ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) elected Gillian
Ball as president at its agm today.
ACCA is the world’s largest and fastest-growing international accountancy
body; with 115,000 members and 296,000 students in more than 170 countries.
Gillian Ball, finance director of the University of Birmingham, is only the
third woman president in ACCA’s 103-year history. She currently chairs the ACCA
governance committee and is a member of the finance committee.
Ball said of her appointment: ‘The president is elected by the members, which
makes the role very special indeed – and it is a great responsibility to
represent them by engaging with policymakers, government officials and a wide
range of other stakeholders around the world. I have learned much over the past
two years as vice president, then deputy president which I shall use to ensure
that I do my very best for ACCA in my presidential year.’
She added: ‘I am particularly keen that the organisation promotes
responsibility in accounting through adherence to the highest professional
standards. For us, this year means the advent of our new qualification, ACCA
2007, with a specific module in ethics. We look forward to the new qualification
being the benchmark for professionalism amongst accountants.’
At the same AGM, Richard Aitken-Davies, chairman of ACCA’s financial
reporting committee, was elected deputy president, while Brendan Murtagh, a
partner in Dublin accounting firm LHM Casey McGrath, became vice-president.
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