Mr. Leighton McKnight
Mr. Leighton McKnight, FCA, FCCA, BSc. was elected as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) for the year 2005/2006, following the 40th Annual General Meeting of the Institute on July 27, 2005 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
An Audit Partner in the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers with responsibility for staff recruitment and a number of the firm's major audit clients, Mr. McKnight served as Vice President of the Institute in 2003 and 2004.
He was first elected to the Council of the ICAJ in 1997 and recently chaired the Institute's Audit Practice Committee. He also served as a member of the Bye-Laws, Finance, Admission, Student Affairs and Future of the Profession Committees.
As President, Mr. McKnight's mandate will include the continued transformation of the local accounting profession to be fully compliant with world-class standards to provide services of consistently high quality in the public interest.
Emphasis will be placed on the ongoing training of ICAJ members and other stakeholders on the requirements of International Financial Reporting and Auditing Standards as well as relevant local regulations. A major initiative will be a special drive to assist public sector entities to improve accountability through the strengthening of corporate governance structures.
He has over twenty years experience in auditing, accounting and financial consulting, managing numerous technical financial engagements such as statutory financial audits, management audits and special financial and compliance audits in a wide range of industries.
Mr. McKnight has held leadership positions in a number of organizations and is currently the Chairman of the newly established Government of Jamaica Audit Commission and a member of the Management Advisory Board of the Office of the Registrar of Companies.
He is a Distinguished Past President of the Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew and is the Certified Circle K Trainer for Eastern Canada & Caribbean District of Kiwanis International.
He has also served on the Board of several entities, including Mutual Life Assurance Company, Jamaica Property Company Limited, the Scientific Research Council, the Football Foundation of Jamaica, Cornwall Old Boys Association and U.W.I. Guild of Graduates.
Leighton is a visiting lecturer in auditing at the University of the West Indies, Mona and a member of its mentorship programme. An active member of the Kingston Cricket and Pelicans Football Clubs, he enjoys outdoor sports, listening to music and reading.