Isobel Sharp CBE Headshot

International Advisory Board Member


Isobel is a Non-Executive Director at three FTSE350 companies – specialist engineering group IMI plc, The Bankers Investment Trust plc and Balanced Commercial Property Trust Ltd. She is also an alumna of the University of Edinburgh.

While on the International Advisory Board, Isobel has spoken to undergraduates on accounting and auditing courses and to postgraduates on MSc and MBA courses on topics such as corporate governance, the role of audit committees, audit reporting and how to read a set of accounts. She has also participated on the guest practitioner evening programme managed by Aidan Hetherington.

Isobel is a Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and is a member of the Chartered Governance Institute. She is currently a Non-Executive Director and audit committee chair at three FTSE350 companies – the specialist international engineering group IMI plc, The Bankers Investment Trust plc – investing in global equities, and Balanced Commercial Property Trust Ltd – investing in the UK property market.

Previous non-executive roles have been held at the UK Green Investment Bank plc, Winton Group Ltd which is a quantitative investment manager that uses statistical and mathematical inference to invest in global financial markets, the Scottish Parliament and the Home Office. She was an inaugural board member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority that regulates and administers the business costs and decides the pay and pensions of the MPs and their staff.

Isobel’s full time career was spent largely as technical partner in the large accountancy firms and thus was involved in matters of corporate reporting, governance and public policy. She was a member of the UK Accounting Standards Board and the FRC’s corporate reporting review panel. Isobel was deeply involved, both in the UK and internationally, in the effort to create appropriate standards for smaller entities, thus reducing the reporting burden. She was awarded the CBE in 2009 for services to the accountancy profession.

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