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Philip Turnbull

Philip Turnbull, a member of the Council since 1994, was appointed Chief Executive in 1999. Prior to accepting this position, Philip held the role of AIA Director of Development and Training for a number of years.

During his tenure, Philip has overseen the amalgamation of the AIA and the Institute of Company Accountants, a move that has resulted in many benefits for members and students of both bodies; directed AIA through successful recognition applications including as a Prescribed Body under the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003 in the Republic of Ireland, supervisory status for its members in the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 as well as recognition to operate in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) as an Awarding Body. AIA continues to record growth through the maintenance of professional standards in education, development of new qualifications and expansion into new markets. Philip previously worked for the Trafalgar House Group and Cable and Wireless Communications. 


LBLes has been in practice as an accountant since qualifying with the AIA in 1971 and works within a busy practice. He has accumulated a vast amount of experience across accountancy and taxation services and has a varied client portfolio. He has served on the AIA Council for many years taking on the role as Vice President in 2009.

Commenting on his appointment Les said: "It is a great honour to be elected AIA President and Chairman of the Council. Supporting members will be my priority, whatever their different needs and geographical location, I believe that they are our best asset. I am committed to maintaining the highest standards of professional education and membership services and further developing the AIA's recognition globally."