Orla Collins has been named President of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the world’s biggest professional accountancy group. She lives and works in Dublin and will take up the presidency in 2021/22, after last year’s President Mark Millar. She is ACCA’s sixth woman president and the first from Ireland in the organization’s 118-year existence.
Orla will combine her full-time position as deputy managing director of Aberdeen Standard Investments Ireland with her new responsibilities.
Orla 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 the wider community.’
Orla holds an MSc in strategic management (first-class honours), is a member of the Institute of Bankers, a licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and a qualified financial advisor.
Orla was confirmed in her new role at the annual Council meeting after ACCA’s AGM on 18 November. From Melbourne, Australia, Joseph Owolabi was appointed deputy president and Ronnie Patton, a senior lecturer at Ulster University, became vice president.