Irishwoman Orla Collins appointed ACCA president

Dubliner will serve one-year term at head of the global accountancy body

Orla Collins, deputy managing director of Aberdeen Standard Investments Ireland, and new ACCA president. Photograph: ACCA

Irishwoman Orla Collins has been appointed global president of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for 2021-2022.

The Dubliner is the first woman from Ireland to be appointed to the role in the 118-year history of the professional accountancy body and the fifth woman overall.

Ms Collins, who joined ACCA in 1997 and has been a council member since 2012, will serve in the role alongside her full-time job as deputy managing director of Aberdeen Standard Investments Ireland.

“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,” said Ms Collins.


She was confirmed in her new role at the annual council meeting after ACCA’s annual general meeting on Thursday.