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11 November 2011

Government Finance Profession Awards 2011

The Government Finance Profession (GFP) is delighted to announce the winners of the sixteen awards in fifteen categories for excellence in financial management presented on Thursday 3 November at a ceremony in Birmingham.

The award winners were: 




GFP MBA Scholarship

Matt McDonnell

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Outstanding Contribution to the Profession

Whole of Government Accounts Team

HM Treasury

Personality of the Year

Ian Haldenby

Department for Education

Government's Accounting 

Technician of the Year

Lynn Williams


Department for Work & Pensions

PQ of the Year

Wendy Richmond

HM Revenue & Customs

NQ of the Year


Faisal Mir


Department for Communities & Local Government

Project Team the Year


National External Funding Governance Team

The Environment Agency

Unsung Hero


Dennis Duignan

Department for Work & Pensions

Sustainability Award

Finance and Commercial Teams

Department for Work & Pensions

Mentor of the Year


Captain Paul Carcone

British Army


Boss of the Year


Michael Richardson

Department for Work & Pensions

Finance Team of the Year *(1)


Midlands Regional Finance Team


HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Finance Team of the Year



Strategic Weapons Finance Team


Ministry of Defence

Finance Director of the Year

Paul Coombs


Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

Innovation in Government


The Finance, Planning & Control Team

HM Revenue & Customs

Head of Profession's Award for Lifetime Achievement

Ken Beeton


HM Treasury

*The Judging Panel decided to make two awards this year in the “Finance Team of the Year” category.

Notes for Editors

1. This year, the GFP in association with BPP presented the first ever GFP MBA Scholarship.

2. The award for Innovation in Government was collected by

3. The award for Sustainability was collected by

4. The Government Finance Profession represents the 10,000 strong community of qualified and trainee accountants in central government. The awards were presented at the GFP Qualifieds’ Training Event on 3 November, in conjunction with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); Barclays, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA);the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Deloitte, Ernst & Young; J.P. Morgan, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and PQ Magazine.

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