Accountancy Age's 30th anniversary has been celebrated in style with our Awards for Excellence - a gala ceremony at London's Natural History Museum. From new accountant to our prestigious Personality of the Year award, from best report and accounts to best recruitment advertisement, from financial director to best public-sector achievement, all sectors of the profession have been represented and high-calibre performance recognised and applauded. Here we give a profile of how the winners drew the attention of the judges. THE JUDGES Douglas Broom, chairperson and editor of Accountancy Age David Adams, chief executive of CIPFA David Defty, formerly FD at Sears David Harvey, small business secretary at ACCA Peter Layhe, former president of CIMA Douglas Llambias, chief executive of the Business Exchange John Oates, partner, IT Services at HLB Kidsons Peter Wyman, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers SPECIALIST JUDGES Dennis Keeling, chief executive of BASDA (software) Andrew Sawers, editor of Financial Director (finance director, business reports and accounts) John Sleigh, independent recruitment consultant (recruitment advertisement) Penny Winter, independent recruitment consultant (recruitment advertisement) FINANCIAL DIRECTOR Winner: Graham Howe, Orange As deputy chief executive and group finance director, Graham Howe is as responsible for the phenomenal success of telecoms-provider Orange as anyone at the company. A founding director, he joined Orange in 1992 and, alongside chief executive officer Hans Snook, has been responsible for charting the company's strategic course and the growth of the business. That growth has been quite something. For the six months ended June 1999, turnover leaped by 52% to £
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