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James Barbour

Job Title

IESBA Technical Advisor for Michael Ashley


United Kingdom

James Barbour is Director, Policy Leadership, at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), where he oversees the areas of Audit and Assurance, Ethics and Financial Reporting. He is also responsible for the ICAS Ethics Board and is the lead on all matters connected with The Power of One initiative. Mr. Barbour qualified as a CA in 1996 and worked in general practice (primarily audit) with one of Scotland’s largest independent firms before joining ICAS in 1999.

Mr. Barbour is a member of Accountancy Europe (AE)’s Professional Ethics and Competencies Working Group, and the ICAS representative at the AE Members’ Assembly. He is a member of the UK Government’s stakeholder group for the implementation of EU Audit legislation and a former member of the stakeholder group involved in the implementation of the EU Accounting Directive.

Mr. Barbour regularly represents ICAS at meetings with standard-setting bodies, government bodies, regulators, and others concerning various business and technical issues, such as audit and assurance, corporate reporting, ethics, and Brexit. He is also a member of the UK Financial Reporting Council’s Audit Technical Advisory Group and an Honorary Professor in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow.