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New Director being appointed soon. 

Carl Renner, Project Director

Carl joined the Financial Reporting Lab at the FRC in 2013.  He has over 17 years of experience in accounting professional services firms in Sydney, Tokyo and London, where he spent the majority of his time. He has led audits of small to large listed companies in a variety of sectors and due diligence assignments on medium to very large transactions. Carl qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia.

Carl is currently leading the Lab’s series of projects on Business model reporting, Principal risk reporting, and Viability reporting. Previously, he led the Lab’s project on Accounting policy disclosure and co-led the project on Disclosure of dividends – policy and practice.

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Thomas Toomse-Smith, Project Director

Thomas joined the Lab in late 2013. Thomas led the Lab’s ‘Towards Clear and Concise Reporting’ project and is now leading the ‘Corporate Reporting in a Digital World’ project looking at how the use of digital reporting might be optimised in the future.

Before joining the Lab, Thomas worked in the Corporate Reporting team at a FTSE 100 company for 2 years. Prior to this he worked in insurance audit for 10 years both in the UK and the US. Thomas is a UK Charted Accountant.

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