Mr. Kenneth Lewis FCA FCCA
Being listed in Baron's Who's Who (USA) in Global Banking and Finance (International Edition) Kenneth Lewis is a very good example of the sense of dedication evident among presidents of the ICAJ. From humble beginnings as an audit clerk at N.A.D. Tappin in the late fifties Kenneth went on to become; Senior Audit Clerk then Audit Manager at John R. Korn & Company in London, England and while in that country also worked as Audit Supervisor at Fisher Conway, Fenton & Company and Peat Marwick, Mitchell & Company.
In 1974, he left Peat Marwick Mitchell to join Mair, Russell & Partners (now Mair Russell Grant Thornton) as a partner and is now a Senior Partner with that organisation.
During his presidency, he spearheaded, among other things, discussions with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), which resulted in the signing of a Joint Examination Scheme Agreement between the ICAJ and the ACCA in 1984. The Agreement set the stage for the ICAJ to mediate on behalf of students sitting the ACCA professional examinations locally, in addition to handling their registration and administrative needs. The ACCA professional examination is one of the qualifying routes of entry for persons wishing to become Chartered Accountants in Jamaica.
He continued to serve the ICAJ in a number of capacities including, Chairman of the ICAJ’s Accounting Standards, Audit Practice and Taxation Committees. He is the current Chairman of the Institute’s Investigations Committee and is a member of Public Accountancy Board (PAB).
At the national level, Mr. Lewis has served as:
- Member of the Government of Jamaica Tax Reform Committee (1984 – 1985)
- Member of the Government’s General Consumption Tax Committee (1989 & 1991)
- Sole Commissioner for the Government of Jamaica Commission of Enquiry into Flour and Bread Prices (1993)
- Chairman of the Bus Fares Review Committee (1989 - 1991)
In April 2004, he was appointed Chairman of the Parliament Integrity of Members Commission and continues to serve in this capacity.
In 2006, he was named a recipient of the National Honour – the Order of Distinction – in the rank of Commander for his contribution to the field of Accountancy.