Roger Simnett is currently the Macquarie Group Foundation Chair, and holds a half time appointment as Academic Director of the Centre for Social Impact, and Professor of Accounting at the UNSW Australia Business School. He was previously the Associate Dean of Research for the Australian School of Business from 2011-2014 and Head of the School of Accounting from 2006-2010. Roger's research interests cover a range of international auditing/assurance issues, aimed at improving audit/assurance quality and making policy recommendations, and his work covers both auditor decision-making and the economics of auditing and well as examining credibility-enhancing mechanisms for non-financial information.
He is recognised as a leading academic in auditing and his work has appeared in the leading academic and professional journals, including The Accounting Review, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Abacus, Behavioral Research in Auditing and Contemporary Accounting Research. He is also currently serving on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including the main three specialist auditing journals: Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, International Journal of Auditing and Managerial Auditing Journal. Roger is heavily involved in standard-setting as a member of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board for two terms and was the first elected academic on the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board from 2002-2005.
He has recently held the appointments of Chairman of the Sustainability Expert Advisory Panel of the International Federation of Accountants, Co-chair of the task force producing an assurance standard on Carbon Emission disclosures for the IAASB and is currently a member of the International Integrated Reporting Committee’s assurance task force. Roger is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.