Since 2001, Whittington has been a liaison member of the International Accounting Standards Board, with responsibility for consulting with the Nordic countries and European academia.
He played key role in the development of accounting standards and was awarded a CBE for this in 2000.
His academic career has stretched back 30 years. In 1998 he was made PricewaterhouseCoopers’ professor of Financial Accounting at Cambridge University, and he has helped set up a number of influential accounting qualifications.
Peter Wyman, president of the ICAEW said: ‘We have an accounting system in the UK which is widely thought of as the best in the world, and Geoffrey has played a major part in forming those world-class accounting standards.
‘Geoffrey’s contribution to the development and progression of the profession has been huge. I am delighted he has been selected for this award and wish him continuing success in the vital role he now plays in setting international accounting standards.’
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