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ACCA elects new president

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants elects Gillian Ball as its third female head in 103 years

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.

Fourteen positions on Council were filled in the elections, eight of which
were returning Council members, with six new members.

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