The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has appointed Orla Collins as its new global president.
Collins takes on the role for the 2021/22 term and she assumes the chain of office from last year’s president, Mark Millar.
She is the first female president from Ireland in ACCA’s 118-year history and ACCA’s fifth female president. As president, Collins will be the figurehead and leader for ACCA’s 233,000 members and 536,000 future members in 178 countries.
Additionally, Joseph Owolabi from Australia was appointed deputy president and Ronnie Patton, a senior lecturer at Ulster University, became vice president.
Meanwhile, Collins joined ACCA in 1997 and has been a council member since 2012. Her new role will run alongside her full-time job as deputy managing director of Aberdeen Standard Investments Ireland.
Collins is also a member of the Institute of Bankers, a licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland, and a qualified financial advisor.
Collins said: “I’m honoured to be ACCA’s global president and want to thank Mark for his dedication over 2020/21. For my presidential term, I’ll focus on opportunity and the value of the global accountancy profession. I want to celebrate all that ACCA offers as a professional body to its members, future members and its wider community.”