Stephen Haddrill

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Stephen Haddrill
Residence Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Nationality British
Alma mater New College, Oxford
Employer Financial Reporting Council

Stephen Haddrill is Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in the United Kingdom.


Educated at Trinity School of John Whitgift from 1967 to 1974, Haddrill then studied history and economics at New College, Oxford. During the summer months his first taste of industry started with Findlay Durham & Brodie Electrical Ltd.[citation needed]

He joined the Department of Energy in 1978, where he worked principally on nuclear power, and rose to the rank of Principal Private Secretary to the Energy Minister.

From 1990 to 1994 he worked in Hong Kong as a member of the Governor’s Central Policy Unit.

From 1994 until 2005, he had a succession of roles in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), as a director of the Competitiveness Unit, Director of Employment Relations, then in Consumer Affairs. In early 2002 he was appointed as Director General of the DTI's Fair Markets Group.[1]

He succeeded Mary Francis as Director General of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) on 3 May 2005. In this role Haddrill has taken a close interest in accounting standards.

In October 2007, Haddrill was also appointed Vice President and Chair of the Institute for Employment Studies, a leading employment and human resources body in the UK.[1] He stood down from this role in 2011.

The Financial Reporting Council announced in May 2009 that Haddrill would succeed Paul Boyle as its Director General. Sir Christopher Hogg, chairman of the FRC, said Haddrill's experience at the ABI would 'enable him to bring a strong investor perspective to the work of the FRC.'[2] He took up the post in November 2009. In 2015 he became chair of the global RICS Regulatory Board.[3]

Financial Crisis Advisory Group (FCAG)[edit]

Haddrill who was the only UK representative on the Financial Crisis Advisory Group (FCAG)—created by the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board in 2008. The FCAG was an international group of standard-setting bodies—that coordinated responses "on the future of global standards in light of" the financial crisis of 2007–2010.[4] Just prior to the FCAG's report to the G20 in April 2009 meeting, and in reference to the political pressure placed on standards setters "to make changes to fair value accounting rules over suggestions that it exacerbated the financial crisis" Haddrill cautioned,[4]

"Who do we want to set accounting standards? Not politicians, that’s clear. But neither do we want experts vacuum-packed in a world of their own."

— Stephen Haddrill UK Financial Reporting Council


In 2007, Stephen Haddrill strongly criticised the Government for failing to tackle the threat of floods. He said he sought to lead the insurance industry and its customers to do more to prevent climate change.[5]

in his first interview after taking office at the FRC, Haddrill signalled a change of emphasis from his predecessor on the domination of the accounting profession by the Big Four auditors. He said that the FRC had looked at the level of competition, and increasing it by creating a fifth large player was not achievable in the near term; his priority was therefore maintaining high standards while also preparing for the possibility of another global firm collapsing.

He also criticised the effort to converge international accounting standards with American standards, saying that the focus should be on the quality of international standards.[6] He has since also been critical of the European Commission's proposals to reform the audit market.[7]

Private life[edit]

Stephen Haddrill lives near Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He has two sons.

Haddrill is a keen sailor.[5]


  1. ^ a b FRC Board Archived June 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2010-06-21
  2. ^ New chief regulator for accountants named, Accountancy Age, 20 May 2009
  3. ^ "Stephen Haddrill appointed new chair of global RICS Regulatory Board". 
  4. ^ a b "Don't mix politics and standards, says Haddrill]", Accountancy Age, February 26, 2009, retrieved April 26, 2016 
  5. ^ a b Stephen Haddrill, Government should do more on floods, Mail on Sunday, 23 September 2007
  6. ^ Haddrill: We don't need a Big Five, Accountancy Age, 11 December 2009
  7. ^ Nick Huber (21 November 2011). "FRC chief attacks EU audit reforms". AccountingWeb. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 

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