Orla Collins appointed global president of ACCA

The president of the world’s leading professional accountancy body, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is announced as Orla Collins.

Orla, who lives and works in Dublin, takes on the role for 2021 / 22 assuming the chain of office from last year’s president Mark Millar. She is the first woman president from Ireland in ACCA’s 118-year history and ACCA’s sixth woman president.

Orla joined ACCA in 1997 and has been a Council member since 2012. As president, Orla will be the figurehead and leader for ACCA’s 233,000 members and 536,000 future members in 178 countries.

Orla brings a wealth of experience to the role, which will run alongside her full-time job as deputy managing director of Aberdeen Standard Investments Ireland.

Orla said: ‘I’m honoured to be ACCA’s global president and want to thank Mark for his dedication over 2020 / 21. For my presidential term, I’ll focus on opportunity and the value of the global accountancy profession. I want to celebrate all that ACCA offers as a professional body to its members, future members and its wider community.’

Orla holds an MSc in strategic management (first class honours), is a member of the Institute of Bankers, a licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and a qualified financial advisor.

Orla was confirmed in her new role at the annual Council meeting after ACCA’s AGM on the 18 November. Joseph Owolabi, from Melbourne, Australia, was appointed deputy president and Ronnie Patton, a senior lecturer at Ulster University, became vice president.

Read more about Orla on ACCA’s website here: https://www.accaglobal.com/gb/en/member/council-elections/todays-council/meet-your-council.html

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ACCA’s women presidents

  • ACCA’s first woman president was Vera De Palma in 1980.
  • Moyra Kedslie was ACCA’s president for 2000 / 2001
  • Gillian Ball OBE was ACCA’s president for 2007 / 2008.
  • Datuk Alexandra Chin was ACCA’s first woman president from ASEAN ANZ (Malaysia) 2015 / 2016.
  • Jenny Gu was ACCA’s first woman president from Greater China, for 2019 / 2020.

About ACCA: We’re a thriving global community of 233,000 members and 536,000 future members based in 178 countries and regions, who work across a wide range of sectors and industries. We uphold the highest professional and ethical values.

We offer everyone everywhere the opportunity to experience a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. Our qualifications and learning opportunities develop strategic business leaders, forward-thinking professionals with the financial, business and digital expertise essential for the creation of sustainable organisations and flourishing societies.

Since 1904, being a force for public good has been embedded in our purpose. We believe that accountancy is a cornerstone profession of society and is vital in helping economies, organisations and individuals to grow and prosper. It does this by creating robust trusted financial and business management, combating corruption, ensuring organisations are managed ethically, driving sustainability, and providing rewarding career opportunities.

And through our cutting-edge research, we lead the profession by answering today’s questions and preparing for the future. We’re a not-for-profit organisation. Find out more at: www.accaglobal.com

"I’m honoured to be ACCA’s global president and want to thank Mark for his dedication over 2020 / 21. For my presidential term, I’ll focus on opportunity and the value of the global accountancy profession. I want to celebrate all that ACCA offers as a professional body to its members, future members and its wider community."

Orla Collins, president - ACCA