Frances Ball and Julia Irvine 12 Jun 2019 11:21am

Diversity a theme in Birthday Honours

A former lord mayor, three diversity leaders and a pensions regulator are among nine ICAEW chartered accountants recognised in this year’s Birthday Honours list

The former lord mayor is PwC partner Charles Bowman who has been knighted for services to trust in business, international trade and the City of London.

As lord mayor (2017-18), he focused on the “Business of Trust” campaign aimed at building a more trustworthy financial and professional services sector with a view to restoring public trust in UK business.

He says he is “very honoured” to receive a knighthood. “It has been a privilege to serve as the 690th lord mayor of London and to have been able to play such a purposeful role supporting the City and UK financial and professional services at home and abroad.

“I hope that the Business Trust initiative will build a lasting legacy of better business, trusted by society,” Bowman added.

PwC chairman and senior partner, Kevin Ellis, said that Bowman had made an “exceptional contribution” to the professional services sector and wider market.

“Charles has worked tirelessly to challenge and encourage businesses to connect with their communities, operate responsibly and have a positive impact on society and the environment.”

He was not the only PwC partner to be given an honour. Tina Hallett, who retired from the firm last year, was awarded a CBE for services to civil society, mentoring and coaching. 

She was the first chair of the PwC women’s network, which was established in 2000, and also led the Big Four firm’s government and public sector practice from 2014 to 2018.

Three other ICAEW members were also awarded CBEs. HM Treasury director Susan Catchpole received hers for public service, while Melanie Richards, KPMG’s deputy chair and a leading light in the diversity movement, was given hers for services to business and inclusion. Lesley Titcomb, recently retired chief executive of The Pension Regulator, was recognised for her services to pensions regulation.

OBEs went to Edward Donaldson, treasurer of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, for voluntary service, and to Rubeela Naveed Qayyum, treasury accountant and head of exchequer funds and accounts at HM Treasury, for services to taxpayers, young people and social inclusion.

Meanwhile, British Empire Medals went to Rhiannon Lawrence, lately chair of governors at Curzon Church of England Combined School in Buckinghamshire, for services to education, and to Brian Waters, for services to the community in Preston, Hertfordshire.