Jane Scott Paul OBE has announced her retirement from AAT after 27 years with the company, and 17 years as Chief Executive. She leaves the organisation at the end of March 2014.
In 1997 Jane became Chief Executive of AAT, and under her leadership it has grown to an overall membership of 125,000 with an influential voice in the education, training, development and support of accounting technicians worldwide.
Jane joined AAT in April 1987 as Assistant Secretary (Education) heading the Education team. In that role she pioneered the introduction of large scale, skills-based training for accounting technicians. This has contributed to capacity development both within and outside the UK. She has contributed to conferences and workshops in the UK, Africa, South Korea, Australia and the Middle East.
In 2003 Jane was awarded Honorary Membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), and the OBE in 2008 for services to the accountancy profession. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by BPP University College in 2012.
Under her leadership, last year AAT was the first accounting technician body to become a full member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global organisation for the accountancy profession.
Mark Farrar, who previously led the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) will replace Jane as Chief Executive.
Jane Scott Paul commented:
“Leading AAT has been a privilege and a pleasure. AAT changes people’s lives and helps them achieve their full potential. The organisation I joined with a staff of 37 and 40,000 members has grown to a staff of over 200 and a membership of 125,000. I am proud of what AAT has achieved over that time and of the fantastic people I leave behind. I am pleased to be handing on to my successor an organisation in good shape and have every confidence that Mark Farrar will take it to new heights.”