Sir William, an institute member for 30 years, is currently chief executive of Amersham, a company specialising in molecular medicine.
He recently became the only British representative on the board of General Electric, the world’s biggest company.
The accolade was given in recognition of services to the life sciences industry and his work as chairman of the Prince’s Trust from 1998 to 2003.
The Award is made every year to a member of the ICAEW in recognition of an outstanding contribution in any field of endeavour and was formerly known as the Founding Societies’ Award
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