The Association of International Accountants (AIA) are pleased to announce the presentation of the Professor John Blake Award to Mr Hiadinarain Appadu, following the results of the May 2017 exams.

The Professor John Blake Award was created by his widow, Lynne in 2004 to acknowledge outstanding performance in the AIA IFRS 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.

AIA student Mr Hiadinarain Appadu was the proud recipient of the award on this occasion. Mr Appadu is currently studying the AIA professional exams part-time, in conjunction with a full time job.

Upon receiving the award Mr Appadu, said: “I am immensely proud to receive the Professor John Blake award for my efforts on paper 13. Self-study requires dedication and hard work, but it is all worthwhile when you begin to reap the benefits. 

“Studying for the AIA qualifications has already helped to enhance my career as a management accountant in the hospitality industry, and once I qualify further opportunities will surely arrive.

“I would recommend AIA qualification to anyone who wants a career in Accounting and Finance”.

AIA Qualifications Manager, Jane Steele, said: “AIA would like to say congratulations to Hiadinarain for his continuing effort and commitment which he shows to his studies. Self-study can be difficult at times, but Hiadinarain has shown what is possible with the right work ethic.”