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At 31 March 2019, Council consisted of 35 members (36 members as at 31 March 2018), 33 of whom were directly elected by the global membership. Two members were co-opted by Council in March 2019.

Council members 2018-19

 

Officers

Robert Stenhouse, president

Jenny Gu, deputy president

Mark Millar, vice president

 

Susan Allan

Liz Blackburn

Ben Catlin

Hidy Chan

Rosanna Choi

Orla Collins

Sharon Critchlow

John Cullen

Joyce Evans

Cristina Gutu

Kenneth Henry

Lorraine Holleway

Michelle Hourican

Paula Kensington

Arthur Lee

Dean Lee

Dato’ Lock Peng Kuan

Ayla Majid

Nasir Ahmad

Amos Ng

Taiwo Oyedele

Siobhan Pandya

Ronnie Patton

Melanie Proffitt

Marta Rejman

Brendan Sheehan

Dinusha Weerawardane

Fergus Wong

Matthew Wong

Alice Yip

Phoebe Yu

Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan

 

Council provides overall stewardship and oversight of ACCA. Council’s core mission, which underpins all of its activities, is to ensure that ACCA delivers the objectives stated in its Royal Charter. To achieve this, Council has a wide-ranging remit, geared to providing strategic direction for ACCA.

In keeping with our core values, a distinctive feature of ACCA’s Council is its diversity. This allows it to draw on an especially wide range of views and experiences, giving a rounded global perspective.

Individual Council members act in the interests of the membership as a whole, rather than on behalf of any particular constituency or group. In keeping with our core values, a distinctive feature of ACCA’s Council is its diversity. This allows it to draw on an especially wide range of views and experiences, giving a rounded global perspective. Council’s composition also closely mirrors that of ACCA’s overall membership.

Council works closely with ACCA’s Executive team to devise ACCA’s strategy, which is then approved by Council. Delivery of the strategy is the responsibility of the Executive team, with governance of the process and performance tracking provided by Council.

Council demographics

Council members: sectors

  • Corporate sector
  • Practice
  • Education
  • Professional services
  • Public sector

Council members: regions

  • Europe & Americas
  • Greater China
  • ASEAN & ANZ
  • Middle East & South Asia
  • Emerging Markets
  • Africa

Council members: sectors

  • Corporate sector
  • Practice
  • Education
  • Professional services
  • Public sector

Council members: regions

  • Europe & Americas
  • Greater China
  • ASEAN & ANZ
  • Middle East & South Asia
  • Emerging Markets
  • Africa

Council members: age

  • 41 - 50
  • 51 - 60
  • 61 - 65
  • 31 - 40
  • 21 - 39
  • Over 65

Council members: gender

  • Male
  • Female

Council members: age

  • 41 - 50
  • 51 - 60
  • 61 - 65
  • 31 - 40
  • 21 - 39
  • Over 65

Council members: gender

  • Male
  • Female

 

During 2018-19, three Council members (Rhonda Best, Gustaw Duda and Matilda Crossman) resigned. At its March 2019 meeting, Council agreed to co-opt Taiwo Oyedele and Amos Ng to Council for three years. Both are senior ACCA members who have made a significant contribution to the profession and wider ACCA member engagement. ACCA’s standing orders specify a minimum of 30 members in order to be quorate.

After one year’s service, Council members are allocated to at least one of the six Council standing committees, based on their particular skills and experience.

Full Council member biographies – including the committees they serve on – can be accessed at http://www.accaglobal.com/uk/en/member/council-elections/todays-council/meet-your-council.html

Council objectives and agenda in 2018-19

Council agreed broad objectives for the performance year, which were to:

 

  • provide oversight of the implementation of ACCA’s strategy and continue to set the overall direction for ACCA
  • monitor ACCA’s performance against the agreed targets
  • oversee the governance reform implementation following the 2017 AGM bye-law changes
  • ensure that ACCA maximises its influence in the global profession
  • in doing the above, achieve Council’s agreed workplan

 

In line with the above, and in addition to standing formal reports from the chief executive and Council committees, Council considered the following topics during the year:

 

June 2018

  • Approval of annual accounts, external reports and appointment of the auditors
  • Qualifications Board report
  • Strategic pricing
  • Global trade initiatives strategic discussion

 

November 2018 (Annual Council)

  • Election of Officers
  • Adoption of standing orders
  • Agreement of annual workplan

 

March 2019

  • Presentation of annual report from the Chairman of the Regulatory Board
  • Strategy workshop (aligned to strategic priority 2019–20)
  • Strategy to 2025 – framework and scenarios
  • Corporate planning and budgeting, including approval of measures and indicative targets
  • Future of learning
  • Recognition of membership experience gained in non-financial roles

Governance reforms from 2019 onwards

At the AGM in November 2017, Council proposed a series of bye-law changes to enable future reforms, all of which were overwhelmingly backed by members. Specifically, these changes were designed to:

 

  • ensure members’ interests continue to be well represented across ACCA’s governance structures, with ACCA members remaining central in setting the strategic direction and having oversight of the organisation
  • strengthen the oversight function of Council in supporting and holding the Executive team to account for the delivery of the strategy
  • future-proof our governance by providing the ability to grow and flex our arrangements, to match our growth as an organisation
  • provide the agility to enable ACCA to better respond to the opportunities and threats emerging from a dynamic external environment
  • enhance the level of member engagement by Council members as required of a membership organisation of ACCA’s size and scale

The Council Board has been designed to provide greater decision-making agility and strengthened oversight, reporting into Council.

Council Board

The first phase of these reforms will be implemented in November 2019 with the creation of a Council Board.

The Council Board has been designed to provide greater decision-making agility and strengthened oversight, reporting into Council. The Council Board will meet six times a year and be responsible for the oversight of performance against ACCA’s strategy.

In terms of composition, it will comprise nine seats: three Council Officers, three appointed Council members, two non-executive appointments and the chief executive as an ex officio member. Importantly, this board reports into Council, so adheres to the principle of maintaining and strengthening member oversight.

 

Changes to Council

As a result of these changes, Council meetings will move from four meetings per annum to three, with effect from November 2019. We’ve also taken the opportunity to simplify the committee structure, recognising the wider executive and operational remit of the Council Board.

Future developements

From 2020 onwards, we will begin to implement changes to Council’s composition, increasing the number of seats to 45 and introducing a series of measures to ensure reflective geographical representation.