Kathryn is awarded OBE Tuesday 23 May 2017 Alumni News Congratulations to Kathryn Cearns (née Verity) who has been awarded an OBE for voluntary services to government financial reporting. Kathryn (OG82), who was chairman of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board to HM Treasury for six years, received her award from Prince William at Buckingham Palace. She said: “I am very pleased to get the OBE, not least because it highlights the contribution that can be made to civic life on a voluntary basis. In particular, I undertook the role because of the importance in government producing high-quality accounts, which allows MPs, the press and the public in general to hold the government to account. “The OBE reflects the importance others place on that too.” Kathryn is a chartered accountant, now a self-employed consultant, specialising in advising and writing on financial reporting, auditing, company law and corporate governance. She works, or has worked for, organisations such as the International Accounting Standards Board, Thomson Reuters, international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and the Prudential Regulation Authority. She is also a non-executive director at Companies House and on the audit committee at the Press Recognition Panel and Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd, as well as serving on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales where she chairs their Financial Reporting Committee.