Mr. Jasper Burnett, FCA, FCCA
Regarded as a visionary within the local accountancy profession, Jasper Burnett was one of the earliest members of the ICAJ and served as President for the period 1977 – 1980. It was during his tenure as President that the permanent headquarters on 8 Ruthven Road was acquired in July 1980. It was also during his presidency that the first Caribbean Conference of Accountants was organised and hosted in Jamaica in April 1978. This conference eventually led to the formation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean on October 28, 1988.
He has served the profession in various capacities including, Chairman of the Institute’s Future of the Profession, Continuing Professional Education, Public Relations, Building Project, Bye-Laws and Investigations Committees.
He initiated the publication of the Institute’s “Charter” magazine and has published a book, “The First Twenty-Five Years: 1965 – 1990”, which records the history of the ICAJ. In an effort to advance the interest of young people in accounting, he also prepared a brochure for high schools, “How to Become a Chartered Accountant”.
Mr. Burnett’s early professional experience included stints with accounting firms, Price Waterhouse & Co. and Deloitte and Touche. In 1983, he established his own firm, Burnett, Brennan, Parkinson & Co. In 1992, this firm became Jackson, Burnett, Parkinson, Jackson (now Crooks Jackson Burnett). Mr. Burnett retired from the Partnership and from public practice in 1997.
Through his dedicated service, Mr. Burnett has contributed significantly to the development of the profession over the years and in 2001 was conferred with the National Honour - the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Commander, for his contribution to the field of Accountancy.
At the national and community levels, Jasper Burnett has served in various capacities, including:
- Treasurer, Friends of the Bustamante Hospital for Children (1970-1980)
- Member of the Public Accountancy Board (1977-2005)
- Vice-Chairman, Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library Committee (1982-1983)
- Chairman, Executive Committee of the Jamaica Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (1982 – 1985)
- Member of the Ministry of Finance’s Drafting Committee to amend the Audit and Finance Act (1984)
- Chairman, Insurance Placement Committee (1989-1991)
He currently serves as a Commissioner of the Fair Trade Commission and Director of the JAMAL Foundation.
On December 7, 2006, he received the 2006 ICAJ Distinguished Member Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and the significant contributions he has made to the development of the ICAJ and to the Accountancy profession.