Montagu tops sparkling awards night

In a dazzling ceremony held at the Natural History Museum, the chairman of the Revenue was presented with his award by writer and actress Meera Syal, the host of this year’s Accountancy Age Award for Excellence, before a gathering of 550 senior figures from the financial world.

Sir Nicholas, as he is now known, has already spearheaded an unprecedented level of change, not least this year’s decision to retire Hector, the longstanding public face of the Revenue. He saw off stiff competition from a number of other senior financial figures, including Nick Land, chairman of Ernst & Young, whose firm was named Big Five Firm of the Year.

The impressive list of Accountancy Age Awards also included a most unusual winner – HM Prison Service – which took the number one spot in the Annual Report and Accounts category.

Among the other honours, the Financial Director of the Year Award went to the BBC’s John Smith. Besides his work at the BBC, Smith is a member of the Accounting Standards Board and the 100 Group of FDs.

Amanda Caine, winner of the Public Services Achievement award, was credited with turning around the crisis-hit finance function of FARM-Africa, a charity that works with communities in Africa.

The finance team of the Eden Project, now Cornwall’s biggest tourist attraction, won the Finance Team of the Year Award.

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