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The Global Preparers Forum (GPF) is seeking new members to join the GPF from 1 June 2023. Successful candidates are expected to participate for a term of at least two years, with a maximum term of five years. Membership may be renewed for another term; the maximum total membership period, including renewal, is ten years.

GPF members are drawn from a variety of industries and geographical backgrounds. Members are selected on the merits of their professional competence, active practical experience (including responsibility for IFRS Accounting policy and/or external IFRS Accounting reporting) and knowledge of IFRS Foundation developments.

The GPF welcomes applications from experienced preparers around the world, but given the current composition of the GPF and upcoming vacancies, its Nominations Committee is particularly interested to hear from candidates based in:

  • emerging economies;
  • North America; and
  • South America;

and/or with experience in the following sectors:

  • technology; and/or
  • media.

About the Global Preparers Forum

The Global Preparers Forum is an independent body from the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the IFRS Foundation, with the specific objective of providing the IASB with regular input from the international community of preparers of financial statements.

The GPF’s members have considerable practical experience of financial reporting and are established commentators on accounting matters in their own right or through their work with the representative bodies with which they are involved. As noted above, members are drawn from a variety of industry and geographical backgrounds; but, they are all selected for membership on the merits of their professional competence and practical preparer experience in order to contribute to the development of high-quality, global accounting standards.

The GPF meets with the IASB’s representatives three times a year, including one joint meeting with the Capital Markets Advisory Committee (CMAC). Meetings are currently held in a hybrid format with the possibility to attend virtually or in person at the IFRS Foundation’s office in London. In the future members may be expected to attend some meetings in person. Meetings are held in public and a recording is made available from the meeting page shortly after each meeting finishes. Meeting material and access to the webcast is provided via the dedicated meeting page on the website.

Members of the forum:

  • offer advice to the IASB on the practical implications of its proposals for preparers of financial statements; and
  • provide input into concepts and proposals that the IASB is developing.

Profile of GPF members

The main qualifications for membership of the GPF are professional competence and practical, active preparer experience. Read the list of current members. Members are expected to maintain liaison with preparer organisations, national standard-setters and other related bodies in their local region. In addition, members are expected to attend and contribute to GPF meetings (which are conducted in English).

Candidates should be:

  • in an active preparer role (for example, Chief Accountant, Chief Accounting Officer or Head of External Reporting) with responsibility for IFRS Accounting policy and/or external IFRS Accounting reporting;
  • sufficiently proficient in English to be able to conduct technical discussions in that language;
  • able to cover their own travel expenses and be available to attend meetings (a candidate will therefore generally require the support of his or her employer);
  • knowledgeable in IFRS Accounting Standards and IFRS Foundation developments; and
  • linked in with local IFRS Accounting groups.

GPF members act in a personal capacity and do not represent their employers. GPF membership is unpaid and expenses fulfilling their role are borne by individual members themselves.

How to apply

The application period has now closed.

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