The Association of International Accountants (AIA), the global body for professional accountants are delighted to announce that the Professor John Blake Award has been awarded to Ms Ling Ling Chang from the People’s Republic of China, following the results of the November 2017 exam session.

The Professor John Blake Award was created by his widow, Lynne in 2004 to acknowledge outstanding performance in the Paper 13 Financial Accounting 3 exam. The prize was first awarded in 2006 and is now awarded twice a year, following the May and November exam results.

Professor Blake was appointed as an Examiner for the AIA in 1982 and was heavily involved in the development and enhancement of the AIA exams; playing a major part in the application for recognition by the UK government as a Recognised Qualifying Body (RQB) for statutory auditors, which was successful in 1994.  Ten years after his initial appointment as an Examiner, Professor Blake became joint Chief Assessor and then Chief Examiner.  Professor Blake joined the AIA Council in April 2003.  The Professor John Blake Award is his legacy to his loyalty, support and dedication to the AIA and our Students.

Ms Chang is an accounting major, having graduated from university in 1994, before earning an MBA in Finance in 2009. Since 2014 she has been studying the AIA professional exams part-time, in conjunction with a full time job as a Finance Director within a multinational company.

Upon receiving the award Ms Chang, said: “To receive such an accolade is a great honour which I am very proud of.

Earning a qualification from an international professional accountancy body like AIA will definitely upgrade my knowledge on IFRS and further prove my professionalism to my current employer. With no doubt, it will be a remarkable achievement for my career.”  

AIA Qualifications Manager, Jane Steele, said: “On behalf of AIA I would like to congratulate Ms Chang on being the worthy recipient of the Professor John Blake Award. The award is testament to the work ethic, drive and commitment which she has shown throughout her studies.”