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Chief Executive - ACCA
Helen Brand is the chief executive of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the global body for professional accountants.
Under Helen’s direction, ACCA offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
Helen has built her career in professional accountancy bodies. Prior to joining ACCA in 1996 as Head of International Development, Helen Brand had risen to become Director, International Affairs at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), an organisation she joined direct from university in 1987.
During her career at ACCA, Helen Brand has gained a broad strategic and operational knowledge of the global accountancy body, firstly leading ACCA’s corporate development team; becoming chief operating officer in 2002; managing director – operations in 2004, before becoming managing director – strategy and development, in 2007.
Helen has a keen focus on key global relationship management for ACCA, and is particularly interested in the development of the accountancy profession in emerging economies. Helen has considerable experience and knowledge of the 170 markets in which ACCA currently operates, and has worked closely with IFAC (the International Federation of Accountants) in an advisory capacity.
Helen is also a member of the Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Supervisory Board which works to ensure that integrated reporting is embedded in organisations’ DNA.
Helen was awarded an OBE in the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to accountancy.