Thought Leader of the Year


Thought leaders in the accounting industry champion its growth, development and success by voicing new and challenging ideas.

This award recognises an individual within the accounting industry who has shown a committed passion and aptitude for improving the industry.

This professional is able to clearly articulate the desired direction of the industry and to draw upon best practice from other relevant industries and markets to champion the growth and development of the sector.

The recipient of this award will personify business leadership, and be entrepreneurial and committed to the industry. They will also support the growth of new industry entrants as well as the delivery of training, education and mentoring.


This award is open to an accounting professional primarily operating within the accounting industry during the 2017 calendar year. It is based on activities during the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

QUALITATIVE CRITERIA (maximum 300 words per question)

  • Outline your working history within the accounting profession and explain why accounting is your focus.
  • Highlight your leadership role in the industry and how you attained this position.
  • Outline why you have taken on this role.
  • Detail the biggest issues currently facing the accounting industry and how you alleviated or capitalised on them in 2017.
  • Demonstrate how you have driven innovation in the industry and how you have motivated the development of the accounting profession.
  • Provide case studies or examples that showcase your innovative ideas and how you translate them into action.
  • Where possible, provide evidence of character endorsements or professional references.