As of today (1 May), Professor John Cullen becomes President of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA).
As the learned society for accounting and finance in the UK, the Association, which recently held its 50th annual conference at the London School of Economics, aims to advance knowledge and understanding of education and research in areas of accounting and finance, as well as promoting closer relations among academics, practitioners, policy makers and others who are interested in the development the sector. It plays an important role in representing the wider interests of accounting and finance in the Higher Education Sector and engages fully in consultations about policy issues and nomination of representatives for panels such as REF 2014.
Prof Cullen is excited about his two-year position as President, and he is determined to continue the excellent work undertaken by previous presidents in taking the learned society forward. He recognises that there are challenges ahead and realises that the role comes with a great deal of responsibility. He said: “We have a strong group of trustees, executive members, sub-committees and special interest groups and I am confident that we will be able to take BAFA further forward during the two years of my presidency and beyond.
“I am particularly keen to further embed the accounting and finance academic community, through BAFA, into the activities of the Academy of Social Sciences. I have been working on this relationship for the last couple of years and see the importance of accounting and finance as a discipline impacting on social science agendas. I see my time as President as the ideal time to engage further and build on this relationship.
“Accounting and Finance is the foundation for much business and management school education, and this highlights the importance of BAFA in a national and international context.”
BAFA is a very active organisation. Aside from the extremely popular annual conference, which this year welcomed 430 attendees from across the globe, and doctoral conference (120 attendees), it has a highly populated events calendar through the activities of the sub committees (Committee of Departments of Accounting and Finance [CDAF]; Conference of Professors of Accounting and Finance (CPAF) and the large number of special interest groups.
BAFA also publishes The British Accounting Review which is a top ranked academic journal in the field. Doctoral members are encouraged and subsidised, and BAFA is very well connected with a range of influential professional bodies such as CIMA, ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, CPA Australia, ICAS and CFA.