Gavin Hinks, Accountancy Age, Friday 30 July 2010 at 15:42:00

Advisory body to help FRC with examination of corporate reporting, audit and accounting after the crisis

The CFO of Reed Elsvier and the senior partner of PwC have joined a specially convened project to help the profession's chief watchdog learn lessons from the financial crisis.

Mark Armour of Reed and Ian Powell of PwC join a committee of senior figures from the profession as an advisory body to the Financial Reporting Council.

The group also include John Cridland, deputy director general of the CBI, Steve Maslin of Grant Thornton, Keith Skeoch, CEO of Standard Life Investments and Lindsay Tomlinson, MD of BlackRock.

The FRC will be looking for lesson from the crisis on accounting, corporate reporting and audit.

The group with be chaired by FRC CEO Stephen Haddrill. He said the advisory body would identify key lessons.

"Our aim is to apply these lessons to the issues within the FRC's remit and to consult on proposals for reform. It is time to get into the detail of the auditing, accounting and corporate reporting practices that need to be changed to enhance the relevance and value of information provided to the capital markets and the assurance given by audit."

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