Link: All the awards winners
The surprise news came on Wednesday night during the annual Accountancy Age Awards at the Natural History Museum before an audience of more than 600 senior industry figures.
Ormerod saw off tough competition from John Connelly, managing partner at Deloitte, Peter Wyman, president of the ICAEW, Mike Rake, managing partner at KPMG, and senator Paul Sarbanes, author of controversial US corporate governance legislation.
Among the other winners was PricewaterhouseCoopers, which the judges named Big Four Firm of the Year. Judges said the firm was well ahead of its competitors. One added that it was ‘simply a leading firm’.
Financial Director of the Year was shared after judges decided they could find no way of separating David Leather, FD of the phenomenally successful Commonwealth Games in Manchester, and Chris Woodhouse, FD at Homebase, who played a leading role in the company’s MBO.