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I am delighted that this year’s Council meeting is taking place in Africa. As our governing body, Council is elected and consists of voluntary members who possess a global outlook that can only benefit further by meeting together in Kenya. I am sure we will learn a great deal during this visit
—Helen Brand, chief executive, ACCA

ACCA’s 36 strong Council comes to Africa to discuss opportunities and challenges for the accountancy profession

Economic growth and business opportunities and challenges faced in Africa and globally will be the central theme of ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Council meeting, to be held in Nairobi this month.

ACCA’s 36 member strong Council is basing its biennial meeting in Nairobi, before ACCA’s President, Vice President and Deputy President make additional visits with ACCA senior staff, including its chief executive Helen Brand, to Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. 

Helen Brand, ACCA’s chief executive, says: 'I am delighted that this year’s Council meeting is taking place in Africa. As our governing body, Council is elected and consists of voluntary members who possess a global outlook that can only benefit further by meeting together in Kenya. I am sure we will learn a great deal during this visit.'

Jamil Ampomah, ACCA director of sub-Saharan Africa says: 'Our Council has a wide ranging remit, geared to providing strategic direction for ACCA. Council members examine issues of broad and long-term importance to ACCA, and establish ACCA's position on global industry developments as they arise. So this is why it is important Council members from all over the world come to Africa and understand the issues their Council colleagues face here in this continent.

'The aim of this meeting is to see how ACCA members are contributing to the national economy and their national profession, to connect with partners, the profession and policy makers, and to show how ACCA’s work is bringing value to employment markets. This is an important part of Council’s ongoing work, and senior members along with ACCA staff will be visiting Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania.' 

Dean Westcott, ACCA’s President and a member of Council, says: 'ACCA’s Council wants to have a better understanding of the rapid and exciting economic and business developments happening in this continent and to see at first-hand how professional accountants working here create public value, how they support sustainable economic growth and, importantly, what ACCA can do to support them. 

'I know that I and my fellow members will gain a lot from this meeting.'

ACCA conducts a series of regular meetings by its Council, and previous meetings have been held in Central and Eastern Europe and also South East Asia.

For this Council visit, ACCA will be hosting a series of events including:

  • In Ethiopia, an employer roundtable: ‘The role of finance professionals in an emerging economy’.
  • New member ceremonies – welcoming new members to ACCA, students who have successfully passed their exams.
  • In Tanzania, an event to launch a report on capital markets.
  • In Uganda, an event to discuss the issues relating to effective financial management and transparency. 

Dean Westcott concludes: 'We are a global body which believes in innovation, which is one of its core values. So it is important these meetings help to breed new ideas. It’s going to be a very interesting Council session and I am sure it will prove fruitful to future business for ACCA.'

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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 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 8,500 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. 

About ACCA’s Council

Council works with ACCA's executive team to devise ACCA's strategy, which is then approved by Council. Delivery of the strategy is the responsibility of the executive team, with governance of the process and performance management provided by Council.

Council members are:

  1. Rizwan Akhtar, UK
  2. Stephen Bailey, UK
  3. Sharon Burd, UK
  4. Alexandra Chin, Malaysia
  5. Francis Chittenden, UK
  6. Rosanna Choi, Hong Kong
  7. Barry Cooper, Australia 
  8. Matilda Crossman, Romania 
  9. Gustaw Duda, Poland 
  10. Jenny Gu, China (Shanghai) 
  11. Anthony Harbinson, Ireland 
  12. Kenneth Henry, USA (Florida) 
  13. Pauline Hobson, UK
  14. Julie Holderness, UK 
  15. Hemraz Hoolash, Mauritius
  16. Ladislav Hornan, UK
  17. Lynne Hunt, UK 
  18. Raphael Joseph, Canada 
  19. Dato’ Khalid Ahmad, Malaysia 
  20. Lazaros Lazarou, Cyprus 
  21. James Lee, Singapore 
  22. Leo Lee, Hong Kong 
  23. Brian McEnery, Ireland 
  24. Hamish McKay, UK Scotland 
  25. Mark Millar, UK 
  26. Kholeka Mzondeki, South Africa 
  27. Coutts Otolo, Kenya
  28. Taiwo Oyedele, Nigeria 
  29. Laura Perrin, Romania 
  30. Azza Raslan, Saudi Arabia 
  31. Robert Stenhouse, UK 
  32. Martin Turner, UK 
  33. Anthony Tyen, Hong Kong
  34. Dean Westcott, UK 
  35. Belinda Young, Singapore 
  36. Amy Yung, Hong Kong