IFRS Foundation appoints Matt Tilling as Director of Education

 28 April 2016

The IFRS Foundation has today announced the appointment of Matt Tilling as its new Director of Education. He will be responsible for the development of the organisation's educational activities, which are an important part of its efforts to support consistent application of IFRS Standards and the IFRS for SMEs Standard across the world.

As part of its strategic plan for 2016 and beyond, the IFRS Foundation will continue to support the consistent application of its Standards by becoming more active in helping jurisdictions to implement recently issued Standards and by developing a wider range of educational activities.

The new Director of Education will be part of the newly-formed integrated team covering interpretations of Standards, implementation, adoption support and educational activities under the leadership of Henry Rees, Director of Implementation and Adoption Activities.

Mr Tilling was previously based in Perth, Western Australia, where he has, for the last five years, split his time between professional accounting and academia. As a senior manager at BDO he was responsible for the strategic development and delivery of customised professional development programmes and for providing technical accounting support for both internal teams and external clients. At the University of Notre Dame in Australia he was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Accounting programmes. He lectured on technical accounting topics and researched disclosure-related issues.

Prior to working in Perth, Mr Tilling was a lecturer at several universities around Australia and has also worked in Malaysia. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.

Matt Tilling commented:

I am very excited to be joining the IFRS Foundation and look forward to working with the leadership and the technical staff to help the organisation develop and implement its education initiatives.

Hugh Shields, IASB Executive Technical Director, said:

Supporting the consistent application of our Standards is one of the organisation's main strategic goals and education plays an important part in that work. Matt's experience from both academia and professional training makes him very well suited for the role. I am pleased to welcome him to the team.

Mr Tilling joins the organisation in May.