Mr. William A. Thwaites, CD, FCA [Deceased]

 William Thwaites became the first president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica in 1965.

Young, "Willie" as he was fondly known by his yatching associates, followed in his father's footsteps in the Accounting profession when he joined the firm of Wood, Coasta and Harty.

At the end of three years as junior clerk, Willie joined the Army as an officer in 1944. But, within three year he had already made his decision to stay in the Accounting profession and 'took up articles" in England in 1947.

After William returned to Jamaica at the end of 1951, he managed the merger of Tapley Bowman and Peat Marwick in 1958. In 1974 he was appointed joint senior partner and continued with the company for the next thirteen years.

Mr. Thwaties' brillance and leadership, his commitment to the development of skills practiced at KPMG fuelled the growth of the company in Kingston and Montego Bay. His dynamic contribution to the professions has been justly recognized at the national level.

In August 1993, he was awarded the National Honour of "Commander of the Order of Distinction" for excellence in the field of Accounting.

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