Helen Brand, chief executive of global accountancy body ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has been awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Official Birthday Honours list today (11 June 2011).
Speaking of the honour, Helen Brand says: 'I am delighted to be honoured in this way. It came as a complete surprise, a very pleasant one, but a surprise nonetheless.
'I truly believe that this honour is in recognition of ACCA’s success, of which I am extremely proud to have played a part, alongside its members, students and its staff around the world.'
Helen Brand became chief executive of ACCA on 1 September 2008. Under Helen’s direction, ACCA offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world, who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
Helen is also a member of the Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Supervisory Board which works to ensure that integrated reporting is embedded into organisations’ DNA.
With a keen focus on key global relationship management for ACCA, Helen is particularly interested in the development of the accountancy profession in emerging economies around the world. Helen has considerable experience and knowledge of the 170 markets in which ACCA currently operates, and has worked closely with the US-based IFAC (the International Federation of Accountants) in an advisory capacity.
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For further information, please contact:
Nick Cosgrove, ACCA Newsroom
+44 (0)20 7059 5989
+44 (0)7963 496 144
Helen Thompson, ACCA Newsroom
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+44 (0)7725 498 654
Notes to editors
- ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
- We support our 147,000 members and 424,000 students in 170 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of over 80 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
- Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.