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Phil Fitz-Gerald, Director

Phil became Director of the Financial Reporting Lab in 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant in the UK with over 20 years of experience in accounting and audit. He has worked for the FRC since 2009 and was previously the Head of Case Examination and Enquiries where he led the first phase of the FRC's project on improving the quality of reporting at smaller listed and AIM quoted companies.  
Phil started his career in the audit practice at a large audit firm where he spent ten years, the latter half of which he worked as a senior manager in the firm’s professional practice department. After leaving practice, he spent five years as a training consultant helping companies with their corporate reporting requirements before joining the FRC.
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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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Joan Hill – PA to the Lab
oan Hill became the PA to the Lab team in 2017. She joined the Lab from PwC where she worked in the Insurance and Investment Management Assurance team. Joan supports the team across the full range of activities of the Lab.
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