Women have it all figured out!

22nd May 2017

Posted In: FYI

Shauna Greely has been elected Chartered Accountants Ireland’s first female president in over thirty years.  Her appointment comes at a time when female participation in the profession has strengthened significantly with the Institute’s most recent student intake showing a 50/50 split.

Addressing the Chartered Accountants Ireland AGM in Dublin, the new president drew attention to the advances made by the Institute since 1983 when a woman last held the office. “40% of our members are women, and we have strong female representation on our Council, Institute Committees, and on our District Societies.  I am heartened to see that our student intake level is now approaching parity, but there is still much work to be done.  One of my objectives over the coming year will be to help strengthen the diversity of participation in the Institute structures.”

Shauna Greely begins her term as president at an important juncture for the profession in Ireland. Chartered Accountants Ireland has been a principled voice on issues impacting its membership, including Brexit, taxation policies, and education.  The new president also highlighted pensions and ethical standards in the “not for profit” sector as other areas of focus for the Institute during her term.

Highlighting the important role that Chartered Accountants have to play in upholding ethical standards and good governance, the president said: “Integrity and ethics are right at the core of what it means to be Chartered Accountants.  The charity and “not for profit” sectors have faced unprecedented challenges in recent times.  The need to support this sector has never been greater.”

Shauna trained in KPMG, Dublin and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995.  She spent a number of years with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Bank before joining Ulster Bank Group in 1999 and is currently Finance Business Partner with responsibility for projects and strategic cost management.  

Pictured: Shauna Greely (left) with former CAI president Margaret Downes.