Ed Balls is the most powerful person in
‘Ed Balls is often tipped as a future chancellor. The good news is that he
appears to understand how the profession works,’ the description of Balls reads.
Though not an accountant, Balls is already having have a huge impact on the
sector. Balls worked on protecting UK companies against
Sarbox rules in 2006 and made moves to improve the scrutiny of spending
cash. He is likely to be even more influential in 2007.
Griffith-Jones is the highest Big Four figure to appear at third, due to his
greater willingness to take on the profession’s critics.
Noakes, the shadow Treasury minister, is fourth. Formerly at KPMG, she is
helping shape Tory policy on tax and in other areas.
The top ten, in order, are: Ed Balls, Sir Christopher Hogg of the
FRC, John Griffith-Jones, Baroness Noakes,
Peter Wyman of PwC,
Whitehead of Dorsey & Whitney, Dave Hartnett of HMRC (last year’s number
one), Jon Symonds of AstraZeneca, Philip Broadley of Prudential and Helen Weir
of Lloyds TSB.
The list is selected by Accountancy Age‘s editorial team.
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