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Moses moves from
InvesTT to ACCA
The Association of Char-
tered Certified Accountants
(ACCA) has a new portfo-
lio head for Europe and the
She is Racquel Moses who
has been in leadership positions in the re-
gion's corporate community for more than
two decades. Her previous job was president
of InvesTT, a job she loved, but which she left
after her contract expired. In corporate life,
she has been paralegal, sales representative,
sales manager, regional director and even
Moses took up the reins of leadership at
ACCA effective January 9, 2017 and is offi-
cially based in T&T. Reporting to her are the
chief executives of countries such as Canada,
US and the Caribbean.
The ACCA is an international membership
body with members in more than 181 countries.
Globally, ACCA has over 480,000 students
and 188,000 members who are all financial
Regionally, ACCA has 4,900 members and
in T&T alone, the organisation has 2,900
members. ACCA reaches its members through
Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and other types
of social media.
The various stages of the pre-qualification
include prospects who are thinking about be-
coming accountants, then they become stu-
dents, once the 14 examination papers are
passed and completed the student becomes
an affiliate of ACCA, and now needs three years
professional experience after which the stu-
dent can apply to be a member.
"It is about developing the strategy deter-
mining how we satisfy our members, how we
lead on issues relative to the profession in all
of those countries and how we co-ordinate all
of those countries with each other to ensure
that we make the best use of our resources as
an organisation," Moses said in an interview at
the ACCA's offices in Champs Fleurs.
She assured the ACCA qualification is al-
ways being updated to meet the demands of
the global workforce.
In her roles in the household and as a leader
at ACCA, Moses said her role as a mother has
assisted in her corporate life.
"A lot you learn from parenting serves you
very well in leadership because it is about being
impeccable with your work, doing what you
say you are going to do and when you are going
to do it. Also that no means no; it is a complete
sentence and being able to tow that line both
when it comes to parenting and when it comes
Moses, a mother of one, said she has man-
aged to get her work/life balance in the right
place as she realises that it takes two people
to be a parent and not one.
"You must hold your partner accountable
and realise that you are half of a system that
requires both people participating equally in
that system to make it work. There are too many
women who run themselves ragged because
they make excuses for their partners," she said.
Moses is interested in encouraging more
women to become leaders. She said while there
is a growing percentage of women in leadership
roles in the Caribbean, this is not happening
on its own. She said that organisations should
publish their percentages of women leaders
employed at companies.
"It isn't just about women being willing to
lead, but that is a big part of it. As these oppor-
tunities cross your path you have to take them."
She added: "Women have been leading in
terms of the educational outcomes for some
time and for some reason they get into organ-
isations and then it gets to a point where there
are one or two women at the top, and it is not
representing the kind of talent that we're pro-
ducing at the stage of education."
Asked what were some of the lessons she has
learnt from the leadership positions she has
held, Moses said: "Firstly, people may forget
what you say, but they will never forget how
you make them feel.
"Secondly, you almost never get a second
chance to make a first impression. And when
you come into an organisation you have to be
careful to make sure that people understand
that you believe in them."
She suggested that a skills assessment be
done when a leader gets into an organisation
in order to understand the talent you have.
Asked whether the declining British pound
is an incentive for students to be more attract-
ed to completing the ACCA qualification, she
said: "It does make it more affordable (to do
ACCA), our currency ($TT) is depreciating, not
as much as the pound, but it is depreciating as
well. It is not necessarily helping at this stage."
Referring to the input that ACCA has in
legislation for the financial sector, Moses said
ACCA's voice as a professional body needs to
be more co-ordinated.
"There are times on issues such as changes
in taxes that we are commenting as a body. But
what we would like to do is to get our member-
ship more coordinated so that we are respond-
ing to these things with one voice."
Since taking up her leadership role in ACCA,
the body has not had to submit comments on
any piece of legislation.
See Page 8
head of the Association
of Chartered Certified
Europe and Americas.
PHOTO: DION ROACH
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