PracticeAccounting FirmsArise Sir Mike, as Rake tops honours list

Arise Sir Mike, as Rake tops honours list

KPMG’s global chairman Mike Rake has been knighted for ‘services to the accountancy profession’

The global chairman of KPMG Mike Rake was knighted in the New Year’s honours
list this year.

Rake, 58, served as chairman and senior partner of KPMG’s UK member firm for
eight years until October 2006.

‘The honour doesn’t only reflect my services – but also those of many people
within KPMG and the wider profession with whom I have worked,’ Rake said.

Rake stepped down as chairman of the UK firm last year, but continues as
global chairman.

He is rated the 37th most powerful person in the profession in Accountancy
Age’s financial power list, published today.

Jon Symonds, AstraZeneca’s chief finance officer was awarded a CBE, while
Stephen Oliver, presiding special commissioner and president of the VAT and
Duties Tribunals, has been awarded a knighthood ‘for public service’.

Public sector recipients included Trevor Woolley, Ministry of Defence FD, and
John Codling, finance director general, Department for Work and Pensions, who
were awarded a Companion of the Order of Bath.

An OBE was also given to director of finance and administration of the Royal
National Institute for the Blind, Barry Gifford, for his services to people with
visual impairment.

Anthony Orhnial, director of personal tax and welfare reform at the Treasury,
was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

CBEs went to Patricia Howse, assistant director, Serious Fraud Office, Angela
Knight, chief executive designate of the British Bankers’ Association, and to
Donald Makepeace, director, workforce change team, HMRC.

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