Professor Patricia Barker Recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to Accountancy

30th May 2023

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Professor Patricia Barker has been recognised for her contribution to the accountancy profession. She received the “Outstanding Contribution to Accountancy” award at the 2023 Irish Accountancy Awards in Dublin. Professor Barker sat her accounting exams 50 years ago this year, becoming only the 20th female chartered accountant in Ireland in 1973.

The Irish Accountancy Awards were launched in 2016 to celebrate excellence in the accountancy profession across a total of 27 categories.

The Outstanding Contribution category recognises an individual whose work demonstrates a sustained commitment to the advancement of the profession. It recognises the exceptional abilities and achievements of Professor Barker, as well as her commitment to the organisations and teams she has worked with, and to the industry overall. Previous recipients of the award include Elaine Coughlan, FCA, Dr Laurence Crowley, CBE, FCA and Dr Margaret Downes FCA.

Chief Executive of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Barry Dempsey said: “Patricia Barker has devoted decades of service to the advancement of the chartered accountancy profession in Ireland, and around the world, and the Institute was fortunate to have her expertise on Council for almost a decade. She played an integral role in the advancement of education in accounting and finance over many years. At a time when it is more critical than ever that we attract a new generation of students into the profession, we have a renewed appreciation of the importance of her work.

“The extent of her engagement beyond the profession however, on such a variety of boards and international bodies, is an outstanding embodiment of the role that Chartered Accountants can and should play in society.

Her devotion to fostering higher ethical standards, greater equality and protecting basic human rights is a source of enormous pride for all of us who have had the pleasure of working alongside her at different junctures.”

Accepting the award, Professor Barker said “It’s such an honour to accept this recognition.

Our profession opened up to women in 1918, and it’s encouraging to see women now making up 50% of our numbers. It’s so important for women to act as mentors to other women entering the profession.

“There is so much opportunity in the modern profession beyond the conventional accounting roles, and I would encourage chartered accountants to entertain opportunities to expand their careers, even it seems risky.  The sense of anxiety that accompanies these opportunities should also be embraced and balanced by a set of personally developed ethical values.”

Pictured: Professor Patricia Barker receives her Award for Outstanding Contribution to Accountancy from Barry Dempsey, CEO,  Chartered Accountants Ireland.