Big Four feature on New Year’s Honours List

The Big Four are well represented in the New Year’s honours list, which included a knighthood for Ian Powell, former PwC chairman and senior partner

Powell received his award for services to business, while Richard Winter, a senior PwC assurance partner, received a CBE for voluntary services to international development in recognition of his work for the Save the Children charity.

Kevin Ellis, chairman and senior partner of PwC, said: ‘This knighthood recognises Ian Powell 's exceptional leadership in professional services and support for the charitable sector, especially his work in championing higher apprenticeships, the PwC Foundation to promote social inclusion and sustainable development, and the Invictus Games. Ian led PwC for the last eight years of his 39 year career with the firm, overseeing the creation of significant employment and training opportunities for thousands of people.’

EY’s global FinTech leader, Imran Gulamhuseinwala, has been given an OBE for services to financial services. He has worked across various roles at EY and Oliver Wyman, set up his own FinTech company CommuterClub, and worked closely with government, regulators and industry bodies to drive the fintech agenda and support its growth in the UK.

Gulamhuseinwala said: ‘Being awarded an OBE is a real honour and I feel incredibly proud. The list includes very prominent and successful individuals and I am proud and excited to be considered alongside them.

‘I’m also really pleased the FinTech sector is being recognised. It is a hugely exciting and dynamic part of UK business, and one that helps consumers and small businesses. FinTech firms are embracing many who were previously excluded from the sector, and are helping people to save money and engage with their finances at a time when we know we aren’t saving enough for the future.’

Other awards include an OBE for Hugo Walkinshaw, former president of British Chamber of Commerce, Singapore, for services to British business in Singapore and to UK exports. He is a partner with EY's Asia Pacific advisory centre.

Raymond Breden, a director of taxation services for KPMG in Romania, has been given an MBE for services to British industry as a former chairman of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce. Roger Cooke, who is a senior adviser at EY in Spain, also receives an MBE for services to British businesses in Spain and Anglo-Spanish trade and investment in his role as president of the British Chamber of Commerce, Spain.

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