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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
—Professor Barry Cooper, president, ACCA

Leading accountancy academic Professor Barry J Cooper from Australia has been elected President of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

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

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Notes to Editors

  1. 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. 
  2. We support our 154,000 members and 432,000 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 8,400 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. 
  3.  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.