ICAEW Thames Valley members standing for election and re-election
These are the Thames Valley members standing for election and re-election.
After over ten successful years as Praxity’s CEO, Graeme Gordon is in the process of preparing to stand down in 2021. He has delivered an exceptional period of year-on-year growth and will leave a strong platform for his successor.
As the Accounting profession evolves, it was essential that the CEO demonstrated the creativity, drive and resilience to serve Praxity’s membership, and to continue to attract new members, against a background of global political and economic uncertainty, and major shifts in regulation, communication and the rising application of new technologies.
As the CEO of Praxity, Græme required, and showed, a combination of strong technical competence, skill and experience, together with a deep affinity for the modern Accounting profession. Furthermore, to command the respect of Praxity’s established and complex stakeholder base, he was required to demonstrate the drive and executive presence necessary to operate as a credible leader, and as a global ambassador for this high-profile, multinational Association.
Therefore, with well over 20 years SME & PIE experience in Business, comes an in-depth knowledge of all sizes of Businesses from those of £1m to £7bn turnover. This, he contends, ensures he has significant recent relevant knowledge and experience. However, in line with good practice, he has agreed to step down from this role in Praxity as of 31 December 2021.
Prior to joining Praxity, Græme was the CEO of Emile Woolf International, training accounting and key soft skills in several parts of the world, including Moscow, Beijing, New York and Islamabad.
Græme's employments before that were (in reverse order):
- CFO of Macro 4 plc -London Stock Exchange main Board listed software plc
- CFO/Compliance Director, Durlacher plc -listed Merchant Bank
- CFO/Compliance director, Regent Technology Ltd - Private M&A IT Boutique
- Director of Administration & Finance, NFL International (American Football)
- Articled Clerk then Qualified Chartered Accountant with Spicer & Pegler, who after two mergers became Touche Ross Tohmatsu, and became Deloitte
- Franchise owner of Crittal Double Glazing - Dorset & Hampshire
- Officer in Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm-coming out August 1980
Græme is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and has been elected as their Master for the year from October 2020 and is also a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers.
As well as serving two 'tours' as President of Thames Valley Society of Chartered Accountants (2003 & 2009), on whose Main Committee he now seeks re-election. Graeme has served on several Committees and Boards for the Institute of Chartered Accountants, was a Council member of the ICAEW for 16 years, ultimately being a member of their Nominations Committee.
In all his roles, but especially his present last, Græme has been required to travel extensively. Which has enabled him to acquire essential knowledge not only of International standards, protocols and ethics, but also to make a significant network of key connections globally.
Graeme is now officially retired, but is not only part-time Chief Accountant for the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, he is National Treasurer and Trustee for The National Coastwatch Institution, Trustee of the Britannia Association and an active, long term member of Chilter Shakespeare Company, having spent 17 years as it’s producer.
Græme is Married to Sharon, (40+ years) and they have three Children; Samantha (35, Solicitor), Callum (32, Film producer) and Caitlin (23, Marketing Executive).
Paul Tudor Davies
Phone: 01844 343990(B) 01844 345077(R)
I live in the village of Longwick with my wife Cathy, where our son Alan, daughter Alana, son-in law Richard, and Grandchildren Jacob and Elodie also reside. We have an office where I practice Accountancy, an orchard, and fields where we keep horse(s) and chickens, and during the summer either graze sheep or grow and save hay. We also have two Birman cats.
Regularly holiday in Normandy and Aquitane.
Whitely Bay and Harrow County Grammar Schools
UCW Aberystwyth: BSc Pure Maths and Stats
Articles: Mann Judd & Co London FCA
After completing Articles with Mann Judd, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Crouch Chapman in London, and then to Cape Town with Deloitte & Co for two years as Audit Senior and Audit Manager.
Returned to the UK, joining Occidental in London managing and developing Accounting & financial reporting functions for Piper and Claymore fields in North Sea, before going on to Islamabad in Pakistan for two years to establish Administrative Infrastructure and Financial Reporting for oil exploration activities in the country.
Returned to the UK when exploration activity ceased, and after short spell with Management Consultants, joined Plessey’s Internal audit group, travelling throughout UK North America and South Africa.
After a short spell in a Financial Controller’s role in London, I left in 1987 to start up my own General Accountancy Practice specialising in providing Accountancy, Taxation and Trustee services for High Net Worth Individuals, Farm accounts, and Charity accounts.
Sailing, horse riding, trekking, camping, diving (sea), cycling outside the UK, piano, sports cars, theatre, opera, the occasional round of golf, bridge, bit of skiing and watching rugby.