Orla Collins becomes ACCA president

Dublin-based Orla Collins has been appointed the new president of the ACCA. She is the first-ever woman president from Ireland in ACCA’s 118-year history, and only ACCA’s fifth woman president.

Orla joined the ACCA in 1997 and has been a Council member since 2012. She becomes the figurehead and leader for ACCA’s 233,000 members and 536,000 PQs in 178 countries.

She said: “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.”

Orla was confirmed in her new role at the annual Council meeting after ACCA’s AGM on the 18 November. Joseph Owolabi, from Melbourne, Australia, was appointed deputy president and Ronnie Patton, a senior lecturer at Ulster University, became vice president.