This article was first published in the October 2013 International edition of Accounting and Business magazine.
It is a great honour and immense privilege to have been elected as your president at ACCA’s AGM in September.
I am very excited about the year ahead and, in particular, I am delighted that my Council colleagues and I will be able to meet members, students, employers, tuition providers and regulators at our Council meeting in Dubai next year. The meeting will not only give us an opportunity to see at first hand one of the most important and increasingly influential markets in the UAE but also to visit Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Oman, where we have thousands of members and students.
On behalf of ACCA members, my key priorities for 2013/14 will be the delivery and development of ACCA’s strategy to 2015 and 2020, promoting an ethical profession and championing leadership in corporate reporting.
The first of these is critical and we’ll be listening carefully to members’ views on the issues we need to address.
The focus on ethics is not only because doing the right thing is central to ACCA’s core message of public value, but also because it is a vital part of our qualification framework and more relevant than ever.
In terms of championing leadership in corporate reporting, I want to continue to build on the good work ACCA does in global standards. We want to see the adoption of consistent global standards since they are needed for economic and financial certainty – to help build and maintain investor confidence and trust.
From experience, I know how important ACCA is to helping forge careers and providing support and services to members. I have been an ACCA member since 1976, and have sat on Council since 2004. My career has been in the health sector. I was a founder member and president of the Health Service Society of Certified Accountants more than 25 years ago. I have sat on ACCA’s Market Oversight Committee, Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee. I have been chief executive of regional health services in the UK and Australia. I now work as a management consultant in the UK health sector and am FD of a private health company in the UK.
I look forward to meeting as many members as possible during the coming year and am proud to have the opportunity to serve as your president.
Martin Turner FCCA is a management consultant in the UK health sector