Meet the Executive team
Our Executive team is responsible for day-to-day management and decision-making, and our Chief Executive Helen Brand OBE reports directly to Council.
The team is made up of six high-performing people whose experience combines accountancy and strategic leadership.
The Executive team is:
Chief Executive - Helen Brand OBE
Executive Director, strategy and development - Alan Hatfield
Executive Director, markets - Stephen Heathcote
Executive Director, people - Julie Hotchkiss
Executive Director, finance and operations - Raymond Jack
Executive Director, governance - Maggie McGhee
Helen Brand OBE has held the post of Chief Executive since 2008.
Helen has built her career within professional bodies and has considerable experience and knowledge of the 100 markets in which we currently operate. She's worked closely with the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) in an advisory capacity over many years and is a founding member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Now she sits on the IIRC Board.
One of the few women to lead a global professional body, Helen is a London Honorary Advisory Board member of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).
A passionate advocate for the role ethics and the delivery of public value play in business and society, she was instrumental in ensuring that we became the first international professional body to publish an integrated report on our performance in 2011. She has also driven our pioneering work in developing the profession across Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Helen was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2011 in recognition of her services to accountancy.
Job title: Chief Executive
Alan Hatfield has held the position of Executive Director - strategy and development since April 2015. He’s responsible for the full range of our intellectual capital from the overall strategy to talent, brand, policy and qualifications.
Prior to this, Alan led our learning directorate for five years, with responsibility for developing and maintaining ACCA qualifications and continuing professional development requirements. He has over 20 years' experience in professional education, progressing through a range of ACCA roles including education manager and head of learning partnerships.
A graduate of Glasgow University and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Alan also holds an MBA with distinction from Oxford Brookes University and sits on the Dean's Advisory Group for Oxford Brookes Business School.
Job title: Executive Director, strategy and development
Steve Heathcote is our Executive Director - markets. In this role, he oversees market strategy, sales and marketing. He leads our market team across our network of over 100 offices and other centres around the world.
Responsible for delivering our global growth strategy, Steve oversees a portfolio of investment to deliver sustainable growth in our reputation, influence and size. He has extensive experience within ACCA and previously held the role of executive director - finance and operations.
Since 2011, Steve has also held the post of secretary to the Edinburgh Group - a coalition of 17 accountancy bodies from across the world representing over 900,000 professional accountants.
Prior to joining us, he was director of planning and resources at the UK Financial Reporting Council. There he was responsible for planning major activities, associated reporting and operation leadership, which included the chief operating officer role.
Job title: Executive Director, markets
Julie Hotchkiss was appointed to the newly created role of Executive Director, People at ACCA in November 2018. In this role Julie oversees the People function, leading the HR Delivery and Talent and Organisational Capability teams, and is responsible for ensuring that the people agenda is fully aligned with the organisation’s strategy.
Prior to this, Julie was the Director of Europe and Americas at ACCA, where she had a key role in growing and maintaining ACCA’s international footprint and reputation. In this strategic leadership role, Julie played her part in developing the accountancy profession working with members, students, employers and national professional accounting organisations. She directed ACCA’s work in a wide range of countries, overseeing a team of over 100 staff.
Julie joined ACCA in 2014 as Director of Customer Service where she ran ACCA's 24 hours a day, 365-days a year customer service centre ACCA Connect and exam operations worldwide from the body's global operational centre in Glasgow. Before joining ACCA, Julie had worked in local government, insurance, telecoms and internet.
Job title: Executive Director, people
Raymond Jack joined us in January 2013 as our Executive Director - finance and operations.
He is a former executive director of Scottish Power Energy Retail, where he also held posts including sales and marketing director and business transformation director. Raymond began his career at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), where he spent 12 years largely specialising in corporate finance, recovery and consulting.
A chartered accountant, he also has a degree in accountancy and a Master's degree from the University of Cambridge.
Job title: Executive Director, finance and operations
Maggie McGhee is the newly appointed Executive Director, Governance at ACCA. a post she has held since 1 October 2018. In this role, she has responsibility for both ACCA’s corporate governance arrangements and the governance of ACCA members and students. Corporate governance comprises the internal audit, risk, information security, legal counsel and secretariat functions. Governance includes regulation, licensing, monitoring and investigations/discipline.
Prior to this, Maggie was the Director of Professional Insights at ACCA, where she led a team of technical and policy experts to support ACCA’s global thought leadership agenda. This work seeks to demonstrate the value that professional accountants bring to society by creating successful businesses and sustainable economies. Professional Insights comments on the key issues relating to range of policy and technical areas and works to influence other technical and policy experts in governments, regulators, professional bodies and employers across the globe.
Before joining ACCA, Maggie worked for PwC in the Advanced Regulatory and Compliance Analytics area applying specialist analytics tool to clients in the banking and capital markets sector.
A chartered accountant with a degree in law, Maggie trained with National Audit Office UK where she was the Director General of Audit. With over 18 years’ experience of auditing central government bodies, Maggie’s engaged extensively across the audit and accounting profession, both within the UK and internationally, to influence sector developments. As part of this work, Maggie’s been a member of a number of working groups and committees including the Accountancy Europe’s Public Sector Working Group, the EU European Public Sector Accounting Standards (EPSAS) Working Group; HM Treasury’s Financial Reporting Advisory Board in the UK; and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Audit and Assurance Council.
Job title: Executive Director, governance