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4 Apr 2023 Dublin, IE

ACCA’s new Chair calls for inclusion, advocacy and innovation

Dublin, 04 April 2023: Stephen Doyle, Head of Real Estate, Technology and Operations for EY Ireland, has been announced as the new Chair of the professional body, ACCA Ireland.

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Stephen Doyle announced as new Chair of ACCA Ireland at AGM in Dublin.

Positive mindset, perseverance and the ability to work at your own pace via ACCA is a winning combination for becoming a qualified Accountant.

Dublin, 4 April 2023 – Stephen Doyle, Head of Real Estate, Technology and Operations for EY Ireland, has been announced as the new Chair of the professional body, ACCA Ireland. The new Chair has called for greater focus on inclusion, advocacy and innovation during his 12-month term and commented on how the ACCA’s unique approach was instrumental in providing him with the best possible route to qualification as an accountant.

In his speech at the AGM of ACCA Ireland, in which he spoke candidly about the challenges he faced with exams, the new Chair’s core message was to keep your goals in sight and persevere to achieve your career ambitions.  This positive mindset, combined with the unique opportunity that ACCA provides within the accountancy profession to strike a balance between studying at your own pace and working, was the secret to his success.  

According to Stephen, his personal story illustrates this winning formula.  One of nine children from Killinarden in Tallaght, Stephen failed and then repeated his Leaving Certificate, without successfully securing his preferred course. Through great mentors, persistence and the opportunity provided by the ACCA to blend work and study, he achieved his accountancy qualifications, enjoyed 18 years as an accountant and has continued to go from strength to strength in his professional career.

Having recently diversified into his current role as Head of Real Estate, Technology and Operations for EY Ireland, Stephen commented that the opportunity to move into the role was due, in part, to the strength of his accountancy foundations.

Stephen Doyle stated that his objectives as ACCA Ireland’s new Chair for the year ahead are built around the values of ACCA: inclusion, integrity and innovation:

“In terms of inclusion, it’s about advocating, supporting, and working with our member network panels and the initiatives they deliver. Helping to build ACCA communities across Ireland is at the forefront of my objectives for the year ahead.

Innovation is also key; and I am keenly focused on supporting the Committee and our member networks, to showcase new ways in which we can deliver for our members and to broaden the reach of ACCA.”

Stephen Noonan, Acting Head of ACCA Ireland, commented: “Stephen’s story is an inspirational one.  At every turn throughout his education journey he faced adversity but he remained focused and determined to fulfil his potential, despite the challenges.  ACCA is a flexible and adaptable body that enables people to follow their chosen career path and gain professional qualifications at their own pace, while continuing to work and earn an income.   I know this is an area that Stephen is particularly passionate about and I look forward to seeing him lead ACCA in the year ahead as we continue to create opportunities for people throughout all walks of life.”


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