The Association of International Accountants (AIA), the global body for professional accountants would like to express its congratulations to Honorary FAIA Member, Walter Balmford MBE on receiving his Honorary Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute.

Walter Balmford MBE was given his Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to education and vocational training. The certificate for Fellowship was awarded at Carpenters’ Hall in London on the 11 March 2019 during a ceremony presented by The Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Peter Estlin. 

Walter Balmford MBE (BSc, CEng, FIET, FIMC, FAIA) has been involved in technical education and training for over 65 years, starting as a Training Adjutant at RAF Northcoates teaching bomb disposal. As a graduate of Birminingham University, Walter received a degree in Electrical Engineering and joined the family business in the electrical sales sector. In 1975 he became president of the Electrical Wholesale Federation, introducing an apprenticeship scheme which is still in use today.

Throughout his career Walter has held a number of key roles including being a Distributive Industry Training Board member, Director General of the Association of Business Education and Financial Consultant to the London Diocesan Board for schools for 10 years. Amongst a number of other governorships, Walter is also the president of Abercorn School, a British independent prep school set across three locations.

In recognition of his services to Education and Training, Walter was awarded an MBE in 2017. In addition to this honour, he became an honorary member of City and Guilds in 2009 and an Honorary Fellow of the AIA in 2017.

Philip Turnbull, AIA Chief Executive said, “Congratulations to our Honorary Fellow Member, Walter Balmford, on his Honorary fellowship from City and Guilds Council. Walter has personified a lifelong involvement in education and training and has been an active member of the AIA for many years. His commitment and contribution to the profession is a true inspiration for all of us.”