PracticeAccounting Firms2003 Awards for excellence – shortlist and judges

2003 Awards for excellence - shortlist and judges

From the UK's top FD to the firms of the year, the Accountancy Age Awards is still the only event to recognise excellence across the accountancy business. Here we reveal this year's shortlist and the judges who chose them.

Shortlist

SMALL BUSINESS SOFTWARE PACKAGE OF THE YEAR

  • Benchmark Software (Chancellor)
  • beprofessional (beprofessional)
  • Sage (Sage Line 50)
  • Simply Books (Simply Books v2 SR1)

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MID-RANGE SOFTWARE PACKAGE OF THE YEAR

  • Access Accounting (Dimensions Client/Server)
  • Advanced Professional Solutions (APS)
  • CODA (CODA Dream)
  • Exchequer Software (Exchequer Enterprise)
  • Microsoft Business Solutions (Navison)

ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR

  • CedAr (e5)
  • CODA (Financials)
  • Open Business Exchange (OB10 electronic invoice delivery network)
  • Open Accounts (OpenAccounts)
  • PeopleSoft (PeopleSoft Financial Management Solutions)
  • Version One (Db Archive)

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

 

  • Eric Tracey (Amey)
  • John Rishton (British Airways)
  • Rick Bloomfield (Don-Bur (Holdings)
  • Roger Barker (Muntons)
  • Philip Lloyd (The Learning & Skills Council)

ACCOUNTANT OF THE YEAR

  • Vanessa Wilson (Freestyle New Media Group)
  • Sandra De Lord (Trustient)
  • Nick Tiley (Ultra Electronics)
  • Karen Ballantyne (Wilkins Kennedy)

FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR

  • London & Quadrant Housing Trust (Change)
  • London Borough of Sutton (Local Government Grant Distribution and Consultation)
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Group (Finance Integration Team)
  • RBS Group (Group Technology Finance)

AAT ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR

 

  • Mike Sole (Batchelor Coop Chartered Accountants)
  • Mary Gillespie (CDS Rail)
  • Sally Webb (Hastings Insurance Services)
  • Agnes Ferret (Oxford Applied Research)

ANNUAL REPORT & ACCOUNTS BUSINESS

 

  • Amersham
  • Exel
  • Geest
  • Speedy Hire
  • The British Land Company

ANNUAL REPORT & ACCOUNTS PUBLIC & VOLUNTARY

 

  • Companies House
  • HM Prison Service
  • UK Passport Service

TURNAROUND TEAM OF THE YEAR

 

  • Kelso Place Asset Management (Acquisition and turnaround of distressed businesses)
  • KPMG (Receivership of the Albert Fisher food group)
  • Kroll (Budget Rent A Car International)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (The BRS Team)
  • Primus Telecommunications (Primus)

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

 

  • BDO Stoy Hayward
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

BIG FOUR FIRM

 

  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Ernst & Young
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

LARGE FIRM

 

  • Grant Thornton
  • Horwath Clark Whitehill
  • Johnston Carmichael
  • Smith & Williamson

MEDIUM FIRM

 

  • Champion
  • Kendall Wadley
  • Rabjohns LLP
  • Sagars Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers
  • Silver Levene
  • Wingrave Yeats

SMALL FIRM

 

  • Cameron Baum
  • Freeman & Partners
  • SJD Accountancy
  • Trustient

2003 Judges

  • Sir John Bourn is one of the most influential players in UK accountancy.

As comptroller and auditor general, he heads the National Audit Office, responsible for auditing £650bn of government spending each year.

Since 1999 he has also been auditor general of Wales. More than that, he is an observer on the Financial Reporting Council, chairman of the Professional Oversight Board and a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel.

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  • Chris Dickson is executive counsel at the Accountants’ Joint Disciplinary Scheme – the profession’s most influential regulator. A former Serious Fraud Office investigator, it has fallen to Dickson and his team to investigate accountants’ roles in cases as diverse as Maxwell, Polly Peck, Barings and, more recently, Equitable Life.

 

  • Howard Flight MP is shadow chief secretary to the Treasury. Also joint chairman of Investec Asset Management, Flight has 30 years’ experience in the investment management industry and has built up a successful and well-regarded investment management company. His book All You Need to Know about Exchange Rates was published in 1988. He includes finance, taxation and economic policy among his areas of special interest.

 

  • Christine Freshwater was the first and only female managing partner of a top 20 firm, until she stood down from her post at Chantrey Vellacott in the summer. An accountant ‘by accident’, she became the firm’s first female partner aged 27 before being appointed to the top job in 2000.

 

  • Dave Hartnett is the Inland Revenue’s deputy chairman and director general of policy and technical. He joined the Revenue in 1976 and has been responsible for capital taxes, savings, pensions, share schemes, charity tax issues and stamp duty. He was appointed deputy chairman in April 2003.

 

  • Claire Ighodaro is president of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She is also finance director, broadband, of BT Group. As a UK trade ambassador she has previously led successful overseas trade missions on behalf of the DTI and the Telecoms Industry Association. In her time at BT she has been responsible for the financial strategy, management and control for the UK’s first mass-market broadband internet launch – including e-commerce, content, portal, channel and interactive TV development.

 

  • Steven Marshall is the former FD and chief executive of Railtrack. He joined Railtrack from Thorn where he was chief executive. Before Thorn, he held senior finance positions at Grand Metropolitan, latterly as FD of International Distillers & Vintners European business.

 

  • John Ormerod is the senior partner at Deloitte & Touche’s London Practice. Best known as the UK managing partner of Andersen when the firm collapsed last year, Ormerod won plaudits (including being named Accountancy Age’s Personality of the Year in 2002) for the way he ensured the UK firm found a partner in Deloitte.

 

  • Mark Palios is the new chief executive of the Football Association. His job credentials are exemplary. He is a former footballer (he played for Tranmere Rovers) and was a business recovery partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He lays reasonable claim to creating the turnaround business, and will draw heavily on those skills to steer football through its turbulent times.

Technology judges

  • Mike Gubbins is editor of the UK’s leading business IT newspaper, Computing. The title this year celebrates 30 years as the voice of IT decision-maker. Its coverage has played a significant role in reporting on and influencing the development of business technology.

 

  • Dennis Howlett has more than 25 years’ IT experience including 10 years as a partner in a firm of regional chartered accountants. Over the last 12 years, he has become recognised as one of Europe’s leading enterprise software reviewers. He contributes to several business and IT magazines.

 

  • Dennis Keeling is the founder of BASDA, the Business Application Software Developers Association. The association represents more than 350 of the world’s leading applications software developers and is the acknowledged voice of the industry, recognised by the United Nations, the European Commission and UK government.

 

  • John Oates is a partner in Baker Tilly’s Manchester office, specialising in technology. He is also deputy chairman of the ICAEW’s IT faculty. Like our other technology judges, he has been involved with the Accountancy Age Awards for a number of years.

Two technology judges – e-envoy Andrew Pinder and the ICAEW IT Faculty’s Paul Court – were unable to take part on judging day.

Specialist judges

 

  • Tom Berry is deputy editor of Accountancy Age’s sister title Financial Director magazine. Prior to joining the title, he held a number of senior editorial positions including editor of Euromedia, and was commissioning editor for Financial Times Business. He is a specialist judge for this year’s Public Sector Annual Report and Finance Team Awards.

 

  • Andrew Sawers has been the editor of Financial Director since 1997. Last year’s Business Magazine Journalist of the Year, he was previously business editor on Accountancy Age. Sawers has an accountancy degree from Glasgow University and was previously an investment analyst at Swiss Bank Corporation. He is a specialist judge for this year’s Business Annual Report and Finance Director Awards.

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