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The Department Welcomes Visiting Professor Peter Holgate

 September 2012


Peter Holgate, Senior Accounting Technical Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers UK, will be taking up a three year position as a Visiting Professor from October 2012.

As PwC’s Senior Accounting Technical Partner, Peter Holgate heads a team of 40 professionals. He and the team are principally concerned with advising on technical accounting matters, including both UK GAAP and international accounting standards. 

He trained with a four partner firm in Leeds, worked in London and Nairobi as an auditor, and then moved into industry for three years.  In 1981 he joined the staff of the UK Accounting Standards Committee, and from 1984 to 1986 was Secretary of that committee.  In 1986, he joined the London accounting technical department of PricewaterhouseCoopers and was appointed a partner in the firm in 1990. 

He is a principal author of the Firm’s Manual of Accounting – UK GAAP and the Manual of Accounting – IFRS for the UK. He is sole author of Accounting principles for lawyers (CUP, 2006) and joint author of Accounting principles for non-executive directors (CUP, 2008).  He is the author of numerous articles in the professional press and a contributor to a number of books and other publications. He speaks frequently on accounting subjects at seminars and conferences.

Peter is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and holds a Master’s degree in management and administration from the University of Bradford Management Centre.

Peter was appointed a member of the FRC's Urgent Issues Task Force in 1994.  He is a member of the advisory board of the ICAEW’s Financial Reporting Faculty. From 2006 to 2012 he was Chairman of the ICAEW’s Research Advisory Board.

In recent years, Peter has acted as Expert Witness on accounting matters in a number of tax cases , in which context he has been described as “a chartered accountant of the highest standing”.