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 to devise ACCA’s strategy, which is then approved by Council. Delivery of the strategy is the responsibility of the executive team, with oversight provided by Council via the Council Board.

Council members are volunteer custodians, elected by the membership of ACCA to provide overall stewardship as to ACCA’s well-being. Council members act in the interests of the membership as a whole, rather than on behalf of any particular constituency or group. Candidates for election to Council come from all parts of the world holding a wide range of senior positions across a range of sectors.

For those wishing to stand for Council it is valuable to be able to think strategically and actively participate in strategic decision-making. While previous council-level experience is not necessary, personal and professional integrity must be of the highest standard. Finally, experience has shown that those candidates with a previous record of engaging with and actively advocating for ACCA stand a greater chance of being elected.

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 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 and track record of acting 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.

To register your interest in standing for election or for more information, send an email to secretariat.admin@accaglobal.com, quoting ‘Council elections’ in the subject box.

Please note that the date of the 2020 Annual General Meeting this year is 19 November 2020, in accordance with bye-law 44(a).

The closing date for submission of nominations to the Secretary is therefore 19 August 2020, in accordance with bye-law 16.