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ICAEW appoints two new directors

Suren Thiru joins from the British Chamber of Commerce, while Peter van Deen joins the ICAEW after working as a chief ethics and compliance officer for multinational enterprises headquartered in the Netherlands, France, and Japan

The ICAEW has announced the appointments of Suren Thiru and Peter van Veen as the institute’s economies director and director of corporate governance and stewardship, respectively.

Thiru joins from the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) to take up the newly-created role. He will be tasked with overseeing the ICAEW’s economic thought leadership work, and direct policy work on trade, technology and financial services.

Thiru is an economics graduate of Aberystwyth University, and holds a MSc in Financial Economics from SOAS, the University of London. In addition, he is also a regular commentator on the UK economy on TV, radio and national press, and had started his career as a market economist at vehicle management and leasing provider, Leaseplan UK. 

Van Veen joins ICAEW as director of corporate governance and stewardship, with over 20 years’ experience of advising and serving on boards. Until recently, Van Veen is said to have worked as a chief ethics and compliance officer for several multinational enterprises headquartered in the Netherlands, France and Japan.

Previously, he also spent over six years at Transparency International UK (TI-UK) where he set up the business integrity programme.  In this role he also served on the advisory board of AIM progress, the European brands’ ethical supply chain initiative, and led the development of publications on managing supply chain risk and on incentivising ethical behaviour.

He reportedly holds postgraduate degrees in corporate governance and business ethics, and economics, from the University of London and is a graduate in economics from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Iain Wright, managing director, reputation and influence at ICAEW, said: “Our members have a positive role to play in the running of businesses and the economy, whether managing or advising companies at a time of uncertainty and change. 

“By having strong governance and perceptive insights into ICAEW’s strategic themes of how technology and trade impact the economy, and with our new directors of Peter and Suren’s calibre in place, it strengthens our value to members, on vital issues of corporate governance and economic matters.”

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