On 8 May finalists were invited to attend the Barker Brooks Communications organised Yorkshire Accountancy Awards at the New Dock Hall in Leeds. AIA were once again honoured to be part of the gender balanced judging panel for this prestigious Xero sponsored event, which celebrates the achievements and successes of the Yorkshire region’s best and brightest talent.

Event judge and AIA Vice-President, Maggie Timoney, commented: “Thank you to Barker Brooks Communications for inviting AIA to participate as part of the judging panel for the second consecutive year. 

“It is a pleasure to participate in an event which proactively promotes and strives for gender equality; with 50% of the judges this year being female and a high percentage of females amongst the winners.” 

Hundreds of professionals from the region's thriving accountancy profession gathered to celebrate their success, with award categories designed to encourage nominations from small independent, mid-tier and large firms, while also offering a wide range of individual and team awards. 

Congratulations to all of the other award winners: 

  • Best Employer of the Year – BHP
  • Independent Firm of the Year – Accountancy Extra
  • Mid-Tier Firm of the Year – BHP
  • Large Firm of the Year – RSM
  • New Firm of the Year – Wilson Howe
  • Brand of the Year – Sedulo
  • Corporate Finance Team of the Year – Dow Schofield Watts
  • Advisory Team of the Year – Sagars
  • Tax Team of the Year – Deloitte
  • Public Services Finance Team of the Year – South Yorkshire Police
  • Trainee of the Year – Liam Ivory, BDO
  • Rising Star of the Year – Emily Bebb, Naylor Wintersgill
  • Finance Director of the Year – Gary Fielding, North Yorkshire County Council
  • Managing Partner of the Year – Will Richardson, PwC
  • Diversity & Inclusion Award – PwC
  • Yorkshire Advisor of the Year – Martin Mellor, Mellor Financial Management
  • Support Staff of the Year – Alison Cooper, PwC
  • Yorkshire Accountant of the Year – Tom Blandford, Armstrong Watson
  • Accountancy Team of the Year – Emerald Accountancy
  • Audit Team of the Year – BDO
  • In-house Finance Team of the Year – Parklane Plowden
  • Partner of the Year – Karen Finlayson, PwC 

Maggie Timoney added: "As an association the AIA continues to work tirelessly on behalf of members and the wider accounting and finance industry to improve gender equality. 

“Whilst more can always be achieved it is with great pride that I hold the position of vice-president at a forward-thinking diverse association which already boasts a healthy gender balanced workforce; with over 50% of AIA managerial positions and examiners being held by females.” 

AIA work closely with all female personnel and council members to further promote and drive gender equality in both the accountancy and wider finance sector. One way in which AIA do this is through educational programmes to school age children discussing opportunities available for young women who want to enter the accounting profession.