Kenneth Ludlam is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Having trained at a medium sized firm in Marylebone, he moved post-qualification to become a Manager at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG). He left the profession in 1972 to join the Bowater Corporation as a financial controller, subsequently helping to set up the Bowater Arabia subsidiary. He joined Hanson PLC in 1977, starting as Group Financial Controller and later becoming Group Treasurer and Associate Director for Finance. In 2002 he took on the role of Head of Internal Audit and Risk Management, with responsibility for corporate governance, Turnbull reporting and the establishment and running of the internal audit department.
Since retiring from Hanson he has held a number of non-executive appointments with the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Defence, Department for Work and Pensions, Ministry of Justice and, most recently, the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. He currently sits on Defra's Audit & Risk Committee and is an external member of the Corporation of the City of London's Audit & Risk Management Committee and Police Performance and Resource Management Sub Committee.
Kenneth is also a Chartered Management Accountant, a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a member of the Institute of Taxation.
Kathryn Cearns OBE
Kathryn Cearns OBE was appointed as a Non-executive Director on 1 October 2017. She is a Chartered Accountant with experience in financial reporting, audit, company law and corporate governance. She trained with a large audit firm and spent 14 years as consultant accountant to the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.
Kathryn is an independent member of the audit committee of the Press Recognition Panel and Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd, and is shortly to be appointed to the External Audit Committee of the International Monetary Fund. She sits on the ICAEW Council and chairs the Institute's Financial Reporting Committee. She is also on the FRC's Financial Reporting Review Panel and on the Consultative Advisory Group to the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board. She was previously the chairman of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board to HM Treasury.