Accounting that can demonstrate truly integrated thinking is a huge challenge and timely issue, and it is time for the accounting and finance community to come together and meet this task.
—John Lelliott OBE, Chair, Global Forum for Sustainability

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has announced John Lelliott OBE as the next chair of its Global Forum for Sustainability.

Lelliott is an experienced finance professional, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer for The Crown Estate, and a fellow of ACCA. He is a leading thinker and passionate advocate on accounting for sustainability and the use of natural capital. During his time at The Crown Estate, John was a member of HRH The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Advisory Council, and is currently Chairman of the Natural Capital Coalition and an ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)

The ACCA Global Forum for Sustainability brings together leaders and stakeholders from around the world to articulate and communicate the relevance of sustainability issues for the business community and the accountancy profession. The Forum monitors international trends and developments in sustainability and helps to shape ACCA’s policy development on this topic.

'I am excited to be chairing the Global Forum for Sustainability. Accounting that can demonstrate truly integrated thinking is a huge challenge and timely issue, and it is time for the accounting and finance community to come together and meet this task,' said Lelliott.

'Issues including reporting for natural capital put accountants at the forefront of change: we are in the unique position to communicate the ways in which business can tackle sustainability issues head on, and create value beyond just the financial return.

'We will have a busy year ahead of us, and I am looking forward to working with other Forum members to generate some real momentum, impact and change.'

Meetings of the Global Forum for Sustainability are held quarterly, and the full list of Forum members is below.

ACCA Global Forums were created to contribute to ACCA’s technical and research work on issues facing business and the accountancy profession. More information about the individual forums, their members and their work is available here:

ACCA Global Forum for Sustainability members:

Carol Adams

Durham University

Helena Barton


Matthew Bell


Laura Brooks

Anglo American

Melissa Brown

DaoBridge Capital

Sue Charman


Anne Copeland

Copeland Associates

Andrea Coulson

University of Strathclyde

Aracéli Cristina de S. Ferreira

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Lois Guthrie

Climate Disclosure Standards Board

Adrian Henriques

Middlesex University

Terence Jeyaretnam


Carrie Johnson

Paia Consulting

John Lelliott OBE

Chair, Global Forum for Sustainability

Matt Loose


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About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. It offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 100 offices and centres and more than 7,110 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. It believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. ACCA’s core values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and it ensures that through its range of qualifications, it prepares accountants for business. ACCA seeks to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating its qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers. More information is here: