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ACCA makes senior appointment to its executive team


10 Sep 2018


Public Affairs

Maggie McGhee has been appointed executive director - governance at ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), taking up her position on ACCA’s executive team on Monday 1 October.

The appointment has been made due to the early retirement of Peter Large, who has been executive director - governance since 2008 and who will leave ACCA at the end of September 2018.

Maggie is currently the director - professional insights and joined the global body for professional accountants in 2016. Additionally, she has been covering as interim director – brand and corporate reputation since May 2018.

Helen Brand OBE, ACCA’s chief executive, says: ‘In just two years as our director - professional insights, Maggie has significantly contributed to ACCA’s leadership of the profession.  She’s successfully directed a team of talented subject experts, publishing a wide range of engaging research from the impact of the global economy to social mobility to tax policy, as well as focusing ACCA’s public affairs activities around the world.

‘Maggie brings a wealth of experience to this role. She has a deep understanding of the profession and the need for it to deliver public value.

‘I take this opportunity to welcome her to the executive team and to also offer ACCA’s best wishes to Peter for his upcoming retirement; I thank him personally for his considerable achievements here at ACCA over the years.’

Maggie McGhee adds: ‘I look forward to my new role on ACCA’s executive team.  This is a pivotal time for the accountancy profession. Trust and quality in financial reporting, audit, corporate governance, and investor stewardship are essential. These are critical to the functioning of financial markets, the global economy and to public confidence. Our reputation rests on that of our members. This is especially true of practising members who provide professional services to the public, including accounting, auditing, investment business and insolvency services.  I look forward to our work in supporting our 208,000 members globally.’

Maggie is a chartered accountant with a degree in law. Prior to joining ACCA in 2016, Maggie was Director General, Audit Quality  at the UK’s National Audit Office

With over 18 years’ experience of auditing central government bodies, Maggie has played a key role as an influencer in the auditing and accounting profession during her career, sitting on a number of working groups and committees including the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Audit and Assurance Council, the European Public Sector Accounting Standards (EPSAS) Working Group, HM Treasury’s Financial Reporting Advisory Board in the UK, and the Accountancy Europe Public Sector Working Group.

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About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering 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.

ACCA supports its 208,000 members and 503,000 students in 179 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 104 offices and centres and more than 7,300 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.



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