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Brian Garton Jenkins

Sir Brian Garton Jenkins GBE (born 3 December 1935) is a retired English chartered accountant and business man who was President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1985/86, Lord Mayor of the City of London in 1991/92, and Chairman of Woolwich plc 1995/2000.

Early lifeEdit

Jenkins was born in Beckenham, Kent and educated at Tonbridge School (where he was a Scholar and leaving exhibitioner) and Trinity College, Oxford (where he was a State Scholar). Between school and university he was in the Army for National Service being commissioned into the Royal Artillery in Gibraltar.

Business careerEdit

Jenkins joined Cooper Brothers in 1960, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1963 gaining the 3rd Certificate of Merit. He was a partner in Coopers and Lybrand (C&L) (later PWC) from 1969 to 1994 and became a pioneer in computer auditing both in his firm and the accounting profession generally. He wrote the standard book "An Audit Approach to Computers"[1] first published in 1978 and translated into five languages. Later he was Chairman of the staff committee and head of audit.

In the profession, Jenkins served as Chairman of the London Society of Chartered Accountants (1975/1976) and President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (1985/1986).[2][3][4] He was elected President of the British Computer Society[5][6] for its 40th anniversary year 1997–98.

On retirement from C&L Jenkins joined the Board of the Woolwich Building Society becoming chairman in 1995. In 1997 the Woolwich demutualised and joined the FTSE 100 as Woolwich plc. In 2000 the Woolwich shareholders accepted an offer from Barclays[7] and Jenkins spent his last years in business as Deputy Chairman of Barclays, retiring in 2004.

During his career Jenkins served as a non-executive director of a number of organisations, including the Royal Ordnance Factories, Commission for the New Towns, Automobile Association, the Architectural Heritage Fund and London First. In 1995/1996 he was president and Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Civic careerEdit

Jenkins civic career started on his election as Alderman for the City of London Ward of Cordwainer in 1980. He served as Sheriff of London in 1987/1988. Elected 664th Lord Mayor of the City in 1991[8][9] his Mayoralty was particularly concerned in the response to the bombing of the Baltic Exchange,[10][11] the location of the future European Central Bank (ECB) and the wider impact of the Single Market. Jenkins continued as an Alderman until 2004, chairing two aldermanic committees (General Purposes and Privileges). During this period there were important changes to the election process for aldermen. Jenkins was also active in the livery and Master of three Companies, Chartered Accountants, Merchant Taylors and Information Technologists (which received the livery during his Mayoralty).

Charity WorkEdit

Jenkins was particularly involved with three charities - Charities Aid Foundation(CAF,[12] Community Service Volunteers(CSV) and the Order of St John and St John Ambulance. He became a Trustee of CAF in 1994 and was Chairman from 1998 to 2003. During his Chairmanship the Charity Bank was launched. His first involvement with CSV was as Chairman for its Silver Jubilee Appeal in 1987/1988 which raised £1M. For his Lord Mayor's Appeal, Jenkins chose a new CSV venture "Learning Together" whereby university students gave time in schools to help students understand universities better and encourage suitable pupils to apply. As his last major appointment, Jenkins was elected in 2004 Prior of the Order of St John and chairman of St John Ambulance,[13] posts he held until final retirement in 2010.

Honours and awardsEdit

  • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) 1991
  • Knight of Justice, Order of St John 1991
  • Hon Fellow, Trinity College, Oxford 1992
  • Hon Member, Baltic Exchange 1992
  • Hon DSc, City University 1991
  • Hon DLitt, London Guildhall University 1991
  • Hon Fellow, Guildhall School of Music & Drama 1992
  • Hon Bencher, Inner Temple 1992
  • Companion, De Montfort University 1993
  • Hon Fellow, Goldsmiths University of London 1998
  • Centenary Award, Chartered Accountants Founding Services 1993

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jenkins, Brian; Pinkney, Anthony (1978). An audit approach to computers: a new practice manual. ISBN 9780852911877.
  2. ^ Holmes, Geoffrey (July 1985). "Presidential Profile. Leading change from the front". Accountancy. London. pp. 66–68 & 142.
  3. ^ Bruce, Robert (6 June 1985). "Taking the lead from an enthusiastic President". Accountancy Age. London.
  4. ^ Jenkins, Brian (6 June 1985). "The role played by accountants". The Times – General Appointments section. London. p. 1.
  5. ^ Jenkins, Brian (2 June 1998). "Speech to International Federation for Information Processing: The Complementary Role of Management and IT Professionals" (PDF). ifip.org. IFIP. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  6. ^ / THE COMPUTER BULLETIN - October 1997 BCS Accessed 2016
  7. ^ / Barclays buys rival Woolwich BBC Accessed 2016
  8. ^ Edwards, John (28 April 1992). "The day the Lord Mayor became a VIP". Daily Mail. London. p. 8.
  9. ^ Adonis, Andrew (18 April 1992). "Man in the News: Sir Brian Jenkins Cheerleader for the City". Financial Times. London.
  10. ^ Savill, Richard; McCall, Alastair; Darbyshire, Neil (13 April 1992). "Business as usual pledge by City firms". Daily Telegraph. London. p. 1.
  11. ^ / British Traders Back to Work Spokane Chronicle Accessed 2016
  12. ^ / Full text of speech by CAF chairman Sir Brian Jenkins The Guardian Accessed 2016
  13. ^ / Volunteers remember 7 July effort BBC Accessed 2016
Civic offices
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Graham
Lord Mayor of London
1991–1992
Succeeded by
Sir Francis MacWilliams