Chief Executive: Charles Tilley OBE, FCMA, CGMA

Charles Tilley profileCharles Tilley OBE, FCMA, CGMA is Chief Executive of CIMA. Since joining CIMA in 2001, Charles has raised CIMA’s profile and brand significantly. He has developed and implemented a stakeholder-centric strategy resulting in impressive levels of member and student growth.

Charles is a prominent advocate for global reform of corporate reporting, and a commentator on a wide range of business issues. At CIMA, he has led advocacy to effect change on finance, governance and accounting issues with government, regulators, standard setters, the World Bank and other such organisations.

He continues to direct CIMA’s thought leadership activity, focused on governance, the development of effective external and internal reporting, performance management, and developments in the finance function.

Under Charles’ leadership, CIMA formed a joint venture with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to establish the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. CGMA is the global quality standard that further elevates the profession of management accounting. The designation recognises the most talented and committed management accountants with the discipline and skill to drive strong business performance.

In addition to his role at CIMA, Charles is currently chairman of International Federation of Accountants’ (IFAC) professional accountants in business committee. He was previously the UK board member to IFAC, representing the UK accounting profession. Other former IFAC roles include Chairman of the IFAC business reporting project between 2008 and 2011 and Chairman of the UK treasury best practice panel between 2006 and 2007.

Charles’ interest in integrated reporting has seen him chair the IIRC’s technical task force, the group responsible for developing the <IR> framework. Currently, he sits on the UK Financial Reporting Council’s lab steering group.

He also serves on the council of Accounting for Sustainability, and is Deputy Chairman at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He previously held various non-executive positions at the Ipswich Building Society between 2008 and 2015.

Prior to joining CIMA, Charles spent 14 years at KPMG, becoming a partner in 1986. Subsequently, he held senior positions as Group Finance Director of investment banks Hambros plc and Granville Baird.

For his positive leadership and achievements in promoting the importance of management accounting, Charles was recognised in the 2016 New Year’s honours list and awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the economy.


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