Wednesday 15 March 2017, Sir Gerald Acher, vice chairman of Motability, president of Young Epilepsy, and trustee of the KPMG foundation, has been named as the recipient of this year’s ICAEW Outstanding Achievement Award. He will be presented with the award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in serving the community, in addition to his contribution to business and the accountancy profession during a highly successful career.
Sir Gerald joined Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG) after qualifying as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant with Bird, Potter and Co in 1967. He was a member of the Board of KPMG and senior partner of its London office until 2001.
Since retiring from KPMG, (he remains a trustee of the KPMG foundation), he has become an advocate for issues on sustainability, climate change and corporate social responsibility. He is currently vice-chairman of the Board of Governors of Motability; president of Young Epilepsy; deputy chairman of Imperial College Healthcare Trust; founding chairman of the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust and the Cobham Community Bus CIC as well as chairman of Brooklands Museum Trust.
In further recognition of his contributions, Sir Gerald was made a Commander of the Order to the British Empire (CBE) in 1999 for services to transport for disabled people and received his knighthood for services to Charity in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List.
Commenting on receiving the award Sir Gerald Acher said: “It is both a privilege and an honour to be recognised by my own profession in this way. I have gained much enjoyment from serving a diverse range of communities in different ways over many years. It is the ethics, principles and values that I learnt as a chartered accountant which have guided me both inside and outside of accountancy throughout my working life.”
ICAEW's Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the work of ICAEW Chartered Accountants across all the fields and disciplines in which they have an impact and their efforts to benefit society at large. Awarded annually, it is recognised as the profession's highest accolade.
Mark Spofforth, Chairman of the judging panel for the Outstanding Achievement Award, added: “Sir Gerald has dedicated his retirement to the causes close to his heart and I admire the work he has done combining four decades of experience at KPMG and his passion for serving the community to turn their fortunes around. Sir Gerald is a real ambassador for the accountancy profession and 2017 represents his 50th year of membership at ICAEW. I am delighted we are able to recognise his achievements through our Outstanding Achievement Award.”
The award will be presented to Sir Gerald at ICAEW’s Annual Dinner on 15 March.