Graham Holt, head of Manchester Metropolitan University’s accounting and finance department, was awarded Boss of the Year at the annual PQ Magazine awards. Graham is also an ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) examiner.
His award was one of a string of successes for ACCA and its students which included the prestigious 'Accountancy Body of the Year'.
Michelle Pendergast, president of ACCA Manchester members’ network said: 'I’m delighted Graham picked up this award, being an examiner isn’t an easy job, especially when you consider ACCA has more than 400,000 students around the world.'
Other ACCA winners were Alina Stahie, an ACCA student at Kaplan Financial, who collected the Distance Learning Student of the Year award, ACCA members Jonathan Simons, Grant Thornton and Saad Mir, Deloitte (Pakistan) who jointly took the NQ of the Year title. Personality of the Year went to ACCA Ronnie David of UHY Hacker Young and Neil Stevenson, ACCA executive director – brand, picked up a PQ Champion award for his support to PQ Magazine and the profession over the last 10 years.
Andrew Leck, head of ACCA UK, said: 'It was a memorable awards night for ACCA and its own PQs and I congratulate all the winners from the evening on their valued contribution to our profession. We have worked hard to ensure that ACCA is the recognised finance qualification around the world and one that embraces the concept of a complete finance professional, producing finance leaders with a broad set of skills that can go beyond the geographical boundaries of the UK.
'The ACCA members who won awards, as well as the many other ACCA qualified professionals across the globe, have a broad range of abilities and knowledge that helps them adapt to new environments, new circumstances and the changing needs of clients and businesses.'
The PQ Magazine annual awards were held at Quaglino’s restaurant in the West End, London. Billed as 'rewarding the best and the greatest in the accountancy world', the PQ Magazine awards have been running since 2008.