Financial Power List 2019: 11-15 revealed

Financial Power List 2019: 11-15 revealed

Our Financial Power List 2019 ranks the 50 individuals who we believe will make the biggest difference to the accountancy industry over the next 12 months

Compiled by the Accountancy Age editorial team, the Financial Power List 2019 ranks the 50 individuals who we believe will make the biggest difference in the accountancy industry over the next 12 months.  Individuals considered for the list span government, practice and business. Their status or role does not guarantee their position in this ranking, but rather we have chosen individuals who we think will have an impact in one way or another based on what changes they are predicted to spearhead, whether that be in government policy, tax changes, regulation, firm growth, or industry diversity.

Make sure you check back to view the full rankings, which will be released on 15 February, with five individuals announced every day between now and then.

Here, we reveal the individuals who have made positions 11-15 on this year’s list.

15. Stephen Barclay, Brexit Secretary

Barclay has only been Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union since November 2018, so far apparently suggesting that his role will focus more on domestic arrangements than Brexit negotiations. As we go up to the wire for negotiations, and no-deal looms, those domestic arrangements suddenly look critical.

The former banker and City minister is respected by finance bosses and will play a key role in the country’s future – if he remains in his position longer than some of his predecessors have done.

 

14. Jeremy Boon, Deloitte, Analytics and Information Management Manager

Recognised as one of the Top 100 most influential BAME tech leaders in the UK & Europe, Jeremy helps global organisations harness opportunities and compete through analytics, cloud and AI technologies.

In the year of Making Tax Digital and massive transformations in audit, technology and its adoption is key to the success of any accounting or consultancy firm, perhaps more now than ever.

Jeremy is also a tech mentor, public speaker, diversity adviser, and vocal contributor to public debate on the future of technology, AI, data ethics and governance.

13. Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

From assistant government whip to Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride has been a senior figure in politics for several years. In his current role, his responsibilities include strategic oversight for the UK tax system, European and international tax issues, customs, VAT, and the Finance Bill.

Seen as an advocate for small businesses, it will be interesting to see what he does as the country adapts to life post-Brexit. His role will be key when it comes to issues including public spending.

 

 

12. Simon Gallagher, Managing Partner, Moore Stephens

Gallagher grabbed headlines last year when the merger of Moore Stephens with BDO was announced. He has been leading the integration of the two firms from the Moore Stephens side. The move was eagerly watched by many as it has shaken up the hierarchy of firms outside of the Big Four, at a time when their hegemony seems in question.

Moore Stephens revenues grew last year by 13 percent to £137.5m, a growth which was attributed to investment in technology and resources. The firm also employed 280 more people. In a competitive and uncertain market, Moore Stephens, now a part of BDO, look set to be one of the winners.

 

11. Kevin Ellis, PwC Chair and CEO

Kevin Ellis was appointed as PwC UK’s head of the advisory business in 2008. In 2012 he became managing partner, and in 2016 chairman and senior partner.

Having been with the firm since 1984 – working through the Big Four firm’s graduate training programme – Ellis is a well-known figure in the financial world.

He specialised in crisis management support for businesses in the public and private sectors. With Brexit uncertainty raging on, Ellis will surely need all 25 years of his experience to advise UK businesses in 2019.

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