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.