Gillian Ball, finance director of the University of Birmingham, has just been elected Deputy President of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). This new position follows her role as Vice President of ACCA for the past year.

Being appointed Deputy President means that Mrs Ball should become President next May. She will be only the third woman president in ACCA’s 100-year history.

The Sutton Coldfield resident, qualified as an accountant in 1983, and joined the University of Birmingham in 1985. Her remit within the past year has included chairing the ACCA Governance Committee and sitting on its Finance Committee.

Mrs Ball says: “I have very much enjoyed the past 12 months in the job and look forward to the next year and the learning curve involved with it in the run up to my becoming President, all being well. Making a positive contribution to the continued development of ACCA and the accountancy profession is of utmost importance to me. I am keen that the organisation remains the acknowledged benchmark for finance professionals and support the organisation in promoting responsibility in accounting through adherence to the highest professional standards.”

ACCA is the world’s largest and fastest-growing international professional accountancy body with over 110,000 members and 260,000 students in over 170 countries. ACCA has a growing strength in the public sector, with over 6,000 members working as finance directors, chief executives and operations managers in many local authorities and government services.

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For further information, please contact:

Sharon Garfinkel - ACCA Press Officer, UK

+44 (0) 20 7059 5788 / 07711 914 701

Notes to editors

1. ACCA experts are available for media comment on all aspects of UK and international accounting, auditing, tax, small business, environmental reporting, corporate governance, business law and public sector finance

2. Gillian Ball is Director of Finance at the University of Birmingham, an institution with a campus community of more than 32,000 people and an annual turnover of c. £340 million.