Sir Digby Jones, former head of the CBI and now an adviser at Deloitte, is
just one of the big names to join the list of judges for this year’s
Accountancy Age awards.
Joining him on the panel is Philip Broadley, the group finance director at
the Prudential and Alison Reed, FD at Standard Life. They will be joined by Ann
Beasley, FD at HM Prison Service, Nick Land former chairman of Ernst &
Young, Mike Rake, chairman of KPMG International and Andrew Gowers, former
editor of the Financial Times.
A second panel will judge the IT awards and includes Mark Holland, head of
Baker Tilly’s IT advisory services and Paul Booth, technical manager of the
ICAEW’s IT faculty. They will be accompanied by Deloitte’s head of technology
and corporate tax, Conrad Young.
The deadline for awards entries has been extended until 11 August. To enter
Sir Digby Jones
Sir Digby Jones was secretary general of the CBI until earlier this
year whe he left to join Deloitte as an adviser. In his time at the CBI he was
able to bring business to the forefront of public affairs and earnest the deep
respect of the City and government alike.
Group FD at the Prudential and chairman of the Hundred Group of FDs, Broadly is
simply one of the most influential accountants around at the moment. His sights
have fallen International Accounting Standards, the Company Law Reform Bill and
the government’s campaign on tax avoidance.
Alison’s reputation requires little explanation. After leaving Marks &
Spencer, where she was group finance director, she was recruited into the same
post at Standard Life to help guide the insurance giant through its flotation
and immediate entry into the FTSE 100.
Andrew Gowers works in corporate communications at Lehman Brothers, after a 25
year career in journalism. Gowers started at Reuters in 1980, but made his name
at the Financial Times. The launch editor of FT Deutschland, he edited the paper
itself from 2001 to 2005.
Nick Land has been with Ernst & Young since 1970, the last 11 years as
chairman where he became one of the most respected accountants in the country.
He retired this year and is currently a non executive director with Shell.
Finance director of the HM Prison Service Ann Beasley si credited with reforming
financial procurement to the extent of making £35m in savings. Her contribution
has proved a major achievement and earned her the respect of many observers.
Mikae Rake as high as it is possible to go within accountancy practice. He
joined Peat Marwick in 1974, became a partner five years later, UK senior
partner in 1998 and finally chairman of KPMG International in 2002.
Paul Nisbett has been finance director of Malmaison and Hotel du Vin, the top
end hotel brands, for three years now. Trained with Forte in its graduate
accounting programme (‘a phenomenal training scheme,’ he says), he has worked
for the Hilton group, Le Meridien and niche brand Red Carnation. He is now
overseeing the expansion of the two chains from 16 to 25 hotels.
Patrick Way is the tax barrister to the stars. A member of Gray’s Inn Tax
Chambers, Way acted for Andre Agassi in his battle with the taxman over
sponsorship income. But he really hit the headlines earlier this year, when he
successfully defended Richard & Judy in their battle to deduct their agents’
fees from their taxable income. Way and the couple’s legal team deployed all the
weapons in their armoury, even going to the trouble of showing the judge a tape
of Richard Madeley’s Ali G impression to demonstrate that the pair were ‘theatr
Mark Freebairn is the head of the CFO practice at leading executive search
agency Odgers Ray & Berndtson and an outspoken commentator on executive
recruitment and development. Freebairn specilises in the appointment of non
executives with financial expertise and worked for some of the largest companies
in the country.
Iain Richards has been avid contributer and commentator on the development of
corporate governance for accountants and auditors and currently heads
developments the the governance and public policy opinion that relate to the
investment srategy of Morley Fund Management.
One of the top finance directors in the country Stuart Hiscox is also one of
only four exectuive directors at Hiscox, the insurance group. A chartered
accountant and a member of Financial Reporting Council’s review group n internal
controls, he is viewed as an authority with the profession.
Elnaugh found widespread fame for becoming one of the business experts on the
panel for the BBC’s Dragon’s Den. But TV stardom came only after she had built
her company, Red Letter Days, into a multi million pound award winning business.
She hit the headlines again after Red Letter Days went into administration but
remains a sough after speaker on entrepreneurship and building a business.
After training as an accountant and working at PricewaterhouseCoopers,
Glaxosmithkline and Centrica Greening gave up the corporate world for life as an
MP. Elected for Putney in 2005 Greening has gained notoriety for views on the
development of accountancy regulation. She has has special interest in the
Company Law Reform bill and holds the position of vice chairman of the Tory
party inn charge of youth issues.
Andrew Sawers is editor of Accountancy Age‘s sister
publication Financial Director.
Chairman of judges and editor of Accountancy Age
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