Honorary graduates 2017

Helen Brand OBE (LLD)

Saturday 16 December 2017 2:15pm

Helen Brand is Chief Executive of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountants; a post she has held since 2008.

Helen has built her career within professional bodies and has considerable experience and knowledge of the 180 markets in which ACCA currently operates. She is a founding member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and now sits as Vice-Chair on the IIRC Board. She is also a member of the University of Exeter Business School International Advisory Board and a member of the Deakin University Business School International Advisory Board.

One of the few women to lead a global professional body, Helen is a regular media commentator on the role ethics and the delivery of public value play in business and society. In 2011, ACCA became the first international professional body to publish an integrated report on its performance and Helen remains a strong advocate for the power of wider corporate reporting. She has also driven ACCA's pioneering work in supporting the development of the profession across Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

She graduated from the University of Exeter with an honours degree in Politics in 1986. During her time at Exeter she was the President of the Students' Guild. Helen was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2011 for services to accountancy.