Your connection stories

We launched our 200,000 member milestone campaign in December 2017, and we’ve been overwhelmed by our members’ response to it. We’ve seen their happiness on finding their name, and the names of family, friends and colleagues, on our physical and virtual wall. And we’ve been impressed by their messages that describe how ACCA membership has unlocked the potential of their career.

Here are some examples:

Your Connections

Waleed Minhas

PwC’s Academy Manager, Dubai


Waleed reflects on his role as a tutor and the resulting connections with his students:

After graduating I become a tutor in 2010. Being a tutor was a natural career choice for me, I was always helping friends study for our exams. I am teaching at PWC’s Academy. I see my role more as a mentor; my students constantly come to me for guidance and advice.

There are lots of students who are constantly in touch and it is so great to see them progress in their careers.  I trained a regional prize-winner who acted as an inspiration for their friend to join my course and become a prize-winner too. I have trained 12 prize-winners in the last 9 consecutive exams sessions.

It is great to witness such stories and be part of this connection.

Nikhil Vachani FCCA

Senior lecturer, Phoenix Financial Training, Dubai

Nikhil shares his journey to becoming a tutor and why he enjoys helping others to on their own path to ACCA membership.

Early on in life, I developed a liking towards accounting during my A levels which made it more fun to help my peers and friends at school and at Warwick university where I graduated. I am now teaching at Phoenix Financial Training. There is no explanation that can justify how gratifying my job is. There is no feeling close to the satisfaction you get knowing you have helped the students to pursue their dreams and excel in their careers. This feeling is what keeps me going   for the past 9 years with the same energy and passion.

Thanks to various social media platforms, it makes it very easy to keep in touch with ex-students. It feels like only yesterday as if they were in my class, but lots of the students are now in senior positions in a variety of organisations. It makes me feel very proud when I see my students excelling in their respective careers.

I was thrilled to see my name and feel proud of being a fellow member of the ACCA.


Nicole Seale, Peter Carter and Cuthbert Carter



Nicole Seale, Peter Carter and Cuthbert Carter are a family of ACCA members who all followed similar paths to membership.

Nicole said:

I worked at one of Big 4 accounting firms in Barbados whilst studying to attain the ACCA designation. Both my dad and uncle studied whilst working at accounting firms but completed their studies in England.

Cuthbert said:

I joined a small accounting firm in 1977 in Barbados and studied part-time to complete serval ACCA exams before moving to England to complete my exams. My brother peter studied in Birmingham and then went on to enrolled in the ACCA program after joining a firm in Barbados.

Peter and Cuthbert encouraged each other to pursue careers in accountancy, and Peter said:

I was happy to see another family member progressing to professional status.

Nicole, Peter and Cuthbert joined the 200,000 member milestone celebrations by finding their name and friends on our member wall. Nicole said:

It was very moving reading everyone’s messages and seeing the impact that ACCA has had on thousands of lives.

Reindorf B Perbi

Reindorf B Perbi, Africa

Reindorf was one of the first members to find his name on our member wall when it was launched in Ethiopia in December 2017.

At the 2017 African Members Convention held at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. I noticed the member wall that listed members of ACCA in alphabetical order, using surnames. I took time to look for my name, and it sure was exciting seeing it there. I had walked away when it occurred to me to look for my daughter’s name, and it sure was double the excitement and feeling of pride to see our names side by side. You don’t keep such experiences to yourself: I could not help sharing it with other members standing by.


Michael Tse and Corina Ho

Michael Tse and Corina Ho, Hong Kong


Michael Tse and Corina Ho supported each other through their journey to membership; Corina said:

We were from different universities and different companies, having the same aim obtain accounting qualification with ACCA. We took the same papers, studied together and passed all examinations together. We spent most of our dating time studying, forging nearly all entertainment activities. We spent most of our time in library study rooms and coffee shops. It was tough but fruitful. 

Michael commented:

We gained the Gold and Bronze awards, which were something we had never expected and this remains to be one of our greatest achievements so far. Reading the messages, we are proud of ACCA’s efforts in expanding its foothold into emerging markets.

Lucy Kettleborough and Dean Cunnah

Lucy Kettleborough and Dean Cunnah, UK

Lucy Kettleborough and Dean Cunnah initially met in the same accountancy firm. They studied and sat their final exams together. Lucy said:

it was definitely a big help having each other’s supporting in work and during studying. I dedicated so much time and effort into studying to ensure I was passing my exams first time and every time it was a huge relief that the hard work had finally paid off. It felt like such a big achievement to have made it to the end.

Dean and Lucy both reconnected with old friends through the 200,000 member campaign. Dean said:

I saw on Facebook that friends from school were promoting the campaign and since then I have got back in touch. 

Lucy commented:

I reconnected with an old school friend and a friend that I grew up with. We sat the exams together pretty much all the way through, sharing lifts back and forth to study. We have stayed good friends which is lovely.


Jane, Michelle and Charlotte FCCAs



Jane and Michelle met on an ACCA students outing in 2009 and quickly became friends. They supported each other in their journey to membership and FCCA membership and also enjoy socialising at restaurants and having picnics in the park. 

While attending Copeople’s CFO Club of the Year 2014 they met Charlotte, another FCCA, who has joined their group.

Jane said: ‘There are so many topics in our life: work, ACCA member activities and ACCA TTT training. We get so much care from our ACCA family.’

Michelle added: ‘We hope our life path is paved with love, sunshine and happiness!’

Lung-tak Wong and Edmund Wong

Lung-tak Wong and Edmund Wong, Hong Kong

Edmund Wong was inspired by his father Lung-tak Wong to become an accountant. After graduating from University Edmund joined ACCA under strong recommendation from Fergus Wong, who was the current chairman of ACCA Hong Kong in the year he joined. Throughout the campaign Edmund has found many of his friends on the member wall and said: 

I believe the 200,000 member campaign is a platform for connecting us worldwide.


Rachel Derry and Mark Harris

Rachel Derry and Mark Harris, Caribbean


Rachel Derry and Mark Harris met while working for the same accountancy firm in the UK. Now married, they’ve been working in Bermuda for the past 13 years and are very involved with ACCA Caribbean’s work. They decided to study ACCA for a mix of reasons. Rachel said

My colleagues highly recommended the flexible registration and study options to me – which other bodies were only just starting to offer.

Mark had a similar experience where an audit partner that he worked for recognised ACCA as a world class accounting profession that could expand his horizons from a career perspective. And Mark commented:

He was absolutely right!

Both Rachel and Mark joined the 200,000 member milestone celebrations by finding their name on our member wall. Rachel said:

It was a great feeling to find my name on the member wall – and to be part of the worldwide group of members.