Helen Brand OBE, chief executive of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) received an honorary degree from the University of Exeter on Saturday 16 December. Helen was recognised for her outstanding contribution to the global accountancy profession and the links she has helped establish between the university and the world’s leading professional accountancy body.
Helen Brand said: “This honorary doctorate is a very pleasant surprise from my alma mater. I graduated in 1986, becoming president of the Guild from 1986 to 1987; I recall my time at the University of Exeter with great fondness. The University has given me the foundation for my career success, and I’ve always been keen to keep in touch.
“This connection has enabled ACCA and the University of Exeter to forge close ties that have benefitted its students and the profession. We’ve worked together on creating the first MOOC (massive open online course) for accountancy, running internships for Exeter students with key ACCA employers; and we’ve also created links between our ACCA China office and the University. So for me, this honorary doctorate is given in recognition of the strong relationship between ACCA and the University of Exeter.”
Helen was honoured alongside Grammy winner Augustin Hadelich, Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Lord Neuberger, who was Britain’s most senior judge before stepping down earlier in 2017. The ceremony was presided over by the University Chancellor Lord Myners.
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Image (L-R): Professor Sir Steve Smith, The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Helen Brand OBE, chief executive of ACCA, Lord Myners of Truro, CBE, University of Exeter’s Chancellor, the ceremonial head of the University.
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