IPSASB achieves gender parity for first time

14 Sep 20

An equal number of men and women will lead the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board for the first time, following the appointment of three new members.


From January 2021, the board will comprise nine women and nine men.

“Achieving gender parity is a great milestone that we should all be celebrating,” said IPSASB chair Ian Carruthers.

“IPSASB relies on diverse perspectives and experiences to develop and deliver high-quality accounting standards that can strengthen public financial management globally.”

Lindy Bodewig, who works in the South African treasury in the office of the accountant-general, has been appointed as deputy chair for 2021, having been a member of the board since 2017.

“Lindy brings a huge depth of expertise to the board table, through the powerful combination of her day job in government and being a national and international standard setter for the public sector,” said Carruthers.

The board has members from across the world, including from Japan, France, Tanzania, Canada and New Zealand.

It works to strengthen public financial management by developing accrual-based standards and other financial reporting guidance for the global public sector.

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