Meet your Council for 2017-18

The Council officers are:

President
Leo Lee

Deputy president
Robert Stenhouse 

Vice president
Jenny Gu

  • Alice Yip

    Hong Kong

    Alice Yip

    Elected to Council: 2017

    We'll be sharing Alice's profile soon.

  • Arthur Lee

    Hong Kong

    Arthur Lee

    Elected to Council: 2016

    Arthur is the assistant president, company secretary and general manager of investor relations for CGN New Energy Holdings Co Ltd. He has been with the company for more than nine years, holding various other positions including controller and director of strategy.

    Arthur is a member of the ACCA Hong Kong Committee, and served as its chairman in 2015-16. He also involves in the Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association, where he serves as the executive vice-chair of the Youth Committee. He is also the district treasurer for Rotary International District 3450 in 2016-17.

    He has a degree with major in Information Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as an MBA from the University of Warwick and a Master of Corporate Governance degree (with distinction) from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

    Joined ACCA: 1997
    Job title: Assistant president, CGN New Energy Holdings Co Ltd
  • Ayla Majid

    Pakistan

    Ayla Majid

    Elected to Council: 2014

    Ayla is CEO of CAMCO (Pvt) Limited, a capital markets and advisory company. She also heads the Business Advisory portfolio at Khalid Majid Rehman Chartered Accountants. Prior to these roles, Ayla was an investment advisor for commercial/industrial projects for one of Pakistan’s largest trusts, Fauji Foundation.

    Presently, she is an elected director on the board of ISE Real Estate Management Company Limited. Ayla is also a member of Board of Governors of the Helpcare Society, running schools to provide privileged education to under privileged children.

    In addition to ACCA qualification, Ayla holds MBA degree from Lahore University of Management Sciences and LLB (Hons) from the University of London. Ayla is a recent graduate of Harvard Kennedy School completing the Global Leadership and Public Policy for 21st Century module.

    In 2015, the World Economic Forum honoured Ayla as a Young Global Leader.

    Find out more about Ayla's career.

    Joined ACCA: 2006
    Job title: CEO, CAMCO (Pvt) Limited
    Committees:
  • Belinda Young

    Singapore

    Belinda Young

    Elected to Council: 2009

    Belinda is into her third term on Council and she is still the only female Council member to have served from Singapore. She runs Centrecourt Group which has businesses across 18 countries and in more than 20 industries. She previously worked in a Big Four accounting firm and at the largest property developer in Singapore, responsible for building the tallest building in the country.

    In addition to her ACCA service, Belinda sits on the finance committees of a number of large and medium-sized charities. She also sits on ACCA's Global Forum on Taxation and Global Forum for Business Law.  

    Joined ACCA: 1986
    Job title: Runs Centrecourt Group
    Committees:
  • Brendan Sheehan

    Australia

    Brendan Sheehan

    Elected to Council: 2014

    Brendan is the managing director of White Squires, a company that specialises in Back Office Transformations. He has worked with business leaders across the public, private and government sectors in Ireland and Australia for nearly 25 years.

    His clients in Australia include Colliers International, Jones Lang LaSalle, Brisbane Airport and Queensland Government. Before moving to Australia in 2005, Brendan's clients in Ireland included Avensis Pharmaceuticals, TNT, the Office of Public Works and the National Museum.

    From 2011-14, Brendan was a member of our Australia and New Zealand members' network, which he chaired from 2012-14. He was also part of our International Assembly.

    Find out more about Brendan's career.

    Joined ACCA: 2005
    Job title: Managing director, White Squires
    Committees:
  • Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan

    Malaysia

    Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan

    Elected to Council: 2016

    Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan is the chief executive officer of the Malaysia Professional Accountancy Centre (MyPAC). Prior to this, she was the managing director of Capital Intelligence Advisors SDN BHD, the president and executive director of the Malaysian Rating Corporation BHD, and the general manager of Maybank BHD.

    She has been involved with ACCA for several years, previously serving as the president of the ACCA Malaysia Advisory Committee, and in this role attending the International Assembly in 2012 and 2014.

    Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan is the vice president of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), and a member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee.

    Joined ACCA: 1980
    Job title: Chief executive officer, Malaysia Professional Accountancy Centre (MyPAC)
  • Dean Lee

    China

    Dean Lee

    Elected to Council: 2013

    Dean currently runs the finance operations of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in China as its regional CFO. Before this, Dean held various positions with Yum Brands - owners of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - in China and US, including China controller, brand reporting manager and planning director.

    Prior to joining Council, Dean was an International Assembly member from 2009-11 and served as chairman of the ACCA Shanghai Steering Committee in 2011-12. In addition to his ACCA membership, Dean is a CICPA member, holds an MBA and a Bachelor and Master degree in Philosophy from Fudan University. His areas of technical interest are finance and general management.

    Joined ACCA: 1997
    Job title: Regional CFO, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
    Committees:
  • Fergus Wong

    Hong Kong

    Fergus Wong

    Fergus is a tax director at PwC in Hong Kong. Early on in his career, he worked at the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department. And before he joined professional practice, he spent 20 years teaching taxation and accounting in Hong Kong and in Australia.

    A committee member of ACCA Hong Kong since 2006, Fergus was its chairman in 2015-16 and co-chaired its tax sub-committee from 2006-13. He's also part of our Global Forum on Tax.

    Fergus is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Accountants and CPA Australia and a member of the Hong Kong Taxation Institute.

    Joined ACCA: 1984
    Job title: Tax director, PwC
    Committees:
  • Gustaw Duda

    Poland

    Gustaw Duda

    Re-elected to Council: 2016

    Gustaw Duda has been an ACCA member since 2001. Between 2006 and 2009, he was the president of the ACCA Poland Executive Committee. He also served as an International Assembly member and ACCA ambassador. Additionally, he was an expert in the FEE (European Federation of Accountants) SME Advisory Panel.

    He was first elected to Council in 2009 and served two terms until 2015, holding positions on a number of Council committees, including the Resource Oversight Committee, Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee. He was re-elected in 2016.

    Gustaw's professional background started in 1996 with KPMG. In 2002, he became the CFO of Poligrafia, one of the largest printing plants in Poland. Since then, he has also served as CFO and board member for major local businesses ORLEN OIL and Huta Pokoj.

    In addition to ACCA qualification, Gustaw holds a Master in Economics from Krakow University of Economics. He also has an Executive MBA from Parisian Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and a Diploma in International Business from the University of Bristol.

    Joined ACCA: 2001
    Job title: Experienced CFO
  • Hidy Chan

    Hong Kong

    Hidy Chan

    Elected to Council: 2017

    We'll be sharing Hidy's profile soon.

  • Japheth Katto

    Uganda

    Japheth Katto

    Co-opted to Council: 2012
    Elected to Council: 2015

    Japheth was CEO of Uganda’s Capital Market Authority for 16 years until 2013 and has over 30 years in companies and financial services regulation in the UK and Africa. Japheth served on the Board, Compliance Advisory Panel and Nominating Committee of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) for 10 years.

    Thereafter, he was co-opted to ACCA’s governing body, becoming the first ACCA member to be co-opted to Council in its history.

    His technical interests encompass insolvency, companies investigation, financial services regulation and corporate governance training. Currently an independent consultant on corporate governance and financial services regulation, Japheth also sits on boards of listed companies in Uganda and Kenya.

    Find out more about Japheth's career.

    Joined ACCA: 1982
    Job title: Independent consultant
    Committees:
  • Jenny Gu
    Vice president

    China

    Jenny Gu
    Vice president

    Elected to Council: 2009

    Jenny is the COO at Richemont China, responsible for overall operational leadership and support to enable and empower Maison's China strategy and operations.

    Prior to Richemont, Jenny has over 24 years’ experience in Management consultancy, FMCG, sports and retail sector, working in multinational companies and private equity firms including Nike and TPG Capital. Jenny’s expertise includes: General management, sales and retail, finance, strategic planning and supply chain management, company transformation.

    She advises clients on strategy as well as operational effectiveness and efficiency. Jenny’s career has spanned China, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

    Jenny has an Executive MBA from Kellogg-HKUST. She has also both a master degree and a bachelor degree in Philosophy from Fudan University.

    Jenny obtained her ACCA membership since 1998. She has served on ACCA Council since 2009.

    Joined ACCA: 1998
    Job title: Founder and managing director, PPG Management Consulting
    Committees:
  • John Cullen

    United Kingdom

    John Cullen

    Elected to Council: 2013

    John is a partner at Menzies, where he heads up the corporate recovery and insolvency department in Cardiff. He works with SME businesses in South Wales and the South West of England.

    He became a licensed insolvency practitioner in 2001. He chaired the working groups that developed Statements of Insolvency Practice 2 and 3 and is working on 8, 10 and 12. He is also currently assisting the European Commission in the design of its new Insolvency regulations for 2017.

    Joined ACCA: 1999
    Job title: Partner, Menzies
    Committees:
  • Joseph Owolabi

    Nigeria

    Joseph Owolabi

    Elected to Council: 2015

    Joseph is a senior manager at EY, where he leads the sustainability and integrated reporting offerings in West Africa. He delivers training programmes for ACCA students and members, as well as company directors on IFRS and other technical areas. He is a certified internal auditor and an information systems auditor.

    Joseph gained broad business experience when he trained and qualified with PwC in Nigeria, working across financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, and the oil and gas industries. His experience includes working on IFRS, SOX, corporate governance and integrated reporting in companies in Nigeria and across Africa.

    From 2014-15, Joseph was a member of our International Assembly.  

    Read more about Joseph's career.

    Joined ACCA: 2011
    Job title: Sustainability Services Leader, EY West Africa
    Committees:
  • Joyce Evans

    Canada

    Joyce Evans

    Elected to Council: 2017

    We'll be sharing Joyce's profile soon.

  • Kenneth Henry

    United States

    Kenneth Henry

    Elected to Council: 2010

    Kenneth is associate professor of accounting at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA. He started his career at PwC in Jamaica and then in Miami, Florida before becoming internal audit manager for Miami-Dade County. He has also worked for the US Department of the Treasury as a consultant to the Saudi Arabia government.

    Kenneth is active, locally and internationally, with several professional organisations, including: the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Association of Government Auditors (AGA), and the American Accounting Association (AAA).

    He gained his PhD in Business Administration in 2008.

    Joined ACCA: 1979
    Job title: Associate professor of accounting, Florida International University
    Committees:
  • Leo Lee
    President

    Hong Kong

    Leo Lee
    President

    Elected to Council: 2006

    Leo has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of accounting, regulation and asset management. He is currently a director of Benington Capital Limited, an asset management company that manages a Greater China focused equity fund for professional investors. He is also an independent non-executive director of several Hong Kong listed companies, one of which also listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange.

    Leo has held various senior positions with the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Hong Kong since 1995.

    In his last position as Director of Finance & Administration, he was responsible for the accounting, treasury and administration functions of the SFC. Before this, he had roles as Director of Corporate Planning and Director of Licensing, responsible for corporate policy, special projects, development of licensing policy and administration of licensing rules and regulations. Prior to joining the SFC, Leo was a senior civil servant with the Hong Kong Government.

    Leo has served as a committee member of ACCA Hong Kong since 1997 and was its President in 2003/04. He was a Council Member of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2005), and is a fellow member of both associations.

    Having served as a member of the International Assembly, Leo was elected to ACCA Council in 2006. He has served on a number of standing committees and was the Chairman of the Market Oversight Committee and Remuneration Committee and Vice Chairman of Qualification Committee. He also served as a member of Audit Committee, the Governance Task Force, and as an elected member of Nomination Committee.

    Leo received his accountancy training from Hong Kong Polytechnic and graduated with ACCA in 1976. He holds a LLB degree from University of London and a Master in Business Administration from The University of Hong Kong.

    Leo is married to Pauline Chan and has two grown-up children.

    Joined ACCA: 1979
    Job title: Director, Benington Capital Limited
    Committees:
  • Liz Blackburn

    United Kingdom

    Liz Blackburn

    Elected to Council: 2017

    We'll be sharing Liz's profile soon.

  • Lorraine Holleway

    Qatar

    Lorraine Holleway

    Elected to Council: 2013

    After starting her career in finance with small manufacturing companies, Lorraine has spent most of her professional life in the oil and gas industry. She's worked in various roles for Shell and is currently deputy controller and head of financial reporting in Qatar. She's previously been a group reporting business analyst and finance learning manager for Shell in the Netherlands.

    Lorraine chairs our Global Forum for Corporate Reporting.

    She specialises in accounting policies, financial reporting and process improvement.

    Joined ACCA: 2001
    Job title: Deputy controller and head of financial reporting, Shell
    Committees:
  • Mark Millar

    United Kingdom

    Mark Millar

    Elected to Council: 2010

    When he was 18, Mark turned down a university place to join the NHS and study for the ACCA qualification. Since then, he's held a variety of finance roles in the NHS and has been chief executive of a number of different NHS and public bodies. Mark is currently chief executive at St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich and a non-executive director of Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

    He's long been involved with our UK Health Panel and served on our International Assembly for two terms.

    Joined ACCA: 1980
    Job title: Chief executive, St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich
    Committees:
  • Marta Rejman

    Poland

    Marta Rejman

    Elected to Council: 2015

    Marta is the financial director special at Jones Lang LaSalle EMEA Finance Services Group. She is contributing to efficient operation and development of the EMEA finance organisation.

    Marta has spent five years as the director of the European Finance Centre, building the JLL Shared Services Operation for the EMEA region.

    Before that, she has held positions of CFO and deputy director finance and administration at ING Lease both in Poland and Germany.

    She served five years on the board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and was also a member of its Audit Committee and Finance and Planning Committee.

    Marta has a degree from Warsaw School of Economics and an MBA from the University of Calgary. She was a member of our first Poland committee in 2006, and has also been part of our International Assembly. 

    Find out more about Marta's career.

    Joined ACCA: 2003
    Job title: Financial director special, Jones Lang LaSalle EMEA Finance Services Group
    Committees:
  • Matilda Crossman

    United Kingdom

    Matilda Crossman

    Elected to Council: 2010

    Matilda is an executive director of the ExP Group, a UK-based education technology organisation delivering online professional qualifications courses on three continents.

    Matilda has worked in education and training for a significant part of her career. Prior to that, she has worked for PwC and Deloitte.

    Matilda is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Romanian Chamber of Auditors. 

    Joined ACCA: 2001
    Job title: Executive director, ExP Group
    Committees:
  • Matthew Wong

    China

    Matthew Wong

    Elected to Council: 2017

    We'll be sharing Matthew's profile soon.

  • Melanie Proffitt

    United Kingdom

    Melanie Proffitt

    Elected to Council: 2015

    Melanie's experience spans several sectors, including healthcare, print and packaging, automotive, and heavy engineering. She now jointly runs Proffitt Consultants Ltd, a business that specialises in process improvement and change management. She previously worked as divisional financial director at Chesapeake Packaging and general manager within Spire Healthcare.

    Melanie has an MBA from Warwick Business School and a postgraduate diploma in sales and marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She's also a governor at South Leicestershire College.

    She's been part of our Leicestershire network panel since 2007 and was its president for three years. 

    Find out more about Melanie's career.

    Joined ACCA: 1997
    Job title: Runs Proffitt Consultants Ltd
    Committees:
  • Michelle Hourican

    Ireland

    Michelle Hourican

    Elected to Council: 2016

    Michelle Hourican first became involved with ACCA in her local student society, and has since served as president of the Members' Network in Dublin, on the ACCA Ireland Executive Committee, and led the working group that reviewed and updated the ACCA Ireland constitution and governance arrangements in 2012.

    Michelle currently lectures on a variety of subjects to business studies students. She did lecture for many years to international students on ACCA P3 and F9 papers. Prior to this, she trained in audit at Deloitte and worked in its management consultancy, managing financial and IT projects in the public and private sectors.

    In addition to ACCA qualification, Michelle holds a Masters in Science in the Management and Application of IT in Accounting from Dublin City University.

    She was awarded ACCA Accountant of the Year in 2015.

    Joined ACCA: 1998
    Job title: Lecturer
  • Mohd Nasir Ahmad

    Malaysia

    Mohd Nasir Ahmad

    Elected to Council: 2013

    Nasir Ahmad's accounting career started at Malaysia’s national power company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in 1979 where he held various accounting and finance roles before becoming CEO of Malaysia Transformer Manufacturing Sdn Bhd in 1994.

    He then joined SPK Berhad as CEO in 2000. From 2001 to his retirement in 2011, he was CEO of Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad, the national entrepreneur development corporation.

    He now sits as independent director on the boards of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, CIMB Bank Berhad, Bina Darulaman Berhad, Media Prima Berhad, MIMOS Berhad, SIRIM Berhad and Prokhas Sdn Bhd. He is also a member of the Board of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, the Listing Committee of Bursa Malaysia and the Board of Trustee of Yayasan Canselor UNITEN.

    Nasir Ahmad is a former president of both the ACCA Malaysia Advisory Committee and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. 

    Joined ACCA: 1985
    Job title: Independent director on various boards
    Committees:
  • Orla Collins

    Ireland

    Orla Collins

    Elected to Council: 2012

    Orla is chief risk officer and head of risk and compliance for Standard Life's operations in Ireland. She's responsible for the company’s operational risk, compliance and anti-financial crime framework, as well as the Irish legal and company secretarial functions. Before joining Standard Life, she held a number of senior roles within the financial services industry including at Bank of Ireland and Pioneer Investments.

    Orla is a qualified financial advisor and a member of the Institute of Bankers and the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland. She's part of our ACCA Ireland members' committee, and was its president from 2010-11.

    Joined ACCA: 1997
    Job title: Chief risk officer and head of risk and compliance, Standard Life
    Committees:
  • Paula Kensington

    Australia

    Paula Kensington

    Elected to Council: 2017

    We'll be sharing Paula's profile soon.

  • Phoebe Hao Yu

    China

    Phoebe Hao Yu

    Elected to Council: 2016

    Phoebe Hao Yu is the Financial Controller for Shenzen Agricultural Products Limited. Prior to this role, she has worked for DeCoro (Shenzhen) Industrial Company Limited, Hubei Tianhua Shareholding Company Limited, IBM Technology Product Company Limited and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.

    Phoebe served as the chairperson of the ACCA South China Steering Team from 2011-2013, where she helped ACCA to establish a relationship with Chinese government agencies, and remains a member of the ACCA China Professional Expert Forum.

    She has also been a member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Compliance and Advisory Panel (CAP).

    Along with ACCA qualification, Phoebe also has a Master's Degree in Accountancy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    Joined ACCA: 1998
    Job title: Financial controller, Shenzen Agricultural Products Limited
  • Rhonda Best

    United Kingdom

    Rhonda Best

    Elected to Council: 2016

    As a founding director at solution provider Alexander Bain, Rhonda conceptualises growth strategies for the SME sector. With over 20 years' experience working with small- and mid-market businesses across the UK, continental Europe and the Caribbean, she is author of the upcoming book Enabling High Growth. Her research into business growth began while reading for an MBA at Oxford Brookes 2006-2008. 

    She is co-founder of London-based Aspiring Executives Committee (AXC), a community of driven professionals, MBAs and middle managers interested in securing leadership careers. Prior to her work in consulting, she was European director at a leading property, asset and fund manager, having migrated to the UK from Trinidad and Tobago following a successful career in the petrochemical sector.

    Rhonda has served ACCA as an elected Corporate Sector Network Panel (CSNP) member from 2010 to 2016, and chaired the panel in 2013. Since 2015, she has also been a contributing member of ACCA’s Global SME Forum. 

    Joined ACCA: 2004
    Job title: Founding director, Alexander Bain
  • Robert Stenhouse
    Deputy president

    United Kingdom

    Robert Stenhouse
    Deputy president

    Elected to Council: 2009

    Robert is currently Director - National Accounting and Audit at Deloitte in the UK, with responsibilities for audit methodology and content. His UK role involves liaising with the UK’s standard setter and audit regulators.

    He is the UK member of the Audit Technical Advisory Board in Deloitte, which develops the audit policy and methodology that is applied within the Deloitte network globally.

    Robert’s career in accounting and audit spans over 25 years, beginning in a small practice. He became a member of ACCA in 2006 and joined ACCA's Council in 2009.

    Robert is currently chair of both ACCA’s Audit Committee and Audit & Assurance Global Forums.

    Joined ACCA: 2006
    Job title: Director of national accounting and audit, Deloitte
    Committees:
  • Ronnie Patton

    Ireland

    Ronnie Patton

    Elected to Council: 2014

    Ronnie initially chose to study for the ACCA qualification due to the flexibility it afforded. Prior to moving into education, he was employed in professional practice, consultancy and a variety of industries including distribution, retailing and financial services. He's been a senior lecturer in Professional Accounting Practice at Ulster University since 2003.

    Ronnie has broad experience in curriculum and course design, developing and delivering courses and assessment. He's been an ACCA examiner and coordinator in the past and he is a past president of ACCA Ireland. 

    Find out more about Ronnie's career.

    Joined ACCA: 1981
    Job title: Senior lecturer in Professional Accounting Practice, Ulster University
    Committees:
  • Rosanna Choi

    Hong Kong

    Rosanna Choi

    Elected to Council: 2011

    Rosanna is a partner at professional advisory firm CWCC.

    She's active in her community. In addition to being a council member of Hong Kong Baptist University, she - together with the other directors of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited - won the Directors of the Year Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Directors in 2013. She is also the Chairperson of its audit committee.

    Rosanna has been appointed by the Hong Kong Government as a member of its Business Facilitation Advisory Committee, and a member of the Board of Inland Revenue in last two years.

    She's been part of our Hong Kong committee since 2002 and was chairman from 2010-11. 

    Find out more about Rosanna's career.

    Joined ACCA: 1987
    Job title: Partner, CWCC
    Committees:
  • Sharon Critchlow

    United Kingdom

    Sharon Critchlow

    Elected to Council: 2016

    Sharon is a non-executive director and consultant who spent eight years as a public practice accountant in the UK, followed by nearly 20 years as a shareholding director leading a rapidly expanding company in the financial services sector. She is currently the director of Newgrange Developments Limited.

    Sharon has served ACCA members in the Bristol and Cheltenham region for 10 years, including three years as the regional president. She was awarded the UK Member Contribution Award in 2012 and the UK Outstanding Contribution Award in 2013.

    In addition to ACCA qualification, Sharon is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and a Chartered Financial Planner with the Chartered Insurance Institute.  

    Joined ACCA: 1996
    Job title: Director, Newgrange Developments Limited
  • Siobhan Pandya

    United States

    Siobhan Pandya

    Elected to Council: 2017

    We'll be sharing Siobhan's profile soon.

  • Susan Allan

    United Kingdom

    Susan Allan

    Elected to Council: 2015

    Susan is finance director for Willerby Holiday Homes, a privately owned business in the UK of 70 years' standing. Before this, she was head of finance at DFS, where she led the commercial business partnering team and also helped float the company on the UK stock exchange.

    In 2010, she joined our Hull members' panel and from 2012-14, she was part of our International Assembly.

    Susan's expertise includes: strategic planning, performance improvement, change management and people development.

    Joined ACCA: 1999
    Job title: Finance director, Willerby Holiday Homes
    Committees: