AAT Council and boards

Governance of AAT

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Its Board of Directors is known as the Council, and all members of Council (independent and elected members) are trustees and company directors of the Association.

The AAT Articles of Association (PDF) set out our charitable objectives which underpin our business model and strategy.

The Chief Executive together with the Executive team manages the day-to-day business of the Association.

AAT Council

Council has the overall responsibility for establishing and overseeing AAT’s strategic direction, which it delivers in accordance with AAT’s Articles of Association. It oversees a framework of delegation with clear levels of authority, which enables other matters to be dealt with by relevant supporting boards and panels and the Executive team. Council consists of up to 20 members, currently:

  • two ex officio members (the President and Past President)
  • eight elected members
  • five independent members.

Council can also appoint a maximum of two co-opted members.

No distinction is made between independent, elected or co-opted members of the Council when carrying out their roles and responsibilities as trustees and directors of the Association.

Apply to become an independent member

Apply to become an independent member

If you're interested in becoming an independent member of Council or one of the supporting boards, find out what's involved and apply.

AAT Council members

Ex officio Council members
Past President

Kevin Bragg, President | MBA FCMA CGMA MCMI MAAT

  • Strategic Change Director, ex officio member, joined 2015
  • Boards/Panels: Nominations and Governance Board, Remuneration Board

Kevin has a career history of operating at board level in large PLCs and SMEs, including Alcatel-Lucent, Daily Mail and General Trust plc, ATS Euromaster, National Express plc, and Accenture, and chaired a Vistage CEO Group. He has worked overseas in Ireland, Australia, Singapore, Greece and the USA.

Elected and independent Council members
Chris Argent
Amanda Boustred
Sharon Burrows
Lucy Cohen
Wayne Cook

Chris Argent MAAT

  • Founder and Managing Director: GENCFO, Elected member, joined 2022
  • Boards/Panels: Remuneration Board

Chris started as an accountant and industry CFO before leading finance transformation programmes for John Lewis, Amazon and Vodafone, and now educates accounting and finance organisations on the digital shift through his Generation CFO community. He advocates for mid-tier CFOs and finance teams, and hosts the Digital Finance Function Awards.

Elected and independent Council members
Kay Daniels
Paul Donno
Heather Durrell
Bev Flanagan
Rebekah Glover

Kay Daniels FMAAT

  • Finance Director to small businesses, joined 2023
  • Business mentor with The Prince’s Trust
  • LinkedIn

Kay has worked in finance for over 30 years and has set up and run her own businesses since 2000. She is passionate about supporting business owners with their finances and helping them to achieve their business and personal goals. She loves to help businesses prepare for sale.

Elected and independent Council members
Rachel Harris
Anne Moore
Rita Patel
David Quigg

Rachel Harris MBA MAAT

  • Director, independent member, joined 2022
  • LinkedIn

Rachel is a TEDx speaker, content creator, author and business owner, and a skilled accountant changing the industry for the better. She is passionate about financial education and is the founder of @accountant_she and her own rapidly scaling practice, striveX accountants.

Elected and independent Council members
Michael Steed
Francesca Tricarico
Libby Walklett

Michael Steed MA (Cantab) CTA (Fellow) ATT (Fellow) MAAT

  • Head of Tax, BPP Professional Development, elected member, joined 2021
  • Boards/Panels: Nominations and Governance Board, Remuneration Board

Michael is a chartered tax advisor and AAT member, training and qualifying with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). He is Head of Tax at BPP Professional Development and designs and delivers tax training courses for a wide range of clients.

AAT boards

  • The Audit and Risk Board reviews, on behalf of Council, matters concerning accounting, financial reporting and internal control and risk assessment relating to AAT and its subsidiaries.
  • The Nominations and Governance Board is responsible for the appointment processes for the Vice President, elected and independent members of Council, and supporting boards. It also advises Council on matters relating to the governance of the Association.
  • The Remuneration Board oversees the remuneration policy against which the Executive team and graded staff salaries are determined, and monitors the framework for the remuneration of staff.
  • The Awarding Organisation Compliance Board secures and maintains AAT's continuing recognition and compliance in relation to the regulatory requirements of UK and international qualifications regulators.
  • The Professional Regulation and Standards Compliance Board secures, maintains and develops AAT's high standards in relation to membership eligibility, professional conduct, ethics and disciplinary procedures.
AAT Members' Assembly

AAT Members' Assembly

The Members' Assembly provides a voice for wider AAT membership, and feeds back to Council on policy issues and matters of wider concern affecting the membership as a whole.

You can learn what it involves and express interest in joining the Assembly.