Lifetime Achievement Award for UWS alumnus
CEO of Praxity and University of the West of Scotland alumnus, Graeme Gordon, has scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2021.
Awarded for “consistent levels of achievement within the profession”, Graeme has helped transform Praxity from a fledging organization into the largest and most successful accounting and consulting Alliance in the world. Throughout his career, he has worked on driving up standards in the profession through membership of various committees, and regional and international accounting bodies.
Under Graeme’s 11-year stewardship, Praxity Global Alliance has blossomed into the world’s leading alliance, connecting more than 60,000 accounting professionals in over 100 countries, with combined global revenues of US$7bn.
Graeme, who will be stepping down as CEO at the end of this year, said: “I am truly honoured and humbled at receiving this award, which I couldn’t have won without my amazing team and member firms”.
The Digital Accountancy Awards is the most prestigious event in the international accounting calendar, and where Praxity also regained its crown as the Association of the Year.
Helen Jennings, Praxity COO, said: “There aren’t many jobs where you get to work with your best friend every day. I feel truly blessed to have been assigned as Graeme’s auditor 27 years ago when I worked for BDO.
It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship and a working relationship that spanned four companies. Graeme leads with integrity and has the most amazing work ethic anyone could ever imagine, yet still manages to put people first. He has been a great mentor to me and I will miss him dearly and daily.”
Praxity Chairman Gordon Krater commented: “Graeme is a very engaging and likable individual. He is creative, attentive, open-minded, fair and is a life-long learner. He is a proud Scotsman who never misses an opportunity to wear his kilt. Praxity members are so grateful to Graeme for all he has done for them and for the alliance.”
A BSc Biology graduate (1978) from UWS Paisley Campus, chartered accountant and former officer in the Royal Navy, Graeme has spent his entire career helping people and organisations be the best they can through a combination of professional training, innovation, visionary leadership and a lifetime of fundraising.
Read more about Graeme’s career on the Praxity blog.