Date posted: 22/12/2017 5 min read

Strategic alliance offers the best of both worlds

CFO of electricity distributor Ausgrid, is the first joint member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and ACCA.

In brief

  • Michael Bradburn CA is the first member to take out joint membership with ACCA.
  • The strategic alliance offers the opportunity to be part of a wider global network.
  • It represents 308,000 members and 480,000 students in 181 countries.
Michael Bradburn CA
Michael Bradburn CA, CFO Ausgrid 

Michael Bradburn is CFO of Australia’s largest electricity distributor, Ausgrid and our first Chartered Accountant to take advantage of the strategic alliance with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) by becoming an ACCA member.

When Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand announced its strategic alliance with ACCA in June 2016, Michael Bradburn CA didn’t waste any time becoming the first member recognised by both organisations under the alliance.

He was motivated by his high regard for the ACCA designation, having worked with a number of ACCA members throughout his career, including in a professional group aimed at developing and mentoring tomorrow’s CFOs.

“I came across ACCA through a CFO Round Table series on the CFO of the Future being hosted by Brendan Sheehan, one of ACCA’s global council members,” he says.

“Through this group I have been able to connect with a wider network of global professionals, who are as passionate about supporting future CFOs as I am.”

Through my joint membership ... I have greater reach and ability to make a contribution, and to make a real difference in people's lives."
Michael Bradburn CA, CFO Ausgrid

Michael believes the global nature of the alliance, which represents 308,000 members and 480,000 students in 181 countries, will yield long term new opportunities for members of both organisations.

“If you’re a Chartered Accountant, your designation carries some reassurance that you are of a certain professional and educational standing. You start off conversations from a strong standpoint.”

“But as finance becomes a more global profession, there’s an opportunity for young Chartered Accountants to benefit from the ACCA brand, as it has good recognition and value in corporations and in some overseas markets.”

For Michael, the benefits of taking up ACCA membership include wider recognition of his skills outside the Asia-Pacific region, access to exceptional thought leadership from ACCA’s global Research and Insights team, and being part of a global movement in the profession to represent the public interest.

But he says it’s the ability to connect with a broader network of like-minded CFOs who want to give back to the profession that yields the greatest personal reward.

“As a CFO, there is plenty of opportunity to help a business make more money. But on your death bed you’re not going to be thinking about how you increase the return on capital from X to Y. You’re going to be looking at the impact you have on people and how you develop people over the years and see them become exemplary CFOs.”

“Through my joint membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and ACCA, I have greater reach and ability to make a contribution, and to make a real difference in people’s professional lives.”

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