Why stand for election?

Do you have the skills and experience to influence our strategy? Can you shape the future of the accountancy profession? Our Council members want to get more involved with their membership body and to give something back too. Interested?

“If you meet the criteria, this is a great opportunity to help shape the direction of ACCA and the future of the profession.”  Jenny Gu, president.

And you’ll get something in return for your commitment. As a Council member, you’ll have a unique opportunity to build your personal profile, gain leadership skills and get exposure to other experts in the profession.

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Who can stand for election?

Any member can stand for election. You’ll need to meet our rules for eligibility as defined by bye-law 15 (PDF, 6KB).

To register your interest in standing for election, please contact the Secretary at:

The Adelphi
1-11 John Adam Street

Email: secretariat.admin@accaglobal.com

The opening date for nominations is 16 April 2020 and the closing date for nominations is 19 August 2020

See further guidance for standing for election to Council.

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What happens after I register my interest?

You will receive an information pack, including two documents which must be completed and returned by 19 August 2020:

  • a nomination pro-forma to complete. You will need nominations from 10 named supporters, who need to be ACCA members in good standing.
  • a pro-forma to confirm that you will comply with ACCA’s Standing Orders and Code of Practice.

Once your candidacy is confirmed, we'll ask you for an election statement of around 350 words. And we’ll also ask for a head and shoulders photograph. You can also supply a short (1 minute) video in support of your nomination. We’ll send these to our members along with their AGM papers.

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Election timetable


Nominations close on 19 August 2020. If you would like to stand for election, make sure we receive your nomination and supporting information by then.


We'll circulate candidate details to all members as part of the AGM information pack. Online and postal voting opens on 8 October 2020.


Voting closes at 13:00 GMT on 12 November 2020. Results will be announced at our AGM on 19 November 2020.

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How do I get elected?

Voting in elections is open to all members and opens 8 October 2020. Those candidates who receive most votes at the closing date of 12 November 2020 will be elected to vacant seats on Council. Results of the elections will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on 19 November 2020.

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Council responsibilities

Council has a wide-ranging remit that includes:

  • ensuring that we operate in the public interest and deliver the objectives stated in our Royal Charter
  • setting the overall direction of ACCA through regular approval of our strategy
  • engaging with our members to explain and promote our strategic direction
  • providing an objective environment for the executive team to explore new ideas or challenges. 

Council members act on behalf of the whole ACCA membership and are responsible for ensuring that our development continues in line with our stated mission and values.

By doing this, Council has an important public value role, being ultimately responsible for safeguarding our reputation, image and brand. This ensures that these are protected and improved for the benefit of existing and future members, their clients, employers and the public at large.

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How much time do I need to commit?

Members are elected to Council for an initial term of three years. Council members must then either retire or stand for re-election. Members can serve for a maximum of nine years, but this can be extended to 12 years if they become an Officer in their last term.

Council members’ commitments include attendance at the two Council meetings held each year and the annual Council meeting which follows the AGM. Most meetings take place on a Saturday and require some preparation time. Meetings are typically held in the UK, but may on occasion take place outside the UK. In addition, you will also be invited to attend some seminars and dinners for Council members. You will need to commit time to reading regular Council communications and to ‘reporting back’ on Council activities to local ACCA networks.

As Council member you may be asked to represent Council at members events by the market teams and to other advocacy activities in markets.

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More information

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