Alumnus Graeme Gordon installed as Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants
Alumnus Graeme Gordon has become Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants (WCCAEW) in England and Wales. The title is the greatest honour for a member of any Livery Company within the ancient City of London.
Graeme, who completed a BSc Science majoring in Biology in 1978 at the then Paisley College of Technology (now UWS), was installed in a socially distanced ceremony at the historic Watermen’s Hall in the City on October 7, 2020.
“It is an honour and privilege, and indeed humbling,” Graeme said. “In these extraordinary times, when many activities and events are being cancelled, postponed or scaled back. I relish the challenge of looking at new ways to both make a difference and to maintain the high standards shown by illustrious predecessors. I look forward to enjoying this privilege and hope to maintain the best traditions of my Company and of my forebearers.”
Following completion of his degree in Paisley, Glasgow-born Graeme’s career has seen him researching anaerobe genetics for the United Nations in Istanbul before deciding to join the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm as an officer. Leaving the Royal Navy in 1980, Graeme bought a double-glazing franchise before deciding to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with, what is now, Deloitte.
Shortly after qualifying in 1990, Graeme was recruited by the NFL as financial controller of the newly formed London Monarchs professional American Football club. Gordon returned to Scotland to found the Scottish Claymores, Scotland’s first (and only) NFL side, before leaving to become Director of Finance and Administration for NFL International.
Following roles as Financial Director and Chief Finance Officer, Graeme was appointed in 2010 as CEO and Executive Director of Praxity, the world’s largest alliance of independent accounting and consulting firms, serving more than 51,000 professionals in 110 countries. Over the last ten years, he has steered Praxity to the No.1 position in the IAB world rankings, 13 years of consecutive growth and record global revenues of US$6.38 billion in 2019.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and twice a President of Thames Valley Chartered Accountants, Graeme entered the Chartered Accountants Company as Freeman of the Company, then became a Freeman of the City of London and later became a Liveryman of the Company, before being appointed to the Court. He was elected as Junior Warden in 2018, then as a Senior Warden a year later, and subsequently as Master.
In his new role, Graeme will effectively be the non-executive Chair of the Livery Company until October 2021. He will chair all meetings of the Court (the ultimate Governing body of the Company), sign the documentation granting Freemanship or Livery status to members, and preside over all the ceremonial events.
The Chartered Accountants’ Livery Company (WCCAEW) exists to support the profession of accountancy in its leadership and service to society, industry, commerce and the financial sector.