Mr. Philmore Ogle, OD, FCA, FCCA
As a founding member of the ICAJ and counted among the famed “Young Turks” of the period prior to establishment of the Institute, this former partner in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, believes that many of his visions for the Institute have been realised.
From the time when he and the first president, William Thwaites, ran the Institute from their respective offices he has seen the ICAJ grow to having it's own headquarters and specialist officers for specific tasks.
While working at the Auditor General's Department, Philmore studied and qualified for the ACCA, and while a part of the Jamaica District Society of the ACCA, he authored and presented to the government a draft for the Public Accountancy Act.
This Act prescribed the qualifications for persons who would provide audit services under the Companies Act or otherwise. Not content to rest on his laurels, Philmore further insisted that for greater recognition the ICAJ should not only be incorporated under the Companies Act but also under the Public Accountancy Act.
In a time when there were no facilities offered for training, Philmore, was part of the move by a group of local accountants that convinced the University of the West Indies (UWI) to structure extra mural classes to offer a Bachelors degree programme in Accounting in 1967, for which he was one of the first lecturers. Philmore successfully pressed for recognition and acceptance for this degree, gaining in the process exemption from some ACCA examinations.
Mr. Ogle was also very instrumental in ICAJ advocating the introduction of a second degree in Accounting at the University of the West Indies. The proposal in this regard was eventually accepted and the MSc. Accounting programme was introduced in 1975.
Philmore Ogle sewed from an early date the seed that would blossom into the ICAC and though this achievement was not his, he is proud of the presidents who have succeeded him as they have moved the Institute forward in a positive way.
As a Past President, he continued to serve the ICAJ, chairing the Investigation and Disciplinary Committees at different times over several decades, ending his formal service in 1999. Retiring from active practice in 1998, he continues to give his support to the activities of the Institute, serving as a resource person for the Current Affairs Committee.
His record of community service involved serving as a member of several committees, including the International Trade Committee of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, and culminated with him serving as President of the Chamber from 1993 to 1995. In 1999, Philmore Ogle was rewarded for his significant service to the profession with national honours - the Order of Distinction (Officer Class). On December 9, 2005, on the occasion of the ICAJ’s 40th Anniversary Awards Banquet, he was named the recipient of the inaugural ICAJ Distinguished Member Award.