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Voting is now open for ACCA’s AGM.
By ACCA Global
Aug 25, 2015

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Two Irish Accountants have been nominated for election to ACCA Council at the 110th AGM of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants to be held in London on 17 September 2015.

This year, there are nine positions on Council to fill and 28 candidates.

  • Anthony Harbison – ACCA President, past President ACCA Ireland, past Chairman and serving member of Ulster Network.
  • Orla Collins – serving Council member, past President ACCA Ireland, past Chairman Financial Services Network.

Anthony and Orla’s election statements are below.

The election closes at 12pm on 11 September 2015 and you can vote online or by post.

I would like to thank you for the trust and support you have given me in the past. Thanks to you I have spent eight years on Council and it has been my great honour and privilege to serve as your global president since September 2015.

I would now ask you to trust me again and re-elect me for one final year so that I may serve as your immediate past president before leaving Council in September 2016.

Over the last year I have travelled to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, representing ACCA at national and international conferences and accountancy forums including the World Congress of Accountants in Rome last November.

However, much more importantly I have met a considerable number of students and members and I have seen, at first-hand, the difference ACCA membership makes to the lives and careers of our members. Becoming a member of ACCA changed my life and I have witnessed how it has changed the lives of so many of you.

I have also witnessed our core values and the philosophy that makes ACCA special, being lived out by the members I have met. A particular example of this is the value of opportunity for all, based solely on merit and ability. Despite differences of distance and culture, I have been able to experience the bond that we share as members of one family, a family with common aims and a shared vision – to be the best that we can be, individually and corporately.

The other core value I have witnessed most has been that of providing public value which, for me, means working in the public interest. I have seen how members can, and do, work in the public interest, growing local and global economies and building sustainable communities.

I have spent my entire career working in the public sector. For the last 14 years I have worked as a senior civil servant within the justice field, including six years as senior assistant director of public prosecutions, a unique role for an accountant, and prior to that I spent 12 years as a director of finance in the National Health Service. Whilst I have worked extensively within the public sector I have at all times sought to represent the views and needs of all members, irrespective of the sector in which they work.

Since joining Council I have been the chair of a number of committees, including Audit and Nominating Committees, and vice chair of our Global Public Sector Forum since its establishment in 2010. Prior to joining Council I served as a member of International Assembly, chairman of the UK Public Sector Network and president of ACCA Ireland.

I believe that in all of these roles I have demonstrated that I am truly committed to the future growth and development of ACCA. I would greatly appreciate your support to enable me to use the experience I have gained to help take our organisation forward.


Orla has been actively involved in ACCA since 2000 and was a member of International Assembly 2008–2010. She was a founding member of the Irish Financial Services Network and past president of ACCA Ireland.

Orla was first elected to Council in 2012 and currently serves on the Audit and Nominating Committees. During her term on Council, Orla has been part of the group who approved ACCA’s 2020 Strategy – one of the most challenging strategies in the history of ACCA.

Orla believes ACCA can increase the global awareness of the brand and strongly advocates member networking, engagement and involvement, as these activities reinforce the true value of ACCA membership. She sees the diversity of the ACCA membership as vital to our success and recognises the opportunity it presents for ACCA to play a key role in the global business environment, as well as enhancing the accounting profession and public value. With your support, Orla wants to continue to help Council in its work of guiding ACCA by ensuring continuity of oversight and robust challenge for the Executive Team.

Orla qualified in 1995 and has 25 years’ experience in financial services, holding a number of senior positions within the industry, specialising in risk and compliance. She is currently chief risk officer, Standard Life International Limited and head of risk and compliance, Standard Life Assurance Limited – Ireland. This role includes responsibility for the legal, operational and regulatory risk teams. Orla holds a first class MSc in Strategic Management, is a licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and a qualified financial advisor.

Voting will close on Thursday 10 September at 13:00 BST (12:00 GMT). The result will be announced on Thursday 17 September.

Click on the link to vote online and to access the AGM book which contains details of this year’s resolutions and candidates.

The AGM Booklet contains a variety of information, including: summary accounts; statements from candidates standing for election to Council; and the resolutions before the meeting.

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