Now in their 12th year, the PQ Magazine Awards are the UK's premier accountancy awards for part qualified and newly qualified accountants. This annual event recognises the best institutions, lecturers and students in the accountancy world. The categories include PQ Personality of the Year, which has been sponsored by GAAPweb for the past two years; and NQ of the Year which was supported by GAAPweb this year.
The star of this year's show was James Field, who walked away with the 'PQ of the Year 'award at last night's ceremony at Quaglino's in Mayfair. He was nominated by Finance Director Mark O'Hara for whom he has worked for the past five years, and as both Mark and James admit, his hard work and dedication has helped to turn the business round at a time when the downturn was challenging businesses across the UK. He started off in bookkeeping at the company five years ago after deciding to change careers and pursue a career in finance.
Moving on to the 'NQ of the Year' category, the title awarded to Jonathan Simons from Grant Thornton last year was handed to Emily Hamblin and Lifetime Achievement awards were handed out to the AAT' CEO Jane Scott Paul and Steve Freer from CIPFA. We also saw two winners walk away the with the 'Accountancy Personality of the Year' award: Shaun Robertson from the ICAEW & Aaron Etingen from LSBF.
Other winners on the night included Rotherham College's Samantha Hannigan and Jennifer Saywell from BPP who were awarded 'Lecturer of the Yea' in the Public sector and Private sector respectively; and Andy McLaren from Beever & Strutherswho won the award for 'Training Manager of the Year'. The full list of winners is available here
We'll be speaking to 'NQ of the Year' Emily Hamblin, 'PQ of the Year' James Field and AAT's Jane Scott Paul who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award over the next few weeks so keep an eye on our blog.