Carmen Ridley is the Principal of Australian Financial Reporting Solutions. She is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has over 15 years experience in auditing and financial reporting. Carmen was recently appointed to the Australian Accounting Standards Board in late 2011 (see AASB appointment here).
She was an external auditor for 9 years in both Australia and the UK, working for one of the 'big 4' accounting firms prior to working in and running the technical divisions of 3 major accounting firms, most recently Grant Thornton. Technical experience and knowledge has been developed through activities including:
Providing technical interpretations on accounting issues to audit clients throughout Australia;
Reviewing ASX listed company financial statements to ensure compliance with all relevant disclosure requirements prior to lodgement with the ASX;
Writing technical updates and alerts for distribution to professional staff and clients;
Writing and presenting technical and audit training to a range of employees in the assurance division;
Production of submissions to the regulatory authorities on exposure drafts and other policy documents for comment e.g. AUASB, AASB, ASIC;
Attendance at industry discussion groups, e.g. ASIC Liaison Committee meeting, Emerging Issues Discussion Group, Large National Networks meeting;
Participation in CPA's Financial Reporting and Governance Centre of Excellence Committee;
Writing articles for In the Black magazine on the subject of Auditing Standards and additional disclosure requirements for Australian financial statements;
Development and presentation of training courses including Accounting Standard Updates and standard specific training for external bodies, e.g. CPA Australia.
Carmen has excellent knowledge of the Australian and International Accounting Standards and applies commercial considerations to her interpretations when evaluating issues raised by her clients.
Carmen has also prepared disclosure checklists for general purpose financial statements and uses this knowledge to review financial statements for entities prior to final submission to the auditors and ASIC to ensure compliance with Accounting Standards and other requirements.
Carmen has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and has presented a number of training sessions both to external bodies, including CPA Australia and internally within accounting firms. The topics have covered a range of financial reporting and auditing topics including accounting standard updates, business combinations, not-for-profit updates and audit methodology.