Opinion – Where the power really lies.

This week’s inaugural Accountancy Age Financial Power List is an illuminating snapshot of the profession and contains several surprises. The growing influence on the profession of non-accountants – there are civil servants from Whitehall and Brussels in the top 10 – should surprise no one, nor should the wider impact accountants are having in the business world.

But it is the shrinking role of the senior partner that most catches the eye. Roger Davis and Peter Wyman from PwC, sit above their senior partner Kieran Poynter. Theirs is a wider role in the profession and their influence more acutely felt. It is a trend that we expect to continue.

The names not on the list may also surprise. Dome troubleshooter David James is absent. There is also no officeholder or executive officer from CIMA or CIPFA.

We make no apologies for these and other exclusions. The reputation of the 50 individuals who have made it more than justify that.

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