The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has appointed Suren Thiru as economies director and Peter van Veen as director of corporate governance and stewardship.  

Thiru will take on the newly created role of economies director to oversee ICAEW’s economic thought leadership work and to direct policy work on trade, technology, and financial services.  

Thiru joins from the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) where he was the Head of Economics for nearly 10 years. Thiru led the organisation’s UK and global economic initiatives, including the delivery of key economic research for events and stakeholders, such as the Bank of England and HM Treasury.  

Thiru is an Economics graduate of Aberystwyth University and holds a MSc in Financial Economics from SOAS, the University of London. He is a regular commentator on the UK economy on TV, radio, and in national press.  

Van Veen joins ICAEW as director of corporate governance and stewardship and has over 20 years’ experience working with, advising, and serving on boards.  

Until recently, van Veen worked as a chief ethics & compliance officer for several multinational enterprises with headquarters in the Netherlands, France, and Japan. Previously, he worked for over six years at Transparency International UK (TI-UK) where he set up the Business Integrity Programme. This role also involved serving on the advisory board of AIM Progress the European Brands’ ethical supply chain initiative and led the development of publications. 

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Van Veen is an Economics graduate from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and holds postgraduate degrees in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics, and Economics from the University of London. At TI-UK, Peter regularly provided expert input into standard setting initiatives such as the International Ethical Standards Board for Accountants, UN Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). He also contributed to UK and French parliamentary consultations.  

ICAEW managing director, reputation & influence, Iain Wright said: “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.”