It’s an honour to see one of our most inspiring UK members win this prestigious award, from a strong field of nominees across Europe and the Americas.
—Claire Bennison, head of ACCA UK

ACCA advocates honoured at event in Glasgow

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has recognised finance director Matt Dolphin FCCA as its Advocate of the Year for Europe and the Americas.

At an awards ceremony in Glasgow attended by the ACCA Council, Matt was praised by ACCA President Leo Lee FCCA for his extensive mentoring of young professionals in the accountancy profession, and global efforts to engage students with the opportunities that a qualification like ACCA can offer.

Claire Bennison, head of ACCA UK, said: ‘It’s an honour to see one of our most inspiring UK members win this prestigious award, from a strong field of nominees across Europe and the Americas.

‘Matt started his ACCA qualification after leaving school at 16, and used the knowledge and skills he acquired to forge a successful career in finance. His commitment and passion to share his story is a testament to how he’s inspired others to forge their own successful and fulfilling careers in finance. As such he’s a truly deserving winner of the ACCA Europe & Americas

Regional Advocate of the Year Award.’

Matt Dolphin commented: ‘I enjoy supporting aspiring students and members, sharing my work experience and knowledge to give them insights into their futures. For me, it’s humbling to be recognised in this way, and I’m genuinely thrilled to receive this award when so many members are doing great things too.’

Judged by the global ACCA Council, the Regional and Global Advocacy Award winners for 2017 are:  

  • ACCA Asia Pacific Regional Advocate of the Year 2017: Quin Thong Siew Quen FCCA from Hong Kong.
  • ACCA Emerging Markets Regional Advocate of the Year 2017: Daniela Vasilescu FCCA from Romania.
  • ACCA MENASA Regional Advocate of the Year 2017: Nandika Buddhipala from Sri Lanka.
  • ACCA Global Advocate of the Year 2017 and ACCA Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Advocate of the Year 2017: Hon. Felix Mutati MP FCCA from Zambia.

ACCA launched the regional and global advocacy awards this year to recognise members who go above and beyond in expressing public support for the accountancy profession, embodying ACCA's values. These advocates are also members who deliver public value, display ethical professionalism and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

The Advocacy Awards are not about career achievement; but about the way that ACCA members give back to their communities, and help ACCA to develop the next generation of professional accountants. The Awards are judged by the global ACCA Council.

Matt currently works as an interim finance director, and is a mentor at Aston University on their MBA programme.

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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering 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.

ACCA supports its 200,000 members and 486,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centres and more than 7,200 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.

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