Olympic-bid finance director Neil Wood was presented with Accountancy
Age’s Personality of the Year at our annual ceremony last night.
In a close run category, readers voted for Wood from a shortlist of five that
included Hundred Group chairman Jon Symonds, cabinet secretary Gus O’Donnell and
BDO Stoy Hayward’s Jeremy Newman.
Deloitte partner Wood, 40, played a key role in the capital’s successful bid
for the 2012 Olympics, as interim FD of the London Organising Committee of the
Retiring chairman of Ernst & Young, Nick Land, also picked up an award
for his outstanding contribution to the profession. He steps down next June
after 11 years at the helm.
PricewaterhouseCoopers was awarded the Big Four Firm Award in a year that has
seen it widen the gap on its nearest rival Deloitte.
BDO Stoy Hayward won Large Firm of the Year, Adler Shine won Medium Firm of
the Year and FPM Accountants Small Firm of the Year.
More than a thousand representatives of the profession from both business and
practice attended the black-tie awards, held at the Battersea Park Arena in
Judges included chairman of HM Revenue & Customs David Varney, BBC
business journalist Paddy O’Connell and finance directors from some of the UK’s
Conrad Hall, who turned around the accounts of the London Borough of Lambeth,
was the ‘runaway’ winner of the Accountant of the Year Award. The judges said:
‘Conrad was the leader by a million miles. He showed huge initiative and
Other winners included WPP for the best Business Annual Report, the British
Library for Public and Voluntary Sector Annual Report, the London Borough of
Richmond upon Thames as Public Sector Finance Team, and Baxter Storey as
Business Finance Team.
To read about all the Accountancy Age Awards winners, click on the
chairman Ernst & Young
Personality of the Year
Neil Wood, FD
London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games
Big Four Firm of the Year
Large Firm of the Year
Medium Firm of the Year
Small Firm of the
Finance Team of the Year – Business
Finance Team of the Year – Public & Voluntary Sector
Corporate Finance Deal of the Year
Annual Report of the Year – Business
Annual Report of the Year – Public &
Blue Chip FD of the Year
Macfarlane, Land Securities
Growing Business FD of the Year
Public Sector FD of the Year
London Borough of Croydon
Accounting Technician of the Year
Thompson, OTM Consulting
Accountant of the Year
London Borough of Lambeth
Enterprise Software of the Year
Mid Range Software of the Year
Small Business Software of the Year
ACCA achievement of the year
Recruitment Consultancy of the Year
Employer of the Year
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