Dr Peter Ellington

Dr Peter Ellington


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Peter Ellington is an Associate Professor in Accounting at Norwich Business School.  He is a qualified accountant and economist.  He qualified with the Association of Charterer Accountants (ACCA) in 1983 and is now a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants (FAIA).  He has an MSc in Economics (2011) for which he received a distinction for his work on the economics of Hydrogen Fuel cell transportation. 

Peter Joined the UEA in September 2011 after a successful career, with roles including Financial Accountant, Management Accountant and Commercial Director. He managed the management accountant corporate services division at Aviva through major transitions, introducing Activity-Based-Charging systems to achieve continuous cost control. His FTSE 100 career culminated as Commercial Director at Vodaphone, where he was responsible for the commercial aspects of major outsource accounts. 

As an academic, Peter has been actively researching and studying accounting education. In 2014 he received a Masters In Higher Education Practice, his thesis study reviewed the effects of professional body accreditation on University Degrees. Following on from the MA, he has graduated as a Doctor of Education: Accounting Education from the Institute of Education UCL, where he studied a seven-year part-time professional doctorate in education. 

Peter also runs Triple Bottom Line Accounting (TBLA) a rapidly expanding accountancy professional services firm at the cutting edge of change in accounting and tax practices.  It consists of a team of eleven, all of whom have studied in further and higher education. Three of the team have qualified as accountants under training contracts with Peter as their training manager licenced by ICAEW and ACCA.  The practice provides compliance and advisory services.  It also provides environmental, social, governance support and impact measurement (ESG) for SMEs. TBLA is exceptional to have environmental and social justice at its core and is looking to develop as a role model for how accountants can be in the future; where the challenge of climate change and social justice, become part of everyday life.

Peter advises on UK taxation and is Assistant Principal Examiner for a major UK Taxation paper. Peter is a Financial Director for a number of organisations including Hyden House (who publish Permaculture Magazine), Norwich Community Solar and the Greening Campaign CIC. Peter is Treasurer for The Grapes Hill Community Garden charity and The Friends of Norwich and Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau.

Peter is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, he was nominated for FRSA membership for helping charities and environmental companies.

Peter's doctoral thesis is entitled Powerful Knowledge in Accounting Education. The study is a review of the current theory of knowledge in Accounting Education and argues that major changes are required to address the absence of social and environmental justice in accounting. It calls on the major accountancy bodies to meet their pledge to put climate change at the forefront of their work, by creating specific examinable modules in their curriculum that require all members to study climate change and the effects of failing to address the climate crisis. 

Key Research Interests

Economics: October 2011. MSc in Economics (Distinction).  Main interest environmental economics. Thesis study: economics of Hydrogen Fuel cell transportation.

Accounting education: July 2014. MA in Higher Education Practice.  Dissertation study: the interface between the UK professional accountancy bodies and accounting degrees through the system of accreditation.  

Doctorate in Education at the Institute of Education Univerity Colleg London. Institution Focused Study: A review of alumni experiences of university accounting education.  Thesis study: Powerful Knowledge in Accounting Education.  

Teaching Interests

Peter Ellington module leader and lecturer for Accounting and Financial Analysis on the MBA programmes.

He also lectures in Taxation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Education, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2014

Master of Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011