Scottish accountant Elaine Boyd FCCA has today joined the influential Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 - an annual recognition of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. The list was established to change the perception of disability by highlighting successful people who are leaders in their field, covering entertainment, business, science and sport. Last year’s list included journalist Frank Gardner, children’s author and former CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell, and Scottish disability campaigner Euan MacDonald, co-founder of Euan’s Guide.
Nominated for her work in finance, Elaine, who has cerebral palsy, has had a successful career in the public sector for over 20 years and is currently Director of Audit Quality and Appointments at the public spending watchdog Audit Scotland, where she oversees reporting of quality standards on more than £50 billion of annual spending.
Speaking about her appointment, Audit Scotland chief operating officer Vicki Bibby said: ‘Everyone at Audit Scotland is incredibly proud of Elaine and of the impact she has and the role model she is. Over many years Elaine has been at the forefront of quality in her professional life, and a committed and successful volunteer in a range of diverse charities.’
As an advocate for the accountancy profession, Elaine is currently chair of global accountancy body ACCA’s Scotland Committee, as well as an active charity trustee, most recently with Exceed Worldwide, supporting the provision of prosthetic and orthotic support in South Asia.
Susan Love, ACCA Scotland’s Strategic Engagement Lead, said: ‘ACCA is here to break down barriers to careers in accountancy and make our profession a force for public good. I can’t think of anyone who embodies these values better than Elaine. She is a credit to her profession and we are enormously proud of her well-deserved achievement.’
Speaking after the Power 100 ceremony, Elaine said: ‘I have always been determined to fight against people’s low expectations for disabled people. There is a perception that if you have a disability, you can’t have a good career or an exciting life, but if you work out solutions to the barriers in your way, you can do it.’
The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list is due to be unveiled at an event in London on 17 October.
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