This article was first published in the November/December 2013 International edition of Accounting and Business magazine.
One of the most important and influential meetings in ACCA’s calendar will take place later this month.
Delegates from around the world will be arriving in London for ACCA’s International Assembly (IA) at the end of November.
They will be spending two days looking at future trends affecting not only ACCA but the whole accountancy profession; discussing ACCA’s draft strategy to 2020; hearing about ACCA’s growth ambition; the future of qualification design and delivery; and looking at the value of membership.
The IA delegates will use the findings of ACCA’s research and insights projects on issues such as the potential impact of technological trends on what many see as the classic finance career to debate and discuss what the organisation needs to do to ensure it continues to produce finance professionals with the complete range of skills demanded by employers.
They will also take part in a joint session with ACCA’s Council in which as part of a debate on financial leadership and performance they will look at the role of the CFO, how to sustain business performance, creating an effective corporate culture and managing risk, along with future proofing finance leadership and building the requisite capabilities.
The discussions will have significance for all members since they will help Council and the executive team to develop ACCA’s plans for the future. IA delegates will also report to Council on the key elements and outcomes of their discussions.
Whereas Council represents all members, the 80 International Assembly delegates have geographical constituencies and raise issues and comments of particular interest to members from their regions.
This enables me and my fellow officers to hear the views of member advisory committees from around the world; to respond to markets specific issues which they raise and to incorporate members’ views in planning and strategy and to outline ACCA’s policies and priorities. So I urge you to ensure that you make your views known to members’ advisory committees or to IA delegates to enable us to be aware of the issues that really matter to you.
Martin Turner FCCA is a management consultant in the UK health sector