Katie Schmitz Eulitt has worked with the Value Reporting Foundation [formerly Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)] since its inception. She now leads the SASB Standards
Investor Advisory Group, comprising 63 leading international asset owners and managers – with >$53 Trillion in assets – supporting the VRF as a market standard for the communication of corporate performance on financially-material ESG issues to investors. She also developed and curates ESG Integration Insights, the VRF’s ongoing series of investor-written case studies examining the use of SASB Standards across asset classes, markets, and investment strategies.
Katie worked with investment bank Salomon Brothers for over a decade in the US, Japan, and Hong Kong. Her experience in project development and finance spans the energy sector (both fossil fuels and renewables), the protection of forested lands, and water disinfection in developing markets.
She holds a BA in Japanese from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from l’Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France, an executive
certificate in sustainability from the Presidio Graduate School of San Francisco, and a Global Competent Boards Designation.
Mr. Bray is responsible for the Value Reporting Foundation’s relationships with the major accounting firms in the context of driving integrated reporting adoption and integrated reporting assurance in priority markets. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor. Mr. Bray has been associated with the IIRC since its inception, including as a member of the IIRC Board of Directors (2017 to 2020). Prior to joining the IIRC management team, Michael was Director of KPMG Australia’s Better Business Reporting Services (2016-2020), and an audit partner of KPMG Australia between 1989 and 2016.
Michael continues as Professor of Practice (Integrated Reporting) at Deakin University, Director – Industry Engagement & Thought Leadership within the Deakin Integrated Reporting Centre, and Project Executive for the Australian Business Reporting Leaders Forum.
Michael was the Executive Partner of KPMG’s Global, Asia Pacific and Australian Energy & Natural Resources groups between 2001 and 2010, a Director of the Australian Energy Policy Institute and an alternate member of the 2015 B20 Infrastructure & Investment Task Force.
Claire is responsible for the regulation of corporations, including disclosure and governance issues. Claire’s team has been leading ASIC’s consideration of sustainable finance issues for the last 5 years. Before joining ASIC, Claire was a solicitor with Gilbert + Tobin, working in the mergers and acquisitions area. Claire has 20 years’ experience in corporate law and regulation.
April joined the XRB as Chief Executive in December 2019 and is responsible for leading the organisation to achieve its mission and strategic objectives. This includes oversight of the XRB's operations, people, policies, processes, and governance.
April has extensive experience in external reporting both in New Zealand and internationally. She was a Board member for four years with the International Valuation Standards Council where she also briefly acted as Council’s Interim Chief Executive. As Global Head of Governance and Public Policy for Grant Thornton International, April was responsible for formulating and representing the Network’s positions on key regulatory policy matters.
April is well regarded for her technical expertise and has served as a technical advisor and member of a number of international bodies including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the International Financial Reporting Standards Advisory Council (IFRS), the Global Public Policy Committee, and the Joint Ethics Committee of the Consultative Committee of Accounting Bodies in the United Kingdom.
April’s considerable accounting and auditing background also spans a number of organisations and roles including the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants as Divisional Director of Policy, Touche Ross & Co (UK and NZ), the New Zealand Securities Commission and the New Zealand Audit Office.
April is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and holds a Master of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Auckland. In her free time, April enjoys being with her family and working on their rural property in Otago.
Estelle Parker leads RIAA’s research, certification, policy, standards and working group programs. She brings 20 years’ experience leading strategic initiatives as a diplomat, policy analyst, stakeholder manager and strategic planner with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Estelle has served, inter alia, as Acting Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador to Mexico, Central America and Cuba; Deputy State Director (Victoria); Policy Adviser to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands; and as Director overseeing the development and management of bilateral relationships.
Estelle also worked for five years at the University of Melbourne, where she lectured in the Master of Public Policy and Management and Master of International Relations. She is currently Chair of the Board at Wild at Heart Community Arts, which helps people who experience disability, mental illness and disadvantage to tell their stories through art and music making.
Susan leads RIAA’s policy and advocacy efforts, working to ensure effective policy and standards are embedded in regulation and industry practices.
Susan’s experience spans policy and law reform roles at the financial and charity regulators, consumer advocate, community sector policy manager, parliamentary advisor and product manager in commercial publishing.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Social Sciences, and is a Churchill Fellow. She sits on the governance committee of her local neighbourhood house.