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Accountants recognised in Australia Day Honours List

A number of professionals in the accounting industry have been recognised in the 2020 Australia Day Honours List.

Business Jotham Lian 27 January 2020
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A total of 837 Australians were recognised in the General Division of the Order of Australia, with the youngest recipient aged 19 and the oldest aged 97.


The honours list also included the highest ever percentage of women recipients, at 41.6 per cent.

On the accounting front, Professor Kenneth Trotman was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to education, particularly to accounting”.

Professor Trotman, a Scientia professor at the Business School in the University of New South Wales, was previously head of the School of Accounting from 1991 to February 2000.

He is a fellow at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a fellow at CPA Australia, and a life member of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand.

His academic research has been widely published internationally, with Professor Trotman inducted into the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame in 2011.

Professor Trotman’s biography on UNSW notes that he has a “particular interest in the [judgements] made by auditors”, with his main current research interests concerned with judgement and decision-making in accounting.

Michael Francis Said, of Montmorency, Victoria, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to accountancy, and to public sector governance”.

Mr Said, a registered company auditor until 2018, was the audit director of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office between 1993 and 1999.

He was recognised for his involvement in public sector governance boards and audit committees, particularly with vocational education and within local government.

Cedric Lyle Carr of Highton, Victoria, was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to the community of Geelong, and to accountancy”.

Mr Carr has been a member of CPA Australia since 1953, and has sat on a number of committees, including as chair of the Geelong branch and the Public Accountants Committee.

Leading actuary, Michael John Rice was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to business and economics, particularly to the actuarial profession, and through advisory roles”.

A founder and executive director of actuarial firm Rice Warner, Mr Rice has notable achievements and provided extensive service that includes promoting and advocating higher superannuation payments to women and public policy work that has secured a framework for better retirement options for all Australians.

He is a fellow at the Actuaries Institute, chaired the Actuaries Institute’s Public Policy Committee for five years from 2014, and was named Actuary of the Year in 2017.

“Mr Rice has been a powerful and persuasive advocate for essential and equitable reform in the superannuation and retirement sectors,” said Actuaries Institute chief executive Elayne Grace.

“His thoughtful and incisive input is actively sought by policymakers in Canberra and by leading industry groups involved in the wealth management and retirement sectors.”

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Jotham Lian

Jotham Lian

Jotham Lian is the editor of Accountants Daily, the leading source of breaking news, analysis and insight for Australian accounting professionals.

Before joining the team in 2017, Jotham wrote for a range of national mastheads including the Sydney Morning Herald, and Channel NewsAsia.

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