CIPFA CEO awarded CBE in New Year honours list

Robert Whiteman, chief executive, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has been given a CBE for services to public sector financial management in the New Year honours list

Whiteman, was appointed as CIPFA CEO in 2013 following a public sector career spanning both local and central government.

He said: ‘I am delighted and humbled to have been awarded this honour. However, I am even more proud to represent professionals working in public finance around the country.’

Whiteman previously worked as a Technical Advisor at the IFAC.

Making the New Year Honours high awards list, Jonathan Symonds, chair of Genomics England and deputy group chairman at HSBC Holdings plc was awarded a knighthood for services to UK Life Sciences and Finance.

He was previously chairman of HSBC Bank plc, HSBC’s European subsidiary, which offers services to clients in the UK and Continental Europe.

He has been with Genomics England as a non-executive director since the beginning of the project in 2013 and is now making a strong public contribution as chair.

This includes successfully overseeing the completion of the 100,000 Genomes Project which has sequence 100,00 genomes from NHS patients with a rare disease and their families, and patients with cancer.

Symonds is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Also recognised in the high honours list was Graham Wylie, co-founder of the Sage Group plc and chair and founder of the accountancy software group has also received a knighthood.

Wylie has been knighted for his services to business and to charity, he had been appointed CBE in 2002.

As chair of the Local Organising Committee of the Transplant Games, he led the bid which saw Newcastle/Gateshead host the 2015 British Transplant Games, attracting over 1,000 competitors and was successful in securing the 2019 World Transplant Games for the north east, hosting more than 2,000 people from over 60 countries and bringing over £4m into the local economy.

He also launched the Graham Wylie Foundation in 2016 with the aim of benefitting underprivileged and vulnerable youngsters in the north east.

Paul Cleal, vice chair of the board at Kingston University, was awarded an OBE for services to diversity and inclusion in the accountancy profession. Cleal was formerly a Partner at PwC for 21 years.

Kevin Jones, managing director of Prime Accountants based in Solihull, received a BEM [British Empire Medal] in the New Year's Honours list for his services to Solihull.

This was after raising thousands of pounds for charity over the past 20 years, fundraising for charities such as Solihull Life Opportunities and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Jones was formerly president of the Solihull Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Solihull Business Improvement District chairman.

After hearing the good news, Jones said: ‘It is a great honour and very humbling to be awarded an BEM. It is certainly not something I was expecting and it was a huge shock when I received the letter.’

HMRC saw various members of staff recognised in the New Year honours list.

Richard Las, HMRC’s deputy director was he was awarded a CBE for public service.

Nancy Gillespie, head of HMRC payment card services, was presented with an OBE for public service.

Also being presented with an OBE was Patricia Wilkinson, senior officer at HMRC, she received this honour for services to diversity and inclusion.

The 2020 New Year’s honours list

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