C&W chairman knighted in New Year honours

In a continuing trend, accounting and finance were largely overlooked in the New Year’s honours list.

The best known person within the profession to receive recognition was C&W chairman Richard Lapthorne, who was knighted for his services to telecommunications. Lapthorne, previously group finance director at Unilever, was given a CBE in 1997 in recognition of his work as vice chairman at British Aerospace. He is a fellow of both CIMA and ACCA as well as the Corporate Treasurers Association and serves on HMRC’s large business advisory board. 

Former Financial Reporting Council chief executive Paul Boyle got an OBE for services to the financial services industry and accountancy.

Out of around 1,200 people on the 2010 New Year Honours list, 13 current and former HMRC staff members were named. So far, however, AccountingWEB.co.uk has only been able to identify one other private sector accounting honouree - MacBrayne Ltd group finance director and CIMA associate Alexander Lynch, who got an MBE for services to transport and charity.

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Tax Help for Older People MBE

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Paddy Millard, the founder of Tax Help for Older People was awarded an MBE this year. The organisation was set up in 2001 to provide free professional help on personal tax to older people on low incomes who could not otherwise afford to pay for independent advice.

Millard and his eight helpers oversee an operation which involves 10 regional co-ordinators and 721 frontline volunteers across the country, assisting around 15,000 clients each year.