Head of Compliance with Aberdeen Standard Investments Ireland Ltd becomes vice president of ACCA
A leading advocate for higher ethical standards in business has secured election to a leading role at a global professional body.
Orla Collins, from Dublin, was named as the new vice president of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in London on the 21 November 2019.
Ms Collins said: ‘It is a thrill and a real honour to serve in this post. It is humbling to think that colleagues from all over the world have vested their trust in me to take on this responsible task to work alongside the president and deputy president.
‘I am so pleased to have a chance to serve ACCA. It’s a wonderful organisation which does so much to promote the accountancy profession, defend the public interest, and champions equality in the workplace and society.’
Ms Collins delivered a powerful speech about the importance of ethical standards in business at Dublin City University in October this year. She told an audience of politicians, corporate leaders and academics: ‘A huge challenge for businesses and governments in the decades to come will be trust – how far customers and citizens are prepared to support them – vote for them and trade with them – in an environment where all transactions are based on the exchange of data.
‘The ethical element is what separates us from the machines, and our role in these next decades is to protect that human element, that ability and willingness to assess ethical consequences and act upon them, in our workplaces.
‘It is about blending emotional qualities and digital savvy, and ensuring that our ethical integrity survives and flourishes, however history plays out in the years to come.’
Ms Collins joined ACCA in 1997 and has served on its global governing Council since 2012.
She will carry on in her position as Head of Compliance with Aberdeen Standard Investments Ireland Ltd alongside her work with ACCA.
Also serving with Ms Collins are the new president, Jenny Gu from China, and Mark Millar from the UK, the incoming deputy president.
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