the TAC by determining and implementing its work agenda in accordance with the TAC’s terms of reference (“ToR”) and any commissions from DBT.

Key responsibilities:

  • Acting as the lead contact for the relationship with the SoS and DBT.
  • Leading the TAC’s engagement and influencing work, in particular with companies, investors, the ISSB, other national standard setters and securities regulators.
  • Coordinating ISSB engagement and influencing efforts with government and regulators where interests overlap.
  • Agreeing TAC meeting agenda items and papers.
  • Commissioning work/analysis from secretariat staff.
  • Promoting discussion and, where TAC members disagree, efforts to compromise and come to a consensus.
  • Ensuring the TAC considers all criteria in its ToR when deliberating on an IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standard, and that it has regard to any contextual information provided by DBT.
  • Making best efforts to ensure that the TAC’s technical endorsement recommendation and any further advice, is provided to DBT by any target date specified. 

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • An effective leader who can encourage debate and challenge and steward a committee to arrive at overall technical decisions.
  • The ability to maintain an effective Committee and provide leadership through periods of significant change.
  • An understanding of the work of the International Sustainability Standards Board. (ISSB).
  • An understanding of the issues that may be relevant to the process for assessing whether proposed or published IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards will result in disclosure of decision useful information for investors.
  • Strong intellectual qualities and sound judgement.
  • Prior experience of involvement in boards or committees.
  • Involvement in regulatory or standard setting matters, or other relevant experience.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to clearly articulate the rationale for decisions to a wide range of stakeholders.

Application and selection process

How to apply

This recruitment is being handled by the Financial Reporting Council via

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to explaining why you are interested in the appointment and how you meet the candidate requirements detailed above

Overview of the application process

The assessment process

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview process and final appointments will be subject to the provision of two satisfactory references. The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Friday 2 July 2023 and interviews will take place during the week commencing 17 July 2023.

The final appointment of the Chair will be made by the FRC and will be subject to endorsement from DBT ministers.

Additional Information for candidates


London, with some overseas travel. Applicants should note that the FRC has announced to employees that it will open a second location in Birmingham with plans being at a very early stage. No location or scope for the Birmingham office has been agreed and the FRC is expected to remain at the current premise of 125 London Wall to the end of its building lease in early 2025.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria

Candidates shall not be:

  • Officers of the accountancy or actuarial professional bodies regulated by the FRC.
  • Currently employed by the UK government or FCA and Bank of England.
  • A member of the UK Endorsement Board or any of its formal advisory groups.
  • Currently employed by the FRC or a member of the FRC’s Advisory Panel.
  • Practising auditors or a person who has during the last three years:

        carried out statutory audits;

        held voting rights in an audit firm;

        been a partner or employee of an audit firm; or

        been a member of the administrative, management or supervisory body of an audit firm.

  • Currently personally contracted to provide services to an audit firm.
  • Holders of any appointments or contracted to provide consultancy, audit or other assurance services in connection with sustainability reporting.

The Chair will be appointed in their personal capacity and should ensure that no preference is shown to their special interests and/or employing entity and professional, sectoral, or organisational affiliations. The Chair is required to declare their financial and non-financial interests on appointment and thereafter declare any relevant conflicts of interest.

The Chair will be expected to demonstrate the FRC’s Values and Behaviours and adhere to the FRC’s Code of Conduct

Additional information for candidates

Equality and diversity

The FRC believes that equality of opportunity and diversity is important in the work that we do and we are strongly committed to being an inclusive employer. We very much welcome applications from women, those with disabilities and from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, who we know are under-represented in non-executive roles.

Disability confident

The FRC is a signatory to the Government's Disability Confident scheme, which means that we guarantee an interview to any disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role.

Reasonable adjustments

Applicants who require reasonable adjustments to assist them during the recruitment process may request these by email.

Principles of public life

Holders of public office are expected to adhere to and uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life. These are:
  1. Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
  2. Integrity - Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
  3. Objectivity - Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
  4. Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
  5. Openness - Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
  6. Honesty - Holders of public office should be truthful.
  7. Leadership - Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour and treat others with respect. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

Appointment and tenure of office

The successful candidate will be appointed for an initial three-year term, which may be renewed once

Remuneration, allowances and abatement

The Chair will be entitled to claim travel, subsistence and other reasonable expenses incurred solely for the purpose of fulfilling their duties as a member of the TAC and incurred in accordance with the FRC’s Travel and Expenses policy.

Application feedback

We will notify you of the status of your application. We regret that we are only able to offer detailed feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful at the interview stage.

How to complain

We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy.
Please contact the public appointments team in the first instance if you would like to make a complaint regarding your application at  They will acknowledge your complaint upon receipt and respond within 15 working days.

Data protection

The Cabinet Office will use your data in line with our privacy policy.

Contact details

Sarah Jayne-Dominic: