Meet the Executive team

Our Executive team is responsible for day-to-day management and decision-making, and our Chief Executive Helen Brand OBE reports directly to Council.

The team is made up of five high-performing people whose experience combines accountancy and strategic leadership. There are also two non-executive advisers on our Executive team.

The Executive team is:

Chief Executive - Helen Brand OBE

Executive Director, strategy and development - Alan Hatfield

Executive Director, markets - Stephen Heathcote

Executive Director, finance and operations - Raymond Jack

Executive Director, governance - Peter Large

Non-executive advisers - Julia Bond, Barrie Jackson

  • Helen Brand

    Helen Brand

    Helen Brand OBE has held the post of Chief Executive since 2008.

    Helen has built her career within professional bodies and has considerable experience and knowledge of the 100 markets in which we currently operate. She's worked closely with the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) in an advisory capacity over many years and is a founding member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Now she sits on the IIRC Board.

    One of the few women to lead a global professional body, Helen is a London Honorary Advisory Board member of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

    A passionate advocate for the role ethics and the delivery of public value play in business and society, she was instrumental in ensuring that we became the first international professional body to publish an integrated report on our performance in 2011. She has also driven our pioneering work in developing the profession across Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

    Helen was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2011 in recognition of her services to accountancy.

    Read Helen's blog

    Job title: Chief Executive
  • Alan Hatfield

    Alan Hatfield

    Alan Hatfield has held the position of Executive Director - strategy and development since April 2015. He’s responsible for the full range of our intellectual capital from the overall strategy to talent, brand, policy and qualifications.

    Prior to this, Alan led our learning directorate for five years, with responsibility for developing and maintaining ACCA qualifications and continuing professional development requirements. He has over 20 years' experience in professional education, progressing through a range of ACCA roles including education manager and head of learning partnerships.

    A graduate of Glasgow University and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Alan also holds an MBA with distinction from Oxford Brookes University and sits on the Dean's Advisory Group for Oxford Brookes Business School. 

    Job title: Executive Director, strategy and development
  • Stephen Heathcote

    Stephen Heathcote

    Steve Heathcote is our Executive Director - markets. In this role, he oversees market strategy, sales and marketing. He leads our market team across our network of over 100 offices and other centres around the world.

    Responsible for delivering our global growth strategy, Steve oversees a portfolio of investment to deliver sustainable growth in our reputation, influence and size. He has extensive experience within ACCA and previously held the role of executive director - finance and operations.

    Since 2011, Steve has also held the post of secretary to the Edinburgh Group - a coalition of 17 accountancy bodies from across the world representing over 900,000 professional accountants.

    Prior to joining us, he was director of planning and resources at the UK Financial Reporting Council. There he was responsible for planning major activities, associated reporting and operation leadership, which included the chief operating officer role.  

    Job title: Executive Director, markets
  • Raymond Jack

    Raymond Jack

    Raymond Jack joined us in January 2013 as our Executive Director - finance and operations.

    He is a former executive director of Scottish Power Energy Retail, where he also held posts including sales and marketing director and business transformation director. Raymond began his career at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), where he spent 12 years largely specialising in corporate finance, recovery and consulting.

    A chartered accountant, he also has a degree in accountancy and a Master's degree from the University of Cambridge.  

    Job title: Executive Director, finance and operations
  • Peter Large

    Peter Large

    Peter Large is our Executive Director - governance. In this role, he has responsibility for both our corporate governance arrangements and the governance of our members and students. Corporate governance comprises the internal audit, risk, information security, legal counsel and secretariat functions. Governance includes regulation, licensing, monitoring and investigations/discipline.

    He has spent the majority of his career at ACCA, and his previous roles include responsibility for professional standards and members' affairs. Peter holds a BA (Hons) in politics, an MBA and a postgraduate certificate in behavioural change.  

    Job title: Executive Director, governance