Aileen Pierce BComm, PhD, FCA
(Member since 2015)
Aileen Pierce is an EmeritusProfessor of University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. She served as Chair of the Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) of the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) for three years from 2012, having represented the European Accounting Association (EAA) on the CAGfrom 2008.She has also served asDirector of the UCD Quinn School of Business (2007 to2010), President of the EAA (2009 to 2011), Chair of the Irish Accounting and Finance Association (2004 to 2005), member of EAA’s Management Committee (2003 to 2012), Congress Chair for the 29th annual congress of the EAA which was held in Dublin in 2006,member of the publications committee of Chartered Accountants Ireland (2006 to 2011), on the accounting standards committee of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) – Ireland (2002 to 2004), and as a member of the inaugural audit committee of An Garda Síochána (the Irish police force) (2006 – 2008).She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Enactus Ireland, and of the Resource Management Committee of the Camogie Association (an Irish female Sports’ organization).
Over her 35 years in UCD, Aileen specialised in financial accounting and reporting,teaching on both specialist accounting and general management, graduate,undergraduate and executive education programmes.She has supervised both PhD and other research students investigating a variety of issues related to the accountancy profession and to financial reporting.Moreover, she has led a curriculum reform group for undergraduate business programmes, culminating in the introduction of Personal Development Planning as a core element of the university’s undergraduatebusiness programme.
Aileen began her professional career by qualifying as an Irish Chartered Accountant with KPMG (then Stokes Kennedy Crowley) in Dublin in the late 1970s, following graduation with a first class honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from UCD. She subsequently became training manager with KPMG in the early 1980s, following an initial two years on the UCD academic staff. She returned to UCD in 1984 to resume her academic career, and completedher PhD in Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. Aileen has also taught accountancy at the University of Zambia(in the mid-1980s), deliveredprofessional development courses for Irish accountancy bodies, presented research papers at a variety of national and international academic conferences, has co-authored books on financial reporting practices, published articles in the academic and professional press, and has served on editorial boards, conference scientific committees,and as a peer reviewer for academic journals in accounting.