Les Clifford


Les Clifford was appointed as a Trustee in June 2011. Les is an experienced audit partner with 28 years’ experience of working with global companies who have listings both on the UK and US markets of which 17 years have been as the lead engagement partner. Les is currently an international audit partner in Ernst &Young’s Assurance Practice, based in Zurich. He was until his recent move to Zurich the Senior Advisory Partner and Global Client Service Partner responsible for EY’s services to several FTSE100 corporates.

Les has held various leadership positions in the UK firm of EY, including having led its UK Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences practice and as a member of the Global Pharmaceutical Leadership Team. In addition, Les was a member of the UK firm’s Assurance Leadership team with direct responsibility for its Markets Strategy and a member of the UK firm’s Regulatory Committee. Les qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the firm’s Edinburgh office after graduation from the University of Edinburgh.

In addition to his involvement with Action for Children, Les served as a member of the Audit Committee of Homerton College, a college within the University of Cambridge focusing on education for nine years.

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