The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has
unveiled the new leaders of its global management and governance
teams. Helen Brand has been appointed as the next chief executive,
Richard Aitken-Davies is the new president, Brendan Murtagh is
deputy president and Mark Gold vice-president.

Brand, 43, is currently the managing director of strategy and
development at the ACCA. She will replace current chief executive
Allen Blewitt in September.

It is not the first time the association has appointed chief
executives from within its ranks, Brand told The
: “We have quite a structured succession planning
process, however the appointment process was global, open to all
comers externally and was run by recruitment consultants… It was
a lengthy and very robust appointment process. The criterion was
the best person for the job and that’s what they decided I

Brand said the ACCA’s strategic goal to be the leading
international accountancy body in reputation, influence and size is
an ambitious target.

“I think over the period that I’m in charge we stand a good
chance of getting there. I want us to achieve our strategic goal. I
also need to make sure that ACCA can deal from an operational point
of view with considerable success. We are a rapidly growing
organisation and we have to make sure its sustainable and the ACCA
brand develops and continues to grow in the interest of its

Aitken-Davies, Murtagh and Gold were voted to their new
leadership roles at the association’s recent AGM. Aitken-Davies has
been an ACCA fellow since 1980 and has served on the council since

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Murtagh has been a fellow of ACCA since 1996 and was elected to
the council in 2000. Gold is a senior partner at Silver Levene, a
firm that has 17 partners and more than 100 staff, and is the
largest ACCA accountancy practice in the UK.