Stuart Brown, Duncan & Toplis

Duncan & Toplis director chosen as vice-chair of accountancy ethics committee

An East Midlands accountant and ethics adviser has been appointed vice-chair of the ICAEW Ethics and Advisory Committee.

Stuart Brown, who has been a member of the ICAEW’s Ethics Advisory Committee since 2021 and the organisation’s Members and Commercial Board since 2023, is also a Director and Head of Technical and Compliance at Lincolnshire-based Duncan & Toplis, one of the largest accountancy and business advisers in the Midlands.

He will serve as the Ethics Advisory Committee’s vice-chair for the next three years.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is a professional membership organisation for 208,000 chartered accountants and students in 146 countries. Its Ethics Advisory Committee helps to develop new guidance for the profession, as well as reviewing cases, taking part in consultations, and providing feedback and recommendations to other committees.

Stuart Brown, Director and Head of Technical and Compliance at Duncan & Toplis and newly appointed Vice-Chair of the ICAEW Ethics Committee, said:

“Over recent years, the accountancy profession has justifiably been under intense scrutiny because it is essential that accountants are reliable, honest and trustworthy professionals with absolute integrity. I believe that ethics is the foundation of being a Chartered Accountant and we must all play our part in upholding the reputation of our profession.

“It is a great honour to be selected as the vice-chair of this committee, helping to maintain the standards for accountants around the world.”

Damon Brain, CEO of Duncan & Toplis, said:

“It says a lot about Duncan & Toplis and our commitment to accounting ethics when a leading member of our team is appointed as the vice-chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at the ICAEW, one of our profession’s most respected membership bodies. We pride ourselves on upholding the highest standards of ethics and professionalism and we’re passionate about doing right by our people, our clients and our communities. I’m sure Stuart will make an excellent vice-chair of this committee and I’d like to congratulate him on his appointment.”

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