Nearly 10,000 accountancy students have passed through the doors of Caer Rhun Hall in Conwy, since it was founded by his father Ronnie Anderson shortly after the war.
Anderson took over the college in 1971 and has been at the forefront of accountancy education for the last thirty years. He is both a qualified chartered accountant and a barrister and holds numerous public appointments.
He is currently chairman of the institute’s council and was also formerly president of the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants, which will hold a dinner to present the award on 24 May. Anderson graduated from Cambridge in 1958 and qualified as a chartered accountant with Harmood Banner Lewis & Mounsey, now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers, in 1961. He was also called to the Bar, although he has never actually practised as a barrister.
Michael Darby, Liverpool Society President, said: ‘As one of the first centres of educational excellence for the training of chartered accountants, Caer Rhun has been synonymous with achievement at the highest level in our professional examinations.’
He added: ‘The number of chartered accountants who now hold senior positions in both practice and industry who would not be there without John’s experience and guidance, is immeasurable.’ Anderson has been a magistrate for over 20 years and is chairman of North Wales Magistrates Courts Committee. He received the OBE for political services in 1997.