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Honours for LSCA members

A number of LSCA members were honoured in the New Years’ Honour List, including the former Lord Mayor of London and a former chair of the London Society.

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February 2020

The former Lord Mayor Peter Estlin FCA has been knighted for services to international business, inclusion and skills. He used his time as Lord Mayor to advance the work of OnSide Youth Zones, which works with young people from the most deprived areas around the UK. Thanks in part to him, there are now three state of the art youth zones built in London, and some 20 across the country.

“It is truly a huge honour to be awarded any honour, let alone a knighthood,” he says. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet but the sense of motivation to do more is enormous.”

The first woman chair of the London Society of Chartered Accountants Teresa Graham has been made a dame. She was the first female winner of Young Accountant of the Year (1988), and the first woman to receive the ICAEW Outstanding Achievement Award.

She has been made a Dame for services to small businesses, a sector that she has championed throughout her career.

Fellow ICAEW chartered accountant Jonathan Symonds, Chair of Genomics England and Deputy Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings, has been knighted for services to life sciences and finance. A former KPMG partner, he was CFO at Astra Zeneca before joining Goldman Sachs as a partner and managing director, and then moving on to become CFO at Novartis AG. He was also chair of HSBC Bank plc, HSBC’s European subsidiary.

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