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Election of third female president in ACCA history

22nd May 2007
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The ACCA elected its third female president in its 103-year history, at its annual general meeting last week.

Gill Ball, finance director of the University of Birmingham, currently chairs the ACCA governance committee and is a member of the finance committee.

Ball commented that the role is “very special” because it is elected by the members. “It is a great responsibility to represent them by engaging with policymakers, government officials and a wide range of other stakeholders around the world,” she said. “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 that she is particularly keen for the organisation to promote responsibility in accounting through adherence to the highest professional standards. “This year means the advent of our new ACCA qualification with a specific module in ethics. We look forward to the new qualification being the benchmark for professionalism amongst accountants.”

Other elections at the meeting included Richard Aitken-Davies, chairman of ACCA's financial reporting committee, as deputy president, and Brendan Murtagh, a partner in Dublin accounting firm LHM Casey McGrath, who becomes vice president.

In addition, 14 positions on council were filled in the elections, eight of which are returning council members, and six are new members.


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By Atipayhatanam
25th May 2007 05:26

New Presidents
I see this season is also the season for new presidents. ICAS and ACCA has new presidents, both ladies. Congratulations and let's hope a good and prosperous year ahead in developments, especially MRA with more IFAC members.

I wonder how we could get Matthew to be president or CEO of a RQB, especially AIA, so that he can show the way forward with his vast experience and knowledge in professional accountancy.

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