Council is the governing body of ACCA and as such has a pivotal role in ACCA affairs. It has a wide-ranging remit that includes:

  • ensuring that ACCA operates in the public interest and delivers the objectives stated in its Royal Charter
  • setting the overall direction of ACCA through regular approval of ACCA strategy
  • ensuring that governance structures are aligned to the effective delivery of strategy
  • engaging with ACCA members to explain and promote ACCA’s strategic direction
  • acting on behalf of all members - and on behalf of future generations of members (today's students)
  • providing an objective environment for the executive team to explore new ideas or challenges.

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

Whatever their geographical or sectoral bases, Council members do not represent particular areas or particular functions. Council members are elected by the membership as a whole.

Candidates in the Council elections come from all parts of the world, from every sector of the profession, and represent a wide range of senior positions. Long-term or technical experience is valuable, but so is proven ability to actively participate in strategic decision-making.

Council-level experience is not necessary but an understanding of good governance is essential, and personal and professional integrity must be of the highest standard. Experience has shown that those candidates with a previous record of engagement in ACCA activities tend to stand a greater chance of election.

Specifically, ACCA expects members to bring the following skills and attributes to Council:

  • an ability to take a strategic and analytical approach to issues and to see 'the big picture'
  • an understanding of the business and the marketplace
  • communication and networking skills
  • an ability to interact with peers and respect the views of others
  • decision-making abilities
  • an ability to act in an ambassadorial role in many different environments
  • planning and time management
  • a willingness to learn and develop.

Anyone wishing to stand must be nominated by at least 10 other members in good standing. Candidates should supply a head-and-shoulders photograph and an election statement of up to 350 words. Candidates are also required to sign declarations of their willingness to comply with, and be bound by, the code of practice for Council members.

This year, candidates will again have the opportunity to produce a short (1 minute) video in support of their election statements. The videos will be posted on a dedicated section of the ACCA website, together with the written statements and photographs.

Please email any queries to, quoting 'Council Elections' in the subject box.

Please note that the date of the Annual General Meeting this year is 21 November 2019, in accordance with bye-law 44(a).

The closing date for submission of nominations to the Secretary is therefore 21 August 2019, in accordance with bye-law 16.