Sir David Tweedie Special Advisor

Sir David was educated at Edinburgh University (BCom 1966, PhD 1969) and qualified as a Scottish Chartered Accountant in 1972. In 1990 he moved from a role as national technical partner at KPMG to be the first full time chairman of the UK Accounting Standards Board.

In January 2001 he was selected by the trustees of the IASC Foundation to be the first Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and CEO of the Foundation. He led the Board for ten years until his term ended in June 2011.

In 2001, only a handful of countries used international standards (IFRS) but by 2011 over 120 countries required or permitted their use. During his tenure at the IASB he met on a regular basis with government ministers and senior officials in many of the world’s major economies. He was a member of the Financial Stability Board and came into regular contact with national and international financial regulators.

He is a Fellow of the Judge Business School at Cambridge University and a visiting Professor of Accounting in the Management School at Edinburgh University, having previously held visiting professorships at the Universities of Lancaster and Bristol. He has received honorary degrees from eight British universities.

He was knighted in 1994 and has received many other honours and awards in recognition of his for service to the accounting profession. Sir David became President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, the world's oldest professional accountancy body, in April 2012. He chairs the Royal Household Audit Committee for the Sovereign Grant.