Professor Cooper has a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Education and PhD degree and is a Fellow of ACCA. During his term on ACCA Council, Professor Cooper has chaired a number of ACCA committees, including the Research and Resource Oversight Committees. He has also been a member of the Technical Liaison Committee, ACCA’s Nominating Committee and the Education Advisory Committee. He has also chaired the Editorial Board of the Accounting and Business magazine.
Professor Cooper is Head of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
Previously, he has been Head of the Accounting Schools at the Hong Kong Polytechnic and RMIT University, Melbourne, and played a key role in establishing the ACCA Qualification in China.
Professor Cooper moved to Deakin University in 2007, where, in addition to his role as Head of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, he teaches and researches in the areas of auditing, professional ethics, corporate governance and accounting education. In his spare time, Barry is an organic olive oil grower and processor.
Professor Cooper said: 'I am honoured and delighted to have been elected as ACCA President. I look forward to playing my part in ensuring that ACCA continues to work closely with employers, and that we meet their needs in an increasingly global economy. I also look forward to meeting with as many members and students as possible, to ensure that we continue to prioritise the issues which are important to them, and to represent those views at a global level'.
ACCA Council also elected management consultant Martin Turner as Deputy President. Mr Turner, who has been Chief Executive of Hywel Dda Health Board and Chief Executive of the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service, has been a Council member since 2004, and currently chairs ACCA’s Remuneration Committee.
Vice President for 2012/13 is Anthony Harbinson, who is Director of Justice Delivery, at the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland