the king

The King has acknowledged the contributions of chartered accountants in various sectors, such as public service, economic growth, charitable service, and music, among other areas. In the 2024 New Year Honours List, Bidesh Sarkar, Chief Financial Officer at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) Board, and ten other individuals, who are members of a professional accounting body, received awards.

Sarkar, recognised for his public service, holds the positions of DBT’s Interim Director General, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Information Risk Owner, and executive committee champion for diversity and inclusion. He expresses gratitude for the honor, emphasising the collaborative efforts of his colleagues throughout his career.

Kevin Ellis, Alliance Senior Partner at PwC UK and Middle East, was also honored with a CBE for contributions to economic growth and expanding social mobility. Ellis, who specialises in turnaround and crisis management support, reflects on the growth and changes in the professional services sector and the economy during his tenure at PwC.

Lynn Pamment, Chair of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board, received a CBE for public service in her role. Pamment, also the Comptroller and Auditor General for Jersey, brings over 28 years of experience in advisory and assurance roles in public and private sector organisations.

The OBE recipients include James Ainscough, CEO of the Royal Albert Hall, acknowledged for his service to music and musicians. Ainscough’s leadership at Help Musicians during the pandemic led to significant support initiatives, including financial hardship funding and mental health care programs.

Bruce Gordon, Chair and Founder Member of the Honorary Treasurers Forum, received an OBE for charitable service. Kerry Jackson, CEO of St Gemma’s Hospice, was recognised for services to palliative and end-of-life care.

In the MBE category, recipients include Gordon Richardson, Treasurer of the Walking Alliance, acknowledged for services to disability access. Peter Mountford, Executive Chairman of Heropreneurs, received the honor for voluntary services to Armed Forces personnel. Daniel Herman, FCA, was recognised for his contributions to education and Holocaust awareness.

John Humphreys, FCA, former Chairman of the British Charitable Fund and volunteer in the British community in Belgium, was awarded the BEM for services to the British community in Belgium.

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