Epsley, who was officially appointed at the CIMA agm in London on Saturday night, said he would focus on the ‘M’ in CIMA.
He added: ‘While the role of the financial accountant may diminish, that of the management accountant is flourishing. Our focus this year is to consolidate our international success in driving forward the CIMA qualification to employers worldwide.’
Epsley’s career is rooted in business accounting in both multinational and SME sectors, as well as consulting and lecturing.
He has represented CIMA on a regular basis for the last ten years, including seven years as a member of the law and parliamentary committee as chairman of the Taxation Group. He was elected as a council member in 1993, and has served as chairman on several CIMA committees.
Other appointments included the appointment of Harry Byrne, to the position of deputy president and Claire Ighodaro as vice president.
Byrne has spent most of his career within the Guinness Ireland Group, where he is now deputy MD, while Ighodaro has risen rapidly up the ranks through BT management and has worked in Munich as director for BT’s German joint venture, Viag Interkom, during the building of its mobile network.
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