Mike Suffield will join ACCA as its new director of professional insights in August 2019. He joins ACCA from the FRC where he is the acting executive director – audit, a role held since August 2018.
An experienced auditor, Mike built his career to director level at the National Audit Office before joining the FRC in 2016 as the director of the Audit Quality Review. He established his accountancy career at Coopers and Lybrand after graduating from Brasenose College, Oxford University in 1988.
Mike will report to Alan Hatfield, executive director of ACCA’s strategy and development directorate, within which the professional insights team sits. Mike will direct a team of subject experts who create and deliver ACCA’s global research and development programme, alongside ACCA’s global public affairs agenda.
Mike Suffield says of his new role: ‘I’m delighted to be joining ACCA as its new director of professional insights, leading a team of talented specialists whose work moulds global thought leadership, which helps shape and lead the profession. Research and reports help to communicate the tangible benefits of accountancy and business, and provides the much-needed evidence to help ACCA’s public interest remit.’
Commenting on his appointment, Alan Hatfield adds: ‘We are thrilled Mike is joining ACCA; he brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding from both the public and private sectors about the profession and how it works on the global stage. Mike also has a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead for the profession, from regulation to skills – and how it also relates to government and policy making.’
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