Previous Winners of the ICAEW Outstanding Achievement Award
A list of winners of the ICAEW Outstanding Achievement Award, which is given to an individual ICAEW member who has served the community in the broadest sense.
2021: Subhash Thrakar
“in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to business, including supporting and championing London’s Asian business community, the UK’s business overseas and his charitable activities”.
2020: Mary Harris Smith
“in recognition of her ground-breaking achievement in May 1920 in becoming the first female member to be admitted to ICAEW. Her dogged determination to become an ICAEW member on the same terms as men, despite numerous setbacks, her professional success and her support for other female professionals are an inspiration to all those who have followed in her footsteps”.
2019: Robert Herz
“in recognition of his global leadership in seeking closer international harmonisation and improvements in accounting, financial reporting and reporting of sustainability and other key non-financial performance information, thereby helping businesses to present their performance with clarity for the benefit of the capital markets”
2018: Sir Michael Peat
For services to the Royal Household and his role in establishing HRH The Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability and Integrated Reporting projects.
2017: Sir Gerald Acher
In recognition of his outstanding achievements in serving the community, as well as his contribution to business and the accountancy profession during a highly successful career.
2016: Amir Dossal
In recognition of his outstanding achievements in uniting public and private organisations to address the world’s economic and social challenges.
2015: Ruby McGregor-Smith
The first Asian female CEO of a FTSE 250 company, Ruby has been recognised for her exceptional contribution to business and diversity initiatives.
2014: Dame Mary Keegan
For her outstanding contribution to the profession in the UK and EU over the years, most notably regarding the development and introduction of IFRS, and to the development of UK government accounting.
2013: Sir Michael Rake
For the great contribution he has made to the accountancy profession, global business and charitable activity.
2012: Zarin Mehta
For the influence he has had in business, music and performing arts over many years.
2011: Sir Martin Broughton
For his significant achievements and contribution to industry over many years.
For his outstanding contribution to corporate and national issues in India over many years.
2009: Frances Done
For her significant commitment over many years to the Public Sector at national and local level.
2008: Sean Mahon
For his significant commitment over many years to rejuvenating deprived areas and helping disadvantaged groups in Yorkshire and for his significant contribution to regional business.
2007: Teresa Graham
2006: Peter Wyman
For services to the profession and his leadership in the debate on reforms in the post-Enron era.
2005: Karan Bilimoria
For his entrepreneurship and work for charity.
2004: Sir William Castell
For his contribution to the life sciences industry and The Prince's Trust.
2003: Professor Geoffrey Whittington
For his contribution to accounting academia, the development of accounting standards and public life.
2002: Hugh Collum
For his leadership of The Hundred Group of Finance Directors and his career as a Finance Director.
2001: John Anderson
For his contribution to the accountancy profession and to the community in North Wales.
For his contribution to the development of KPMG International.
1999: Sir David Lees
For his services to British industry.
1998: Ian Hay Davison
For his contribution to the accounting profession, public service and the Arts.
1997: Sir David Tweedie
For his work as Chairman of the Accounting Standards Board.
1996: The Rt. Hon. Lord Wakeham PC JP
For his contribution to government and public service.
1995: Sir Nigel Rudd
For his contribution to British industry.
1994: The Right Reverend James Lawton Thompson, Bishop of Bath and Wells
For his services to the Church of England and for his social and interfaith work.
1993: Sir Brian Jenkins GBE MA DSc
For his contribution to the accountancy profession and to the City of London.
1992: Sir Paul Girolami Bcom
For his services to industry and his contribution to the nation's exports.
1991: Roger Spoor OBE
For his contribution to the North East of England.
For his services to industry.
1989: Arthur Thomas Booth
For his contribution to the North West of England.
1988: Sir Bryan Carsberg
For his contributions at Oftel and to accounting research and education.
1987: Professor Harold Edey
For his contribution to higher education and accounting research, knowledge and practice.
1986: Philip Rusted
For services to charity (Live Aid/Band Aid).
1985: Sir Owen Green
For services to industry.
1984: Lord Benson
For services to this country, the law and his profession.
1983: Sir Trevor Holdsworth
For services to industry and the community.
1982: Tom Watts
For work in developing accounting standards and certain EEC Directives.
1981: Sir Kenneth Cork
For professional, civic and charitable work.
1980: Donald Ironside
For his work in the field of tax reform.