2012: New Year honours
As 2012 draws to a close, members of the accountancy profession were celebrated with New Year honours, including an OBE for deaf KPMG director Teresa Sienkiewicz, who overcame hearing problems to receive her award for services to the accountancy and pensions professions.
"It's been a great career for a deaf person. Being deaf has really defined what I do," she told local newspaper the Surry Comet.
Over a thousand hard-working and dedicated people were recommended to Her Majesty for an honour across the UK, including many who were involved in this years' London Olympics and Paralympics, recognised on a special honours list.
Finance and programme director for the Government Olympic Executive David Goldstone scooped an CBE for services to the financial administration of the proceedings and Richard Thomas Hartman, head of financial control at the Government Olympic Executive was awarded an OBE for services to the Olympics and Paralympics, in addition to voluntary service to the museum sector.
Other notable names included a knighthood for Tour de France winner and Olympian Bradley Wiggins, a GBE for Sir Alan Budd, who left retirement to work for the Office for Budget Responsibility, a Companion of Honour for physicist Peter Higgs, who leant his name to the famous Higgs Boson particle discovered this year and a CBE for Cherie Blair for recognition of service to womens' issues and charity.
The government placed a focus on the Olympics and sport this year, as well as those in the industry and economic and voluntary sectors.
Away from the sporting arenas, however, accountants have been hard to spot among the MBEs, CBEs and other orders.
Amongst the recipients was Professor Judith Freedman, professor of tax law at Oxford, who received a CBE for her contribution to tax research.